Tried and True: Leander Wetter Builds Varied Tractor Collection
Minnesota collector glories in history of old machines, especially tractors that worked on the farm.
Collector Leander Wetter at the wheel of his 1929 Twin City KT tractor.
Literature for Leander’s 1929 Twin City KT tractor, rare paper for a rare tractor. The KT was soon superseded by the KTA.
The logo is prominent on this 1929 Twin City KT tractor.
The engine of the 1955 Oliver Super 99 GM tractor, the one Leander credits with helping him make a go at farming. He used the tractor for years before installing a cab. (Photo by Nikki Rajala.)
Leander’s 1929 Twin City KT tractor. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)
Leander “grew up” on this Ford 8N tractor. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)
This 1939 Montgomery Ward & Co. twin-row tractor was built for the catalog giant by Cleveland Tractor Co. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)
An early sod breaker plow from Leander’s collection.
The unusually wide fenders of this Fordson Model F include storage space for tools. Some people say the wide fenders were designed to catch the front-light machine from tipping over backwards. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)
This 1926 Fordson Model F was a great addition to Leander’s collection: His father once used one like it. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)
Leander’s son, Paul, gets ready to operate the 1910 36 hp Case engine in a parade after working it earlier at the sawmill.
This rare 1959 Massey Ferguson 98 was manufactured by Oliver Farm Equipment Co. of Chicago after Massey Ferguson Inc. suffered a disastrous fire.
In the mid-1930s, the CO-OP No. 2 tractor was manufactured in several different states.
The CO-OP No. 3 is a bit more heavily built than CO-OP No. 1 and No. 2 models. (Photo courtesy Nikki Rajala.)