On February 23, 1929, Charles City, Iowa, residents read startling news in the Charles City Daily Press: There was to be a $50 million merger between the Hart-Parr Company, one of the city’s major firms, the Oliver Plow Works and Nichols & Shepard Company.
Folks often ask how I think of stuff to write about, and while I sometimes really have to scratch to come up with a subject, especially when a deadline is breathing down my neck, things I see in my travels often trigger a memory that leads to an idea for a story.
Old wills, and I mean really old wills, are fascinating to read. They’re a way to learn about how our ancestors lived, as well as seeing what worldly goods were important to them.
From my Looking Back Department, comes this glimpse of farming in July of 1938 (I was almost five years old), as recorded in the pages of Successful Farming magazine. On the cover is a color photograph of a straw-hatted and bib overall clad farmer in front of his Farmall F-20 tractor enjoying a tin cupful […]
I spent July 12 at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s 33rd annual show, at their well-developed grounds along Route 322.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been reading about how people traveled long distances during the early decades of the 19th century before the development of the railroads.
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 […]
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 […]
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 Song of the Lazy Farmer was featured in The Michigan Farmer.