PLAYING BACK TRUTHS AND UNTRUTHS

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Sheldon Jones
A young visitor tries his hand at setting up a sand mold at the Foundry and Blacksmithing exhibit at Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association Show. Courtesy of Sheldon Jones, Box 144-D, Route 1, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754.

Buchanan, Michigan 49107.

My grandfather on my mother’s side lived at Reynolds, North
Dakota, from 1882-1902 and in this era the virgin sod kept wanting
to come back and since they raised only spring wheat and barley,
they did not own a corn planter or cultivator.

After coming back to Michigan in 1910 an uncle went back to the
same area in 1945 and saw good corn everywhere and Red River Valley
spuds galore.

Spring wheat is good bait for stem rust and an old textbook
states that in three spring wheat states in 1916, the loss from
rust was $180,000.

In North Dakota four men could pitch spring wheat into a 36′
machine and wheat would not come down spout as fast as two men
pitching Michigan winter wheat into same machine.

I have counted a good many times and one bushel or two halves
were out before the 14th bundle. Here in Michigan in our area of
Berrien County we never used the basket rack. At several times it
came up for a vote but we always stated our wagons were in use with
hay loaders and it was a waste of time.

In all the I. M. A. pictures, I have never seen a load of
bundles stacked like kitchen matches. I can remember threshing a
few stacks and it took half the power and wheat could almost be
milled. Just to show the readers I know my business, the early day
big machines had plain bearings and always came from factory with
leather and canvas belts. A late 28′ of any make could take
enough oats to make double weigher malfunction and it could be
pulled with only 28 H. P. or as an old rule stated 1 H. P. per
inch. The early 28′ of any make took nearly 50 per cent more or
at least a four plow tractor.

In order to settle any argument which might come up, the late A.
C. Rumely had the world’s best feeder control. The little
gadget was almost like the power source on a binder knotter and the
little roller trip cam would work on as little as one half turn on
screw.

When the fan setting is right then you want everything else
right and a feeder control will control the bad boys.

AVAILABLE AT LAST! Highly detailed, high quality gray iron
castings for a 4 ‘ scale model of a 1915 Case 65 horsepower
traction engine. 140 castings and a complete set of blueprints can
be purchased at a modest cost. The riveted boiler has been designed
to be operated at up to 500 PSI. This engine is a real work horse
with all the beauty of detail built-in. Catalog 50c  a copy,
stamps or cash. K. Wm. Andres, 4384 LaVaque Road, Duluth,
Minnesota. 5581 I.  TIN

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