Letters: Spoker D Running, Aspinwall Potato Planter, and Half-Scale Allis-Chalmers

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The Spoker D, restored and ready to roll for the summer shows.
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Herb Bertsche of Woodburn, Ind., built this half-scale 1936 Allis-Chalmers. It has an 8 hp Kohler engine and a three-speed transmission.
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Gary Probasco's restored Aspinwall seed potato cutter. The casting: Potato Cutter, Aspinwall Patent, Aspinwall Mfg. Co., Jackson Mich., USA.


We got the 1925 Spoker D running and rolling. Thanks to the following people: Farm Collector Magazine; Terry Plough and family, Tipton, Ind.; Tom Coppus and family, Elwood, Ind.; Kent Kastor and crew, Shelbyville, Ind.; and Aunt Vivian and family, Marion, Ind. I hope the next photos show it in new green paint, but for this summer, we are going to play with it and let anyone who wants drive a piece of John Deere history.
JD Farm, Ind.


I was especially interested in the Aspinwall article by Sam Moore (May 2000). I have been looking for information on the history of the Aspinwall company. My grandfather used a horse-drawn, one-row Aspinwall potato planter. My father and I have planted potatoes here in New Jersey with the Iron Age two- and four-row potato planters.
Gary Probasco, 1316 York Rd., Robbinsville, NJ 08691


I built this half-scale 1936 Allis Chalmers. It has an 8 hp Kohler engine and a three-speed transmission.
Herb Bertsche,  22907 Park Ln., Woodburn, IN 46797

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