Letter from a Friend


| January/February 1995


1102 Box Canyon Road Fallbrook, California 92028

My friend Mr. Joe Glenn, 23338 99th Street, Anamosa, Iowa, 52205, an acquaintance I have made through his identification of my query in a past issue of GEM, recently wrote me the following letter, in which he is very descriptive of his past farming activities. I thought his reminiscences would make a nice story for you GEM readers, and so you'll find interesting quotes from his letter below.

'The Titan 15-30 was apparently first marketed in 1915. In 1918 it became known as the International 15-30 and was pretty much the same tractor. In 1921 this was replaced by the McCormick-Deering 15-30.

'In my time, I have worked in the field with a McCormick-Deering 15-30 and the last version of it that was known to farmers as a 22-36. This was a real powerhouse in its day!



'This old powerhouse was mounted on rubber tires that were full of fluid. It pulled a 4-14' McCormick-Deering No. 8 Little Genius plow 7' or 8' deep in high gear in heavy clay or black gumbo soil in high gear. It was used at four miles per hour and we also pulled a three row John Deere stalk cutter followed by a Case 10 foot tandem disk, with a 10 foot two section harrow behind the disk. It also pulled a large Letz Dixie roughage mill for grinding feed for livestock. I also, over the years, worked on lots of John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Farmall and Case tractors, and later on Olivers, Fords, Massey Harris. I don't remember ever working either a Minneapolis-Moline or Twin City tractor. My father was a livestock farmer. He had a fine herd of grade Holstein dairy cows, a good string of Angus beef cows, a decent sized herd of far row-to-finish market hogs, a small flock of sheep. And Mother always had about 600 baby chicks of which the young cockerels were sold in the fall for school and winter clothes and the new pullets went into the laying house. With all of this livestock on a 200-acre farm with eighty acres of crops things were very busy seven days a week. Someone asked Dad why he kept so much livestock. He said, 'It's good for my two boys. It keeps them off of the roads and out of the pool halls and taverns.

'Machinery was just a necessary evil, although Dad had a lot more than most people. He had a tractor before most of the neighbors had one. He first had a Heider that he used mostly to do belt work, grinding feed, shelling corn, baling hay and straw, filling silo, shredding corn fodder, sawing wood, etc. All I ever remember him using it was in the oat fields to pull the grain binder in hot weather because you could kill horses on a binder.