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|A new New-Deal tractor outside of the Johnson snow fence factory in Wyoming, MN.|
New-Deal tractors were built by Wilber and Vernon Johnson at their snow fence factory located in Wyoming Minnesota. The brothers built many tractors to use in the manufacture of snow fence, their primary commodity. During the depression Franklin D. Roosevelt passed several agricultural relief programs as part of his New Deal in 1933. The Johnson's took advantage of their tractor designing skill and received a grant to help with the agriculture reform and relief effort. The Johnson's used their tractor building skills to produce an affordable agriculture tractor to appeal to the unfortunate farmers of the depression.
Wilbur and Vernon hired the Martin-Bush Mfg. Co. in Anoka Minnesota to cast the large front axle and rear drive gear reductions. They then purchased used Ford Model T's to rebuild and modify into tractors. It is unknown as to how many tractors were built, as no company records are known to exist. It's been said that the Johnson's experimented with a few Model A tractors too. To this date eleven New-Deal tractors have been found. Ten of which reside in the local Minnesota area.