1948 Leader farm tractor
Rogers, 112 Kimberly Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
My late uncle, Bruce Brooks, from the Bagdad area of Shelby County, Kentucky, purchased this 1948 Leader farm tractor new in the spring of 1949. He used the tractor on his 80 acre farm primarily for cultivating, harrowing, and many other related chores.
During the summer of 1950, at the age of twelve, I helped out with some of the chores on my uncle's farm, at which time I was taught to operate the tractor. I could not wait to get back each summer, just to get to drive the tractor.
Even though my uncle sold the tractor in 1963, it remained here in the Central Kentucky area. The second owner kept it in a barn all those years and only used it on a limited basis.
I had the opportunity to purchase the tractor in December 1987, and have since restored it to its original condition. Nothing was spared as to the total restoration of this little jewel. It is now used only for parades and is shown at steam and gas engine shows throughout the Central Kentucky area.