| November/December 1979

Don Sites, Kansas wheat farmer and rancher, has one of the largest collections of cast iron implement seats in the world, housed in his Country Museum near Grinnell.

He also has one of the top collections of barbed wire.

Sites was the sparkplug in organizing the Cast Iron Implement Seat Collectors Association, which holds its annual reunions at Waukee, Iowa, in conjunction with the Hawkeye antique engine and tractor show. The 1979 reunion was well attended, drawing implement seat collectors from about 15 states.

Sites now has nearly 600 cast iron seats, mostly from American makers but also including some from England, Holland, France, Austria, Scotland, and Germany. Some of them are the last remaining examples of their kind.

Sites has now written three illustrated volumes on the seats. The first came out in 1969; the second, in 1972, and the third, in 1977. If you have one of these iron seats, you can probably find a photo of it in a Sites' book.

In the introduction to the third book, Sites speaks of the farming revolution which struck in the late 1800s, easing the farmer's way.