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Response to Letter Leads to New Friendship

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I sent a letter to your magazine that was printed in the August 2018 issue asking for help in figuring out why my 1940s Case corn binder, that my grandpa bought new, wouldn’t tie a bundle. I received a letter from Eugene Gleitz, Lanesville, Indiana, with some very helpful information on what to check on the binder’s knotter.

He also included a brochure on an antique farm show in Lanesville in September 2018. Since we had recently retired, my wife and I decided to go to Lanesville to attend the show but mainly to meet Mr. Gleitz. He said he would be at the show Friday morning at the threshing machine.

Upon arriving at the show and finding the threshing machine, we saw about 20 guys working. I asked my wife which guy was Mr. Gleitz. She guessed he was the guy with the orange Allis-Chalmers cap. I asked a guy standing there which one was Eugene Gleitz and he said the guy with the orange cap.

We had a very good visit and he gave me more ideas as to what to check on the knotter and showed me on a baler knotter what to look for. He couldn’t believe we drove from Kansas to meet him and see the farm show. We really enjoyed all the activities and great food.

I was able to get the binder to tie a bundle of corn with the information that Mr. Gleitz gave me. I am now anxiously waiting for spring so I can plant more corn and see if the binder will tie some bundles this fall.

We may have to go to Lanesville in 2019 to see their farm show again, and to see Mr. Gleitz. Thanks, Eugene.

Norman Massoth,
Wellington, Kansas

Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609 • fax: (785) 274-4385 • email: editor@farmcollector.com • online at: www.farmcollector.com

The Homemade Wilbeck Four-Wheel Drive Tractor

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I was interested in the article and photographs of a homemade four-wheel drive tractor in the February 2019 issue of Farm Collector. I am enclosing a photo of the tractor my dad and I built in 1979. It was built with McCormick-Deering W-9 axles, a 145 Versatile transmission and a 238hp Detroit engine.

John R. Wilbeck, Lincoln, Kansas


Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609 • fax: (785) 274-4385 • email: editor@farmcollector.com • online at: www.farmcollector.com

Ornery Old Gents

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The cartoon “Memories of a Former Kid” in the November 2018 issue of Farm Collector reminded me of when I was a lad in the 1930s. My uncle used to tell of when he was a kid, walking to and from a one-room school. He said it was a mile each way and uphill both ways. The old-timers always had some good stories.

When I was a lad, the loafers would sit in front of the hotel in LaGrange, Ohio, and spin yarns. Their favorite trick was to tell the horse dealers who passed through town to check with Mr. Sage, because if he saw a horse, he would buy it. The dealers would come back upset because they hadn’t made a sale. Mr. Sage was blind!

John R. Heath,
Sullivan, Ohio;
(360) 373-5111

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Catawba Valley Harvest Assn. Show Photos

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A 1923 Model TT truck, also owned by Powell Sigmon, carrying sheaves to the thresher during the Catawba Valley Harvest Ass. show, Newton, N.C., June 9, 2018. Photos by Jim Yount.

Editor’s note: When the first spring thaw melts a blanket of snow, random tools and shovels, carelessly cast aside months earlier, are rediscovered. A similar phenomenon has occurred on the editor’s desk, where photos intended for the Show Photo Issue (February 2019) recently surfaced. With apologies to the Catawba Valley Harvest Assn. show, Newton, N.C., and photographer Jim Yount, we are publishing the photos here

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Powell Sigmon pulling his 1946 Allis-Chalmers All-Crop with his 1954 Allis-Chalmers WD at the Catawba Valley Harvest Assn. show, Newton, N.C., June 9, 2018. Photo by John Yount.

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“Get It All” Grain Thresher Appears in American Blacksmith

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Standing grain threshing attachment for the Fordson tractor.

Richard Stout, who provided extensive research materials for a September 2018 article on inventor George W. White and his Get It All combine, continues to uncover new information on the topic. These photos, from an August 1923 article in American Blacksmith & Motor Shop magazine on inventor George W. White, Hutchinson, Kansas, show White’s Get It All standing grain thresher.

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Another view of the Fordson tractor attachment for threshing standing grain.


Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609 • fax: (785) 274-4385 • email: editor@farmcollector.com • online at: www.farmcollector.com

Gleaner Implement Spotted at Oklahoma Show

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Dennis Hamblin, Springtown, Texas, sent a photo of a Gleaner implement mounted on a Fordson tractor. “I wonder if somehow it was inspired by Mr. White,” he speculates. The photo was taken in 2014 at the Golden Harvest Farm Show near Durant, Oklahoma.


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Remembering the Blacksmith Shop

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Thomas_Zsebok_Images

I enjoyed the blacksmith story in the October 2018 issue of Farm Collector. I was born in 1930, so I remember the blacksmith shop very well. When growing up, I wanted to become a blacksmith, but by the time I was of age, blacksmithing was no more. Our local smith was named Petersen. Give him a rough sketch of what you needed, he would say, “I will have it done in a couple of days.” He drew out plow points, tampered chisels and shoed horses. He could repair, or make, most anything. When I went to his shop with my father, Mr. Petersen would always make me a horseshoe ring. Wish I had kept some of them. In my barn, I have the walls covered with hand-wrought tools for blacksmithing, plus many items made by blacksmiths.

When hammering out a piece of iron on the anvil, the blacksmith told his helper, “When I nod my head, you hit it.” The funeral was the next day.

John R. Heath, Sullivan, Ohio


Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609 • fax: (785) 274-4385 • email: editor@farmcollector.com • online at: www.farmcollector.com.







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