I wondered what a “boy” tractor was, but it seems that “Waterloo Boy” was a tradename first given to tractors by the Waterloo Engine Company, which was purchased by John Deere in 1918, and Deere continued to manufacture tractors under that name until 1924. Search the name–you’ll find all sorts of interesting things you never knew about tractors–or, at least, that I never knew about the history of tractors.
Heh, heh, Mark B.! (#3) Thank you for the research and clarification. Very interesting. I see that the Waterloo Boy Tractor was a “Kerosene Burning” device. The Waterloo Girl Tractors, no doubt, ran on sweet-smelling oils.
What a marvelous idea. It makes perfect sense, but it would never have occurred to me that anyone would actually sell such a product.
Many years ago, when my oldest sister Deirdre remarried, she flew out to Iowa to spend time with her husband’s extended family. While touring the farms and fields, she turned and asked her new father-in-law where the irrigation and watering equipment was. His response was, “Oh, we don’t water the crops.” She: “What do you do then?” He: “We just count on it raining.”
My sister, a native Southern Californian, was dumbfounded at the idea of relying upon nature to supply all the water needed for crops. (As she puts it, San Diego — our home town — is just “a well-irrigated desert.”) She later remarked that it explains why people in the Midwest tend to be religious. ..bruce..