| November/December 1984

Route 2, Box 330 Irrigon, Oregon 97844

Cast iron and steel can also be precious metal. Especially when in the form of a first tractor. If a person thinks for a moment the answer to why this is true becomes rather obvious.

A person with a team of horses and a walking plow could spend a million foot' Steps plowing and planting twenty acres. Anything that could save that many steps would have a lot going for it.

A million steps could make you forget about all the times you cranked for two hours to get your tractor started and make you remember the few times it started the first pull. A million steps could make you forget about all the times you get stuck and make you remember the few times you sailed through the wet spots without slipping a tire.

One such experience started in 1941 at Camas, Washington and went like this. On September 5, 1941, the John Deere dealer from Vancouver, Washington brought out a new John Deere Model A tractor, serial #508520, and a new model 4-B two bottom plow.

September 5 just happened to be Mother's birthday and I'm still not sure if Dad was really that smooth or if he just got lucky. How could any woman refuse a birthday gift like that?


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