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Shop Office Replicates 1920s Storefront
The entryway to the farm shop office of Darrel Sperry and his son, Shayne, replicates a 1920s John Deere dealership.
Shayne got the idea from a magazine photo, and the Sperrys incorporated it into their 70 by 90-ft. Corvallis, Mont., farm shop.
Were big John Deere fans, Darrel says. Besides using the shop to maintain tractors and equipment used on their 800-acre farm, they restore John Deere tractors. About 30 of them are parked in a space in back of the shop.
The storefront has wood painted in authentic John Deere colors, and cornices holding a decorative shelf across the front that the Sperrys made in their woodshop. Custom-made doors out of alder wood create a 10-ft. opening like the John Deere store doors were built, so that equipment or tractors could be taken inside for display.
The original storefronts also had yellow and green stained glass above and below the windows. Sperry said they painted pieces of plywood to replicate the glass.
Instead of John Deere parts behind their storefront, the Sperrys have a full kitchen and office space. It works out well when its their turn to host meetings and potlucks for their local antique tractor club.
The second story space above the false front is filled with antique toys and pedal tractors.
I have an old gas pump to restore to put in front of the storefront, Sperry says.
It will add the perfect touch, and when its done, a local Deere dealership wants to take a photo of the gas pump and storefront for its calendar.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Darrel Sperry, 807 Old Corvallis Rd., Corvallis, Mont. 59828 (ph 406 880-3452; riverbottombeef@gmail.com)

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1