Pioneer Plowing

By Staff
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It must have seemed like Christmas for the Mike Stumps family as they put their newly-purchased 1912 Case 20-40 to the test on their farm outside of Bushton, Kan., in August of 1912.
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Likewise, the John Kuntz family must have been just as excited as they put their new IHC 45 HP?Mogul to work on their Bushton, Kan., farm the same summer.
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One can only imagine the excitement the Mike
Stumps and John Kuntz families of Bushton, Kan., must have felt in
1912 when they took delivery of their new gasoline-powered
tractors.

The transition from horse-drawn plowing to working with a
tractor was surely revolutionary, and the tractors the families
acquired were state of the art for their time.

The Stumps bought Case’s new 20-40 and hitched it to six plows,
while the Kuntz family opted for IHC’s 45 HP Mogul, which they
hitched to eight plows to work the prairie in central Kansas.

Introduced in 1912 and featuring a two-cylinder,
horizontally-opposed engine, Case’s 20-40 was a mainstay for the
company, with over 4,000 produced before production stopped in
1919.

IHC’s two-cylinder, 45 HP Mogul was introduced in 1911, and over
1,000 were produced in 1912. The 45 switched to a 30-60 rating
later that year, and production of the 30-60 lasted until 1917.

We don’t know what happened to the Stumps’ Case or the Kuntz’s
Mogul, but we’re certain life on the farm was never the same after
the new tractors arrived on the farm.

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