"It didn't take long – probably a year or so – it didn't take long before we had rubber tires on it [the tractor], though. A local blacksmith in the town of Hampton, Chris Wald was a machinist. They put rubber tires on the tractor. That was a big difference. Well, the steel wheels would create dust and they'd blow over you if the wind [was] from the side. It'd pick up dirt and dust, and hard riding. You didn't ride them on gravel roads much unless you went off to the side someplace. So, that was a lot better.
    "Yes, they used the same hubs. They just cut off the spokes at a certain length and shoved a rim onto that and welded it on. That's the way we got tires on the tractor."

Herman Goertzen – Rubber Tractor Tires


Other Excerpts from Herman Goertzen's Interview:

Agricultural Innovations
Saving Everything
Flour Sack Clothing
Town Picnics
Dust Bowls