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Name: Alerd Johnson
Spouse: Pat Johnson
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I got my interest in John Deeres many years ago on my parentís dairy farm north of Lynden. My dad was a Deere guy who did buy some red and orange equipment to compliment the Deere tractor but he quickly reverted back to green. . The John Deere equipment was good and reliable but the dealership really made the difference. I remember as a little kid being given a toy John Deere tractor by the North Washington Implement owner, John Spaan. Boy, was that a great marketing strategy! During my early years in high school several of my friends and I would walk to the Lynden John Deere dealership during lunch hour to inspect the latest Deere models. Now a days most stores or dealerships donít want a bunch of young teenagers hanging around their store but not so in the 1960ís. I can remember some of the used tractors and of course the new models that I wished my dad would buy to replace our 1949 John Deere B. The B was still a good solid tractor but the JD 530 and 630 had power steering, live pto., live hydraulics and that really sharp yellow strip on the hood and radiator cowling. During my junior year of high school, one of my Deere friends put me on to a 1929 John Deere near Deming, Washington. My friendís dad had a 1930ís model D on steel that he claimed was the best tractor ever! I checked out the 1929 D and bought it for $75. The real struggle on this deal was getting this non running tractor on ďsteelĒ from Deming to our farm north of Lynden.

Our Lynden High School shop teacher, Stan Sleeth came to the rescue and offered me the F.F.A. student constructed equipment trailer. Transportation problem solved and I had this old D running in a matter of weeks. About the same time, I was lucky to get my dad to buy me a styled John Deere L with mower, plow and spring tooth harrow. This tractor was used to cultivate my 1/2 acre of raspberries that I grew during high school . Unfortunately I sold the little L and equipment when I got out of high school. I think everyone has one of those ďI wished I would have kept it storiesĒ. Each tractor has a good story but for lack of column space I will save the rest of the stories for another day. My Deere acquisition went on hold until the early 1990ís when I got the green fever again. One weekend. when I was visiting my parents, I drove by a John Deere D and R on the corner of the Guide Meridian and East Badge Road north of Lynden. A guy by the name of Fred Polinder owned the tractors and my brother bought the D and I came home with the 1949 R. My son Curtis, who was in elementary school really thought that tractor was great! Not long afterwards, a John Deere 40C with tool bar blade and plow was added to the collection. I inherited the family farm John Deere MT and took ownership of a 1950 rusty Skagit Valley M from my niece. The M was the first tractor that I can say that I restored and has been at many shows, parades and caravans. Itís never wise to tell about all the tractors you own but I will say that I have at least one M, a MT, R, 40C, LA and the D. I do jointly own a JD 60 and JD430C with my brother. Old John Deere implements intrigue me and I have a few John Deere plows, mowers and loaders. Currently I am working on a John Deere #2 high lift horse mower that I hope to display at the John Deere building at Berthusen's Park. I am a charter member of the Cascade 2 Cylinder Club and have been a board member and newsletter editor most of the time the club has been in existence. Like most club members, I really enjoy the people associated with the hobby. Interviewing people for the featured member column is especially rewarding. My philosophy on restoring is that I try to do most of the work myself. The heavy duty stuff like engine overhaul or transmission work is done by John Maas or a machine shop. I enjoy the sheet metal work and painting and yes, itís not the quality of a professional paint shop but I can say I did it myself and I am getting better. My wife Pat, supports the hobby or I should say tolerates it. My son Curtis, grew up in the Cascade 2 Cylinder Club and is the club web master. His interests have evolved into the high tech side of the hobby of recent years. My concern for the future of Deere collecting is that we have to educate the public about these old classic tractors and why they were important. There are a lot of good old tractors out there, but none of them are as unique as the two cylinder John Deeres and the prices reflect that!. My tip of the green and yellow hat to you!



My Tractors & Equipment

John Deere D
Year:1929
Serial #:75416
Features:Full steel, Whatcom Co tractor
John Deere M
Year:1950
Serial #:40643
Features:3 pt
John Deere MTW
Year:1951
Serial #:27246
Features:Wide front
John Deere 60
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Features:Single front tire and Roll-O-Matic, 3 pt
John Deere Loader #30
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Features:Fits M/MT tractor
John Deere Plow
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Features:3 - 14" trip
John Deere Cultivator M100
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Features:single row
John Deere Mower #5
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Features:adapted to MT
John Deere Plow #M1A
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Features:single bottom, to fit M/MT
John Deere Plow #M1A/2A
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Features:double bottom to fit M/MT
John Deere Fluffer
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John Deere Plow #22
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Features:Single bottom, tag on steel
John Deere Mower #51
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Features:Rear mount to fit M/MT
John Deere Mower M-20
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Features:Mid mount to fit M/MT
John Deere Loader #50
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Features:Fits A,B,G,50,60,70
John Deere MT
Year:1949
Serial #:14286
Features:Original rear tires
John Deere #44 plow
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Features:Steel wheel, mechanical lift, 2-16"
John Deere #44 plow
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Features:Mechanical lift, rubber tires, 2-16"
John Deere #44 Plow
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Features:Steel wheel, mechanical lift, 2-16"
John Deere LA
Year:1944
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Features:Electric start
John Deere 430T
Year:1959
Serial #:147667
Features:5 speed, live pto, float ride seat, tricycle, power steering


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