Lost In The Files


| September/October 1970



Since we have a great deal of copy and ads we won't put the Lost In The Files pictures in this time, but I have a few letters and I hate to hold them over till next issue.

WILLIAM S. STRAYER, R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 17019, sends along this bit of information: 'Picture No. 13R69, page 31 of March-April 1969 I do not know how the picture came about but am pretty sure it was my old threshing and bailing rig. Although the bailer does not show, it was a 10-20 McCormick Deering 24' x 42' Case thresher, Kinzer stacker. If correct, it was taken facing north on the Johnson potato farm, west of Camp Hill, north of Route 11. This farm was planted to potatoes then seeded to rye in alternating years. When this picture was taken about 1935, the field contained 100 acres of tall rye and 6 acres of wheat. This was one of the most frustrating jobs I ever attempted.

'It was all city help (apparently W.P.A. rejects) who appeared around 9 o'clock, started to prepare for their departure at 4' o'clock and the job lasted one week.

'The farm was located in a loop of the Condoguinet Creek and was very level, fertile soil, but now is completely covered with streets and dwellings.'

Elmer was telling me later that he and Mr. Strayer more or less thought it was right about where Ritzman's home is now. As you look out their front window the mountain view is exactly the same.

ROY H. ERNST of Wayland, Iowa, writes: 'Lost in the Files of May-June 69 issue, the picture 4M69 - I am the man with the straw hat and the other man is Leon Vanderort. 9M69 is my 12 hp. Russell and two men, Neil McClure of Colchester, Illinois, is the man with cap and the other is Ray Trout from Douds, Iowa. Then in Jan.-Feb. 1970, picture 7F70 is 22 hp. Advance Rumely and man on it is Clark Everts, the owner of it.' Thanks a lot Roy for your interest in identifying these pictures for us.