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Getting a Grip on Collectible Wrenches

Get a Grip 

In regard to a letter to the editor in the November 2016 issue of Farm Collector from Bob Stevens, Wapiti, Wyoming: I have several wrenches similar to the one shown in the November 2016 issue. Mine are all patented by Edwin Evans, Venice, California. They are called either slide-adjust or spiral-adjust wrenches. Two of the wrenches are for standard nut application; the other is a pipe wrench. The one nut wrench with a brass slide is marked “Evans Wrench Co. Fall River, Mass.” The other nut wrench is marked “Evans Patd. Zip Grip, L.A. Calif.” The pipe wrench is marked “Evans Patd. Zip Grip L.A. Calif.”

Edwin, Evans & Hempfill patented the spiral-adjust nut wrench on Sept. 20, 1921.  The pipe wrench was patented March 27, 1923. H&E Wrench Co. operated in New Bedford, Massachusetts. They manufactured under the name of H&E Wrench Co. Two other wrenches shown in the pictures are made by H&E Wrench Co. They are much larger and more heavily built and are also called spiral wrenches.

Joe Greiwe, Batesville, Indiana

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Preserving the Past

preserving the past

preserving the past


I have enclosed an aerial photo (right) taken of the Johnson farm, Capron, Illinois, in about 1960. Compare it to the ground photo (above) taken in about 1935.

Note how the concrete block silo replaced the two stave silos. Also, check the empty foundation at the bottom center of the aerial view. This was the old location of the chicken house, which is shown in the upper left of 1960 photo. It was moved to a place less proximal to the road as a deterrent to chicken thieves. As far as I know, this is now all gone.

Farm Collector is helping to preserve the memory of the seemingly brief period between the decline of the family farm and the emergence of the big corporate farm. Future historians will use it as a reference.

Clyde Eide, 3801 E. Crest Dr., Apt. 3205, Bryan, TX 77802

Ford-Ferguson 9N and Ford 8N




Two standout Fords

These are pictures I took at shows this summer. I saw the 1940-41 Ford-Ferguson 9N with no hydraulics (above) at the Gratz Area Antique Machinery Assn. show in Gratz, Pennsylvania. It is rare! The other tractor (left) is a Ford 8N with a Lincoln V12 engine.

Donald C. Ober, Manheim, Pennsylvania

Feeding Hogs in Kentucky

illustration of pigs 

I was raised on a farm in central Kentucky with four brothers and three sisters. We raised a big garden and our own beef and hogs to eat.

It was the boys’ job to slop the hogs. Slop is a mixture of leftover food scraps and water, which the hogs love to eat. It was downhill from the house to the barn. My younger brother could coast his bicycle from the house to the pig lot. He would hang the pail of slop on the handlebars of his bike. One day he went to slop the hogs and got his bike in a rut and wrecked it. Of course the slop went everywhere, covering him from head to toe. That was the last time he did that.

Another time, the hogs got where they wouldn’t eat ear corn, so my dad called the vet. The vet told him there was nothing wrong with the hogs. Come to find out, my brother had been laying the ears of corn on the electric fence and the hogs had gotten afraid of eating it. Boy, did my brother ever get a whipping for doing that.

John Haynes, Brownsville,Kentucky

Nov. 4 is Deadline for Show Photo Entries


Don’t miss your chance to share your photography with the readers of Farm Collector! Deadline for our annual show photo issue is Friday, Nov. 4. Send your favorite photos from the past show season. We’ll print as many as we have space for in our February 2017 issue.

Send good quality prints (no photos from home printers will be accepted) to Farm Collector Show Photos, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.

Please send high-resolution digital images to

With each photo, please send as much detailed information as possible, including:

• year, make and model of equipment shown
• names of identifiable people
• name, date and location of the show

Please include a phone number and email address so we can contact you if we need more information. Photos of children under age 18 can be accepted only if accompanied by a release form signed by the child’s parent. Please contact us if you need a release form.

Need more information? Call Farm Collector, (800) 682-4704.