On Saturday, April 9, at the Shade Tree Tractor Club's Plow Day, Joe Richardson got a wonderful surprise. The Discovery Park of America Museum unveiled a 1931 John Deere GPWT tractor that Joe and his family owned many years ago. When the tractor left Joe's farm it still had a large part of a tree in it, which had grown around the tractor and had to be cut away. Since that day, it has been in seven different states. The last owner lived in Long Island, N.Y.
The tractor came up for sale and the Discovery Park of America decided to buy it for their museum in Union City, which is scheduled to open at the end of this year.
The tractor was bought new by Joe's family in 1931 at Curby Moore's Newbern Hardware Company in Newbern, Tenn.; the only John Deere dealer around here at that time. The tractor will remain in the museum on display, less than 30 miles from where it was first purchased.
The Shade Tree Tractor Club's fourth annual Plow Day also had other events taking place that day. Opening ceremonies began at 9 a.m. with Jeff Jones singing the national anthem and Don Layman leading the prayer. Plowing began at 9:15 a.m. and continued until 2:30 p.m., with about 100 acres being plowed. We had 95 tractors and nine teams of horse and mules. Some tractors were just on display and the horse and mules either pulled wagons for everyone to ride or plowed the field.