Our coleman TRACTOR


| January/February 1996


6247 Euclid, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

I grew up with a Coleman tractor on a farm near Coffeyville, Kansas. I have never heard of another Coleman tractor before or since. Perhaps you will be interested to know more about it.

I recently wrote to Richard Vogt of Enid, Oklahoma, to ask him about the Coleman. He replied in part, 'The Coleman was manufactured in Kansas City, Missouri, and so far as I know there are no Coleman tractors in existence today.'

The Coleman was manufactured in Kansas City, Missouri, by the Coleman Tractor Company in 1918, 19, 20. Its Climax engine had four 5x6 cylinders, cast in pairs, according to Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors, by C. H. Wendel.

The 16-30 Coleman joined our family one summer day in 1926 when I was six years old. My father and I were delivered by a neighbor to a farm 15 miles away. Father handed over a check and we started home, driving the used Coleman. The trip was uneventful except for a stop in the shade to eat a watermelon which Father bought from a farmer's wife. Some of you will remember the terrific shaking our innards got when we drove lugged tractors over hard roads (of which there were very few). The most prominent feature of the tractor was the huge (36 inch?) bull gear for the rear wheel worm drive.

By 1932, I was driving the Coleman on my father's farm. We used it for plowing, and especially for powering the threshing machine. My father owned the thresher. We serviced the threshing ring of about 10 farms. He ran the thresher and I ran the tractor. It was powerful and dependable. It had rear wheel fenders and was painted grey. Cranking it was quite a challenge for me, a rather skinny five-footer at the time. It had compression relief cocks on all cylinders, or I couldn't have done it.