Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

The Green Machine

Waterloo Boy

Founded in 1893 as the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company. The original intent was to sell John Froelich’s gasoline tractor. Only four were produced in the first three years, and all were returned by their buyers. The company reorganized as the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, and focused on selling stationary engines. The company re-entered the tractor market with its Waterloo Boy tractor in 1913. Deere & Company purchased Waterloo for $2.34 million in 1918.

This is a model N and was produced at the time of the John Deere purchase.

Sea Of Green

An assortment of restored John Deere tractors are arrayed at Pioneer Acres in Irricana, Alberta.

Deere & Company was founded in 1868 by blacksmith John Deere. Deere had achieved great success in 1837 when he built a plow from highly polished steel. Deere & Company entered the tractor manufacturing business in 1918. Deere sold a small number of tractors designed by Joseph Dain, with limited success. That same year, Deere purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company, that built the Waterloo Boy tractor.

John Deere

Some of the old iron is still waiting to be restored.

In the best light…

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