Words of Wisdom Remembered From Interview with 97-Year-Old Farm Equipment Dealer 10 Years Ago
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Machinery Pete shares his memories from, as well as the full interview he did 10 years ago this month (Feb. 2011) in Wyoming, IL with then 97-year-old Joe Colgan. Joe got into the farm equipment biz in 1933, went to work for John Deere in 1937 and became a John Deere dealer in 1947. Joe Colgan passed 4/28/15 at the age of 101, but his words of wisdom still hold true today.
  • [:28] - Machinery Pete shares some notes on the used equipment market
  • [3:20] - The passing of time, intro of today’s interview
  • [8:53] - Interview with Tim and Joe Colgan begins
  • [13:43] - The early years of Joe’s career and getting into the dealership business
  • [15:02] - Joe’s book of tractor sales
  • [18:30] - Tim’s career story and changes he and Joe saw in selling farm equipment over the years
  • [25:17] - Stories of Joe’s customers
  • [30:34] - Joe talks retirement and if he could be a dealer in the modern day
  • [41:45] - Obsolete corn pickers, yearly auctions and trading horses
  • [47:00] - On the road to Deere dealers
  • [52:30] - How Joe and Majella Colgan raised a successful family
  • [56:20] - Brothers Tim and Andy recall their upbringing and Joe’s wife Majella joins the conversation
  • [59:58] - Final words from Machinery Pete

Machinery Pete was founded in 1989 and has grown from its humble beginnings to a full-fledged marketplace for farming equipment. Greg Peterson, founder and host, has also released Machinery Pete content across platforms including YouTube with his long-running Machinery Pete TV show.
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