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Toledo Blade
Here is a picture of an early rig from the Toledo Blade. Did you ever see a better vindication of the Iron Men title? Can you Identify the rig? A wood-burning threshing outfit with its rugged crew. In the old days farmers cut the wheat, left it in stacks

Granville, Ohio

Let’s get one thing abundantly clear at the outset I have
fired and ran traction engines to my satisfaction but I have also
stepped down to watch my father move around barn lots or set on a
graded barn driveway. No one ever said of me as I have of him,
‘I’d as soon watch him as to watch a Fairground

Have you ever considered what a force for honesty in advertising
were the Montgomery Ward and Sears Robuck catalogs? The article had
to be as described or your money was there waiting for you. In
machinery catalogs, by contrast, the sky was the limit. The machine
offered was perfection itself and when you got it home, brother, it
was yours. Only by field tests and demonstrations could a man hope
to determine what he could expect of a machine.

Two things were accomplished in a good demonstration. One;
interest could be aroused by proving how easily and surely a good
machine could be put through its paces. Two; A competitor could be
‘shown up.’

I thought of these points as I listened to Mr. Ira Young of
Amanada, Ohio in the fall of 1950. Mr. Young had 7 threshing rigs
in operation for years, has sold Case machinery and has
demonstrated Case engines on ‘Incline.’ There on a plank
surface pitched about like a barn roof the engine was made to
climb, hold, descend part way and climb again always under good
control. When you got through swallowing your heart you had
witnessed adequate power, good clutch action, ample strength in
every part and you realized that somewhere the demonstrator had run
an engine before.

An excellent demonstration was made of the 2 cylinder Hart Paar
tractor, prior to 1930, when they made it hoist itself vertically
by means of steel cables around all four wheels and secured to a
steel enclosing framework. The demonstrator rode up with the
tractor, held it by means of the pulley brake and could reverse the
travel up and down by means of the clutch lever alone. You would
not be surprised after witnessing that demonstration to know that
the 1224 Hart Paar would, on occasion, pull itself over the wheel
chocks by a good load on the belt.

Newark, Ohio has produced three traction engines – the McNamar,
Scheidler and Walker. Demonstrations at the Licking County Fair
were, therefore, a lively affair and will, perhaps, repay the

One of the above engines was being demonstrated at the Fair by
causing it to hoist and control an iron basket of castings rigged
by means of a pulley attached to a stout oak limb. It is reported
that the basket was made to weigh several tons. In the course of
events a sizable wager was arranged that a competing engine would
try to hoist the basket. This engine with mud hooks attached and
with the son of the builder at the throttle hooked on to the chain.
As were his instructions, the boy never looked back after he got
under way nor did he pause at the end of the travel. His engine
took the basket aloft, broke the pulley fastenings and and dragged
chain, basket and contents over to his own show space leaving his
father to collect the bet and settle the damage.

It should be recorded that Mr. Scheidler built and ran a road
engine geared for considerable speed. For years he offered to race
any contender and since none appeared he would race his engine
alone around the dirt track for the entertainment of the crowd.

It may very well be true as that Grand Old Machine Man, Bascom
B. Clark, used to claim That paint has sold more machinery than
engineering. It may also be true, as I have suggested, that the
catalog claims had to be taken with a grain of salt. It is common
experience that, even with out faith, a man will believe what his
eyes behold and many a man has spent sleepless nights after a good
‘field demonstration’ until he could get one of those
wonderful engines out on his farm.

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