Stories by Sam Moore

Motorcycles do have their place in history

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Back in the early part of the 20th century gasoline and oil tractors were few and far between. The big heavy monsters that existed at the time were more likely to be found in the vast prairies of the northern plains states, where they were used for breaking the virgin sod, than in the corn […]

The Harris family made a big impact on Salem

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Several generations of Salem High School students bought school supplies at the Harris Printing Co. store across North Lincoln and up a few doors from the school, and probably a good many Salem residents are aware of the Harris Printing Company which got its start in town way back in 1866, and which is still […]

Versatile has come a long way — in price and size

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sometime around 1941, the Moore & Townsend partnership (my father and my uncle) bought a used Farmall F-30 tractor to replace an old McCormick-Deering 10-20. That F-30, with a 3-bottom John Deere plow, was a big tractor in our part of western Beaver County, Pa. Well, I was at the Canfield Fair recently and Witmer’s […]

The ‘Lazy Farmer’ relished his greens

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Song of the Lazy Farmer was featured in The Michigan Farmer.

Fordson tractors were loved beyond U.S. borders

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The first of Henry Ford’s long anticipated farm tractors rolled off the Dearborn assembly line more than 90 years ago on Oct. 8, 1917. The first year’s production was sent to England to help with the war effort. By April 4, 1919, Fordson tractors were being built in a new plant in Cork, Ireland, as […]

Davis automobiles had a short, but interesting, life

Thursday, August 1, 2013

O.K., admit it; you’ve never heard of a Davis automobile. Well, neither had I until a visit to the National Truck Museum in Auburn, Ind., a couple years ago. After World War II, during which no new automobiles were built for civilian buyers, there was a huge hunger for new cars and many manufacturers gave […]

How were trees transported to sawmills years ago?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The western expansion and industrial revolution that occurred in the U.S. during the 19th century required billions of board feet of lumber. Trees were thick in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, around the Great Lakes, in New England, and in the pine woods of the South, but how to get the heavy logs from […]

The capstan made hard work quite a bit easier

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Way back in antiquity, man himself had to provide any muscle power needed to perform useful work. This, of course, drastically limited the amount of the work that could be performed. Then, probably 50 or 60 centuries ago, faced with moving a heavy object, an enterprising individual figured out how to tie a rope from […]

Magazine column shows how dating has changed

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Not long ago I bought a bound volume of Successful Farming magazines from 1939 (the year I started first grade). Each issue contains a monthly letters column titled What do you think?, where readers sounded off about many subjects. I reckon the following exchange in the columns could be called “Love on the farm.” Starting […]

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Tractor rides are gaining popularity in the USA

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I think I’ve written before about the tractor rides that the British tractor enthusiasts have been keen on for a good number of years and, at least once, have wondered why such events weren’t more common on this side of “the pond,” as the Atlantic Ocean is sometimes referred to by we “colonials.” Tractor rides […]

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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.