The Wetmore Tractor
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As word about their unique tractor spread, news of it reached H.A. Wetmore’s grandson, Mark, in Vermillion, S.D. When he heard that a Wetmore had been found and restored, he was determined to find out more about the tractor he describes as one of a kind. “As far as we know, it’s the only one in existence,” Mark says. “Our family has been watching for one for more than 50 years. I doubt there’s another one out there.”
When the three met, Mark brought records maintained by the Wetmore family, including a copy of the original invoice for sale of the Wetmore serial no. 222, shipped to C.A. Leetch, Scotland, S.D., on Nov. 11, 1922. It provided an unusual ending to the story of an unusual tractor. “This is probably one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever worked on,” Wayne says, “but it’s also been the most rewarding.” FC
Read about H.A. Wetmore and his tractor: “H.A. Wetmore Turned Adversity into Advantage.”
Take a closer look at the Ebrights’ Wetmore on Farm Collector’s YouTube channel with Loretta Sorensen’s video “Starting a Wetmore.”For more information: Wayne Ebright, 47036 279th St., Worthing, SD 57077; (605) 372-4144. Loretta Sorensen is a lifelong resident of southeast South Dakota. She and her husband farm with Belgian draft horses and collect vintage farm equipment. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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