Old Iron Questions


Looking for Leads on Horse-Drawn Road Grader

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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?

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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.

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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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Looking for Information on Pump Jack

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Looking for information on a pump jack

I have a pump jack that looks like a Kuhlman pump jack. Can anyone help me identify it or tell me anything about it? I have the drive pulley and line shaft driver also with three gears and idle clutch. The casting reads “S.A. Machine & Supply Co., San Antonio, Texas.”

Jim Adams, munitia.ja@gmail.com

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Looking for Information on Early Corn Sheller

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Can anyone help with information regarding a corn sheller I recently bought to restore? Lettering on the side panel reads “Manf. for Rhea, Elton & Thielens, Peoria, Ill.” I have found references to this firm as an implement dealer in Peoria dating to 1900, give or take a few years. I would like to know who the manufacturer was. I found yellow paint with black (or maybe blue) pinstripes, and 5/16-inch-wide red edges.

Harry Roland, 320 Willis Ave,
Rochelle, IL 61068; (815) 561-1682

Editor’s note:

It would appear that Rhea, Elton & Thielens worked with several manufacturers. From a listing in Farm Implement News, Vol. 16, 1895: “Rhea, Elton & Thielens, Peoria, Ill., R.I. Rhea, O. Elton and A.B. Thielens in charge, assisted by Levi Nealson, H.E. Woolsey, J.M. Brown, L. Selby, C.T. Davis and “Baby” Bliss. Full line of goods made by the Stoddard Mfg. Co., Dayton, Ohio; J.I. Case Plow Works, Racine, Wis.; Milburn Wagon Co., Toledo, Ohio; Sechler & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio; Selby, Starr & Co., Peoria, Ill.; Miamisburg Twine & Cordage Co., Miamisburg, Ohio; International Mfg. Co., Chicago, Ill., (manufacturers of the American bicycle); and H.N. Fredericks & Sons, Peoria, Ill.”

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Looking for Information on Old Photos

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Written on the photo: “Janousky Bros. threshing rice on Geo. W. Streets’ farm, Hazen, Ark.”

I came across a box of old pictures at my aunt’s house. She is 90 years old and doesn’t know much about them.

As for the rice harvest scene, I know that my grandma on my mother’s side was a Janousky, so I know it’s a family photo. Can anyone identify the thresher? It appears to be wooden. How about the steam engine at back right?

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Written on the photo: “Layne Pump on W. Radican place, 3-1/2 miles south of Hazen, throwing 1,182 gallons per minute with a 25 horse engine. W.E. Bowler, driller.”

As for the water well photo, I checked with the Layne Arkansas well drilling company in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and their logbook showed this well was drilled in August 1907. The drilling rig is on the left and it says a 25hp engine is pulling it. Can anyone identify the engine? Is it the same one shown in the rice harvest photo? Maybe this is also a family photo.


Contact: Randy Skarda, 1106 East Jackson St., Hazen, AR 72064; (870) 830-2888

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Can Anyone Help with Corn Shock Tyer Technique?

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I know what this is, but I don’t remember how to use it. It is used to pull a shock of corn tight, and then you tie the shock with twine. It is handmade from a piece of oak measuring 2 by 2 inches; it is 15 inches long.

A rope is attached long enough to reach around a shock of corn. You throw it in such a way that the gizmo swings around the shock and you catch it. Then you tighten the shock with the gizmo. Then twine is tied around the shock to keep it from coming apart.

As a teenager in the early 1950s, I only used it two years before we got a corn picker.

Editor’s note: Our expert believes the wood piece is used as a rope lock once the rope is in place around the shock. The wood arm may have been used to help squeeze the shock. When it was squeezed to the limit, perhaps the rope was placed into the end slot and wedged into the side groove to keep the rope tight. When the twine is secured, holding the shock tight, the rope tyer is removed and used on the next shock. Readers, can you help?  FC

P.J. Ranck, email: nancyrpj@windstream.net


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