1901 New Holland Machine Works Cob and Feed Mill Identified


| 11/28/2012 4:31:45 PM


Tags: field notes, equipment,

Editor's note: This information was shared by Rick Shriver. To read more about the feed mill and see scans of documents in Rick's collection, visit his website at this link.

For as long as I can remember, there have been various machines and antiquities in the barn on our family farm. There were many that I could identify and many that I could not. One such contrivance had a wooden hopper and a metal flywheel, and it sat on four wooden legs. I just never really knew what it was.

New Holland Cob and Feed Grinder 

One day I was rummaging through some papers that my mother had found in an old desk and stuffed into a manila envelope. Among the papers was an envelope containing a hand-written letter on a piece of letterhead that had an engraving of that mysterious machine. The letterhead identified the machine as a "cob and feed mill." The letter was from the manufacturer, and acknowledged an order that had been placed by my great-grandfather, Ulysses Parmiter.

Continuing to look through the papers, I found another piece of correspondence from the manufacturer confirming the shipment of the cob and feed mill. There was also a receipt for $20, and a bill of lading from the Pennsylvania Railroad indicating that the machine was shipped from New Holland, Pennsylvania to Malta, Ohio on November 23, 1901. And finally, there was an instruction sheet explaining how to operate and maintain the mill.

Recently I decided to assemble all these items in one place in hopes of preserving them. It was then that I finally connected the dots. All the correspondence was from Abram M. Zimmerman, and the letterhead was from the "New Holland Machine Works." New Holland Machine Works would later become "New Holland," which was purchased by the Sperry Corporation in the 1940s, and would continue to manufacture agricultural and construction equipment into the 21st century as "Sperry New Holland."