Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show

| July/August 1993

  • John Deere Tractor
    1936 John Deere BO restored and owned by Larry Straight of Jamestown, NY.

  • John Deere Tractor

934 Shadyside Road, Jamestown, New York 14701-9451.

Tractors are the fastest growing feature of the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show in the southwest corner of New York State. The show had two themes in 1992 for its 18th annual show: Made in New York, and Silver King tractors. Fifteen Silver Kings and one Plymouth, illustrating most of the variety inherent in these plucky little tractors, lined up for the weekend last August. Two families, the Buskist brothers and the Adams brothers, all farmers from neighboring Cattaraugus County, brought most of these Silver Kings. Many of them were appearing for the first time at the show.

Tractors of other makes were as numerous as in any recent year. The tractor parades on the spacious, well drained grounds, part of a private airport, were the pride of the 1992 show.

Model tractors dominated the model section of the show with several large and small collections appearing for the first time.

Early in the century, Chautauqua County was filled with diversified farms: dairy, hay, potatoes, beef and veal, sheep and hogs, apples. Fruit and vegetable farms took advantage of the milder climate next to Lake Erie. Small foundries and machine shops in the county and others in nearby larger cities produced engines and farm equipment and the Pennsylvania oil fields next door all contributed to the diverse possibilities for collectors in this area. Nearly every year the club's relentless collectors and meticulous restorers come up with a new surprise, often an obscure local make of engine.

Of course, there are hundreds of examples of other more familiar makes of engines each year on the grounds, both original and restored.