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2019 Heartland Acres John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride

Lowell Walters
The brother of Lowell Walter, the original owner of Cedar Rock, located near Quasqueton on the Wapsipinicon River.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa, is planning the Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride for Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The ride will start at 8:30 a.m. from the Heartland Acres parking lot at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., in Independence, Iowa. Entry forms for preregistration are available at Heartland Acres admission office or by visiting our website at and are due by May 31, 2019.

The ride this year includes a stop at Cedar Rock which will include a tour and a lunch break. The story of Cedar Rock is significant to Buchanan County and Iowa.

Together Lowell and Agnes Walter created the Walters Farm Management Company. At one time their office was located at 609 Waterloo Building, Waterloo, Iowa. The business started with one family farm but grew to 5,000 acres of farmland. Lowell employed his uncle then nephew to manage his rental farms.

In the January 1945 letter Lowell wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright to commission him to design Cedar Rock. Lowell owned both the Iowa Road Building Company and 3,500 acres of farmland. Ultimately purchasing more than 5,000 acres. The Walters rented land and farmhouses to local farmers on a 50/50 profit split.

In a letter in the early 1970s Lowell Walter wrote that he has 4,930 acres of high-grade Iowa farmland in eastern Buchanan County. An excerpt reads: “Every farm raises hogs, some marketing 700-800 hogs per year, with probably an average of 300-400. Some farms feed around 50 head of cattle with a couple farms around 100 head; some farms do quite a little grade B dairying, milking 25-30 cows, and a few raise 200-400 laying hens. The diversified farming depends on the tenants as well as the farms and improvements, as many tenants do not desire to milk or raise chickens, while younger tenants starting out, desire steady income.”

In 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Walter sold all the farmland in one transaction to the Arnold Farm Corporation from Chicago for $3.5 million. This included more than 5,000 acres and 18 farms. This single land transaction between Lowell and Agnes Walter and the Arnold Farm Corp. remains one of the largest land transactions in Buchanan County history. Arnold Farm Corp. chose to divest of the holdings in several smaller transactions.

The sale of more than 5,000 acres helped to provide for the establishment of the Lowell and Agnes Walter Charitable Trust. For over 25 years this fund provided the sole source of funding for Cedar Rock State Park. The Walter Charitable Trust continues to do charitable giving. The Trust provides two full scholarships to two graduating seniors from the local East Buchanan School District to attend a State supported college or university. It also gives an annual stipend to the Quasqueton American Legion Post 434, the Quasqueton Community Club for Christmas gifts for children, the Quasqueton Cemetery Association, the Quasqueton Union Protestant Church and provide Halloween candy for the town’s children. The Walter Charitable Trust continues giving to the park in some amount when funds are available. The continued giving of the Walter Charitable Trust is an excellent example of Iowans’ rural character.

The story of Cedar Rock and Lowell and Agnes Walters was provided by Kathryn Hund, Manager, Cedar Rock State Park who works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Entry fee per tractor is $35. Extra riders are $8 each. Entry fee for tractors includes admission and lunch. Get your tractor ready today! We ask for riders to understand there are no refunds as we were rained out last year and your entry fee for last year isn’t applied to this year. We apologize for any misunderstanding and hope you will once again attend and support the Heartland Acres Tractor Ride. Heartland Acres is a volunteer based, non-profit, organized as a 501(c)(3) entity.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit or call (319) 332-0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Toplands Farm 2019 Show Rescheduled

All of us at Toplands Farm and Double D Living History Farm are sad to announce that our annual show scheduled for June 2, 2019, has been rescheduled. Due to the recent and continued rainfall this spring, we have been unable to cut the hay fields that are our parking lots and exhibitor area. We are rescheduling the event to Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Please watch our website ( for any updates for the rescheduled show and possible dates for different shows.

Roy's Red Iron 2019 Summer Shows

Roy's Red Iron booth

Visit Roy's Red Iron at the Red Power Round Up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, June 27-29, 2019, and at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion in Denton, North Carolina, July 2-6, 2019!

Roy's Red Iron offers reproduction and new-old-stock replacement parts, as well as good used original parts for International Harvester Farmall tractors. They have hundreds of items in stock that aren't listed on their website and if they don't have the answer to your question or the part you need, they'll help you find it with over 25 years of technical experience with IH products.

For questions, call Roy and Donna Edwards, Monday through Saturday, at (423) 892-5289 or (423) 290-5036 (cell), or contact them through email at

Farm Implements Sought for 2020 Gathering of the Green

Gathering of the Green

Gathering of the Green display planners need your help! WANTED: Farm implements restored or in very nice condition to display at the 2020 Gathering of the Green in Davenport, Iowa. Planners need John Deere equipment lines sold by Deere such as Brillion, Heider and/or Letz – items from the 1930s through the 1970s. Exhibitors must be willing to bring items to Davenport for display starting March 15 and pick up on March 22, 2020. Please contact Ed Vieth at or call 563-271-3551.

2019 Classic Green Reunion

Classic Green logo

It's one of the biggest John Deere shows in the country: The Classic Green Reunion, June 13-15, at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska!

You won't want to miss over 100,000 square feet of indoor displays and acres of outdoor exhibits. See rare and one-of-a kind antique and classic tractors from around the world. You can also take part in seminars on history, tune-ups and more, and see working demonstrations and daily parades. Find out more or register at

Classic Green Reunion
June 13-15, 2019
Fonner Park
Grand Island, Nebraska

TRACTOR Books by Lee Klancher

TRACTOR book by Lee Klancher TRACTOR book by Lee Klancher


This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century – a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with a pencil drawing and a welder.

The book includes stories of the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of 4- and 6-cylinder tractors, to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of the high-technology innovations such as smart farms and auto-guidance which are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies which emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.

Buy the Green Edition and the Red Edition TRACTOR books by Lee Klancher on the Octane Press website, and use the discount code FARMCOL18 for 10 percent off your order!

Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts

Ford tractor

If you're looking for Ford tractor parts made like the original, contact Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts for your restoration needs. Dennis Carpenter has been reproducing quality O.E.M. type restoration parts for classic 1939-1964 Ford tractors, and a percentage of those parts are officially licensed by Ford. Also available are parts for 1932-96 Ford trucks and 1932-72 Ford cars.

Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts
4140 Concord Pkwy S
Concord, NC 28027

Phone: 800-476-9653


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