Old Iron Questions

Looking for Barn Finds


Enclosed are photos of recent “barn finds,” a Champion combined mower and reaper built by Warder, Bushnell & Glessner & Co. in Springfield, Ohio, and a wood-frame hay rake/tedder. Any information from readers would be helpful.

Bob and Sharon Wood,

9185 Co. Rd. JJ, Mt. Hope,

WI 53816;

phone: (608) 988-4600

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Looking for leads on early horse-drawn grader?


This unique, early horse- or mule-drawn grader has been loaned to the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum. The one-piece circular blade can be positioned (using two levers) to move material left or right or carry it straight ahead. The two levers are cast with the name J.D. Adams, Indianapolis, Ind. We’d like to learn more about this unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact me.



David Ruark,


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Do You Recognize This Brush Hog Rotary Mower?



I recently bought a brush hog rotary mower produced by an unknown manufacturer. I am including photos in the hope that someone can identify it. Looks to be green or maybe red. The gearbox is marked Warner, Auburn, Ind. There is no model number on it. John Deere shows similar models, but none with a Warner gearbox dating to the 1950s.

M.E. Ashbaugh, 1206 CR 2782,

Clark, MO 65243; phone (708) 217-5068;

email: mike.ashbaugh@yahoo.com

Looking for Leads on Horse-Drawn Road Grader


I am searching for information pertaining to a horse-drawn road grader that I am restoring. I purchased it at the 2016 Boone County Draft Horse Sale in Sedalia, Missouri. The information given at sale time was that it once belonged to President Harry Truman.

Information from the Truman Library indicates that both Harry Truman and his father once served on Jackson County, Missouri, road commissions. Paul Port from the Green Ridge, Missouri, area purchased the grader at an auction some years back. I am curious as to whether any of your readers may remember this auction, probably held in the Independence, Missouri, area.

I would also like to know what manufacturer built this little machine. It is only 10 feet long and 6 feet wide; very small. I would like to restore this piece to original condition, including the paint scheme. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with information on the history of this machine.

Ronnie Mann, 17504 St. Hwy YY, Jamesport, MO 64648; (660) 654-2536; email: mulebarn@grm.net.

Have a Vintage Seed Corn Sack or Sign?


Can you help? Members of the Corn Items Collectors Assn. (CICA) hope to republish two reference books by Curtis Norskog on seed corn sacks and signs. Originally published in the 1990s, the books will be updated in 2020 with new photos – and that’s where CICA needs your help.

If you have an old seed corn sack or sign, please send photos of them, even if they seem like common pieces. “We need as many pictures as we can get,” says David VandenBoom of CICA. “If we get duplicates, we’ll sort through that.”

It’s as simple as sending photos (digital images can be sent via email or flash drives, or prints can be sent via U.S. mail): No additional information on the items is needed. Send photos to CICA members David VandenBoom or Steve Link:

David VandenBoom,

810 S. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641;

(641) 919-2042; email: framer1961@mchsi.com

Steve Link,

1225 East Myrtle, Canton, IL 61520;

(309) 338-2727; email: slink74659@aol.com.

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How Does Power Unit Connect to Horse-Powered Baler?

I need help to finish restoration of this old horse-powered baler. The photos show it when I brought it home.


Photos by Denis Schrank

I was told it is an Admiral built in Kansas City, Missouri. Where I really need help is getting a power unit hooked up to the bale chamber, which I have ready to go: I just need some pictures showing how the drive unit is hooked up to the plunger. Thank you!

Denis Schrank, 21097 Hickory Rd.,
Batesville, IN 47006; (812) 934-3696

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