EUCHEEANNA — While taking breaks from serving as a doctor of internal medicine and cardiology, James Sheppard spent two weeks every summer for 47 years exploring 42 states and Canada on unique treasure hunts.
“It’s probably the largest antique John Deere and Caterpillar tractor collection in the world,” Sheppard’s friend and Freeport-area resident Bill Fletcher said while recently perusing one of Sheppard’s eight tractor-filled barns in Eucheeanna.
The giant gasoline, diesel and even kerosene-powered machines housed there include 104 John Deere tractors and 47 Caterpillar tractors, almost all of which were mechanically- and cosmetically restored by Sheppard.
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