Can You Help On 'Skinny Rooster'?

| May/June 1988

  • Skinny Rooster
    Fattened on an Aultman-Taylor Straw Stack

  • Skinny Rooster

Many collectors know about the 'Skinny Rooster' emblem of a bird that was fattened on an Aultman-Taylor straw stack, and we are trying to gather information for people in South Dakota.

Mrs. Irene A. Cordts, of Faulkton, South Dakota, started the query rolling with a letter to IMA. She explained:

'Melvin Hurd, 8202 Circle C, Buena Park, California, 90621, nephew of a Faulkton pioneer artist, Charles T. Greener, says his uncle designed an emblem of a 'starved' rooster for Aultman-Taylor Company which was used on their tractors and threshers in the early 1900's...

'South Dakota is celebrating its Centennial in 1989 and we want to mention this emblem design among the accomplishments of our local talented artist if we can find some verification to support the claim.'

Hurd, the nephew, has a tie tack showing the rooster.

If you can help, write to Mrs. Cordts at Box 441, Faulkton, South Dakota, 57438. Perhaps someone knows of the artist, or the roosters history. South Dakota is one of four states marking 100 years in 1989; the others are Montana, North Dakota and Washington.