SPARKS FROM OLD PLUGS

Marvin Green writes.......


| September/October 1963



Big 4 tractor

Here is a picture of a 'Big 4' tractor that I ran out in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1913. It sure was a great rig back in those days. It had 8 ft. drivers on the rear, 4 cylinder engine and would use about 60 gal. of gas in 12 hours on breaking pra

Here is a picture of a shock loader owned by Lems Bros. of Rock Valley, Iowa. The loader is home made and has a feeder that lays on the ground and is run by an electric motor and the juice comes from a generator that runs off the power take-off of the tractor. The racks have one side with hinges that fold down and they just dump the bundles over the side. The bundles I saw were very long and heavy windrows and some fell off but in 5 minutes or less they had a big load.

Marvin E. Green, Boy den, Iowa

Douglas McConnell writes......

I noticed a picture on page 13 of your May-June 1963 Album in Dairy-land Driftings of a Best steamer. This steamer I recognized right away. It was used for many long years in Forsyth, Montana. I have a book before me entitled Dry-Farming by L. H. Bailey and on page 211 is a picture of this outfit taken in 1911. It reads 'Combined harvester and thresher in a field of dry-farm Turkey wheat. Forsyth, Montana.

There is another picture of this steamer steam plowing on page 303 pulling four plows and turning over 17 furrows at once.

I saw another Best steamer like this one on the lower right hand side of page 18.I wish I could locate some one with a 1225 hp Port-Huron tractor so I could send a picture of it into your magazine. I'm beginning to think there is none of them left on earth today as no one I have ever asked knows of any.

Your magazine is my favorite of this kind and would pay $5.00 for it if I ever have to.