Stories by Sam Moore

Speculators and the wheat market of 1897-98

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Joe Leiter’s story is another example of how speculators control the prices farmers receive for their products, a practice that continues today — just ask Marlin Clark.

Deere & Company weathered Great Depression

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Not too many of we oldtimers are still around who can say that we lived through the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Young life In my own case, it’s not really quite true either, as I showed up on my parent’s doorstep in 1933 and I don’t recall the extremely bad times. The sudden […]

Early U.S. tractor history: The story begins in Iowa in 1892

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A book titled Fordson, Farmall, and Poppin’ Johnny, written in 1987 by Robert C. Williams, tells the history of the tractor beginning with John Froelich’s 1892 contraption, generally credited with being the first gasoline engine powered traction engine, up through the 1980s.

Deere played big role in Chicago World’s Fair

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Deere & Company was heavily involved, with Charles Deere being appointed one of the two fair commissioners from Illinois.

Daimler history includes a famous Steinway

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What do famous musicians Daniel Barenboim, Harry Connick, Jr., Billy Joel, Benjamin Britten, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Vladimir Horowitz, have in common with Gottlieb Daimler, German inventor of one of the first motor cars?

The Lincoln Highway has come a long way

Thursday, June 18, 2015

With town by town descriptions, The Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway, published in 1916, gives background information and other tidbits about the famous route.

How Russia saved Oliver, and vice versa

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A chapter from The Romance of the Reaper.

Of early tractor companies, few survived

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In the early days, tractor companies were abundant, but only a few had what it took to survive.

Of early tractor companies, few survived

Thursday, May 21, 2015

During the years of World War I and after, at least until the severe agricultural depression of 1921, tractor manufacturers and wannabes, as well as not a few charlatans who only hoped to sell stock in non-existent tractor companies, were thick on the ground, especially in the Midwest.

Oliver tractor manufacturing was ‘saved’ by Russia

Thursday, May 7, 2015

There are tons of interesting stories from the old days of farm equipment manufacturing.

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About Sam

Sam Moore grew up on a family farm in Western Pennsylvania during the late 1930s and the 1940s. Although he left the farm in 1953, it never left him. He now lives near Salem, where he tinkers with a few old tractors, collects old farm literature, and writes about old machinery, farming practices and personal experiences for Farm and Dairy, as well as Farm Collector and Rural Heritage magazines. He has published one book about farm machinery, titled Implements for Farming with Horses and Mules.