Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Let's Talk Rusty Iron

Let's Talk Rusty Iron

Someone recently asked me why some horse drawn plows throw the furrow to the left, while others (most in fact) throw them to the...
The Whippet automobile

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.
Beiler's Run Trestle

Red dog made a good surface material for dirt roads and, as nothing but cast-off waste material, it was fairly cheap.
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.
1948 Gibson Model E tractor

In 1933, Harry Gibson started the Gibson Manufacturing Co. in Seattle, Washington, as a heavy machine shop.
Oliver Hart-Parr 28-44

There are tons of interesting stories from the old days of farm equipment manufacturing.

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.
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."
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.
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.
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