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This year’s banquet will be at 6:00 pm at the Pierce Pavilion on the Pierce County Fair Grounds in Pierce Nebraska catered by the White House. Our guest Speaker Jack Beck.

John Deere Plow Company was well known, throughout the world for their plows. In 1837 John Deere manufactured their first plow. By 1912 John Deere, a full line implement company knew they needed to get into the tractor business. They started working on a three-wheeled design with all-wheel drive designed by Joseph Dain which proved to be ahead of the times and with the price more than double that of other tractors. The Dain line was dropped in favor of the more popular Waterloo Boy model R tractors that John Deere acquired with purchased of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in March 1918.


The Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company was created by John Froelich maker of the first Gasoline Traction Engine (tractor) in 1892. Froelich’s design wasn’t successful and the company concentrated on their line of gasoline engines. By 1914 Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company was working on a tractor design that resulted in the Waterloo Boy model R.


John Deere’s next tractor designed in house was the Model known as the Spoker D. Production started in 1923 on the model D. The engine design from that tractor was continued to be used until 1960. John Deere’s most popular tractor with over 312,000 tractors built would the model A sold from 1934 until 1953.


2018 John Deere is celebrating 100 years of tractors starting with the Waterloo Boy Model N running through the first model built in 2018 the 8245R sold to a farm in Florida.


Special feature tractors attending this show will be a Waterloo Boy model N tractor the first production Model A tractor.