| March 2003

I am not sure where you got the information for the 'Roots of the Rototiller' in the SIMAR article (Farm Collector, February 2003), but according to Gardening Beyond the Plow, by Garden Way, it is flawed.

H.B. Hiller, of Siemens, came to the U.S. and offered a distributorship to C.W. Kelsey around 1930. Kelsey accepted and rented office space on Broadway in New York and started the Rototiller Co. In 1932, Kelsey took on a SIMAR distributor-ship, moved to a warehouse in Long Island City, N.Y., and incorporated his business as Rototiller.

- Charlie Zuck, 478 Prospect Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Threshing machine question

I am trying to find information on a New Racine threshing machine. The date is 1915 on the Langdon feeder house. Any general information, value, different sizes or any other help would be greatly appreciated.

-Gary Bailey, Box 301, La Veta, CO 81055

Corn sheller/ burr mill query

I would like information about what company manufactured this combination corn sheller and burr mill. It is of cast iron construction throughout the structure. I am also looking for the inside burr, which is missing.