Old Iron Questions

Looking for Information on Stone Boats

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Do any Farm Collector readers have information on a stone boat? No, it is not a rock group like Led Zeppelin. It was more like a heavy-duty sled or skid. It was pulled by a team and used to haul massive rocks from a tilled field. Made of heavy lumber, it was built low to the ground. I do not know if it was factory-built or homemade. If the former, all markings were long gone on the one I remember. I only saw it used once, but by my time, most fields were cleared of such debris. Perhaps I have missed something in earlier Farm Collector articles.

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


Editor’s note: There have been occasional references to stone boats in Farm Collector over the years, but none have been detailed. It seems most were made by farmers with wide variation in construction and design. Readers, have any information for Clyde?

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An Unusually Jolly Wheat Shocking Scene

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A picture given to me by a friend in my hometown of Healy, Kansas, captures wheat shocking better than any picture I’ve seen – mostly because of its candid nature. The picture appears to have been contact-printed onto postcard stock. Genealogy friends have dated it, based on the postcard graphics, between 1907 and 1918. I believe the picture was taken at supper break. You can see a stand of wheat and shocks behind them, as well as a farm in the distance.

Questions arise: What was the joke? Where can I get a straw hat like those? Were they custom cutters? Does this relate at all to the cause of the Dust Bowl, when vast stands of native grass were turned to plant wheat?

Bob Foos, 701 Ellis St., Webb City, MO 64870; (417) 673-5835; bob.foos@gmail.com


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Looking for Leads on Grinder

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Does anyone recognize this grinder? A handle on the rear turns a series of gears to get speed out of the grinding rock that measures 1-3/4 inches wide and 5 inches in diameter (it could have been as wide as 6 inches when the rock was new). The overall height of the grinder in the “down” position is 7-1/2 inches. When you push down the handle coming out of the left side with your left hand, the grinding rock raises to 9-1/2 inches. I am grateful for any assistance.

Raymond Fenley,
email: RLF640@verizon.net; (940) 241-2700


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Looking for Plans for Threshing Machine

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I have built a 3/4-inch scale model of a 1904 steam tractor and am now looking for a set of plans for a threshing machine of approximately the same vintage. I am very willing to buy these if they are available. Can anyone help or direct me to a source for this information?


Bob Reimche, jbreimche@shaw.ca

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Ever Heard of a Danco Loader for a Cub Cadet?

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In the April 2004 issue of Farm Collector there is an article on the International Harvester Cub Cadet. There is no mention of the IH Cub Cadet with a Danco hydraulic front loader. We have talked with a number of Cub Cadet dealers and none have ever heard of a loader for the IH Cub Cadet. Some dealers have told me I was mistaken. We have a 1973 Cub Cadet with a Danco hydraulic front loader that has a hydraulic lift for the lawn mower. We would like to hear from anyone else who has one. This has been in storage for more than 30 years and starts right up when I put gas in it. We also have the manuals for both the Cub Cadet and the loader!

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I also have a Humphrey Rapid clover cutter made by Humphrey & Sons in Joliet, Illinois (patented Oct. 18, 1803). This machine was used on a fox farm to grind clover to be mixed with fox food and to enhance the fox pelt as the clover added protein.

We used to cut wild peppermint, put it in small bags and give it to spectators at antique engine shows.


Dexter and Pauline Bennett, 68 Bennett Farm Rd., West Charleston, VT 05872; (802) 723-4814

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