Stories by Sam Moore

Sears and Roebuck shaped Christmas traditions

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Christmas column this year is, as they say on the air, an “encore presentation,” having appeared in December of both 1995 and 2000. How many of you remember the anticipation, and the agonizingly long wait, after your mother sent in an order to Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward? This Christmas season made me […]

Hand-written memories retell saw mill story

Thursday, December 4, 2014

About half a mile from the one-room school I attended was a saw mill that was owned by a farmer named Harvey Smith, and that was operated by Smith and his oldest son, Harold.

Restoring old tractors is rewarding, but costly

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I don’t claim to be “restoring” a tractor, as to me that means making it exactly as it was when new, an almost impossible undertaking unless one has unlimited funds.

The dreaded parlor stove makes its return again

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Folks in the latter half of the 19th century went through an unpleasant ritual along about this time of year, or probably a little earlier in Northern climes, called “putting up the parlor stove.”

Night cap: Looking for a good night’s sleep?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Miss Nancy and I, along with my little sister B.G. Theiss who is visiting from North Carolina, enjoyed the afternoon at the Farm and Dairy’s recent 100th Anniversary open house at the Salem Community Center.

‘Punkin pie’: Dessert to be praised across the globe

Thursday, October 9, 2014

There are many, many pumpkin pies bought or made from scratch and served at American tables around this time of year.

The Erie Canal in New York — from folly to fame

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveling in this country during the 16th and 17th centuries was difficult in the extreme.

Futuristic Oliver, built on shoestring, still head turner

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On February 23, 1929, Charles City, Iowa, residents read startling news in the Charles City Daily Press: There was to be a $50 million merger between the Hart-Parr Company, one of the city’s major firms, the Oliver Plow Works and Nichols & Shepard Company.

The Whippet: More than just an old automobile

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Folks often ask how I think of stuff to write about, and while I sometimes really have to scratch to come up with a subject, especially when a deadline is breathing down my neck, things I see in my travels often trigger a memory that leads to an idea for a story.

Old property wills can make fascinating reading

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old wills, and I mean really old wills, are fascinating to read. They’re a way to learn about how our ancestors lived, as well as seeing what worldly goods were important to them.

Looking back to 1938 gives a glimpse into the past

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From my Looking Back Department, comes this glimpse of farming in July of 1938 (I was almost five years old), as recorded in the pages of Successful Farming magazine. On the cover is a color photograph of a straw-hatted and bib overall clad farmer in front of his Farmall F-20 tractor enjoying a tin cupful […]

Fordson collection is a fortunate find

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I spent July 12 at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s 33rd annual show, at their well-developed grounds along Route 322.

Exploring the humble beginnings of the M1 rifle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By SAM MOORE With this month being the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, it might be an appropriate time to look at the U.S. infantry weapon that played a significant role in winning that war, the US rifle, caliber-.30, M1, sometimes called the Garand, but most often […]

Ohio Manufacturing Company built early tractors

Thursday, May 22, 2014

One of the early tractor builders in Ohio was the Ohio Manufacturing Company in Upper Sandusky. In 1899, Samuel S. Morton built a crude tractor in York, Pa., with a large, horizontal, one-cylinder, hopper-cooled Otto engine mounted on a relatively, for the time, light-weight chassis with a short wheelbase.

Acme Cultivator Company origins are obscure

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By SAM MOORE During most of the 20th century Salem, Ohio, was a hotbed of industrial activity with several large manufacturing plants, such as those of E.W. Bliss, Mullins, Eljer and Deming. There were, however, many smaller firms, with some located in backyard garages or barns. One of the latter was the Acme Cultivator Company […]

The way it was in the spring of 1939

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]

Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The two Whinery brothers sold Deering farm equipment and other farm supplies, as well as builder’s supplies and, in 1915, made the decision to incorporate the business as a stockholder-owned company, probably to raise money to expand the business.

Women prove they’ve come a long way, baby

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Even though women have, since the beginning of time, labored mightily to help feed, clothe and house their families, as well as bearing the children who went to make up those families, men of the late-19th and early- 20th century developed a mindset that “the fairer sex” was also “the weaker sex.” These attitudes began […]

Are they superstitions, folk remedies or signs?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

When I was a kid I’d hear some of the older farmers in the neighborhood talk of planting something by the dark of the moon, while other crops must be sown in the light of the moon. My own father and grandfather didn’t mention such requirements for farming operations so I never learned the ins […]

Community members celebrated Salona Supply Company’s birthday

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How many of you remember the Salona Supply Company? I do, of course. My father, also Sam Moore, was general manager of the firm from 1953 through 1966, and then assistant manager and bookkeeper until his retirement in early 1976. Birthday Sixty years ago this past May 2, during Dad’s first year as manager, Salona […]

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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.