June 19, 2024

Oliver Tractor Company

Nestled in the heartland of America the name Oliver Tractor Company stands as a testament to the relentless spirit of innovation that has shaped the agricultural landscape for over a […]

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February 5, 2024

Warder, Bushnell & Glessner Co.

Benjamin Warder began building reapers at Spring­ field, Ohio in 1850. Prior to that time, Warder had established a sawmill, grist mill, and woolen mill. A factory designed to make […]

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January 9, 2024

John Lauson Mfg. Co.

Few boys of fourteen years are forced to assume a man’s tasks, but thus it was with John Lauson. His father and four other brothers had come from Germany and […]

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September 26, 2023

Tractors From Around The Globe

The history of German tractors is a testament to the country’s engineering dexterity and agricultural heritage. The roots of German tractor manufacturing can be traced back to the late 19th […]

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July 21, 2023

The Allis-Chalmers Story

Perhaps to its own harm, Allis-Chalmers has at times represented the ultimate in diversification. Even in the early days when Decker & Seville was scarcely established, the firm built stone […]

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July 17, 2023

Tools & Technology

The changing role of hydraulics Hydraulics is all about moving large things with a small object using a simple principle. In agriculture, hydraulic pumps and cylinders appeared as a special […]

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June 2, 2023

Steiger Tiger III

Large four-wheel drive articulated tractors typically have been common in the Great Plains states of America and the western prairie provinces of Canada. Several tractor manufacturers were born in these […]

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April 13, 2023

Back Down the Line

It is always great to hear from readers. I received a letter in the mail from Mr. John Russel of Indiana concerning the November/December installment of “Back down the line.” […]

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April 5, 2023

Got One?

Seems like today, the person who gets 10 years of trouble free operation from a refrigerator should count themselves amongst the lucky. However, if you bought an International, a half […]

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March 22, 2023


Fertilizer starts with an “M” Well, something like that. OK, at our place it did. I was accused of being a poor speller by my teachers in school. It made […]

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March 15, 2023

Prestige Case IH 7150

The Ertl Prestige series of miniatures has been around for about 15 years now and seems to continue to gain in popularity. The models have a relatively high level of […]

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January 25, 2023

Avery Company History

Robert H. and Cyrus M. Avery formed the Avery Planter company at Galesburg, Illinois in 1874. Robert Avery had developed some ideas about corn planters during his imprisonment at Andersonville, […]

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December 28, 2022

IH 781 / 881 Forage Harvesters

In 1981, IH replaced its 720 and 830 forage harvesters with newer, updated models, the 781 and 881. These new forage harvesters were very similar to their older counterparts. Both […]

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December 7, 2022

Ford Tractor

Hello, readers! I do hope your summer and fall have been good to you. I am sorry about taking longer to write about Ford tractors than I intended, but farm […]

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October 17, 2022

Nine Goats and a 2640

The house I live in was built in 1907 by my great grandparents, Blanche Sheffield and Clarence Burrell. The Sheffield and Burrell families had been neighbors in Boone, Iowa before […]

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October 14, 2022

Take a look-farm toy sets

My farm toy collecting interests have changed over time and I’m sure that’s true for most people in this hobby. I started receiving farm toys when I was quite young, […]

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October 12, 2022


Pig Iron Peddler and déjà vu Okay, hope 2019 has started well for our readers. Down here in Texas, we are still wet from fall and early winter rains. It’s […]

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October 10, 2022


Bottle openers Part of the fun of collecting is seeing the vast array of different types of literature and memorabilia that is out there in the farm world. Recently we […]

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October 8, 2022

Truck Pages-Snow Plows

Yep, just about done. Only a few scoops left. You’ve been out here shoveling for hours to clear the driveway. You stand up and stretch—it feels like your back will […]

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October 3, 2022


I am sort of doubling up with this article. What we’re going to be looking at is the bicentennial edition of John Deere’s Furrow magazine. The Furrow is a Deere […]

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September 30, 2022

John Deere art

There have been many very good artists over time and their art has become a large boost to JD nostalgia. Most early advertising was paintings and that continued, along with […]

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September 28, 2022

Back down the line

I am looking forward to this visit. This picture is really interesting and has a lot of small detail in it. If I remember correctly, when I bought the picture, […]

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Huber Model 20-36

On January 25, 1929, Huber completed tractor # 9414. This was the first production 20-36. Probably owing to the success of the Huber “Light Four” cross motor tractor the 20-36 […]

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Minneapolis-Moline Company History

As with the Cockshutt line, the Minneapolis- Moline line had no connection with Oliver Corporation in the strictest sense. The commonality lies in the acquisition of Minneapolis-Moline, Cockshutt, and Oliver […]

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Deering Harvester Co. History

Deering Harvester Company formed another major root of International Harvester Company. When William Deering became involved in the harvester business, Cyrus Hall McCormick had been at it for about forty […]

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September 15, 2022

J.I. Case History

Everything in life has its challenges. The history of mechanized agriculture is certainly no exception. Although the history of J. I. Case Company is seen here through the product lines, […]

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September 14, 2022

My part of the world

An itch gets scratched In our last visit, I mentioned that I was hoping to go to Colorado and cut wheat. Finally this summer, a plan worked out. A few […]

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Ford 6000

Maybe it is fitting that the styling of the Ford 6000 has sometimes been described as odd, because the story of the tractor can only be described the same way. […]

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Versatile 700

When most people think of Versatile, they think of really big tractors, so many would be surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 1972 that the company introduced a tractor […]

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