50 Years of Collecting Cockshutt Tractors

Dan Javers celebrates his 50th year of collecting Cockshutt tractors

| November 1998

Don Javers will celebrate a golden anniversary this year, but it won't be a wedding anniversary: 1998 marks the 50th year of his passion for Cockshutt tractors. 

"In 1948 there was a demonstration of Cockshutts over at Sioux Falls," he said. "My friends said I ought to go see them. I'd never heard of a Cockshutt until that day. So I went, and I was impressed with that tractor."

The Cockshutt had an image problem in those days, he said.

"My brothers both thought I should be taken to the insane asylum when I bought that tractor," he said. "But they both got one themselves within two years."

Don – and other original buyers – were impressed by Cockshutt's forward thinking.

"They were the first with live power take-off and live hydraulics," he said.