Note: This feature is in the July TF 2022 issue.
Jerry Zahner's zeal for collecting farm toys started as a younster. "I've been collecting all my life. It started by saving many of the toys I played with as a kid. I also collected trains when I got older," he reflected.
While visiting a farm equipment dealership through an early job, Zahner observed a group of old toys above the parts counter.
"Seeing those toys was intriguing. I couldn't beleive a person would have that many toys. When I expressed interest in them, he showed me a recently acquired John Deere collection. He said there were items among them for sale. That caught my interest. I couldn't resist, so I bought several," Zahner said.