Dairyland Driftings

| July/August 1963

  • Nyle Kurth at the throttle
    Nyle Kurth at the throttle.

  • Nyle Kurth at the throttle

Here it is nigh my deadline again. Imagine if you can anyone 'patch farming' a short 80 and 'don't have time' to 'punch this clock'. Accepting the responsibilities to do some field measuring on the current feed grain program proved to be more demanding than a mere spare time job. Not that the Album readers would miss this column, but I got to build up my apprenticeship (whatever that is).

Back in mid March our weather moderated, couldn't resist the yen for steam so filled the '50' Case with water and shredded corn even though it did snow 'to beat the band' by the time we finished up the stack. NYLE KURTH from Eau Claire was at the throttle, DENNIS ANDRES at the shredder feed table, DENNIE MAGNUSON from Center City, Minn, did a fine job of tape recording the event.

As of April 27, Wisconsin were again obligated to assume Daylight Saving Time. Normally I head for the barn about 5 A.M. whereas now in reality I should be there at 4 A.M. Somehow that don't sit right with me, lift is too short. Life may begin at 40, but I don't like a day that begins at 4. We'll have to change the old adage to 'Haste makes Americans' or maybe a more modified version, 'Haste and hamburgers is American'. Apparently the Sun can't keep up. Perhaps if we changed from 'Day light Saving' to 'Night-Time' loosing it wouldn't be so appealing.

Was using my JD steel wheel G-P on grain drill seeding oats. Its hard for me to comprehend just why the 2 cylinder tractor to the manufacturers opinion should have to be discontinued. Evidently public demand for greater live power take-off and complicated hydraulic features would have to be acknowledged in lieu of simplicity and economy. Now in the car business both objectives seem to thrive. You can buy Cadillac comfort with its prestige or scoot about in a compact; there's virtue in either one. I think of STANLEY PETERSON over at Shell Lake, saw milling is his business. Using a two cylinder Industrial motor, as simple as combustion power can be, burning precision lumber, as near to it as anything I've seen and it certainly hasn't increased any maintenance on his mill. Contrarily I can sight high powered diesel units turning out lumber unfit for competitive sale. Now then is it power or operator? Speaking of sawmills, lets delve a bit further. In recent years changes have come about in the construction of saw mills. Custom built mills are now a common thing, perhaps because of individual experiences; they say 'necessity is the mother of invention'. Then too that 'down the road machine shop' has replaced the village blacksmith. We had the pleasure of visiting HELMER SEVERSON'S at Spring Valley, Wis. one day. He has one mill, now working a woodlot, on which he installed a transmission in connection with the feed-works. That evidently overcomes the normal differences in sawing hardwood or soft wood, large or small logs. His edger has a mounted power unit. Helmer is now building a portable mill using truck frames holding the stationary sealed bearings that supports the carriage. This mill will have a mounted power unit with V belts running the arbor; and feed-works thru a transmission. The set-works are to be electrically operated. (I says to him, put a seat on it and I'll take it). Incidentally if someone wants to accept a challenge to do some boiler work they can own a very nice Huber (14 hp) left hand flywheel, Engine No. 2829 at a very nominal cost. It seems Helmer with his employment and saw mill end eavers admits he just don't get at it.

Got word JOHN HANSON at Lewis will be sawing logs again about May 1 using his 30-90 Russell. Fact is 1 plan to bring some oak logs there and tape record the Russell 'in the collar'. Here is a sawmill man with steam in his blood.

Our nephew on leave from the Navy gets married, but their honeymoon gets deferred because of his wife's employment. When I got married I assumed all obligations and thus we've kept going ever since, on a shoe string that is.


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