Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc.

| September/October 1991

R. R. #2, Box 143 Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Hello from coast to coast! As of now we are coast to coast with our branches, and that means a wide variety of all kinds of equipment. Some like the old horse drawn machinery, and I have seen some that was really nice. It looked as if it just came off the line. I have a few pieces that I used as a boy, and that was a good many years ago.

We had a good bit of alfalfa hay. I have the old 6 foot Champion mower that Dad found had a defective seat, and he would set me down so I wouldn't fall out.

I also have the old dump rake and the Sandwich two bar side delivery rake. I believe Dad ordered it from Connecticut. I also have the old Canton Clipper 16' walking plow and the John Deere 16' riding sulky, the old Jenny Lind walking cultivator, and the riding disc cultivator. And I have the two wagons that were used for grain and the one with wide tires or rims that were also used for a log wagon when the box was taken off.

The high wheel is a Dain and has steel wheels and roller bearings. Then we had two or three hay wagons with 4' steel wheels that hauled hay to the barn, either in loose condition or baled. These same wagons were used to haul grain in the bundle to the separator. The box wagons hauled the small grain, like wheat and oats, to the bin. Then there was another way, like my 1920 model T Ford dump truck that hauled grain to the bin on the farm and also hauled it to the elevator in town.

Of course you old timers who used this kind of equipment know all about it. But I thought the younger ones could get a few pointers on what we used and what we used it for. We used the old 16 x 30 Hart Parr and Avery Yellow Fellow separator, that I grew up on, to do the threshing. The ladies always tried to come up with the best dinners. They sure did feed us.


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