LETTERS


| August 2003



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The front of a South Bend Chilled Plow Co. catalog

In response to the question posed by Tony Friga in the June 2003 Farm Collector, 'Plow needs a name:' The 'SBCPCO' on the back of the moldboard suggests that the bottom was made by the South Bend Chilled Plow Co. The wood parts don't appear original. The company was located in South Bend, Ind., in the late 1870s and was a division of St. Joseph Reaper and Machine Co. It was evidently attempting to reap the benefits of chilled plow sales, perfected by James Oliver, owner of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, also located in South Bend.

The pictures show both sides of a South Bend Chilled Plow Co. trade card. Notice that the trade card made the statement, 'The most popular plows in America.' For some reason the plows weren't popular enough to be listed with 63 other manufacturers in the book by Alan King, Horse Drawn Plows.

Morris Harrison, 3080 360th St., Sioux Center, IA 51250; (712)722-3013

Planting seeds

Our club in north-central Oklahoma is planning for the future. We want to provide financial assistance to young people 13-19 years of age who are interested in doing a restoration project with tractors, farm machinery or stationary engines.

Does anyone have or know of such a local or state contest? We are also interested in organizing an information booklet on the history of antique farm equipment including tractors, implements and stationary engines for kids 6 to 12.

Does such a contest exist, or would anyone be interested in organizing something like this?