Similar to Let’s Talk Rusty Iron

All Categories

  • The Whippet: More than just an old automobile

  • Ohio Manufacturing Company built early tractors

  • Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

Let’s Talk Rusty Iron Results

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 […]

Looking back through pages of farm magazine

Thursday, November 8, 2012

At the end of October 70 years ago, farmers and farmers’ wives were reading the Farm Journal. It was a dark period in the Second World War; we’d lost more than 40,000 troops and the Philippine Islands, the German army was battering the gates of Stalingrad, England was rebuilding its armed forces after Dunkirk and […]

The stories behind the automobiles of yesteryear

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One of the more interesting characters during the early days of automobiles was Floyd Clymer. In these days of “helicopter moms,” his exploits while still quite young were nothing short of astonishing. Love of cars. Floyd, the son of a country physician, was born in 1895 in Berthoud, Colo. His father, an early supporter of […]

Richard Best and the very best vehicle collection

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two or three weeks ago I attended the Best truck show for the first time. Although the annual event could certainly qualify as the best truck show, the real reason for the name is the host’s name — Richard L. Best. I say “was” because, sadly, Richard L. Best passed away Sept. 10, just two […]

I don’t care if they aren’t cool, I love white walls

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It was a hot night a few weeks ago and, after a supper of corn on the cob and sweet Nancy’s delicious Swiss steak, I was sitting on the front porch enjoying a slightly chilled glass of Pinot Noir and watching the traffic on Route 45. Do you know — I saw absolutely zero cars […]

Trading stamps were more than currency for some

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Anyone remember Green Stamps? Or Plaid stamps, Top Value stamps, or several other less popular ones? Trade stamps, in various denominations and amounts depending upon the amount of money spent on merchandise, were given to customers by certain merchants. Incentive Although the merchants had to pay the trading company for the stamps, they felt the […]

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 […]

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.

eNewsletter

Get our Top Stories in Your Inbox