Reeves Company Steam Plow and Steam Traction Engine Come to the Midwest
The history and restoration of Reeves Company equipment
Vaclav Vacik taveled by train from Nebraska to Chicago in 1909 to purchase the Reeves 32 HP steam traction engine and the 12-bottom Reeves steam life plow.
Don Lafler and the 1909 Reeves plow, serial number 328. The plow was operable when retired in 1918.
Original postcard of Reeves 12-bottom plowing outfit, western Nebraska. Could this possibly be the Vacik and Soral plowing outfit?
Don and Lorraine Lafler at the plow site, June 21, 2000.
Don Lafler (right) hoists the front section of the Reeves plow onto the trailer while Fred Nolan (left) assists with the loading.
John Soral, a Czech immigrant who had come to the U.S. in 1892, went into partnership with Vacik shortley after the equipment's arrival.
A souvenir postcard from the 1908 Nebraska State Fair showing the Reeves steam lift plow in the field. The card is marked "No State Fair Stunt" at the bottom. Could this exhibition have prompted Vaclav Vacik to purchase his Reeves plowing outfit?