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Hatchery Business in the Late 1920s

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Great incubator article (“Chicken and the Egg: Incubators eased work of farm wife’s chore,” Farm Collector, April 2017).

I’ve enclosed a photo of my grandparents in front of their hatchery in Brookville, Indiana. Gus and Katherine are shown, with their son, Roy, on the running board of the Overland Sedan. This photo was taken in 1927 or ’28, according to Roy.

Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Indiana


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Restoring an Allis-Chalmers Model B

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I did all the restoration work on this 1939 Allis-Chalmers Model B myself. It took two full years to complete. I am real proud of the way it turned out. It gets so many compliments at tractor shows. I enjoy speaking to all of the people passing by, and educating them on the rich history of this tractor, and answering any questions they might have. I will be 73 years old this year, and am finding it more important than ever to help educate the younger generation on the overall importance of the antique tractor, hoping that some of the history is carried on.

William Manszewski, Dearborn, Michigan


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Restoring a 1948 Ford Tractor

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1948 ford

I bought this tractor in October 2015. The engine was locked up, the tires were flat and it was real rusty. This tractor was bought new in 1948 by a farmer on a small farm. When he died, it was given to his son, who stored it in a barn for 20 years. He gave it to his son-in-law, who parked it outside for five years until I bought it. In April 2016, I paraded it for the first time. I have taken it to two other parades and a show at the Illinois State Fair since then. We did not have to rebuild the engine. It runs very good. I am part-owner of Heubner Tires, Inc., with my son and grandson, so I knew where to buy tires.

Jim Heubner, Petersburg, Illinois


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Caterpillar’s Entry into the Grader Business

 Russell grader

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The gear wheel reads, “The Russell Traction Special, MFG by the Russell Grader Mfg. Co., Minneapolis, MN Pat. Aug. 28, 1910.” This Russell grader has an 8-foot moldboard.

This is in regard to the article on the Caterpillar grader in the February 2017 issue of Farm Collector. The Russell grader shown in these photos belonged to the local township; I can remember it being used in the 1940s and ’50s. I purchased it in the 1970s to use to grade small jobs round our ranch and it is still used from time to time. When Caterpillar bought Russell in 1928, that put Caterpillar in the grader business.

Willard Ottman, Lemmon, South Dakota


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Farm Collector Readers to the Rescue

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culitvator

I am a collector and restorer of antique horse-drawn farm machinery. I recently restored a 1912 corn surface cultivator manufactured by J.D. Tower & Sons Co., Mendota, Illinois (see photos). During the restoration, I needed information about original paint colors for the machine. I wrote a letter to the editor of Farm Collector, asking for information on factory paint colors. The letter appeared in the July 2016 issue.

I am pleased to report I received many letters and phone calls from Farm Collector readers. I would like to thank the following who supplied me with much-needed information: Nic Papenburg, Shipshewana, Indiana; Don Copa, Little Falls, Minnesota; Robert (Butch) Hansen Jr., a Duluth, Minnesota machinist, who made the many missing parts; and others who helped on this project.

One of my next projects will be another early horse-drawn cultivator, an Adams made by Marseilles Mfg. Co., Marseilles, Illinois. This machine has been outside for more than 100 years and I will need the original paint colors on it also. If anyone has that information, please call or write to me.

Wesley Ahlberg, 5253 Lavaque Jct. Rd., Hermantown, MN 55811;
(218) 591-6721


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Unique Oliver 70 Row Crop Restoration Salutes Veterans

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I grew up on a farm in Iowa. My father always farmed with Olivers. We had an Oliver 70 Row Crop like this one when I was growing up and starting to help with field chores.

My dad, Oscar, was a WW II veteran. He started farming the family land as soon as he came home from the war. I wanted to honor my dad’s service and the service of all those who fought for our country. So, voilà! The idea of a patriotic Oliver 70 Row Crop popped into my mind. Luckily, this tractor was sitting alongside the road, for sale, on the route I took to work every day. I bought it with the intention of turning the Oliver green into the red, white and blue, and boy, oh boy, did I ever take a lot of ribbing about it. The seller – the president of our local steam engine club – was not too happy about this idea, but quickly changed his mind when he saw the finished product.

I completely restored this tractor (every nut and bolt) and painted it the red and blue. The detail work (stars and stripes) was done by Getz Automotive in Hampshire, Illinois, and they did the tractor proud!

For the unveiling at our local steam and tractor show in August 2015, our whole family was present for the parade on the first day. They made quite a showing in their “Honor Our Veterans” T-shirts in the bleachers.

Rod Miller, 128 Schmidt Dr.,
Hampshire, IL 60140; (847) 778-8805


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Restoring Vintage Plows

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True Blue Blount vintage plow. Photo courtesy Robert R. Barnes

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vintage plow

My wife and I got these plows from an 86-year-old friend. We took them apart and used a DeWalt with a wire brush and sanding disc to clean them up. We used all the original nuts and bolts to put them back together. We researched colors and tried to match them up as best we could, considering the age of the plows. The blue one is a True Blue Blount, the white is a Vulcan and the red is a B.F. Avery. My wife used a fine brush to paint the raised lettering yellow on the backside of the Avery. We are going to start an antique tractor/implement restoration business so we can bring history back to life.

Robert R. Barnes

Salem/Congo, Arkansas


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