Stories by Sam Moore

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Sure sign of spring: Engine and tractor shows

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Well, Mother Nature is playing an April Fool’s Day trick on us — it’s snowing as I write this. However, it must be spring; I’ve already been to my first tractor show. Last weekend I traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind., and spent about six hours taking in the Maumee Valley Antique Steam & Gas Association […]

Automobile history can sometimes repeat itself

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I’ve often heard it said that “what goes around comes around” and “there’s nothing new under the sun.” Here’s an example of that, and, while probably not proving those rules, it certainly illustrates that such things do occur. About two months ago, I wrote about the Reeves Octoauto, a strange-looking eight-wheeled car that existed briefly […]

Livestock and machinery filled 1840s fairgrounds

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How about that Dodge Ram ad at the Super Bowl? It’s not often that the advantages and benefits of farming are placed before such a huge national audience, most of who probably think their food is manufactured by bib overall-clad dwarves in the back room of the supermarket. Did my heart good! The game was […]

His first locomotive hauled coal. Rest is history

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In 1814, George Stephenson built his first locomotive for hauling coal from the mine where he worked.

Texas shivaree brings many twists and turns

Thursday, January 17, 2013

(Thankfully) my wife and I never had the pleasure of a shivaree as newlyweds

The story of the John Deere organization

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I have a copy of General Catalog No. 200, issued in 1940 by the John Deere Plow Co. of Columbus, Ohio. The book’s index lists all the products offered by Deere at the time, starting with the Advance Endgate Seeder and ending with the Windrow Pick-Up Press. After the index is a photograph of a […]

Forward-thinking Reeves develops the Octoauto

Friday, December 28, 2012

Milton O. Reeves, of the Reeves family who once made steam traction engines and threshers, was associated with the Reeves Pulley Company in Columbus, Ind., at the end of the 19th century. There, he invented a variable speed drive that used two pulleys with sliding split sheaves, just like the ones used for the variable […]

Encore presentation shares fond farm memories

Thursday, December 20, 2012

(Author’s note: This is an “encore” presentation of this column, which was first published in 2002.) Christmas on the western Pennsylvania farm where I grew up was a big time for my sister B.G. and me. We’d pore over the Sears Christmas catalog as soon as it arrived and show Mom everything we wanted. She’d […]

Top five significant developments in ag machinery

Thursday, December 6, 2012

As promised last time, here are my five final choices for the top 10 most significant new developments in agricultural machinery during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. I cut it off at 1950 because there have been many, many revolutionary improvements since then in farm machines and practices. In addition to […]

Top 10 farm machinery innovations: My first five

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ever speculate about what were the most significant new developments in agricultural machinery during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries? I was asked this some years ago and this is the list I came up with. I don’t believe any of them, with the possible exception of the cotton gin, can be […]

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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.