Letters to the Editor

Trew article spurs recollection of Go-Devil use


| March 2006



Bobby Fitzgerald's restored P&O Go-Devil

Bobby Fitzgerald's restored P&O Go-Devil

Thanks to Delbert Trew for the article on the Go-Devil (Farm Collector, January 2006, page 27). I was introduced to this contraption when I was about 10 years old. I don't know where it got its name, either.

Rainfall was scarce in west Texas, so seeds were planted in deep furrows to be near the moisture. When the cotton and corn started growing, so did the weeds and Johnson grass. It was difficult, if not impossible, to keep the mules and the cultivator on top of the high ridges for the first plowing. As Delbert points out, the Go-Devil was used to flatten the ridges, undercut weeds and put soil around the plants. This prepared the field for my dad to come along later with a wiggle-tail cultivator.

The photos here are of a P&O Go-Devil that I restored. The other photo is of a Go-Devil was taken in the 1930s at a relative's blacksmith shop in Crosbyton, Texas.

- Bobby Fitzgerald
201 White Drive
Colleyville, TX 76031
 

I enjoyed the Go-Devil article by Delbert Trew. I was a little boy about 10 or so who used to run one of these. It now has an honored spot in our garden. It was made by International Harvester Co.

I remember it as a nice, smooth ride with not much to do except pull the lever back to raise the discs on the end and climb off to help it turn easier. At one end of our field was a series of honeybee hives and this made for a quick swatting turn.