Daughters of Tractor builder give tractor to museum


October 7, 2021

Karen Lipska/Pine Bluffs Post

Above left: Lucinda Smith and Lorraine Smith , daughters of Rodney Soppe aka 'tractor guy".

That's one big red tractor. Rodney Soppe wanted a certain new style tractor. But since the tractor was so expensive he decided to build his own tractor! But first things first, he built a chisel plow before he started on the tractor.

The chisel plow was made for a pipeline. But the shovels he made himself. Soppe even made the equipment to make the shovels for the chisel plow.

Once the chisel plow was complete, Soppe needed a tractor to pull it. Soppe didn't have a shop at the time, so he built it in the yard. It took all winter to put together. Soppe started out with semi- truck as the...

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