| May 2000

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    Joe HavlenaBought at a department store
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    Mrs. Norman SteinmeyerNorman Steinmeyer with his one-man saw.
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    Walter PruinPlanter from my uncle's estate

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This is a picture of a plow bought in David City, in 1933, from the Vanderkolk Department store. It doesn't have a name on it. I was wondering who made it? My dad paid $35 for it, new.

 Joe Havlena, 3590 Co. Rd. R, David City, NE 68632


I acquired this potato planter from my uncle's estate. It was purchased new by my grandfather. I would appreciate any information on this: paint, colors, whatever. The casting has markings that read 'New Aspinwall, Potato Planter, Aspinwall Patents, Aspinwall Mfg. Co., Jackson, Mich USA.'

Walter Pruin,20159 Vail Ave., P.O. Box C, Shell Rock, IA 50670; (319) 885-4586; email: budmarj@netins.net


When I saw the photograph of the Sageng thresher with all the men standing around in big, heavy overcoats, (Farm Collector, February 2000, pg. 14), the first thing that came to my mind was a TV program called 'Heartland,' starring Brian Keith. It only ran one season and it took a humorous look at family life on a small farm in Nebraska. Every once in a while, it was evident that the script writers were not farm oriented. The biggest boo-boo was the episode where the radio weather forecaster announced that a major winter storm was coming. Brian and his son-in-law were hurrying around, putting on heavy coats, so they could 'get the winter wheat cut.' At the end of the episode, they came back, happily announcing that they finished, just as the first flakes fell. They cancelled the show because the viewers on the coasts didn't understand it. That one episode kind of made us here in the central states wonder a little bit ourselves.

Ivan L. P falser, RR 1, Box 162, Caney, KS 67333


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