Time Tested Tools: Standard Garden Tool Co.

Local connection gets Iowa collector interested in the Standard Garden Tool Co.

| July 2002

  • Cultivators in Don's collection
    Cultivators in Don's collection include Willard Hancock's double-wheel spring beam cultivator, patented Aug. 9, 1904, far left; Hancock's No. 20 cultivator, patented Aug. 25, 1908, center; and Hancock's hill or drill seeder, patented May 9, 1911.
  • The Standard Garden Tool Co., operated from 1907 to 1917 at First and Cedar streets in Montrose, Iowa
    The Standard Garden Tool Co., operated from 1907 to 1917 at First and Cedar streets in Montrose, Iowa, as shown in this photo from Don's collection. The illustration at top is a No. 10 True Temper Standard drill, hill seeder and cultivator, with attachments.
  • Standard Garden Tool cultivator
    Standard Garden Tool cultivator
  • A No. 2 Midget drill seeder, which weighed 10 pounds and had a quart-sized seed hopper.
    A No. 2 Midget drill seeder, which weighed 10 pounds and had a quart-sized seed hopper.
  • A catalog illustration that shows the Midget attached to a No. 20 cultivator, in this case to the rear of the shank or upright by means of a bolt furnished with each seeder.
    A catalog illustration that shows the Midget attached to a No. 20 cultivator, in this case to the rear of the shank or upright by means of a bolt furnished with each seeder.
  • Don displays his collection for the first time at the Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club's annual show in 1994
    Don displays his collection for the first time at the Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club's annual show in 1994. He's holding a Hancock No. 20.
  • The Midget from the top, showing the different seed settings.
    The Midget from the top, showing the different seed settings.

  • Cultivators in Don's collection
  • The Standard Garden Tool Co., operated from 1907 to 1917 at First and Cedar streets in Montrose, Iowa
  • Standard Garden Tool cultivator
  • A No. 2 Midget drill seeder, which weighed 10 pounds and had a quart-sized seed hopper.
  • A catalog illustration that shows the Midget attached to a No. 20 cultivator, in this case to the rear of the shank or upright by means of a bolt furnished with each seeder.
  • Don displays his collection for the first time at the Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club's annual show in 1994
  • The Midget from the top, showing the different seed settings.

Twelve years ago, Don Wagner discovered the tie between the Standard Garden Tool Co. and his home town of Montrose, Iowa. Since then, he's been hooked on learning more about the company, and on collecting the garden cultivators and seeders it manufactured.

"I found a cultivator at a yard sale right here in Montrose," Don says. "It was in nice shape – and the wording was real legible. It was the first one that I knew of that was made in Montrose."

Standard Garden Tool Co. identified its cultivators on the handles, with the name of the company on one side and the identification number of the cultivator on the other, Don says, noting the lettering was painted in black and then varnished.

After Don got his yard-sale cultivator home, he realized he already owned a Standard – one that had lost its lettering over time. He also got to thinking about the equipment having been made in Montrose and decided he'd do a little research on the firm.



Don's quest for more information took him to the Keokuk (Iowa) Public Library, where he was able to access microfilm copies of early-1900s editions of the Montrose Journal newspaper.

"It's so local, there wasn't a lot of detail," he says, "but I began copying old articles about the company."



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