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4/12/2016

trough 

Our archeologist and staff recently found a historic concrete trough circled inside with rebar. The trough is located in a cemetery dedicated in 1884; the cemetery is adjacent to a flowing creek in Harris County, Texas. We have not found the date of construction. The circular rebar is covered with an X-pattern. The trough measures about 3 feet by 4 feet; there is hand-made brick under the trough. We estimate the trough to weigh more than 300 pounds.

We’d like to date the trough, identify the usage and purpose of its location, and erect a small educational marker nearby. It is located on high ground above a small creek. It is near a water mill that was in use from 1838-’74. No one in the county knew the trough existed, and no one knows anything about its construction.

If anyone has information on the history of the trough, its construction or the time period represented by the rebar, please contact us.

Janet K. Wagner, 710 North Post Oak Rd., Suite 400,
Houston, TX 77024, (713) 854-1853;
jkwco@yahoo.com


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4/12/2016

Jumbo Burr Mill

I am seeking information on a burr mill I am hoping to restore. The majority of the paint is rusted through from years of setting outside, but it appears to have been painted a yellow color. What is left of the decal on the hopper says the piece is “part of the Jumbo Line” built by Nelson Bros. Mfg. Co., Saginaw, Michigan. In the center of the oval decal is an image of an elephant.

If anyone has any information on this mill, including original color, company information or a photograph of the complete decal, I would appreciate the help.

B. Goettl, 26975 30th Ave., Cadett, WI 54727


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4/12/2016

Mystery combine

This unit, originally located on the Paul McCaw farm (now owned by John and Audrey Osborn) west of Waitsburg, Washington, has been relocated to the Eastern Washington Agriculture Museum in Pomeroy. We are trying to find out who might have built or helped build it, probably in conjunction with William McCaw (1889-1924).

Because some rollers and bearing housings were built with brass, it is possible that it was built in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area, where there was a large shipbuilding industry. “Alameda, Cal.” is painted on the inside of the galvanized skin. We know that the Best Co. was located at San Leandro, and Holt, Haines-Houser, Harris and possibly others were close by.

The front wheel is 48 inches in diameter and 10 inches wide, the width the same as the rear wheels. Overall length measures about 22 feet; overall width, about 8-1/2 feet; overall height, about 9 feet.

The unique leveling system with four racks on each side does not seem to match up with other production units that we have been able to read and/or inquire about. We’d appreciate any thoughts and/or suggestions of where to look next.

David Ruark, Pomeroy, Washington; dnruark@wildblue.net


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4/12/2016

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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3/8/2016

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


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1/14/2016

Garden tractor 

A mate of mine found this piece of machinery and I have been trying to positively identify it. The differential indicates that it is a powered machine. From the general appearance, it appears to be an early garden tractor. In research I have done, the closest thing I have found is a Rede, an early version with multi-spoked wheels, but this is not positive. Would any Farm Collector readers be able to identify this piece? Very few of these types of machines were used in Australia and there is little knowledge about them.

Ron Waterhouse, Parkerville, Western Australia; email: alpahbit@gmail.com


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12/7/2015

eveners 

I’ve enclosed a photo of a set of eveners (or doubletrees) for a team of horses or mules. They were bought at an auction west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. What implement would they have been used on? One man said it would have been from a plow. However, I do not understand that. The only guess I have is, it might be from a seed drill. This is the only implement that I’ve been unable to understand how it was hooked on.

The crescent-shaped piece at the top measures 9-1/2 inches wide; each long piece connecting to it measures 18 inches long. Each of the two horizontal pieces at the bottom measures 29 inches long.

Ken Larsen, P.O. Box 5452 Stn. Main,
Devon AB, Canada T9G 1Y2


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