| June 2001

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    Bennie CampbellHighway Mower
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    Calvin JorgensonUnidentified tools
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    Ray ClayCrank
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    International Harvester

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In response to the letter about the sickle mower in the September 2000 Farm Collector, a triplet section on the outer end of the sickle will help the rivets. We just buy long rivets and cut them down, using a ball peen hammer to peen the rivets. Who knows, Frank might be a long-lost relation, as our name used to have an 'e' in it, too!

Hank Kuhl, John Day,  Ore.; (541)820-4495


I was quite pleased to see the Topeka Highway Mower in the Farm Collector Feb. 2001 issue. I had not seen one after 1963, when my grandfather sold his to a neighbor when he quit farming. I don't how how he got it, but I do know I had many good times riding on it with my grandfather as he cut hay fields and road sides around the farm near Montrose, S.D. I'm sending a picture of my grandfather at the wheel of his mower, with my sister, brother and me. This was taken in 1955 or 1956. I can remember the battery was never charged, and Grandpa started it by letting it roll downhill. I can also remember going through a wet spot in the hay field, and the stripe of mud that covered the back of the seat and up and down grandpa's back - even his hat. We never got stuck though. Most of the time, I rode against the gas tank, holding onto the seat back. I'm sure it was to keep me out of the way of the cables and mechanics.

One other memory is still with me today. I am looking at a scar that runs from the end of my right index finger down to the middle. Grandpa was changing the knife and he was under the mower, pushing on it, trying to install the knife in the bar. The sections were catching, and I was trying to help by pushing on them. I got my finger caught and cut down to the bone. Grandma smeared it with Black Salve, bandaged it, and today I have full use of it - and a scar to remind me of a Topeka Highway Mower!

Bennie Campbell


We have three tools we can't identify, or tell what they were used for. Can someone identify them for us?


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