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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?

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 — 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; www.prairieplowingdays.com

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; alphabit@bigpond.net.au

Correction

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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Location of Sawmill Steam Engine

sawmill steam engine

I am enclosing a photo of an old steam engine (possibly an Advance?) from Battle Creek, Michigan. I’ve been told the picture was from Clarksville, Georgia; Franklin, North Carolina; Rosedale, Virginia or Wytheville, Virginia. Luckily, there are several names to identify the helpers at the sawmill site. Note the tall smokestack to keep the sparks away from the planks of wood. The picture is dated 1914. Note the teams of mules. Where was this steam engine built?

Barry Wood, 1429 Stevenson Lake Rd., Clare, MI 48617-9161


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Horse-Drawn 1912 Tower Cultivator Restoration

1912 Tower cultivator

I am a collector and restorer of antique horse-drawn farm machinery. Presently I am restoring a vintage 1912 corn surface cultivator built by J.D. Tower & Sons Co., Mendota, Illinois (see illustration). The illustration is from the Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements and Antiques by C.H. Wendel.

What I need is the original paint colors of the various parts of the machine. I am hoping Farm Collector readers are able to supply me with this information.

Wesley A. Ahlberg, 5253 Lavaque Jct. Rd.,
Hermantown, MN  55811;
(218) 591-6721;
waahlberg2002@yahoo.com


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Looking for Manufacturer of Antique Kit Mower

antique kit mower

Can anyone identify the manufacturer of this kit mower with an electric engine? It looks like it was built in the 1940s or ’50s. Could it possibly have been made by Sears or Maytag, or perhaps it is an early Moz-all?

Thomas Cummings, 8912 70th St., Kenosha, WI 53142


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antique kit mower

Identify a Vintage Hay Loader

Recognize this loader?

antique hay loader

I am looking for the model name of this hay loader, and the year it was built. It is located in eastern Montana.

Ryan Stickel, scorpio@midrivers.com

Could it be a Mayrath?

The hay loader might be a Mayrath loader. They were built for a number of years. I never saw one, but I believe they have the distinction of being the last hay loader built; they were built into the early 1960s.

J.D. Falek, Decorah, Iowa


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Toy, Tool or Sample: Recognize this Barn Elevator?

toy or tool? 

I bought this barn elevator at an antique store several years ago. The people at the store thought it might be a salesman’s sample, possibly from England. There are no markings on it. It measures 4 feet by 5 feet by 16 inches, and it works. Can anyone identify it as a tool, toy or sample?

James Moloney,
jamesamoloney@yahoo.com


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Need Help Identifying Allis-Chalmers Implement

Implement

I am hoping readers can help identify this machine. It could be an Allis-Chalmers unit (it has A.C. Bruner markings on it). It is 6 feet wide. The combs are spring-loaded and turn in the same direction

Karen Brunt, 240 Western Drain Rd., R.D. 3, Whakatane 3193, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand; c.image@netsmart.net.nz


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