FRIDAYS AND FLYING DUTCHMEN OFFERED MUCH-NEEDED INNOVATIONS IN THE FIELDS
Inside the July issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands June 17
Friday Tractor Known for Speed, Unique Design – Hand-built in Michigan, Friday tractors were built of various metals and car parts, provided a way for farmers to get fruit from the orchard to market without loading it onto a truck, and reached speeds of 55 to 60 mph.
Moline’s Flying Dutchman Plow Line Was Commercial Hit – Moline Plow Co.’s innovative Flying Dutchman line of products enjoyed fame nationwide in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, before being rendered obsolete by newer technology.
Midwest Old Threshers Garden Tractor Area Opens Hobby to Non-farm Crowd – To reach those without lots of storage space, capital to buy antique tractors or ways to haul them, organizers at the annual Midwest Old Threshers Reunion began a garden tractor display area – and in five years, it’s grown to more than 200 tractors.
Carpenter-Turned-Manufacturer Refines Early Corn Planter – Seeking a more efficient corn planting method, George Washington Brown created a machine that combined a seed hopper, a mechanical device for dropping the corn, a shovel plow to open a trench and a log rolling behind to cover the seed. Farmers were skeptical, but his business took off when the Civil War began and America had to feed its soldiers.
Threshing Ring Brought Community Together – A Wisconsin man remembers when the threshing crew would bring area farmers and their wives together to work in the fields or prepare meals during harvest season.
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