A CORRECTION and HISTORY


| March/April 1962



137 Wellington Street West Toronto  I, Canada

Have sure enjoyed 'Iron-Men Album' since my subscription started a few months ago.

However, your July-August issue has an inaccuracy in cut lines, or notes under photos, repeated incidentally, which I must correct. The name, Cockshutt, in Canada is like Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, McCormick, Case to you. Cockshutt plows have been known in Canada and over most of the world for well over half a century.

I refer specifically to Page 13 of your July-August issue, with two photos by a fellow Canadian, Carl Fisher, of Briercrest, Sask., - how well I remember that name from the '20's when I was provincial editor of the old Regina Post!

I write to correct the word, Cock-shut, describing plows twice on that page. The Cockshutt Plow Company was started by Ignatius Cockshutt and his brother back in 1877 at Brantford, Ontario, and believe me, they're still there.

I remember, as a young guy on our farm in Alberta, working on an outfit with two Cockshutt 'Brush Breaker' plows powered by a 110 hp Case steamer. These plows were made in Brantford by the Cockshutt Plow Co., and were built to stand the heavy work for which they were designed. They turned a 24 to 30 inch furrow, 10 or 12 inches deep if need be, to get under the willow or poplar stumps. The beam was compounded of three slabs of steel, each one inch thick, and about six inches wide, bolted together with 1 inch steel bolts. One went back at a 135 degree angle to back end of the land; the centre section went straight down to the mould board brace and land, and the third went forward at about a 45 degree angle to strengthen the 'Cutter' which was notched onto the point of the plowshare and kept razor sharp to slice through stumps and willow clumps. I've seen that old 110 Case snap a one inch steel cable, and I've also seen one of those plows slice through and turn over a 14 inch green poplar stump, and turn it over like Buffalo grass sod.