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An Unusually Jolly Wheat Shocking Scene

harvest scene

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;

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Looking for Leads on Grinder


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:; (940) 241-2700

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Looking for Plans for Threshing Machine


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,

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Ever Heard of a Danco Loader for a Cub Cadet?


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!


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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Anyone Recognize This Manure Spreader?


I bought a spreader for a few dollars about 25 years ago. I use it for yard art and it gets a lot of looks and comments, but I don’t know who manufactured it or how old it is. It has a tricycle front end. The seat may have been metal. It has a few numbers on the gears and sprockets but I cannot find any maker’s mark or paint color. Does anyone recognize it?

Bob Kemmer, 7740 Old Delaware Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050

Looking for Information on Auction Buy

I found this plow at a farm sale. It is a 3-bottom. There are no marks on it. Has anyone seen anything like it?

Auction Buy

Auction Buy

 — Jens Hansen, 13289 198th Ave., Meadow, SD 57644-7608

Setting a Record in Kansas

Prairie Plowing Days will be held Aug. 27-28 in Concordia, Kansas. We applied for a Guinness record several months ago and have received confirmation of a new record category for the event, where we will plow 160 acres. We plan to set a world’s record for the most steam engines plowing in a field at the same time. We currently have a minimum of 10 engines that will participate and expect at least two more. We have collected 11 gangplows from all over the country. We welcome all interested persons to join us for this record-breaking event.

 — Brad Smith, Scottsville, KS 67420; (785) 243-0067;

Another Side of R.G. LeTourneau

I was very interested in and enjoyed Sam Moore’s column on R.G. LeTourneau in the May 2016 issue of Farm Collector. I learned much from it that I didn’t know before.

There are facts about LeTourneau and his success that were not mentioned in the article. This side of this great industrialist is not politically correct today, and I understand. However, I did feel it should be brought out.

LeTourneau firmly believed that any talents he had came from God, and as a born-again believer, he lived his life to God’s glory. “I gave to the Lord a tablespoon full and He gave back by the scoop shovel,” LeTourneau said. “I gave him the scoop shovel full, and I received back by the wheelbarrow full!” By the time of his retirement, LeTourneau was giving a full 90 percent of his net income to support missionaries and a Bible school.

 — Dean Delavan, Cincinnatus, New York

Dowidat Down Under

I was most impressed with the article about Joe Griewe and his fabulous wrench collection (Farm Collector, June 2016). As a collector myself, in a small way, I can understand that it has taken all those years to collect what he has at this time.

My collection consists of the Dowidat range of shifters, namely the no. 91 series and the left-hand knurled no. 73 series, with a 26-inch no. 72 series thrown in for good measure. Joe has so many wrenches; he is bound to have the Dowidat range as well.

The article comes close to the Dowidat range, in that Bahco at one time owned part of the Dowidat business. This was after the two remaining Dowidat brothers split up and went their separate ways. Later, a granddaughter is reported to have bought back the Dowidat-named company and it is still trading today in a range of countries. The other original brother kept the Gedore company going. I believe it is still trading as a family company.

 — Ron Waterhouse, Parkerville, Western Australia;


Our thanks to Leo Yelk, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, who sends a geographical correction. In the April 2016 issue of Farm Collector, the Coulee Antique Engine Club grounds are identified as being located a few miles north of Westby in Vernon, Wisconsin. In fact, the grounds are located a few miles north of Westby in Vernon County. Vernon, Wisconsin, is located on the east side of Wisconsin; Vernon County is on the west side of the state.

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