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5/10/2016

Birdsell Clover Huller

I was very interested in the Iron Age Ads in the April 2016 issue of Farm Collector featuring the Birdsell clover thresher and separator. My wife and I bought this Birdsell clover huller at an auction in northeast Ohio three years ago. It had been in a barn for more than 30 years. It is now on display (under cover) at the Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County, Ohio. It was almost destroyed on the way to the auction when one of the pins came out of the hitch. It needs some TLC to get it back in running condition.

Lyle and Sharon Bertram, via email


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5/10/2016

 windmill

A unique Challenger windmill was erected on the Oscar and Mable Hatlelid homestead in Burke County, North Dakota, between 1905 and 1910. It was used to pump water for stock from a 60-foot well.

In the 1980s, lightning broke the tower and the wheel fell off. In 1995, Ken Hatlelid, Oscar’s son, rescued all the metal parts from the top of the tower and found four pieces of rotted wood parts from the wheel’s fins. He took them to his home in Eugene, Oregon, and with a lot of studying and experimenting, reconstructed the wheel. New fins were made with redwood flume stock from a 4-foot-diameter pipe built in Medford, Oregon, in 1924. The wheel was mounted on a 12-foot tower in Ken’s backyard.

In 2014, Oscar’s grandson, Dennis Hatlelid, moved the windmill to Denton, Montana. Dennis repaired and reconstructed part of the cast operating system. The wood parts were sanded and repainted to their original colors of white with green tips.

Jan Stafek, Eugene, Oregon.


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4/12/2016

Dan Andrew Conrad

These photos show the last threshing ring near Conrad, Iowa. The man standing on the machine is Dan Andrew.

Clifford Parker, P.O. Box 785, Conrad, IA 50621

Threshing Ring Conrad


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3/8/2016

Homemade tractor 

Last fall I came across a barn that was being cleaned out. Outside was this gem of a homemade tractor I saved from the scrap heap. The tractor is a great example of “necessity is the mother of invention.”

A Model A Ford supplied the running gear with a cut-down rear end, and angle iron welded on the wheels formed tire cleats. It has a Model A Ford transmission and homemade throw bearing for the clutch, which is mounted over the rear end, and a huge chain-driven sprocket that would drive the tractor. The engine is missing and nowhere to be found. I think the engine had to be an air-cooled unit. The front end of the frame is not extended for a radiator. It must have been a large engine, based on the size of the starter.

Several engine and tractor enthusiasts have thought that this was a single plow tractor or rock-and-stump puller. The “man-killer” may have been used to drag out firewood logs, but not during Maine’s mud season. It will be used as a flower box this coming spring.

Paul Baresol, Buxton, Maine; pgbaresel@yahoo.com


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3/8/2016

Douglas Pripps 

In the December 2015 issue of Farm Collector, an article on the Vaughn post auger suggested that the U.S. Cavalry used the augers to create temporary horse corrals on the Great Plains. More likely, the fence posts with the corkscrew-style design are surplus World War I barbed wire anchor posts.

These posts were set in no-man’s land, the region between the opposing armies’ trenches, with barbed wire strung through the loops forming an entanglement to slow the advancing enemy. The barbed wire barriers were set up by wiring parties that ventured out under cover of darkness. The noise of hammering a traditional fence post into the ground was found to draw the enemy’s attention, so screwing these posts into the ground was much quieter and therefore safer.

In the photo above, I am shown with just such a setup (although the barbs are actually made of rubber). This photo was taken several years ago at a battlefield re-enactment at Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Midway Village Museum hosts World War I and II re-enactments annually.

Douglas Pripps, Rockford, Illinois

WW1 fence post

WW1 wire party


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2/9/2016

McCormick Spreader

I have subscribed to Farm Collector for a few years now, and I love the magazine. I really like the variety of articles. I recently purchased the Best of Farm Collector special issue. I was reading the article on the New Idea horse-drawn manure spreader and thought I would send you pictures of the McCormick-Deering all-steel horse-drawn manure spreader I restored with my father-in-law this year. It turned out better than we expected (top photo). It had been sitting in his shed for more than 20 years before we decided to restore it (below). Everything worked and it was only missing two shields. I found another spreader nearby that had the shields. I took pictures and measurements and made patterns of the shields I was missing so I could reproduce them. It was a fun project. We are now in the process of restoring a 1952 Allis-Chalmers WD I bought from my neighbor this fall. Keep up the good work on the magazine.

Dave Goette, Bricelyn, Minnesota

McCormick Spreader


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2/9/2016

Eveners 

In the January 2016 issue of Farm Collector, Ken Larson inquired as to the function of a specific set of eveners. As shown in his photo, it looks like the back evener of a 4-up hitch. There would be a chain, rod or cable running ahead to hook to the lead team. It would allow all four horses to pull evenly. It could be used on anything that you would use four horses on. I have a setup on a sled pole. At the end, I have a clevis holding the rod and chain up where the front evener hooks up. Not many people use this system anymore. Most people use a rope and pulley setup.

Norman Roering, Belgrade, Minnesota


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