Letters to the Editor

Recalling cornhusking's glory days, JD H and Roll-O-Matic predessor


| May 2009



National Corn Husking Contest

Recalling cornhusking's glory days

In one of your summer issues, you had an article about a collection of items used when corn was shucked by hand. It reminded me that when I was 18, in 1939, my family loaded up in my folks' car and drove to Lawrence, Kan. My dad and his brother were considered some of the better corn shuckers of this area, so they wanted to see what the national champions looked like when they were doing their thing. Over the years I ended up with the evidence that we indeed were there. Now I'm almost 88. As the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun."

Clifford V. Campbell, 840 230 Rd., Beloit, KS 67420 

John Deere H decal?

I enjoy receiving Farm Collector every month. Although I am primarily a "green man," I thoroughly enjoy articles on the history of the early farming days and am always amazed at how practical and creative our farming ancestors were.

I would like to comment on the cover photo of the February 2009 issue. I am not a "correct policeman"; however, I am not aware that the John Deere H ever had an H decal like the one displayed in the picture. My guess is that you are also going to receive a number of letters or e-mail from the correct policemen regarding this.

Keep up the excellent job you are doing, especially articles detailing the history of equipment development and the pictures that show these working antiques.

Gary L. Miller, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Roll-O-Matic predecessor?

In regard to a question from Richard Hanson (Farm Collector, March 2009, page 6) about offset wheels on a 1938 John Deere Model A: This is what became the Roll-O-Matic on John Deere narrow front tractors. In north Jersey we have lots of rocks and groundhog holes. This type of front end helps smooth out the travel - the straight type can be rough and often would break off.

I enjoy the magazine.