The Meeting of Good Friends

| August/September 1996

  • 1938 John Deere B
    Kim Gorden, RR 1, Box 36, Seymour, Indiana 52590 has written about 'The Meeting of Good Friends,' which is how the Gorden family came to acquire this 1938 John Deere B.

  • 1938 John Deere B

R.R. 1, Box 36 Seymour, Iowa 52590

We have family in Kansas that lives in a friendly little town called Fredonia. My dad and mom took a trip down to see them and, in visiting them, learned of a gentleman who lived at the edge of town. His name was Leland Baughman. Leland had collected tractors and engines most of his life.

Dad spent a wonderful afternoon getting to know this gentleman. After returning home from the trip to Kansas two weeks later, we learned Leland had lost his life in a tragic tractor accident.

Our family in Kansas told us about a year later that Leland's family was going to have an estate sale, so we made plans to attend. We purchased this 1938 B John Deere from the sale, brought it home, and four years later started restoring the tractor.

Leland had taken very good care of the tractor. I am very proud to have been able to work with one of his tractors. Leland was a fine man and this tractor is a good way for us to remember our friend.

We always meet good folks when we are tractor and engine hunting, and would love to hear from anyone who enjoys this hobby.