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Emmert Curtis of RR 2, Box 53, Oakland, IL 61943, is a collector
and restorer of John Deere tractors, as shown on the back cover of
this issue. From top to bottom, the tractors are:

A 1956 JD 620 with Lester Curtis (Emmert’s brother) in the
Oakland 1986 Corn Bread and Bean Festival. ‘This tractor was a
wreck when I started on it but it is like new now. Engine rebuilt,
brakes, clutch, all linkage, new radiator, starter, generator,
gauges, battery, battery box, seat cushion, new paint and rubber,
over $5,000.00 invested in this 620.’  

A 1938 G, the 348th built, completely restored by Curtis, who
appears with a broken arm and dislocated shoulder after getting
caught in his grain auger in the background near the barn. ‘All
my tractors have round spokes and plow draw bars and brass

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