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February 5, 2003
Rupert Dean Leedy, a retired regional financial manager for John Deere, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 74. Mr. Leedy was born in Wytheville, Va., and raised in Jackson, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Ohio State University in 1950. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of captain. He began his career that year in sales for John Deere, manufacturers of farm equipment, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
Merri Leonard is learning to drive a sky-blue '67 Ford. But this is no Mustang or Galaxie 500 that the 15-year-old is cruising around in - it's a tractor. And the brightly colored model clearly stood out at North Harford High School's annual Tractor Day. "Even if you don't have your license yet, you can drive a tractor," the sophomore said at the Friday event. "They are way funner to drive than a car because you can do more with them." Merri's four-cylinder tractor, the lone blue one and only Ford among dozens of vintage and new John Deere, Farmall, McCormick and foreign models on exhibit at the athletic field, took part in a nearly 40-year-old tradition of showing off tractors on the Pylesville campus.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2005
A decision by the Ehrlich administration to close two Midwest sales offices for the Maryland Port Administration has bruised relations with one of the agency's largest customers, prompting a company manager to call the move an "extremely grave error." In an e-mail obtained by The Sun, John Deere & Co.'s chief liaison with the port of Baltimore told state transportation officials that the plan to close the Detroit and Chicago offices and lay off two veteran marketing representatives by July could affect relations with the company.
SPORTS
By Ed Sherman and Ed Sherman,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 8, 2005
SILVIS, Ill. - Michelle Wie already was 2-over par through eight holes yesterday when she blocked her tee shot much too far right on the ninth hole at the TPC at Deere Run. Trapped behind some trees, the predicament would have finished off many seasoned pros, let alone a 15-year-old girl playing in a PGA Tour event. Wie, though, wouldn't concede. Despite being unable to see the green, she took a 3-iron and contemplated a shot she hadn't hit in a couple years. She cut her approach around the trees, eventually finding the green.
NEWS
September 3, 2000
The Mason-Dixon Historical Society will sponsor its 38th annual Steam and Gas Roundup Show from 7 a.m. to dusk Sept. 8 to 10 at the Carroll County Farm Museum on South Center Street, Westminster. Antique tractors, steam equipment, gas engines, farm machinery, and saw mill and horse equipment will be on display, many in working condition. John Deere tractors and equipment and Galloway engines and equipment will be featured. An antique car and truck show will be held Sept. 8 and 9, with a parade at 1 p.m. both days.
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1996
Ed Smith never had many toys as a child. But he's turned a 10-by-12-foot guest bedroom in his house near Lisbon into a shrine for more than 1,000 toy tractors no bigger than 4 or 5 inches long and lighter than a brick."
NEWS
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | April 18, 2004
You've had it with your lawn mower. Begging it to start. Struggling with it on hills. Maneuvering it around trees. It's big, it's clunky, and it's just not cutting it any more. Home Depot has an array of new lawn equipment with user-friendly features for all budgets and yards. Find John Deere tractors with cruise control, automatic transmission, deluxe seats and even power ports for a cell phone or CD player. Add attachments of spreaders, sweepers and yard carts to various John Deere and Murray tractors.
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1996
Ed Smith never had many toys as a child. But he's turned a 10-by-12 guest bedroom in his house near Lisbon into a shrine for more than 1,000 toy tractors no bigger than 4 or 5 inches long and lighter than a brick."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
Merri Leonard is learning to drive a sky-blue '67 Ford. But this is no Mustang or Galaxie 500 that the 15-year-old is cruising around in - it's a tractor. And the brightly colored model clearly stood out at North Harford High School's annual Tractor Day. "Even if you don't have your license yet, you can drive a tractor," the sophomore said at the Friday event. "They are way funner to drive than a car because you can do more with them." Merri's four-cylinder tractor, the lone blue one and only Ford among dozens of vintage and new John Deere, Farmall, McCormick and foreign models on exhibit at the athletic field, took part in a nearly 40-year-old tradition of showing off tractors on the Pylesville campus.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
The John Deere 9660 STS combine is a two-story, green behemoth that costs twice as much as the average house in Baltimore and seems almost big enough to live in. With it, farmers can thresh at least 80 acres of grain in a day. But driving a combine into the belly of a cargo ship is like driving a rowhouse down the ramp of a parking garage. "They asked me to do it last week, but I refused because I didn't want to assume I knew how to do it," said Otis Smithson, a port of Baltimore longshoreman for about eight months.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2005
A decision by the Ehrlich administration to close two Midwest sales offices for the Maryland Port Administration has bruised relations with one of the agency's largest customers, prompting a company manager to call the move an "extremely grave error." In an e-mail obtained by The Sun, John Deere & Co.'s chief liaison with the port of Baltimore told state transportation officials that the plan to close the Detroit and Chicago offices and lay off two veteran marketing representatives by July could affect relations with the company.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
The John Deere 9660 STS combine is a two-story, green behemoth that costs twice as much as the average house in Baltimore and seems almost big enough to live in. With it, farmers can thresh at least 80 acres of grain in a day. But driving a combine into the belly of a cargo ship is like driving a rowhouse down the ramp of a parking garage. "They asked me to do it last week, but I refused because I didn't want to assume I knew how to do it," said Otis Smithson, a port of Baltimore longshoreman for about eight months.
NEWS
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | April 18, 2004
You've had it with your lawn mower. Begging it to start. Struggling with it on hills. Maneuvering it around trees. It's big, it's clunky, and it's just not cutting it any more. Home Depot has an array of new lawn equipment with user-friendly features for all budgets and yards. Find John Deere tractors with cruise control, automatic transmission, deluxe seats and even power ports for a cell phone or CD player. Add attachments of spreaders, sweepers and yard carts to various John Deere and Murray tractors.
NEWS
February 5, 2003
Rupert Dean Leedy, a retired regional financial manager for John Deere, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 74. Mr. Leedy was born in Wytheville, Va., and raised in Jackson, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Ohio State University in 1950. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of captain. He began his career that year in sales for John Deere, manufacturers of farm equipment, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
FEATURES
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | June 24, 2002
The 2500 block of Kirk Ave. in Baltimore is hardly the first place one would expect to find international award-winning architecture. It's part of a quasi-industrial area best known as the location of Green Spring Dairy, a storage yard for city buses, a former Coca-Cola plant and an old John Deere distribution center. But this working-class section of Baltimore was in the spotlight earlier this month when one of those buildings, the former John Deere property at 2524 Kirk Ave., received an international award for the way it has been preserved and renovated.
NEWS
September 3, 2000
The Mason-Dixon Historical Society will sponsor its 38th annual Steam and Gas Roundup Show from 7 a.m. to dusk Sept. 8 to 10 at the Carroll County Farm Museum on South Center Street, Westminster. Antique tractors, steam equipment, gas engines, farm machinery, and saw mill and horse equipment will be on display, many in working condition. John Deere tractors and equipment and Galloway engines and equipment will be featured. An antique car and truck show will be held Sept. 8 and 9, with a parade at 1 p.m. both days.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1999
The annual tractor pull used to haul in enough people to clear $10,000 for the Carroll County Agricultural Center.Farmers and mechanics from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania would attend on the last Sunday in April to see how much weight it took to make a restored Farmall come to a wheel-spinning stop on the red-dirt track.Now, organizers feel lucky to raise half that much. The tractor pull is no longer the only show in town, and its target audience has changed from farmers to motorheads.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | August 30, 1995
John Duerr sounds like the most happy fella of Linthicum. In April, his ex-wife managed to buy 10 tickets to Cal Day on Sept. 6 at Camden Yards and -- get this -- she gave Duerr one of them! Duerr can't believe it! Largess from an Ex! "There is a baseball god after all!" he shouts. Of course, Duerr -- pronounced "der" -- couldn't explain why his Ex of 11 years would pass up the handsome profit (see Sun classifieds) she'd make from selling the ticket. "I guess she felt sorry for me," Duerr says.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1999
The annual tractor pull used to haul in enough people to clear $10,000 for the Carroll County Agricultural Center.Farmers and mechanics from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania would attend on the last Sunday in April to see how much weight it took to make a restored Farmall come to a wheel-spinning stop on the red-dirt track.Now, organizers feel lucky to raise half that much. The tractor pull is no longer the only show in town, and its target audience has changed from farmers to motorheads.
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1996
Ed Smith never had many toys as a child. But he's turned a 10-by-12 guest bedroom in his house near Lisbon into a shrine for more than 1,000 toy tractors no bigger than 4 or 5 inches long and lighter than a brick."
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