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Enclosed are photos of a Campbell corn drill I recently
restored. As most farm equipment collectors know, the Campbell corn
drill was manufactured in the Harrison, Ohio, area in the late
1800s by the Campbell brothers. The actual manufacturing site was
in West Harrison, Ind., on the street where the Indiana/Ohio state
line runs down the center of the street. I live in Ohio about a
mile from the state line.

Since I became a collector I’ve been looking for one of these
drills. I found this one at a sale in the Harrison area. It was
originally purchased by a prominent local family, probably around
1900, and remained in the family through three generations. The
original owner worked for the Campbell company prior to going into
farming. This drill has never been more than 5 miles from its site
of manufacture.

When I acquired the drill, the only thing missing was the wood
handles. I suspect they were removed for use on different farm
tools when the drill became obsolete.

My grandfather worked for the company starting in about 1914
when it was still named the Campbell Corn Drill Co. The company
went on to become the Campbell Hausfeld Co., and is still in
business today.

Russell Radcliffe
10259 New Haven Road
Harrison, OH 45030

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