Field Notes

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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Low-Profile Canadian IH Crawlers


Robert Pripps’ article on International Harvester crawler tractors produced in the Hamilton, Ontario, plant (Farm Collector, May 2019) neglected to mention the low-profile or orchard versions of the T-4, T-5 and TD-5 crawlers. These machines differ from the versions described in the article in that the exhaust, air intake and headlights were within the hood and grille, control levers are below the hood-line and there are extended engine side panels and a lower driver’s seat. 


The low-profile versions of these crawlers are extremely rare. I have a T-5, shown in these photos.

Wayne Atwood
Kingston, Ohio


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How Old is This Associated Engine?


I recently bought a 6hp Associated engine (serial no. 601911) manufactured in Waterloo, Iowa. It’s run by a battery and coil. My question is its age. It does not have the brace under the water hopper
and it has only four bolts in the head. After replacing the mica washers in the igniter, it runs fine. Thanks for any help.

Harry Bartosch
Schulenburg, Texas
email:; phone: (979) 505-0524


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Something to Build To


For those who live far from Florida, hurricanes are short-lived. For those left to pick up the pieces and rebuild, a hurricane is less a weather phenomenon than it is an unwelcome new reality. 

Such is the case at Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, a living history museum in Blountstown, Florida. Founded in 1989 by Willard and Linda Smith, the settlement operates through a land-grant lease in Calhoun County’s Sam B. Atkins Park.
There, nearly 20 historical buildings salvaged from sites throughout the area have been restored, furnished and preserved as a living history museum. The settlement includes cabins (the oldest dates to 1820), a schoolhouse, doctor’s office, one-cell jail, church, post office and general store, as well as an axe museum, blacksmith shop, cobbler shop, firehouse, gristmill, syrup house and a former school gymnasium.
On Oct. 10, 2018, the 5-acre settlement took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. The Category 4 monster uprooted more than 100 mature pine trees. “You would not believe the trees,” Willard Smith says. “It took a week just to cut our way in.”


Beefed up during restoration, several structures appeared to weather the storm without significant damage — until trees hit them. “Then they just blew up,” he says. 
Nothing at the settlement escaped damage. “We did not expect this kind of damage,” Willard says. “But this storm was on the ground such a long time. It caused so much devastation [across Florida]. There are millions of tons of debris.”
The settlement is normally a busy place. Visitors swarm over exhibits. Classes for adults and children offer hands-on experiences. Events and festivals deliver family-friendly opportunities year-round.
This year — the settlement’s 30th anniversary year — most events have been put on hold. Reconstruction is slow and costly. Skilled labor is all but unavailable and material costs have gone through the roof. “The biggest challenge is scraping together the money to buy materials,” Willard admits. “I don’t know of any museum that has an abundance of money.”
But he has not thrown in the towel. “We go along day by day and it doesn’t look like we’ve accomplished much, but by the end of the week, you can see a little improvement. We built it from nothing before,” he allows. “Now we have something to build to." — Leslie C. McManus


For more information:
17869 Pioneer Settlement Rd., P.O. Box 215, Blountstown, FL 32424
Phone, (850) 674-2777

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Steam Threshing Festival Changes Dates

If you’ve reserved time on your calendar for the annual Steam Threshing Festival at Heritage Park of North Iowa in Forest City, make sure you’ve marked off the right weekend. Traditionally held the third weekend in September, the show will move up this year to the second weekend in June – June 7-9, 2019.

Photos from Heritage Park of North Iowa

This year’s show feature is Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. equipment and Sheppard diesel engines. A Show n’ Shine Car Show will include classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Planned demonstrations include working horses, steam power, prairie tractors, log sawing and planing, and blacksmithing. Author Leland Wyman will be present from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, to sign copies of his book, Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company.


Heritage Park also hosts a steam school each May, and a horse and mule event, Aug. 24-25, showcasing traditional horse- and mule-powered farming. Camping is available on the Winnebago Campgrounds adjacent to the 91-acre park on the south side of Forest City. For more information, check out the Heritage Park Facebook page or visit Heritage Park of North Iowa.


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Volunteers Install Attractions at Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn.

Two new features – a late 1800s barn and a granary – have been restored by the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn. at the club’s show grounds. The barn and granary are located at the south end of the show grounds.

The main frame of the barn measures 18 feet by 36 feet with 14-foot sidewalls. Hand-hewn timbers were pinned with wooden pins. Roof boards and other lumber were sawed at the Pioneer Power sawmill in 2016.

Photos from Glenn Holicky

The main frame and completed barn were restored to their original design. Reconstruction was completed in 31 days by Pioneer Power volunteers. A hay track and carrier were installed in the barn, which will be used for hay unloading demonstrations. Visitors can also walk through the barn and see many historical hay tools and barn memorabilia.

A wooden grain building was relocated to the Pioneer Power grounds and has been converted to a 1-1/2-story working granary. Owned by Dan Holicky and his family (Jerre, Alex and Hallie), it is being used for milling feed and seed.

Dan added a lean-to and a lineshaft (powered by a 10hp McCormick-Deering engine). He plans to demonstrate corn shellers and feed grinders there. A second lineshaft runs from the granary to a fanning mill that will be used to clean seed.


It is nice to have young members doing their part to preserve traditional farm methods and educate young people. These demonstrations and many more can be seen during the 46th annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn. show, Aug. 23-25, 2019.

Glenn Holicky, 36086 221st Ave.,
Le Center, MN 56057; (507) 241-0041

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