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.
There are tons of interesting stories from the old days of farm equipment manufacturing.
Crawler tractors have quite the history.
Lydia Marie Child’s “The American Frugal Housewife” published in 1832, contains a list of maxims for health that are worth a read.