The Louisville Motor Plow– B.F. Avery’s First Tractor


1914-1917 By Luther D. "Dan" Thomas Author of B.F. Avery & Sons Pioneer Plowmakers of America............. The first gasoline-powered tractor was built in about 1890 by custom thresherman, John Froelich of Iowa and his blacksmith, who mounted a one-cylinder gas engine on a steam engine running gear. In 1894, they started the Waterloo Gasoline Tractor Engine Company which later produced the Waterloo Boy. Other farm equipment manufacturers soon followed with their own motorized equipment. Between 1910 and 1915, a number of companies introduced their own versions of gasoline or … [Read more...]

Development of the BF Avery Model V


  On July 12, 1945, the B.F. Avery & Sons Company, Inc. announced that the firm would soon begin a broad scale modernization program which would prepare for the post-war era. Avery president Phil Noland said that by January 1, 1946 the company would begin production of a new model tractor that would plow, plant and cultivate one row at a time. Avery had big expectations as many farmers had found a one-row tractor adequate for their needs. The new one-row tractor would serve a market that the tractor industry had previously underrepresented---farms with less than 40 acres under … [Read more...]

BF Avery 2015 Summer Show Information

2015 BF Avery Show

The 2015 Summer Show will be held at the Ripley County Fair Grounds in Osgood, IN on June 26 - 28, 2015.  See the below show flyer for further details.   … [Read more...]

BF Avery Collectors and Associates Winter Meeting

Date:   April 24 and 25,2015     Location:  Best Western, Davison Inn,10082 Lapeer Rd, Davison Michigan  48423. Phone # 810-658-2700 Meeting will be held in the conference room of the Best Western Davison Inn. Friday 9:00 register and visit until 11:30, at noon we will leave for our tours on the bus, you will need to eat before we leave. We will have snacks on the bus. The bus is furnished By Stiener Tractor Parts. We will be picked up at the Motel with a tour bus and go see the Schneider Tractor collection, Hadley Michigan This collection is one of the … [Read more...]



Connie J. Lemmon September 20, 1951 - April 1, 2014  Connie J. Lemmon, 62, of Camden passed away Tuesday (04/01/2014),in Winter Park, FL. She was born September 20, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, MO to Wilbur and Juliene (Schater) Hente and was a graduate of Sturgis High School. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Finnerman’s Farm & Garden in Centreville and was secretary/treasurer for the B.F. Avery Tractor Club. On September 15, 1995, she married Denton “Cork” Lemmon and he survives. Also surviving is one daughter, Ann Marie (Jon) Miller of Camden; one sister, Pamela McLaughlin of Ft. … [Read more...]