Farm Life

Life on the land, farm shows, lessons from the past and more

Whitewall Tires

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore looks back on whitewall tires, which fell in and out of favor with car owners throughout the decades.

Tidbits from the National Stockman & Farmer

By Sam Moore

Letters sent in to the National Stockman & Farmer magazine provide a glimpse into the lives of Americans living in 1918.

Portable Blacksmith Shop Brings Old Trade to Shows

By Larry F. Whitesell

A mobile blacksmith shop made from parts from a hog-moving trailer and lumber from an old barn helps preserve an old craft at a nearby show.

Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogs Brought Marketplace to American Farmsteads

By George Wanamaker

Early retailer focused on rural residents by mailing Montgomery Ward catalogs, which offered thousands of items.


The Origins of the Quaker Oats Co.

By Sam Moore

The story of Ferdinand Schumacher, also known as The Oatmeal King, and the Quaker Oats Co.

Riding with Dad on a Farmall Model H

By Lloyd Munson

Lloyd Munson reminisces about a tractor seat made for him by his late father that allowed him to ride on the family's Farmall Model H.

Rebuttal Against the Horseless Carriage

By Sam Moore

A dedicated horseman writes that horseless carriages may be nothing more than a fad.

A Chappie Tries the New Horseless Carriage

By Sam Moore

Account of a rich, young New York man's first ride in a "horseless carriage."