Letters to the Editor

Wagon article prompts request for information on wooden bobsleds


| September 2007



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I greatly appreciate Sam Moore's articles in Farm Collector. I especially appreciated the article on wooden wagons in the July 2007 issue. This harks back to my childhood with memories of the end gate seeder and hand corn picking in central Minnesota.

Having said that, I have a request. I'd like Sam to do the same type of article on the wooden bobsled, the working cargo hauler for winter chores. I hauled many a load of loose hay from the stacks to the barn. Going back to the 1930s, it was our only winter vehicle when the roads were not kept open. Mother kept rocks in the oven to keep us warm under the buffalo hide robe when traveling to a social evening or to town for supplies, both bought and bartered.

I have tried to make a 1/16-scale toy and did not do too bad for the first try. I believe I could do so much better with the drawings like Sam provided for the wagons.

- Bill Butler
1227 W. 4th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-2311

Editor's note: A visit to the local library might be of some help. Researching the U.S. Patent Office on the Internet would give you access to several patent drawings

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