Commander of the Harvest Brigade


| July 2005



Commander of the Harvest Brigade

'Automobiles are a rich man's toy, not a stable base for a livelihood. But threshers and steam engines are a firm and practical business, because people will always want to eat bread and threshing machines will always be needed to harvest the wheat.' Such was the advice Joe Tucker received after being laid off from Buick. Tucker took his brother-in-law's suggestion and went to work for Nichols & Shepard in Battle Creek, Mich., in November 1914.