GPO with Orchard trailers.

Loaded and ready to work

BI Lindeman

Jesse, Harry, Ross and Joe

First DI Lindeman

NW Bedder

NW Outrigger

Jesse seated in truck.

Thys Hop Pickers

Crop Duster

 

Pioneer Power Show

Ted Adams Memorial

JG Lindeman

Jesse G. Lindeman

Oct. 12,1899 – Sept. 10, 1992

On October 12, 1899, Joseph & Elisabeth Lindeman had their first child and named him Jesse George on a farm in Cass Co., Iowa.  The oldest of 4 brothers and 2 sisters Jesse was spared working the land on the farm.  At a young age he had a natural knowledge of the farm machinery and was in-charge of keeping it in good working order.  He was to become a very prominent name in the John Deere family.

When he turned 19 he joined the Army and was in the intelligence division.  He was partly color blind and could see through the camouflage netting.  He would joke that when he wasn’t flying he was in the Mess Hall cooking.  His stay in the armed forces was short.  The war ended, and he was released from duty in July of 1919.  After returning home, he could not envision himself as a “farmer”.  He moved to Yakima and was hired as a farm implement salesman at Rovig Lumber Company. He started to work on the first working day in January of 1920.

He and his younger brother Harry who had also moved to Yakima started a small Implement manufacturing company first named it the Holt Tractor Agency, later to rename it Lindeman Power Equipment Co.  They eventually became the John Deere dealer.

They added tracks to 3 or 4 Model D’s and 29 GPO’s then came the tractor that his name would be always remembered for, the little BO that would put John Deere into the crawler business

Last Road Trip!

At The American Thresherman Association in  Pinckneyville, Illinois.

From left to right — Nat Tritt – Georgia, Crawlermike – Illinois, Steven Lee Walters Jr. – New Jersey, Steven Walters – New Jersey, Mark Berkel – Illinois, Ted Adams – Washington, Mike Adams – Washington, Leigh Smith – Tennessee, Richard Smith – Tennessee, Timothy Milburn – Georgia, Howard Yoder – Ohio, Terry Wachtman – Ohio,  Mat Tornetto – Missouri not pictured.

I want to thank Michael Timmons Jr. (Crawlermike) for inviting me and The American Thresherman Association in  Pinckneyville, Illinois for allowing me to bring my Lindeman Archives Modile Museum to their great show.  I was going to retire it but with the response that it had I am having second thoughts. These Lindeman enthusiast are the greatest. My son Mike and I were on our way from Washington and had vehicle problems in Davenport, IA. I called Crawlermike and he put together a group to rescue us. They drove all the way from Pinckneyville with two rigs and a trailer to hall my truck and trailer back down to the show.  We arrived in time to set up for the show.  Then these amazing guys and the rest of the Lindeman owners spent their time brainstorming and fixing my truck.  We were back on the road.  Then another problem, that ending up being contaminated fuel.  Again thanks to Crawlermike and Karl Jansen and all the hard work that my new found friends did, we made it home.  Yes it is time to get a new rig if I am going to continue to show the Archives.  Thank all of you I am in your debt. 

I need more of your ideas.

“Who is Ted Adams”  I need your ideas of what you would like to see next.  I have added stories, brochures, manual and have more to go but I would like to add what you are wanting to see. Write a comment or e-mail me at www.lindemanbo@yahoo.com with your ideas and I will do my best to find and add the information.

Sketch by Jim Lisk

Welcome to Lindeman Archives

Thank you for making me feel that it is worth my time and effort to keep this site going, there has been over 100 hits on the old sites per month since I started tracking it at the end of  July 2012. This new site with all the added information and photos I have added, I am sure there will be something for everyone.  I have added a lot of photos to the History and Implement pages, most of which were taken by Jesse Lindeman himself.  I have all these photos and am trying to share them with everyone that is interested in the Lindeman Crawler and family.  There is very little commentary on the pages right now, I will be adding more photos and commentary to the pages as time goes by. Click on any of the photos and they will take you to a new page with the same type of photos or take you to a enlarged version of that photo. On the new page click the photo and it will take you to a full size rendition, the photos are as I scanned them, as I get time they will be replaced with retouched ones along with commentary. Click your back button and it will take you back to the point your were at to continue.

If you have any comments leave them and I will try to give you the best answer I can.  Please click the comment link at the top of the page, telling me what you would like to see.  As I update any of the pages  I will post what I have done to keep you informed.

Thank you again for visiting the Lindeman Archives Site.
Ted E. Adams