Monday, July 22, 2019
Newcomen steam engine

Learn more about the Newcomen engines, called "Fire Engines," which were used to pump water from British mines.
Edwards Tractor 1

The concept of a vehicle that carries, lays and then picks up its own tracks after passing over them has been around for centuries.
tractor with tracks

Charles Hay Martin was one of the many colorful men who built the automobile industry in this country, although he never became a household name.
McCormick Works

International Harvester Corporation was one of the first 20 companies in the United States to establish a nongovernment pension plan for its employees.
Oats fields

Sam Moore shares a story Josh Billings, a well-known 19th-century humorist who used contemporary slang and strange phonetic spelling, wrote about oats.
Farmer and Thermometer

Little glass tubes of mercury or red-dyed alcohol have done duty as temperature indicators since the 17th century. Find out how they work.
1-24-rusty-iron-Tractor

The Earthworm Tractor Co., located in Earthworm City, Illinois, made crawler tractors and had a head salesman by a man named Alexander Botts.
Auction items

Sam Moore shares a story Kate Sanborn (1839-1917), a teacher, lecturer and writer, wrote in 1891 of her experiences attending auctions.
school teacher breaking down door

Local schools were scarce in frontier communities during the mid- to late-19th century, nor was there much in the way of celebrating the Christmas holiday.
World War I

As this month marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the World War I, Sam Moore shares a story of "beating swords into plough shares."
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