Letters to the Editor

California museum looking for help

| May 2007

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We are looking for information on two items here at the Ag Museum.

A large cattle rancher in Merced County, Calif., built the first item (item A) in about 1910. It was to hold a cow while it was skinned. A lot of people used a block and tackle to hoist the cow, but this device was said to have more leverage and was easier to pull the cow. Bob Gyer, Merced, volunteered to rebuild it for the museum. He had to get big timbers to set it on; he cut and fitted the wood and oiled it with linseed oil to preserve the wood. After a lot of work this is how the item looks today. Has anyone seen anything like it, or does anyone have more information?

The next item (item B) is a reproduction of a 1910 Holt wheel tractor. Holt built the wheel tractor and soon found tracks were a lot better than wheels. That is about all we know about the tractor. Do any Farm Collector readers have more information on this tractor?

- Charlie Parish
Ag Museum
4498 E. Highway 140
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-1912