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.
I found a book online titled: Canton: Its Pioneers and History. A Contribution To The History Of Fulton County, by Alonzo M. Swan, that was published in 1871.
Corn shucking was quite the community event, especially for the young folks.
The Happy Farmer tractor did not exactly live up to its name.
Some news from 1846 could be ripped from today’s headlines; some makes for glimpse at past.
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons — today there are coffee shops everywhere. Back in the 1870s, however, such establishments were rarely heard of.