AS I SAW IT

CHAPTER 35

John Deere

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R. R. 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

I don't seem to be able to quit on the Moguls and Titans. Some one wrote and asked what made them so popular in their day. The reason was that they were so simple; anyone could work on one. The only thing that went wrong was the magneto. That's if they were taken care of. They were gradually replaced when tractors had more speed and better steering. There was a total of 29,385 Moguls made. They sold from $675 to $2,475 for the 39-60. There was a total 60,969 Titans built and they sold from $900 to $2,350 for the 30-60.

On Nov. 11, 1911, three 45 Moguls pulled a fifty-five bottom 14-inch plow on the James Oliver farm at South Bend, Indiana and the same day one 34 Mogul pulled an eighteen bottom plow in the same field. These were records at the time, but I recall later that a Caterpillar tractor pulled a twenty-four bottom plow. At the Winnipe contests which were the first of its kind, the big one cylinder Moguls and Titans really showed up the steam engines, which had formally held the field. In 1916 the 8-16 Mogual was replaced by the 10-20 Mogul which had bore of eight and a half inches and a stroke of twelve inches.

In 1915 I.H.C came out with a 12-25 Titan which had a four cylinder cross mounted Horizontal engine, The first four cylinder that they made. It pulled four bottoms and was the first tractor that my father bought. It performed very well. In 1917 or 18 they changed the 12-25 and called it a 15-30 International. This was to mate up with the 8-16 International which had open drive chains but the 15-30 had enclosed drive chains.

The photosraph above shows the International 15-30, 4 cylinder horizontal cross mounted and John Deere 4-bottom 'Engine Gang' plow going out to summer fallow. The picture was taken on or about 1922.

After threshing my father would give my brother and myself the Titan and baler to go out and do custom baling on our own and all the money we made was for our school expenses. In the fall of 1922, we were baling stacked hay for the University of Illinois. Prof. Ray Shawl came out and said the Farm mechanics department had been given a new tractor to try out and he wanted us to use it on the baler that P.M. When we went to dinner we took the Titan out of the belt and when we got back from dinner, there sat the oddest thing we ever saw. It was gray but no name on it. We could tell by the engine that it was an International. Needless to say it pulled the baler O.K. It was a regular Farmall. We soon found out that I.H.C. hada trail run of two hundred of these Farmalls and shipped most of them to the big Farms in Texas, Ariz, and Calif. where there would be a lot of hours put on in a short time as experimental work as they had not made this tractor for sale yet, but were perfecting it before putting it on the market in 1924.

They had shoved a lot of other tractors down the public's throat without being proven, but a man by the name of Benjamine was in charge of the Farmall and he demanded perfection and from the looks of the number still around he came pretty close to it. The first Farmall sold in a Township was given a Little Wonder plow with it. That wasn't any great prize though. My Father and brother bought one in 1924 and it is still running. I bought a new F-20 in 1936 and it runs like new. Why can't the Manufacturers build them like that today? The answer is very simple-they would last too long and hurt their sales. I ask you have we made any progress or are we simply making others rich???