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
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
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
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