30-60 Rumely E Heads for Oil Pull Exposition

| April/May 1990

  • The rod and piston
    Lyman and Evelyn Knapp in 1942 with the rod and piston out of the 30-60. Car is 1933 Auburn-see mud chains!
  • Lyman Knapp's 30-60 Rumely
    Lyman Knapp's 30-60 Rumely plowing southeast of Blackwell, OK, in August 1949. 'Bud' Knapp is on the tractor. Note straw pile in background.

  • The rod and piston
  • Lyman Knapp's 30-60 Rumely

131 Robin Road, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631

Lyman Knapp's 30-60 E Oil Pull heads for the Oil Pull exposition at Pawnee next May. The ole gal will be in her work clothes, just like she wore in World War II. Not only did this 30-60 E No. 2372 turn the soil on the Knapp Farms in Kay County, Oklahoma during the war, she helped build a concentration camp at Tonkawa, Oklahoma, that housed German war prisoners.

In 1939, Bud and Lyman Knapp purchased number 2372 and a Rumely fuel wagon from a Mr. Babbs at Blackwell, Oklahoma. The tractor and fuel wagon were stored inside. Price was $90.00 for the tractor and $20.00 for the fuel wagon. This was cheap power and, I might add, economical power. This tractor is equipped with the middle speed gear and would walk right along with eight to ten plows. Knapp's fields were rather large, some being a mile long, so they made good use of a big plow outfit.

In our community, Bud and Lyman Knapp were referred to as the Knapp Boys- they farmed together. Their other farm power was a 25-40 Allis, Rock Island, E Allis, and a G.P. John Deere.

I grew up ? mile south of Bud and ? mile east of Lyman. As a teenage boy it was a great thrill for me to cut across the field and catch a ride on the 30-60 plow.

I don't remember the year, Lyman and his family left for Colorado in the 1932 Auburn on vacation. Bud was plowing with the Rumley in a field one mile long just east of my house. I rode three days with Bud. At that time they were pulling an eight bottom John Deere plow. The fuel was kerosene and water. No spiked up mix like some of you fellows use today.