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This is a 1919 newspaper advertisement for Dayton-Dowd Farm Tractors made by Dayton-Dowd Company, Quincy, Illinois.
--- Dayton-Dick was a leader in adapting automotive components to their tractors, particularly the radiator and automotive style front axle. The automobile radiator style is especially noticeable on the later Leader tractors. In 1917, Dayton-Dick produced the Leader 15-25 tractor. In 1919, Dayton-Dowd Co. of Quincy was organized to take over Dayton-Dick Co. and new products were introduced, including the Leader 16-32. One ad says Dayton-Dowd were “Builders of four wheel and crawler tractors since 1911,” but there is no other evidence that any of the companies involved actually built tractors before 1912. About 1919, letters were added to the model numbers, perhaps for easier reference. The 12-18 became the Model B, the 25-40 crawler became the Model C, the 25-40 became the Model D, the 16-32 became the Model N, and its sister, a 16-32 crawler tractor, was called the GU. Dayton-Dowd managed to stay afloat until 1924, when it manufactured but a single machine, the Model N 16-32 Leader, but then closed its doors forever.