Tractor Books and Tractor Gifts

To ease you through the holiday shopping season, we've organized this selection of tractor books and tractor gifts.

| December 2002

Christmas has arrived. It's the time of year to be with family as we celebrate the season. But it's also — alas — a time of stress as we prepare for family time and celebrations. Wouldn't it help to get some of your shopping out of the way? For loved ones who love farming and/or farm history, we'd like to recommend the following tractor books and tractor gifts.

Rumely: A Look Back over 150 Years: 1853-2003

Scott L. Thompson writes in the introduction to his new book, Rumely, a Look Back over 150 Years: 1853-2003, 'I did not set out to include every serial number, statistic, Nebraska test result, or piece of technical information on Rumely and related machinery in this book' — but he came pretty darn close.

With assistance from members of Rumely Products Collectors Inc., Thompson has compiled a detailed report on the history of one of the United States' most innovative and influential players in the early agricultural machinery field.

Thompson, a collector from Tremont, IL, takes readers on a fast-paced tour through the years, and the generations, beginning in 1848 and continuing up to 1938, when Rumely stock was officially taken off the New York Stock Exchange. He weaves many personal stories of the players in this drama into his report, both human and machine. From the compelling portrait on page 3 of Meinrad and Teresa Rumely to the stories of such fabled Rumely tractors as 'Kerosene Annie,' 'Old No. 1' and 'The Swamp Angel,' to those of the other companies that became intertwined with Rumely over time, Thompson systematically pulls the pieces of the puzzle together.

He concludes the book in the present day, with an update on surviving machines and buildings, information on the collectors' club, photographs of collectors and their machines, and data, including original Rumely production numbers and model years, and counts on various surviving Rumelys - 'Zs,' for example, are the rarest. Only 215 were originally made, and only 20 are known to survive.

The photographs alone are a treasure of Rumely and North American agricultural history. Combined with Thompson's chronicle, they make this volume a very nice addition to the antique farm machinery-collecting world of today.


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