Field Notes


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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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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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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“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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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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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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