I've Got One I'll Give You If You Come and Get It

| January/February 1996

  • John Deere Model B
    Restored, sitting in the sunshine, running!
  • John Deere Model B
    Fresh out of the Boondocks.
  • Missing Parts
    Torn down to this.

  • John Deere Model B
  • John Deere Model B
  • Missing Parts

RR 4, Box 1043, Eufaula, Oklahoma 74432

It was a cold, rainy day in November, 1994. We were visiting my wife's cousins in Fort Worth. The girls had a party planned with some high school classmates.

The man who is married to one of the cousins, Mr. Hi Welborn, asked me to go with him to his place where he has some long horn cattle. There was nothing in the way of work we could do in the rain, so we went into the barn and had a cup of coffee and watched some young long horn bulls eat their daily ration.

Back in the pickup he began to show me the fields, some of his equipment and the place where the old house sat and later burned.

About noon he stopped the pickup and broke out some sandwiches and drinks. Nearby were several old antique cars, a Morris Minor and a Buick. While we were talking about the cars I rather idly observed that I had 'thought some' about getting an old tractor to work on, through the winter months. Then he looked at me and said, 'I've got one I'll give you, if you'll come and get it!' I said, 'I'd like to see it!'

Mr. Wellborn drove me to where the tractor sat unprotected, and I recognized it immediately as a John Deere Model B. I said, 'I'll come and get it!'


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