Stories by Sam Moore

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.