1915 Tractor Among Features At Golden Spread Antique Machinery Show

| March/April 1993

  • Model D John Deere Tractor

  • Model D John Deere Tractor

Box 227, Booker, Texas 79005.

Reprinted with permission from the Booker News.

One of the special attractions at the 1992 Golden Spread Antique Tractor and Machinery Show on September 19 and 20 was the Bates Steel Mule tractor that was obtained by Dan Sell.

It looks more like a cross between a small steam engine and a Caterpillar tractor .. . and you won't find a place to sit down and drive it. There is no seat. It was made to hook on to farm implements that had the seat on them.

This particular Bates Steel Mule was purchased by Arthur Phillips of Saint Jo, Texas, in the spring of 1915. The tractors were manufactured by the Joliet Oil Tractor company of Joliet, Illinois.

Dan learned about the tractor through a granddaughter, Sandra Sell, and became interested in obtaining it. He said it had been sitting out in a field in the open for the past 70 years when he dealt for it with Phillips' grandson, Leeton Joe Phillips.