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Fordson collection is a fortunate find

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I spent July 12 at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s 33rd annual show, at their well-developed grounds along Route 322.

Exploring the humble beginnings of the M1 rifle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By SAM MOORE With this month being the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, it might be an appropriate time to look at the U.S. infantry weapon that played a significant role in winning that war, the US rifle, caliber-.30, M1, sometimes called the Garand, but most often […]

Ohio Manufacturing Company built early tractors

Thursday, May 22, 2014

One of the early tractor builders in Ohio was the Ohio Manufacturing Company in Upper Sandusky. In 1899, Samuel S. Morton built a crude tractor in York, Pa., with a large, horizontal, one-cylinder, hopper-cooled Otto engine mounted on a relatively, for the time, light-weight chassis with a short wheelbase.

Acme Cultivator Company origins are obscure

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By SAM MOORE During most of the 20th century Salem, Ohio, was a hotbed of industrial activity with several large manufacturing plants, such as those of E.W. Bliss, Mullins, Eljer and Deming. There were, however, many smaller firms, with some located in backyard garages or barns. One of the latter was the Acme Cultivator Company […]

The way it was in the spring of 1939

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]

Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The two Whinery brothers sold Deering farm equipment and other farm supplies, as well as builder’s supplies and, in 1915, made the decision to incorporate the business as a stockholder-owned company, probably to raise money to expand the business.

Women prove they’ve come a long way, baby

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Even though women have, since the beginning of time, labored mightily to help feed, clothe and house their families, as well as bearing the children who went to make up those families, men of the late-19th and early- 20th century developed a mindset that “the fairer sex” was also “the weaker sex.” These attitudes began […]

Are they superstitions, folk remedies or signs?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

When I was a kid I’d hear some of the older farmers in the neighborhood talk of planting something by the dark of the moon, while other crops must be sown in the light of the moon. My own father and grandfather didn’t mention such requirements for farming operations so I never learned the ins […]

Community members celebrated Salona Supply Company’s birthday

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How many of you remember the Salona Supply Company? I do, of course. My father, also Sam Moore, was general manager of the firm from 1953 through 1966, and then assistant manager and bookkeeper until his retirement in early 1976. Birthday Sixty years ago this past May 2, during Dad’s first year as manager, Salona […]

Take the time and read the directions for machines

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I hope you don’t get tired of the old stories I resurrect — I find them fascinating and hope you do too, plus I enjoy passing along these long forgotten experiences to a new crop of readers. In the November 1916 issue of Gas Power magazine, published in St. Joseph, Mich., appeared this little story […]

A little engine can go a long way, with determination

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In a 1917 issue of Gas Review magazine is the following story by a proud papa: “Our boy wanted a gasoline engine, talked about it often, and punished the mails for information. “Even a small engine would do,” he said. The difficulty was, you see, that gasoline engines do not grow on bushes. Still the […]

Early U.S. tourists write of Hudson River steam travel

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I’ve been reading about how people traveled long distances during the early decades of the 19th century before the development of the railroads.

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 […]

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