Similar to Let’s Talk Rusty Iron

All Categories

  • Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

  • His first locomotive hauled coal. Rest is history

  • Top five significant developments in ag machinery

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron Results

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 […]

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.

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Cord automobile maker lives rags to riches story

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How many of you have seen a Cord automobile? Although the first Cord car was introduced in 1929, I don’t remember ever seeing one on the road when I was a boy, and I knew the name, and usually the model of virtually every car I saw.

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: ‘It’s just a mile or so. You can just tow me.’

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Over the years, I’ve read many sad tales in the tractor magazines of towing adventures going comically wrong (often with a real potential for disaster), and I’ve a few such stories of my own.

How the 1940 Nash slipped through my hands

Thursday, August 11, 2011

As most of you don’t remember, my birthday falls early in August and I always wax a little nostalgic around this time. For a number of years, I’ve had a low grade itch to own an old car or truck, but hate to spend the money that people want for most of them.

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron: Catalog from 1894 gave advice to farm owners

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I have a reprint of The Country Gentleman’s Catalogue for 1894. Published in England, it was meant not for the English yeoman farmer who actually did the work, but for the “gentlemen” who owned those farms and estates.

Horse-powered equipment makes lots of progress

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nancy and I just got back from Lancaster County, Pa., where I attended the 18th annual Horse Progress Days. This was the 16th consecutive year for me at the show, and the 2011 offering was as different as night and day from those early exhibitions back in the 1990s. Horse decline The use of horses […]

The history of John Deere is long and windy

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Although they’d been reluctant to dive into the budding gasoline tractor business, there was increasing pressure from Deere’s branch houses and dealers, who wanted a tractor to sell.

Truck stops: Touring region’s auto museums

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The last week in May, I spent three days in northern Indiana. When I left, the fields around here were still too wet to get into and, although one usually sees dust clouds in every direction across northeastern Ohio and Indiana at this time of year, tractors and chisel plows and disks were all parked. […]

The Neys have it: Hay tools invented in Canton

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There were two different Ney companies in Canton in the late 1800s and early 1900s, both making hay tools such as barn hay forks, carriers and track.

eNewsletter

Get our Top Stories in Your Inbox