LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


| July 2001



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Marvin L. Honeycutt Picture at the flea market in San Francisco, Calif.

Your magazine is my favorite. I left a small farm in south-central Nebraska when I went into the Army in 1967.

I found this picture at the flea market in San Francisco, Calif., and thought it might be appropriate for your 'Letters to the Editor' page. Maybe some readers can answer the following questions: make and model of the car; weary driver's name; names of the horses; name of the proud team owner. I do hope I find at least one answer to my questions. Marvin L. Honeycutt, 1303 Minna St., San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 861-5066;  email: oldtags@earthlink.net

DO YOU KNOW ROCK ISLAND?

I would like to hear from anyone who worked for the Rock Island Plow Co. in the manufacturing of the Heider Model C tractor. I need information on the making of the fiber friction drive. I believe it was made by laminating paper, but don't know the type of adhesive used or how the ring was formed or cut to fit the fly wheel. Any information would be much appreciated. Thurman R. King, 1728 Andover Dr., Cheyenne, WY 82001

READER FORKS OVER ANSWER TO PUZZLE

Mr. McCormick's unidentified tool in the May 2001 issue is Paul Bunyan's corkscrew. He used it to uncork his wine bottles. No - really it is a hay fork used in unloading hay at the barn. Ralph Arnold, 20755 Fir Ave., Keosauqua, IA 52565-8048

THE WHYS AND WHEREFORE OF COLLECTING

The comments in the Editor's column in the April 2001 issue of Farm Collector set me to thinking about why I am interested in old machinery. Growing up, I lived on a sort of farm at the edge of the city where we raised a few head of cattle and some feed. As a lad, I became a pretty good Model T Ford mechanic and have been tinkering ever since. To get to the point, technology has always fascinated me. I can understand and appreciate the amazing variety and ingenuity of the people who designed and built equipment that is displayed at the various shows each year. As I try to keep up with as much of the new technology as I can, my respect for those early developers increases. Most of what they came up with was from their own ideas. They didn't even have the Internet. Stuart L. Faber, Cincinnati, Ohio

HAY PRESSES GALORE

In the December 2000 issue of Farm Collector, there was a photo of a hay press, powered by horses. The man who owned the hay press, Mr. Olin Pryor, wanted to know if anyone knew who built his press. There were a number of companies that built that type of hay press. They are shown in a 1908 issue of American Threshermen magazine: International Harvester and others - pretty hard to tell which is which, as they were built about the same time. Names put on when they were built would be long gone by now. Some companies used letters on castings with numbers. These machines were built before I was born, which was Feb. 2, 1917. Back in the forties, I threshed and filled silos, using steam engines for power. I still have the engines. I bought a Buffalo Pitts back in 1936 and a Port Huron in 1940. I paid $40 for the Pitts and $135 for the Port Huron.