About Us

Meet Our Leadership

Dick

Dick was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1936. He graduated Cambridge High in 1954, was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1957, and graduated Minnesota School of Business in 1960. From there he spent six years employed at Pettibone Mullekin before moving to Hawaii and taking up employment at Theo H. Davies’ John Deere Division.

In 1976, Dick purchased Barnes Tractor in partnership with Zeke Van DeVenter. When Zeke passed away in 1991, Dick became sole owner and, six years later, sold Barnes Tractor to Empire Equipment in 1997. However, Dick decided to purchase the company back in 2002 and renamed it Fernbridge Tractor. In 2010, he formed a partnership with Mike Bibby who became 40% co-owner.

Dick lives in Ferndale, and has two daughters, six step-daughters, 18 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Mike

Coming soon.

A Brief History of Fernbridge Tractor

1922: Brenner Equipment, a John Deere dealership opens in Scotia, California.

1927: Neal Barnes, a future owner, joins the company as a salesman, and the dealership relocates to Fernbridge, California, to a building that is now part of Renner Petroleum.

1936: Neal Barnes becomes a partner and the company is renamed Brenner & Barnes. In addition to selling John Deere equipment, the company also begins selling DeLaval milking equipment, Goodyear tires, Fairbanks Irrigation pumps, New Holland haytools, and other related farm and irrigation equipment.


1946:
Mr. Brenner sells his interest to Mr. Barnes and the name changes to Barnes Tractor & Equipment.

1949: Property is purchased across the railroad tracks next to the Fernbridge. During slow times the employees construct what is now the Fernbridge Tractor building.

1954: The company moves into the new building just before a flood that leaves the shop and showroom under 2 feet of water.

1964: A second flood devastates Humboldt County, leaving the showroom under 4 feet of water and completely washes out the back lot.


1976
: Mr. Barnes’ health begins failing so he sells out to his son-in-law, Zeke Van DeVenter, and Dick Lindsay. Over the next few years, John Deere industrial equipment and Kubota tractors are added to the company’s product offerings.

 

1991: Zeke Van DeVenter passes away from cancer. Dick Lindsay purchases his interest and becomes sole owner.


1997
: The assets of Barnes is sold to Empire Equipment. Due to a recession in the industry, Empire elects to close the Fernbridge branch.

2002: Dick Lindsay gets the dealership back and reopens as Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment.

2007: Mike Bibby retires from the Air Force, joins the company, and eventually becomes a 40% owner.

Today we have 16 employees and cover Humboldt, DeNorte, Curry, and Trinity counties.

About Us

Meet Our Leadership

Dick

Dick was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1936. He graduated Cambridge High in 1954, was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1957, and graduated Minnesota School of Business in 1960. From there he spent six years employed at Pettibone Mullekin before moving to Hawaii and taking up employment at Theo H. Davies’ John Deere Division.

In 1976, Dick purchased Barnes Tractor in partnership with Zeke Van DeVenter. When Zeke passed away in 1991, Dick became sole owner and, six years later, sold Barnes Tractor to Empire Equipment in 1997. However, Dick decided to purchase the company back in 2002 and renamed it Fernbridge Tractor. In 2010, he formed a partnership with Mike Bibby who became 40% co-owner.

Dick lives in Ferndale, and has two daughters, six step-daughters, 18 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Mike

Coming soon.

A Brief History of Fernbridge Tractor

1922: Brenner Equipment, a John Deere dealership opens in Scotia, California.

1927: Neal Barnes, a future owner, joins the company as a salesman, and the dealership relocates to Fernbridge, California, to a building that is now part of Renner Petroleum.

1936: Neal Barnes becomes a partner and the company is renamed Brenner & Barnes. In addition to selling John Deere equipment, the company also begins selling DeLaval milking equipment, Goodyear tires, Fairbanks Irrigation pumps, New Holland haytools, and other related farm and irrigation equipment.

1946: Mr. Brenner sells his interest to Mr. Barnes and the name changes to Barnes Tractor & Equipment.

1949: Property is purchased across the railroad tracks next to the Fernbridge. During slow times the employees construct what is now the Fernbridge Tractor building.

1954: The company moves into the new building just before a flood that leaves the shop and showroom under 2 feet of water.


1964
: A second flood devastates Humboldt County, leaving the showroom under 4 feet of water and completely washes out the back lot.


1976
: Mr. Barnes’ health begins failing so he sells out to his son-in-law, Zeke Van DeVenter, and Dick Lindsay. Over the next few years, John Deere industrial equipment and Kubota tractors are added to the company’s product offerings.

1991: Zeke Van DeVenter passes away from cancer. Dick Lindsay purchases his interest and becomes sole owner.

1997: The assets of Barnes is sold to Empire Equipment. Due to a recession in the industry, Empire elects to close the Fernbridge branch.

2002: Dick Lindsay gets the dealership back and reopens as Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment.

2007: Mike Bibby retires from the Air Force, joins the company, and eventually becomes a 40% owner.

Today we have 16 employees and cover Humboldt, DeNorte, Curry, and Trinity counties.

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