Earl Scott May Have 'Green Blood!'


| June/July 1993



Collection of antique tractors

Left to right: John Deere 1940 HN, one of only 1007 made; 1950 BN high clearance tractor; GN with 104 inch rear axle all part of Earl Scott's collection of antique tractors.

3203 Norton Road Radnor, Ohio 43066

Earl Scott grew Lip on a farm in the Burnt Pond, Fontanelle Road area in southwestern Delaware County, deep in the heart of Ohio. From the beginning of his farming career he has used John Deere equipment. Like many a collector of antique farming equipment, he hated to see fine relics from the past sold for scrap, squirreled away in barns, or rotting in overgrown farm yards. It became his mission to rescue some of the finest examples. Restoring these tractors is a hobby Earl enjoys with his son Troy. He takes such pleasure in acquiring John Deere tractors that he admits, 'Some people say we've got green blood.'

'When you get one tractor done you're proud of it, and proud of yourself,' Troy says.

Earl adds, 'After you get them completely done, it seems like they get right into your heart or something.' Could this be how a true 'green' collector gets his first infusion of that 'green blood?'

The collecting bug first bit Earl when he bought a 1929 Model A Ford car and restored it. He and his wife Avalyn (who died in 1986), their daughter Teresa, and Troy rode in many parades in that car, just for the fun of it. In all the time he has had the car, it has never given him much mechanical trouble. Recently, at the wedding of Sam and Janice Foos's daughter, Earl made several trips chauffeuring the wedding couple and wedding party from the house to the meadow where the wedding took place. This thoughtful act made the day especially pictures que. Mr. Foos was among the neighbors who helped harvest Earl's crops after his recent stroke, which made some of Earl's days pretty special, too.

Soon after he had restored the car, Earl found a 1929 John Deere GP tractor in Zanesfield, Ohio. When the GP had been restored, he used it on his farm to pull a hay baler. Troy was only six years old when he learned to drive that tractor.