Steve Kenkel celebrates Shelby County, Iowa’s role in hybrid corn development
Steve Kenkel’s corn museum is filled with stunning vintage corn-related items, many of which are accompanied by detailed signage.
A King of the Corn Field corn planter and fertilizer distributor, manufactured by Whitman Agricultural Works, Auburn, Maine, in 1889.
At right, an 1881 fanning mill Steve restored. Left front: A Chatham box sheller produced by Manson Campbell Co., Detroit. At back, an Appleton Mfg. Co. (Batavia, Ill.) corn slicer.
A seed corn dryer typical of units used to dry the best ears for the following year’s seed. This one was produced by Vold Mfg. Co., Forest City, Iowa.
A Cannon cylinder corn sheller, patented in 1843 by F.N. Smith and manufactured by Ellis Keystone Agricultural Works, Pottstown, Pa.
Center: Steve restored this Keystone hand-dropped corn planter in 2009; the piece dates to 1869, manufactured by Keystone Mfg. Co, Rock Falls, Ill. Left: a Farmer’s Friend hand-drop corn planter produced by Farmer’s Friend Mfg. Co., Dayton, Ohio, in about 1887. Right: a corn planter produced by Brown Corn-Planter Works, Knox County, Ill.
A right-hand corn sheller produced by Gould Mfg. Co., Seneca Falls, N.Y., patented in March 1863.
A grain cleaner dating to the late 1880s, produced by Beeman Grain Cleaner Co., Minneapolis.
A California film company filmed parts of Steve’s 2011 Expo. Here, a crew member presents Steve with a balloon creation naming him “Corn King.”
One of the first planters built by manufacturer George Brown. The piece dates to 1863.
A corn slicer produced by Appleton Mfg. Co., Batavia, Ill.