F-12 Farmall tractor

Courtesy of Donald E. Robbins, R. R. No. 1, Troy, Ohio 45373

Donald E. Robbins

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Courtesy of , Renwick, Iowa

Dear Anna Mae,

Just a line to tell you how I enjoyed your family picture that was in the Album some time ago. It is real good and seems like you are real happy.

I have had some experience with both steam and tractors. Many years ago, my oldest brother and I bought a 12 H.P. Rumely engine and Ottawa D sheller. We ran that two years, then sold it. Then we bought a 14 H.P. Star (C Aultman) engine and 33 inch Russell separator with Pelba feeders and slat carrier. We ran that three falls.

My brother started farming so I bought a 22 H.P. Wood Bros, engine and 36 x 56 steel separator. I had a large run, both shock and stack but that separator would handle a lot of shocks each day. I ran that outfit 18 falls.

The run began to get smaller so I traded for a 28 x 46 Nichols-Shepard separator and ran that 22 falls, then combines  took over. I still have the separator and tractor.

I was born on a farm about two miles from Renwick, Iowa, on April 4, 1889, so you see I am getting older. My good wife and I own that farm which my grandfather Eggerth bought over 100 years ago for $1.50 per acre. I lived on that farm over 65 years, then moved to Renwick. Our daughter and family live on our farm.

Uncle Sam wanted me for the first world war, so on September 19, 1917 I went to Camp Hodge. I was there 10 months then went overseas with the infantry. I was there until May 7, 1919, and got discharged June 11, 1919. I was in the big drive on the Muese-Argonne. I was happy when it was all over.

Here is a picture of my F-12 Farmall tractor cultivating corn in July, 1966. This tractor is a 1936 model, serial no. FS-50095. I raised the sterling wheel and seat up similar to the F-14. I believe that I can cultivate an acre of corn with less fuel with the F-12 than any other tractor I ever used for cultivating.

This is one way corn was cultivated before the tractors came along. My Dad, Clyde Robbins, R. R. No. 1, Troy, Ohio 45373, still cultivates some corn and soybeans with his horses and cultivator. He likes to work his horses some. This picture was taken in July, 1966. The gray horse's name is Ben and the sorrel horse's name is Fred.

Floyd Kuhl's Greyhound grain separator threshing rye at the Saginaw Live Steam Club Show in August 1966.

Sorry to read of your recent hospital trip. I hope you are better again. I love to read your column in both the magazines; in fact, I read them through. I do like the Christian attitude, too. Perhaps I have said enough. We are praying for you, Anna Mae, your family and the entire staff who make these papers so interesting. May God continue to bless you.

This is a 28-50 Hart Parr owned by William Kuhl, Jr. of Sebewaing, Michigan. The picture was taken in September 1966.

This is a 30-50 Oil Pull owned by Floyd Kuhl, Sebewaing, Michigan. Left to right are Floyd Kuhl and William Kuhl, Jr. The picture was taken at Saginaw Steam Club Show at Caro, Michigan, in August 1966.