Courtesy of Percy L. Dezotell, 254 Elma Avenue, N. E., Salem, Oregon 97301.
254 Elma Avenue, N. E., Salem, Oregon 97301.
(A former farm boy brought up on a Saskatchewan farm)
1929-2 cylinder Hart-Parr 12-24 owned and restored by Percy.
I have a miniature farm display that I made by hand, showing how we farmed during 1920 to 1930.
My father and I farmed quite big in the 1920s. Most farms were a half section, but we farmed around one and a half sections, mostly with horses until 1920 when we purchased a 10-20 Titan to do the heavy work. In those days he and I did a lot of spring plowing and the Titan was used all year round for the spring field work and the summer fallowing. The Titan was hitched to a binder during harvest and on the belt for threshing. Dad custom threshed, so it had quite a work-out and in the winter he did custom feed chopping.
1934-4 cylinder Hart-Parr 28-44 owned and restored by Percy. 12 x 24 in background.
The first separator that I remember Dad purchased was an Aultman-Taylor in 1920. In 1921 he bought a 24 x 36 Waterloo separator. In 1926 he traded the Titan engine in on a 16-30 Eagle Tractor, which was used the same as the Titan had been. In 1928 he traded the Eagle and the Waterloo separator in on a 18-36 Hart-Parr and 28 x 48 Belle City separator.
There was a big crop in 1928, but there was lots of straw and the grain froze. It was poor quality 6 and feed. The price was very poor. I ran both ends of the machine. We had six bundle teams and Dad hauled grain with a one-ton Star truck. We really put through a lot of straw! It was yielding 40 to 50 bushels per acre. We did a lot of custom threshing and threshed long after freeze-up.
This display represents what took place on a farm in a crop season. Also, it is spread over a 10-year period from 1920-1930, when horses and small gas tractors were used together. It is set up to show preparing the soil for spring seeding and summer fallowing. In the summer we used the moldboard plow, the one-way discs and the cultivator. During harvest, it shows the horses on the binder, bundle wagons and grain wagon.
I have 60 head of horses and mules in this display, hitched to different pieces of machinery and a few in the corral. Actually, we never had many horses at a time, but kept them busy all year on different types of machinery. However, I made enough to display the whole crop season at one time.
The farm buildings are replicas of our home farm buildings. The windmill by the barn is powered by electric motor and pumps water while on display. The horses are whittled out of balsa wood and painted. The machinery is made of metal and most of it works, as it did in those days. Everything is made on a scale of ? inch per foot.
This particular picture was taken at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Western Development Museum, while it was on display July 1-6, 1968 for the Pion-Era celebration. I also displayed there in 1964, 1965, and 1970.
One of William J. Mayberry's collection of Oil Pulls at the Northeast Nebraska Threshers Reunion in Niobrara, Nebraska in September 1971.
The following article was sent to us by Paul M. Banta, 5251 Pontiac Lake Road, Pontiac, Michigan 48054. We thank The Pontiac Press newspaper for their permission to reprint article and picture--Anna Mae.