Stories by Sam Moore

The Happy Farmer tractor was anything but happy

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Happy Farmer tractor did not exactly live up to its name.

Blue lap dogs and complaints about Congress

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Some news from 1846 could be ripped from today’s headlines; some makes for glimpse at past.

Birth of the American barista

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons — today there are coffee shops everywhere. Back in the 1870s, however, such establishments were rarely heard of.

Hard work helped by early technology

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For centuries, grain was threshed by beating the grain with flails, trampling it with horses or oxen, or by pulling stone or wooden rollers and sledges over it.

Pennsylvania can claim first covered bridge

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first covered bridge in America is believed to have been the High Street (later, Market Street) Bridge across the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Pioneers were thankful for just one room

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Those pioneer cabins were small, but efficient.

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.”

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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.