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Stover Engines in the Ring

Stover engines fit right in at the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club’s annual swap meet and auction in Baraboo, Wis.

Engine Club Becomes Family Tradition

The Jack Branch Engine Club began, and became family tradition, 45 years ago with one man and the purchase of a Fairbanks-Morse Model Z.

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Songs of the
Iron Men

Enjoy the glory days of steam farming with Songs of the Iron Men – a 12 song audio CD of original music by editor Christian Williams based on poems originally submitted to Iron-Men Album in the 1950s. Listen to one of the songs on Christian’s blog, The Water Hopper.

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1924 Rumely OilPull 20-40


Beautiful New Paperback with over 150 illustrations tells the story of how grain storage began and elevators were invented. Includes sections on a variety materials used in the mid-west from the 1800s to today with many historic photos and 86 full color examples of these wonderful and fascinating buildings that are integral to our farm heritage.

About the author
Linda Laird was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She was always fascinated with the shapes of the grain elevators that define the horizon in that flat place. She became a historic preservation consultant and community planner, moved back to Kansas and married a John Deere loving, ex-farmboy from rural Reno County.

In 1992 the Kansas state legislature revised the tax code to include taxing the historic wooden elevators used primarily for storage or remaining empty. Many of the oldest wood frame elevators have been torn down or burned since then to avoid taxes. Laird and her husband, Larry Haney, were determined to at least photographically document each elevator in Kansas before the destruction was complete. They were encouraged by The James Marsden Fitch Charitable Trust, a New York foundation that provides mid-career grants to historic preservation projects. The grant allowed them to travel through the mid-west researching and photographing elevators in a multi-state area. This book is a product of that grant.

The original goal of photographing all of the elevators in Kansas was achieved in 2003 when over 1200 elevators had been photographed and documented in a searchable index. It is now possible for the first time to write a history of grain elevators in the state.

Laird's next book will focus on the historic significance of the documented elevators with attention to the various architectural styles and materials used in the continuous development of Kansas elevators.



Hosted by Max Armstrong and featuring tractors from Alaska to Long Island, this video includes spotlights on: 1949 John Deere MI, 1956 John Deere 320 U and 420 U Highway Orange utility tractors, 1939 Allis-Chalmers RC, 1960 John Deere 830 and Model 777 plow, 1956 Minneapolis-Moline UTS, 1955 Oliver Super 88 High Clearance, 1956 Ferguson 40 and Baler, 1960 International 460 Wheatland, 1949 Ford 8N (on stilts), 1964 John Deere 3020 LP Orchard, 1954 Intercontinental Military C-26, 1976 Big Bud HN 320, and 1952 Massey-Harris Pony. 2006. Run time: 90+ minutes.