Field Notes


“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.


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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


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Seeing the Snow Cruiser in Person

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Photo courtesy of Farm Collector archives

My son in Missouri saw Sam Moore’s column about the fateful episode of the Snow Cruiser in 1939 (Farm Collector, September 2018). As a boy, I saw the Snow Cruiser in the ditch along Route 30. It was between Gomer and Cairo, Ohio. We had waited along Route 30 for it to pass. When we heard it was in the ditch, we went to see it. It did not get on its way again until the next morning. It was travelling about 15 mph along Route 30. What a hunk of iron. It took all summer to drive it across the country. What a waste of money. I was 9 years old at the time.

Robert Riegle, Greenbrier, Arkansas


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Debut of the Fuel-Efficient Goat Engine

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Photo courtesy of Chuck Struthers

I enjoy your magazine every month and thought your readers would enjoy this photo of “the goatmobile.” It is from Henry Field’s Seed Sense, March 1946.

A caption describes the machine: “Mr. Z.B. Wiggs of Denton, Texas, and his gasoline- and tire-saving vehicle: a goatmobile, which is ‘horsepowered’ by goat power. Also note that there is a cage for a spare goat. On an uphill climb, he puts the other goat there and has a two-goat power machine.”  FC

Chuck Struthers, Collins, Iowa


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Vintage Fordson Tractor and Grain Binder Photo

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Photo courtesy of Wayne Cooper

I was given this photo by my pastor friend. It shows his grandfather with the Fordson tractor pulling a grain binder. The photo was taken near Barkeyville, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, in the 1930s.

I am impressed with the grain (oats?). My grandfather lived in Mantua, Ohio, and told of oats yields during the 1930s that were nearly 4 feet tall and averaged 45-inch branches on each stalk.

I would be happy to hear comments from old-timers on this photo. FC

Wayne Cooper, 388 Pine Run Rd., Fombell, PA 16123


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First-Hand Look at a Salesman’s Sample Collection

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Photo by Loretta Sorensen

The December 2016 issue of Farm Collector featured an article by Loretta Sorensen about salesman’s samples. We saved the article and just recently returned from northeast Indiana. One of the highlights of our time there was seeing Ervin Chupp’s amazing collection on display at E&S Sales in Shipshewana. What a way to shop for produce and take in a “museum" tour! It was even more than we anticipated. In retirement, we enjoy seeing more of these United States. There are so many hidden treasures and wonderful people. Thank you, Farm Collector, for so many interesting articles. FC

Vince and Louise Bogard, Tillamook, Oregon


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