Box 88, Milnor, North Dakota 58060.
I'm an avid reader of GEM. I think your readers would find the following to be interesting, plus I need help.
I, Royce Granlund, am standing beside the antique C.O.D. tractor I recently purchased to bring back into the Granlund family. My grandfather, Emil Granlund, originally owned this tractor. This C.O.D. tractor is back in the family after being gone since 1958.
My grandfather farmed northwest of DeLamere, North Dakota. The tractor had served its purpose and was sitting in the trees for many years on the farmstead when my brothers, sisters, and myself used to play on it as kids.
In 1958 the old tractor was sold for scrap. Jimmy Rathert of Forman, North Dakota found it in the scrap yard and bought it. He in turn sold it to Jack Davis of Forman who managed to get the old tractor restored and running again. At Mr. Davis' estate sale, Homer Linderman of Carrington, North Dakota bought it.
Five or six years ago, while talking with Jimmy and his son, Rudy Rathert, we got to talking about the old C.O.D. Rathert remembered it had gone somewhere near Carrington, North Dakota. One weekend I went in search of the old tractor and after inquiring at numerous farms I finally found the tractor.
While visiting with Mr. Linderman for several hours, I asked if he would sell me the old tractor, but he said no, he didn't want to part with it. About two years ago Mr. Linderman passed away, but I didn't hear about this.
I noticed in the June issue of GEM a C.O.D. tractor in an auction sale ad at Carrington, North Dakota. I called the party having the sale and sure enough, it was Mr. Linderman's C.O.D. tractor. I decided to go to the auction and try to purchase it. My brother Walter, friend Bob Glass, and I teamed up and bought the tractor.
Now for the help part. Can anyone help me with any information about the C.O.D. tractor? I found some information in the Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors, but would appreciate more information. I would like to know how to identify the proper year it was built, does it have a serial number, proper color, type of rear lugs, did it have a canopy or not, how many might have been built, where there might be any others restored or not.
I think mine is a model 'B', but don't know the year for sure. It could possibly be a 1919 model. Can anyone relate any stories about this tractor? Does anyone have any pictures of C.O.D. tractors?