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Pioneer Power and 'Lesser Known Classic Tractors'

| July/August 2001

  • Gray Tractor
    1916 Gray tractor built in Minneapolis, owned by Tom Mariska, Montgomery, Minnesota.

  • Gray Tractor

This year at the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power show, just east of Le Sueur, Minnesota, we will be featuring 'Lesser Known Classic Tractors.' Many tractors were built from the late '30s to the 1960s.

Just before the second World War and right after the war, many 'hometown' tractor companies sprang up across the U.S. The need for new farm machinery, and especially tractors, was foremost on farmers' minds. The large tractor companies had a hard time keeping up with demand for tractors during the post war period. The small tractor companies wanted to fill the void left by the shortages of these tractors, thus creating the brand of tractors that we now call the 'lesser known classic tractors.'

Many different brands are considered to be listed under this category. Some of the brands are Intercontinental, David Brown, Sheppard, Co-op, Corbitt, Huber Row Crop, Cockshutt, Custom, Thieman, Wards, Silver King, Graham Bradley, Leader and many others.

At Pioneer Power we are also going to include some of the rarer, older brands of tractors you don't see every day. Some of these include Nilson, Little Bull, Gray, Heider, Nichols & Shepard, Rumely 6, and several others.

So, if you have an odd-ball brand of tractor and you would love to show it off in our feature area, please do so and join in the fun in southern Minnesota.


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