Rt. 1, Baldwinsville, New York 13027
Cruising down Route No. 90 on East side of Cayuga Lake thru Union Springs you come to Levanna and the home of Mr. Charles Hitchcock, located in a fine grove of black walnut trees. On entering the grounds you can see a column of black smoke and steam which means only one thing there is an old steam traction engine in operation.
There are several of them here in operation. First you see a big Frick driving a Westinghouse thresher threshing wheat, harvested the year before and doing a nice job. The straw will later be baled.
Next in line is a shingle machine, built by Mr. Hitchcock. This is self-propelled, but at present is being run by a steam engine oh yes, this is a Frick engine.
Here comes a team of horses drawing a load of kids riding around the grounds. They are having a great time.
Going a bit farther on is a stone crusher making little stones out of big ones, which are used on the farm roads.
Retracing our steps, we see a Case boiler beside a small building housing an antique stone Burr mill which is grinding whole wheat flour which is in great demand. It makes great muffins and brown bread which you old timers can remember.
I must not forget the peak of the show is a team of horses on a homemade horsepower, going round and round driving the buzz saw. This was also built by Mr. Hitchcock.
At a nearby place they are shearing sheep and tying up the wool for shipment.
Last but not the least is a small building in which the three Hitchcock girls are doling out soft drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers all cooked on an antique cook stove using wood for fuel.
There is quite a collection of other old farm machinery including an old upright hay press, which you old timers know as a jump press, driven by a team of horses.
There are old gas engines and gas tractors and of course a saw mill, a clover huller (thresher), a bean thresher, a corn husker and shredder.
Here is a unique traction engine made by Mr. Hitchcock. The boiler and engine was retrieved from a creamery and mounted on a truck chassis. It really gets around.
This is a real demonstration of old time farming.
These folks have had a lot of hard luck and must be given a lot of credit for the type of show they put on to show the old way of farming.
More power to you, Mr. Hitchcock and Family of Spring Grove Farm at Levanna, N. Y.
A picture of Mr. Hitchcock's engine was in the July-August 1967 Iron-Men Album, page 9.