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Blitz Fogger article

In the late 1950s into the late ’60s, a firm in Pocahontas, Iowa, manufactured a product similar to the Blitz Fogger (see “The Blitz Fogger,” Farm Collector, April 2015) called the “Poky Smoker.” In 1958, we were moving to a farm where the previous tenants were quite unsanitary. My dad acquired a Poky Smoker, hooked it to our Farmall M’s exhaust and completely smoked the house through a basement window until smoke escaped through the roof shingles. Thank goodness we found a different farm to move to later in 1958 in Palmer, Iowa.

In 1964, my wife and I and our family moved home from Omaha to Pocahontas to farm with my father and brother. We smoked our corn fields that summer at lay-by time with 2,4-D by using a Poky Smoker mounted on a Farmall M with a 448 cultivator. The cultivator had a piping system somewhat like pipe drops used with liquid spray. Small Poky Smokers were also made to fit on lawn mower engines. I don’t know what ever happened to this product. I saw one sell on a farm sale about five years ago near Pocahontas. Your story about the Blitz fogger in the April issue was very interesting and brought back a lot of memories.

Gary Imhoff, P.O. Box 134, Lohrville, IA 51453; (641) 431-0509


Corn planter

This photo shows a 1-row corn planter I bought in February. I am looking for information as to what color it should be and what model it is. Also, the lever or handle that puts it out of gear with a matched clutch on the drive wheel is missing. If anyone had a photo of how it should appear, that would be helpful. The only markings are: J1, J2, J3, J4, J5 and J6. Someone painted it red and put John Deere decals on it.

Milferd Smith, 64812 Csah 18, Darwin, MN 55324; (320) 693-8340


Advance-Rumely steam traction engine

We have bought an Advance-Rumely steam traction engine. I am trying to learn the history of the engine. Because we live in the Netherlands, no one here knows anything about this engine. Perhaps someone in the U.S. will recognize the engine.

The engine sold for $19,000 on a Hilpipre auction in 2011 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It came from the Blount farm, and was sold to Belgium. It has a 9x11 cylinder. The gearing and bearings are in very good condition. The serial number tag that should be on the smoke box is missing. I am doing a cosmetic restoration. The grates and water tanks are not very old, I think. The safety valve is very big. The firebox, flues and front flue sheet are also in very good condition. Production of this model began in 1915.

I would be very grateful to learn any information about this engine.

Bob Bruin, Valkkogerdijk, 9a 1744HE, St. Maarten, Netherlands; email:

Advance-Rumely steam traction engine


John Bailey

This is a photo of me and my grandfather, John Bailey, who was born in Kansas in 1896. This particular day it was too wet to plow, as evidenced by the straw and mud on the Farmall’s wheels. That is a 3-bottom 16-inch Minneapolis-Moline trip plow. The tractor’s serial number tag was gone. I now think it was a Rice R-9, as it had real wide tires and flat fenders. It also had a hand clutch. It had an LP engine; 60 gallons would run about 20 hours. In the picture we had already put the cans over the exhaust pipes. You can also see in the picture the backward tread on the rear wheel. That’s the spare. The cab could be from an early Ford Model TT. There was a small toolbox in each back corner of the cab. In cold weather, we put cardboard over the windows and it worked just fine. The old tractor did many years of hard work on my grandparents’ ranch west of La Veta, Colorado. My grandfather was a veteran of World War I. I am thankful to have been able to work and hunt with him for many years. This photo was taken in 1971. I was 20 years old; Grandpa was about 75.

Doug Bailey, La Veta, Colorado


Meadow green Oliver 880s

In November 2013, Farm Collector had an article on Iowa State University students restoring a mist green Oliver 880. I don’t have a mist green Oliver, but I do have two Oliver 880s painted meadow green. I have had one for 32 years and the other for 20 years. They have all the options Oliver offered at the time: power traction hitch, power booster drive, power shift wheels, power steering, independent PTO and front and rear weights.

John Wiggins, Springfield, Tennessee


Fuller & Johnson horse-drawn corn planter

These pictures show a Fuller & Johnson horse-drawn corn planter dating to the late 1880s. The planter was donated to the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club by the Curtis family of Lodi, Wisconsin.

Corn planter seat

When we received the corn planter, it was rusty. Its wooden parts were well-deteriorated, but intact enough that copies could be made of white oak. Metal parts were sandblasted, primed and painted. A cast iron seat was found and reproduced. “Bonanza” was the trade name for this planter.

Fuller & Johnson museum

Club members Verne Kindschi and Lyle Opperman took over this project and had a lot of fun with it. The planter, Fuller & Johnson gas engines, implements and machinery are displayed at the Fuller & Johnson Museum at the Badger Steam & Gas Engine show grounds on Sand Road north of Baraboo, Wisconsin. For more information, visit the member page established by Lyle Opperman and Verne Kindschi on the club website: Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club.

Lyle Opperman, Baraboo, Wisconsin


Oliver 88 tractor

This is a photo of my dad, Edgar York, who lived in Four Mile Township, Morris County, Kansas. He is shown here, harvesting wheat with his Oliver 88 tractor and 6-foot Oliver combine. The combine had a Continental 4-cylinder engine. The engine was water-cooled, but had no water pump; it cooled by convection.

Clarence York, Knoxville, Tennessee

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