Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Let's Talk Rusty Iron

Let's Talk Rusty Iron

One of the many forgotten pioneers of the fledgling tractor industry was George T. Strite.

Joe Leiter's story is another example of how speculators control the prices farmers receive for their products, a practice that continues today -- just ask Marlin Clark.

Not too many of we oldtimers are still around who can say that we lived through the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Young life In...

A book titled Fordson, Farmall, and Poppin’ Johnny, written in 1987 by Robert C. Williams, tells the history of the tractor beginning with John Froelich’s 1892 contraption, generally credited with being the first gasoline engine powered traction engine, up through the 1980s.

Deere & Company was heavily involved, with Charles Deere being appointed one of the two fair commissioners from Illinois.

What do famous musicians Daniel Barenboim, Harry Connick, Jr., Billy Joel, Benjamin Britten, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Vladimir Horowitz, have in common with Gottlieb Daimler, German inventor of one of the first motor cars?

With town by town descriptions, The Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway, published in 1916, gives background information and other tidbits about the famous route.

A chapter from The Romance of the Reaper.

In the early days, tractor companies were abundant, but only a few had what it took to survive.

During the years of World War I and after, at least until the severe agricultural depression of 1921, tractor manufacturers and wannabes, as well as not a few charlatans who only hoped to sell stock in non-existent tractor companies, were thick on the ground, especially in the Midwest.