Pioneer Power and ‘Lesser Known Classic Tractors’
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
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.
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.