Field Notes


Farquhar Cider Press Going Strong 82 Years Later

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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.

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Thank you for these great articles and all the others.

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

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Ken and Judy Bupp

Double Vision: International Harvester Truck

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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

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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

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Photo by Donald 
Robertson

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

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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

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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. 

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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?

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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: hbartosch@cvctx.com; phone: (979) 505-0524

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