In raffles at two separate Iowa tractor shows last summer, Lyle Reinertson, Albert Lea, Minnesota, and his brother, Shorty Reinertson, Eldora, Iowa, both won tractors – identical tractors. The two Massey-Harris 30 tractors appear to be 1951 models, says Gladys Reinertson, Lyle’s wife.
The win ended a long, dry spell. “We’ve bought raffle tickets at tractor shows for 20 years,” Gladys says with a laugh, “but we never won anything before.”
Shorty has added his Massey to his tractor collection, but Gladys says she and Lyle plan to give theirs to their youngest grandson. “We’d rather see him enjoy it and display it,” she says.
I am enclosing a photo I was reminded of while reading the September 2015 issue of Farm Collector, where in Sam Moore’s column I saw photo 4 on page 11. My father bought this reaper from an elderly man some years ago. It had been settled in about a foot of sand and was rusted fast. He put the main drive gear in a tank of water to help loosen it. Then he took it to a blacksmith and they heated it. They’d almost given up when it came loose. This picture was taken at the Early Settlers parade in La Junta, Colorado, in the 1980s. The Gibson tractor is still in the family. The reaper was given to a museum in La Junta. My father passed away at age 91 in 1991.
I enjoy Farm Collector very much.
Keith Sommerfeld, Orrville, Ohio
In a letter to the editor that appeared in the April 2015 issue of Farm Collector, Gary Schatz, Katy, Texas, asked if anyone could identify a unique wheel he’d purchased. Jerome Lodermeier, St. Cloud, Minnesota, sent a photo of a Massey-Harris corn binder with what appears to be an identical wheel. “If you look close,” Jerome says, “you can see the bent spokes and the cast iron ring drive gear.”
I was very pleased to see the letter to the editor about the old blue, orange and white IHC sign. I have a similar sign. Mine is 14 inches across and is double-sided. It also has about a 10-inch angle on one side finished in white porcelain used to attach the sign to the side of the building so the sign sticks out away from the building. I found mine in the dirt in front of an old IHC dealership when I was cleaning up the property. I was pushing dirt with my crawler tractor and saw it in the dirt. Luckily, I had not damaged it. It is in very nice condition with very bright colors in spite of being buried in the earth for many years.
I greatly enjoy your magazine.
Ralph Hurlbert, Raymond, South Dakota
Editor’s note: Ralph, thanks to you, tractors all across America are now slowing to barely perceptible speeds as the operators scan the dirt for any hint of a treasure buried just beneath the surface. What a great find: Congratulations!
I enjoyed very much your article on field tile in the August 2015 issue of Farm Collector. The most common tile that I recall in southern New Jersey was “horseshoe” tile. It was placed open-side down on a board at the bottom of the ditch. I am told that the early tile was called “shin tile” because it was formed on a man’s shin. At the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture (now closed) on the Rutgers University campus in North Brunswick, N.J., there was a curved shin tile, formed on the shin of a man who was bowlegged.
Thanks for the article.
Coles Roberts, Curator of Collections,
New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, Medford, NJ
When cultivating corn with a 1-row cultivator pulled by a team of horses, you always had about five or six wooden pegs in your pocket. These were applied into appropriate holes in the shanks of the shovels. If you hit a rock or a stump, the peg would break and the shovel and shank would fly back into a flat position. This safety device prevented damage to the shovel or shank.
When we sawed wood, we always cut several boxes of wood to make cultivator pegs. These pegs were usually about 3/8-inch diameter and about 2 inches long.
The cultivator I used is still sitting east of the granary. The wooden tongue (for the cultivator) has rotted away. It had two handles and two stirrups for your feet to guide the swinging shovels. There were three sets of shovels on each gang. Also you had muzzles to put on the bridles of the horses to keep them from chomping on the corn. You’d tie the lines behind your back and guide the shovels with your hands and feet.
The name of the cultivator was a Perfection; it was sold by the IHC dealer. It was a riding cultivator with a pressed steel seat. I rode that old cultivator day after day. You usually cultivated corn three times before it got too tall. Then you went through with a corn knife or hoe to chop the weeds the cultivator had missed. I was probably 9 or 10 years old. Shovels were of two designs, either spear-point or bull-tongue. It was also equipped with fenders for small corn. I think I can almost feel my legs aching from guiding the shovel gangs today.
Harold Jehle, Baldwin, Kansas
A 1942 International Harvester TD-6 restored by Don Edwards, Solvang, California.