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I have had a collection of several John Deere tractors over many years- lots of stories about them have come from people who walk my neighborhood in Aiken, SC and stop to talk of them when I put them out on display in my yard. But this is a story of one particular visit. I had put out a model 1949 G and a 47 A and was going to get another when a gentleman stopped by to look at them. He was using a walking cane to support him in his walk. He told me that during WWII he was unable to join the service due to a foot deformity- he found work on a farm and worked for 25 cents an hour. He hadn't worked there long when the owner purchased a new 1944 JD B. He said that was the neatest thing to drive and that he could not wait to get to work to use it! I let him go on about the tractor as I was also interested in his story as a living part of the history of this machine. He went on for about 45 minutes of the few years he ran this 'warframe' JD B. When he had finished I asked him to come to the back shed with me and when there presented to him a 1944 B- he started to cry when he realized it was identical to the one he worked with. I backed it out of the shed and offered him to take her around the block. I had a step mounted on her and assisted him to the seat. He was so proud to drive it! I rode the drawbar with him as we toured the 'Hood'. He handled her with no problem, or as he said ' like riding a bike!'. He had FUN!! He would stop by from time to time after that,sometimes with another old friend of his. Then I didn't see him for a while- a friend of his stopped by to tell me he was in a nursing home on the other side of town paralized from a stroke and in a wheelchair. I drove over to see him on that JD at the nursing home- he asked with a slurred voice 'can I take her for a ride?' I wish I could have done it. We'll see him again soon. I now take tractors to the area nursing homes for anyone to see- Its good for them, and, me!

Moe Terry, SC, entered 2005-12-18
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