| May/June 1977

  • Miniature farm display

  • Miniature farm display

4155 Lancaster, Dr. N.D. Space #72, Salem, Oregon

This little farm display is all handmade by Percy and Margaret Dezotell, Salem, Oregon. It is built on the scale of 3/4 in. per foot. Takes a 256 sq.ft. table on which to display it.

I, Percy, was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, a province where the main crop is wheat. I farmed with my father there as a kid-driving horsedrawn outfits, and at the age of 14 was doing a man's job, such as seeding, plowing and pitching bundles. By the time I was 19, I could run the entire threshing outfit, having performed all operations.

This miniature farm is set up, telling the story of the way wheat farming was done in the 1920s. We had horse outfits first, then small gas tractors. The display shows spring seeding, summer fallow and harvest operations, all at one time-to give the overall picture of a year's farming activities, also the different types of machinery used to produce a wheat crop.

The horses are whittled out of 2 x 6 balsa wood, then painted and harnessed. The bundles and shocks are made of binder twine. Machinery is made of metal and wood where each was supposed to be. Most of the machinery is workable, like the real machinery was.

In 1920 my father purchased an I.H.C. 2 cylinder Titan 10-20 tractor. That was the first tractor I learned to drive in the field. In 1926 he traded the Titan for a 16-30 Eagle 2 cyl. tractor; and in 1928 traded the Eagle for an 18-36 2 cyl. Hart-Parr. Father first had an Aultman-Taylor separator pulled by the Titan, then a Waterloo separator new in 1921. In 1928 he purchased a Bell City separator.