EXCHANGE: Toy tractors tell farming history
April 23, 2017
BISHOP HILL, Ill. (AP) — The sun was shining April 1 in historic Bishop Hill as tourists could be seen mingling about the town, visiting the Colony Store and Bishop Hill Bakery. Others went in the door of the Steeple Building, where countless toy tractors were on display.
Bob DeSchepper of Annawan had three tables filled with a variety of John Deer, Case, McCormick and more, including many smaller 1/64 scale die cast models. DeSchepper, who has collected for over 40 years, proudly showed off the various tractors.
An Army veteran and a farmer of 80 acres for many years, he pointed out thre...