When I was a lad in my early teens, about 1947, I worked for our friend, Hamlin Last. His neighbor, Harold Vetter, owned a manure loader. In the spring and fall, he would do custom manure hauling. In those days, farmers piled their cow manure. I drove one of the spreader tractors, as in the picture. There were usually three tractors with manure spreaders hauling manure. In its day, it was better than a pitchfork. Harold was real handy with the loader; he could load a spreader in less than two minutes. He did most of his custom work in the western part of Manitowoc County, Wis. Hammy and his family and my family have remained friends through the years. I took my 1952 A to his 80th birthday party four years ago. He bought a John Deere A in 1952 for $2,475.
I restored the 1952 John Deere A 10 years ago. It is like the one I drove when I was a kid. I restored the spreader this past spring; it was built in the 1940s. The tractor I restored on the loader is a 1938 John Deere A. The loader was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. I now have a complete set. I have fun running it at our show and demonstrating how it works.
- Jim Newman
W. 3366 County TK C
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085