Fun on a northern Illinois farm quickly takes a turn for the worse when stuck in a manure carrier
Plans for dumping manure into a wagon outside a dairy barn. These engravings were probably made before manure spreaders became common. The manure would have to be unloaded in the field by hand with a manure fork or shovel.
Louden Self-Acting Carrier on wire track. This view shows load position. Note the triplock on the wire that engages the trip lever on the carrier frame.
Louden Self-Acting Carrier on wire track. This view shows dump position of hopper box. Note the triplock on the wire that engages the trip lever on the carrier frame.
Louden Self-Acting Carrier, wire-track type, with chain hoist to raise and lower the hopper box. The top is the load position; the bottom is the dump position.
A Louden carrier, solid track type, with chain hoist to raise and lower the hopper box. Louden Machinery Co., Catalog J, Fairfield, Iowa, 1923.
A plan for installation of a Louden carrier, with straight run of solid steel track extending from the rear of the building to 30 feet out in the yard. Company promotional material also noted, "Louden Carriers can be made to meet any plan, no matter how large or small a barn may be or what the seeming difficulties."
This advertisement for a Leader Self Acting Litter Carrier on wire track appeared in the 1912 Farm Implement News Buyer's Guide. Note the triplock on the wire that engages a dump lever on the carrier frame. This dumps the load at a predetermined spot.
Louden feed and ensilage carriers operating on solid track with chain hoist to raise and lower box.
Louden overhead switches for solid track. Top shows three-way switch, the right shows cross-over track switch. These devices provided for intricate movements of the carrier just like switches and cross-over tracks do for railroad trains.