Great-Grandfather's John Deere


| March/April 1981


10113 106 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 1J9.

My great-grandfather, Peter E. Schroeder, immigrated from Kansas in 1921 and bought land in the Peace River Country, west of Clairmont, Alberta, Canada. He brought with him a John Deere type E engine.

I did some research and discovered it was purchased for $24.95 from a John Deere dealer in Kansas and was brought up in an ox cart. It pumped water and ran the forge and grinder for 20 years.

My dad told me that in the winter, grandpa used to heat up the mag, put hot water in it, and after two cranks it started.

After grandpa died about 1960, it sold to another farmer, Ewald Epe, who farms at LaGlace, Alberta. He used it for ten years on his well then replaced it with a Briggs & Stratton. The old J.D. engine was to retire to pasture and there it sat to rust for eight years.

I never knew about this until one day at our farm in Clairmont, I was digging around some old junk and came across the manual with the bill of sale for this particular engine. I had a lot of research to do to find out who now owned it.






SUBSCRIBE TO GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE TODAY!

Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.




Facebook YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265