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My First Tractor: Stories of Farmers and Their First Love

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Driving a tractor was a rite of passage for every farmboy and girl. Anyone who grew up on a farm has nostalgic—or not so happy!—stories about his or her first tractor: the Farmall that replaced the draft horses, the John Deere “Poppin’ Johnny” that ran forever, and the cursed tractor that would never start. The long hours spent in the metal tractor seat, come rain, snow, o ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 8th 2010 by Voyageur Press
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Oct 26, 2010 Patti rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I have no farming background but I found the various stories of the fond memories of the authors' first tractors fascinating and heart warming. There seemed to always be some regret about the move from horse to tractor power but mostly there was an appreciation of the ability to get the farm work done much more quickly. On the other hand, there was an agreement that tractors now have gone too far in removing farmers from the land.

Many of the stories tell of being grabbed a
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Jan 15, 2011 William Blair rated it it was amazing
Tractors. Steam. Gasoline. Engines. Farms. Farmers. Farming. Success. Failure. Restoring old things that run.

If you had a toy tractor or family that worked on a farm, you have to read this book.

Farm equipment either fascinates you or it does not. I remember the steam-powered oat threshing machines that came around to my grandfather's farm in the Summer. I did not know until I read this book that even at that time I was witness to disappearing history and what were already genuine antiques.

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Jerold W. Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisc ...more
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