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Field Notes

Documentary Brings 1919 Tractor to Life


The 1919 Walla Walla Tractor Show documentary tells the story of the biggest agricultural exposition west of the Mississippi. Nearly 49,000 people attended the three-day event showcasing agricultural innovations of the time. Production of the tractor show (and associated Blue Mountain Music Festival) was an extraordinary feat, one that doubled the size of Walla Walla for a few days.

Created by Linda Herbert and Daniel Biggs and produced by Blue Mountain Land Trust, the video may be viewed on the Blue Mountain Land Trust’s website: A companion book, The 1919 Walla Walla Tractor Show, is available through the Blue Mountain Land Trust website at All proceeds go to Land Trust programs.

Grandfather and Gaar-Scott Steam Engine


After a hard day’s work

This Photo was taken in Nebraska where my grandfather, Charlie Livgren (right), lived before moving to Kansas. The Photo shows a Gaar-Scott steam engine and what looks like a weary crew. My Grandfather worked on many of those old threshing machines. I do not know the date the photo was taken.

Kerry Livgren, Berryton, Kansas

Farquhar Cider Press Going Strong 82 Years Later


My wife, Judy, and I operate a small, 58-acre farm in Bedminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Our crops are apples, peaches, strawberries and a variety of vegetables. I wanted to let you know was how thrilled I was to read the article on Mike Wahl, his daughters, and his 1921 Farquhar steam engine in the December 2019 issue of Farm Collector. I do not have a steam engine, but we do have an A.B. Farquhar 32-inch cider press. It has been operating on our farm for 82 seasons. It is powered by a Ford tractor on iron wheels using a line shaft and flat belts. Back in the October 2018 issue of Farm Collector, there was an article about malleable chain links by Ted “Dutch” deHaan. Our apple elevator uses those type of links.


Thank you for these great articles and all the others.

It is a happy day when Farm Collector arrives in the mail.


Ken and Judy Bupp

Double Vision: International Harvester Truck


Experiencing double vision

This is another photo of my 1973 International Harvester 1210 3/4-ton 4x4 that was featured in the November 2019 issue of Farm Collector. The truck is running great, but when I got a chance to buy this 1971 fence-row pickup, I decided it would be nice to have it around in case I need parts. It is not every day that you see an old IH truck pulling another old IH truck, especially when they’re both the same color.

Alan Easley, Columbia, Missouri

On the Road to Trouble


I enjoyed Clell G. Ballard’s article on lugged tractor wheels (Farm Collector, November 2019) and it prompted me to add this bit to the story. This is a picture of a sign in my collection that is identical to the ones posted on roads coming into our small suburban community of Mount Prospect, Illinois, in the early 1950s.

Spencer Prahl, Marengo, Illinois

Long-Forgotten Breed of Cattle Discovered

Photo by Donald 

As I was perusing your August 2019 issue, I happened upon the Sprouts page and was enjoying the wonderful artwork by the young artists. I was particularly struck by the farmyard scene depicted by Donald Robertson of White Creek, New York. It was beautifully rendered, complete with an external silo ladder, glowing hay mow and John Deere chopper rig with yellow pickup and horn.

But it was the cattle pen that really caught my attention. Imagine my surprise and delight to see that young Mr. Robertson is raising the same breed of cattle I raised back in 1963 when I was 7 years old. I was under the impression that the breed had long ago gone out of style. But thankfully I was wrong and the breed is alive and well.

I’ve attached some pictures for comparison. On the left is Mr. Robertson’s picture. On the right is a picture of a sign that I still have from those long-ago days. Thank you, Mr. Robertson!

Charles D. Leedy, Winston Salem, North Carolina

Great Piece on the Thrifty Farmer


I just finished reading a friend’s copy of the October issue of Farm Collector, which included an article on the Thrifty Farmer kit. It is nice to see this article in Farm Collector. The author did a great job with the specific details and photos that allow the reader to understand the unique differences of the Peru-built kit and other kits that were available in the 1930s.

Doug Larson, Buda, Illinois

Setting the record straight on Shelton show coverage

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