Sidewalk Supt., Macedonia, Iowa
Some fifty years ago this 45-HP International Titan roamed the hills and valleys near Emerson, Iowa. With its companion separator, it completed the year's grain harvest for many of the local farmers.
According to comments obtained from other sidewalk superintendents, the active life of this giant included a trip back to the factory for overhaul, and the addition of a one cylinder auxiliary starting engine.
After its return to Emerson, the history becomes a little more clear. The Titan continued its labor for a Mr. Honeyman, after which it was sold to a man reportedly from Harlan, Iowa. He began the long overland drive, up a side road. At a point two miles northwest of Emerson, the old Titan chugged to a painful stop, and was abandoned.
It stood idly by the road side for a period of time, until the adjoining farmer hooked 4 head of horses to the brute and dragged it down a hill and into a ravine. During a severe rain storm, trees and wire piled up against the Titan, and the water force was sufficient to move it down stream some 15 rods to a wooden bridge.
The bridge was later replaced by a shallow culvert and the giant was silted under, there to remain safe from the cutting torch for some forty years.
Only the tip of its stack was exposed to intrigue collectors who from time to time visited the site. They usually grubbed around with spades, speculating how to lift the giant Titan out.
With the coming of the new relocated highway No. 34, which will put a high grade over the spot, speculation became more intense as time began to run out.
On March 5th, Albert Eschelman of Elliot, Iowa, set a TD 18 to the task of getting it out. After damming the creek and removing several feet of dirt, the mud was so soft that a 'Backhoe' was tried. This machine failed and a dragline was hauled in. The dragline made short work of the mud, as it dug a trench around all four sides. Mr. Kinzer of Griswold, Iowa, who has a 'King size' wrecker, had been called, and was waiting. After hitching a tow cable and anchoring the wrecker with the 'Cat', the tug of war began. All four wheels were frozen with rust, but the one inch cable was insistent and successful. Now the muddy giant rests on high, dry ground.
What now??? At least the Giant Titan of old, now has a new friend