Stories by Sam Moore

A lesson in belts and their importance to machines

Thursday, July 19, 2012

People sometimes ask about flat belts. A belt can be defined as being a continuous strip of some flexible material placed around two pulleys under a certain amount of tension to transmit power from one pulley to the other. This definition also describes chain, rope and V-belts, but we’ll stick to flat belts as used […]

Who invented the motorcycle? Well, let’s see…

Thursday, July 5, 2012

After supper on a recent hot Saturday night, I was sitting on my front porch nursing a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and watching the world go by on busy State Route 45 (See how exciting my life is?). Motorcycles It struck me that there were an awful lot of motorcycles going by in both […]

Remembering family’s connection to War of 1812

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two of my ancestors on my mother’s side of the family took part in the forgotten war, the War of 1812, in its campaign in Ohio.

Encore column celebrates Rusty Iron’s 20th year

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I was at the Portersville Steam Show grounds a week or two ago to check out their annual Spring Gas Up. While there, I was hanging out in Wayne Cooper’s Trading Post with several other guys, when Stu Hindman asked me how long I’d been writing for Farm and Dairy. It occurred to me that […]

Technology has dramatically changed the planting season for farmers

Thursday, May 24, 2012

According to the last Farm and Dairy, 79 percent of Ohio’s corn is planted, way ahead of last year (Marlin Clark said that last year only 2 percent of corn was in the ground). Earlier planting When I was a kid, I don’t think we even began planting until near the end of May. Of […]

Horse plowing competition goes on in the rain

Thursday, May 10, 2012

On April 28, I attended the Ohio Draft Horse Plowing Contest at Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights, Ohio. Carriage Hill Farm is a part of the Five Rivers Metro Park system of Montgomery County and is an 1880s working farm where crops and animals are raised using vintage machinery and methods. Farm employees and […]

Old farm publications create trips back in time

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My column two weeks ago about Cyclone seeders brought a couple of interesting responses (I love email – it’s so fast and easy to sit down at the keyboard and dash off a quick note) which I’ll pass on to the readers. Reader responses Bill McChesney, who farms near New Galilee, Pa., wrote: “Concerning cyclone […]

Old farm publications create trips back in time

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My column two weeks ago about Cyclone seeders brought a couple of interesting responses (I love email – it’s so fast and easy to sit down at the keyboard and dash off a quick note) which I’ll pass on to the readers. Reader responses Bill McChesney, who farms near New Galilee, Pa., wrote: “Concerning cyclone […]

Anyone remember cyclone seeders? The early years of drills and related planting equipment

Thursday, March 29, 2012

When I was a kid, my father’s crop rotation was corn, oats, wheat and hay. The wheat was planted in the fall after the oats stubble was plowed and, in order to have a crop of hay in the year following the wheat, grass seed had to be sown either with the wheat, or the […]

Leader tractors put Auburn, Ohio, on the map

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Located in northeastenr Ohio, in Auburn, Ohio, Lewis and Walter Brockway first built the American Garden Tractor, and then formed the Leader Tractor Company in 1940.

Tire chains, sleds and snow in the good old days

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I once worked with a guy who fancied himself a comedian. One sunny morning he said to me: “It’s gonna be tough sleddin’ today!” “Why?” I asked, taking the bait. “There’s no snow!” he answered triumphantly. This winter it’s been tough sledding for kids in most of the northern parts of the country that usually […]

Stark County was hotbed of farm manufacturing

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stark County, Ohio, was a hotbed of farm implement manufacturing during the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th. While most of this activity was centered in Canton and Massillon, Alliance had at least two companies making farm implements. The Nixon & Company made the Alliance shovel plow and the […]

The progression of automobiles, drivers and life

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Any of us who drives a motor vehicle, and that includes probably almost everyone over the age of 16, has at one time or another complained about rude and thoughtless drivers.

Imagine: McCormick-Deere instead of McCormick-Deering

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When the farm implement giant, International Harvester Company, was formed in 1902 by the merger of the McCormick, Deering, Milwaukee, Plano and Champion harvester lines, it immediately gave the new firm about 90 percent of the binder and 80 percent of the mower production in the U.S.

Remembering the bigger, better IHC Mogul

Thursday, January 5, 2012

To start off 2012, here’s the story of a tractor that was bright and shiny and new 100 years ago. The International Harvester Company introduced the International Mogul 12-25 — its first lightweight tractor — in 1912. Even though the Mogul 12-25 weighed almost 5 tons, it was a whole lot lighter than the huge, clumsy machines that IHC had been building up until then.

Rusty Iron: Columnist still brings a chuckle, 60 years later

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In many of the weekly farm papers of the mid-1950s was a regular feature called The Song of the Lazy Farmer, which was a short and humorous observation on the passing scene, as well as the author’s troubles with his wife Mirandy over his laziness.

Yes, women have definitely come a long way

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Man works from sun to sun, but woman s work is never done. This old saying certainly applied to the average farm wife in the 1850s. A list of her tasks would reach from here to there. She had to spin — they needed wool cloth for warm clothes and linen for shirts and underwear. […]

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Relishing in the history of chickens

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poultry and eggs are a big business and, although estimates vary, possibly as many as 45 billion chickens are eaten every year in this country, along with 75 billion eggs.

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Taking a look at the life of a farmer 50 years ago

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What were you doing 50 years ago? Our fathers and grandfathers, and maybe even we ourselves, were settling down after supper with the October issue of Farm Journal to find out what was going on.

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Readers share their tractor towing experiences

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The column a few weeks ago brought several responses about the fun experiences folks have had while towing or being towed on tractors. Here are two (somewhat edited for space) that I enjoyed.

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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.