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Smoke Rings: Meet My Family, and Cultivator Attachment

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New York Line-up of engines at the 1965 Reunion of thePioneer Gas Engine Association at Honeoye Falls, New York. Courtesy of Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario
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This is a picture of the two binders we used to bind wheat. It last ran in 1940, when this picture was taken. I am standingon the tractor and my father Emil Fiegel is oiling the firstbinder. My uncle Charley Fiegel is oiling the second and my brotherV. J. is standing with his back to the camera. Courtesy of Kenneth Fiegel, Loyal, Oklahoma
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Mr. Frank Lerew of York Springs, Pa. is the owner of this ratherunusual cultivator attachment. Courtesy of Wm. S. Strayer, Dillsburg, Pa.
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I bought this tractor in the spring of 1964. The father of theman I bought this tractor from bought it brand new in 1925. It wasin the same family 39 years, and still runs very good. This pictureof the tractor plowing in the spring of 1965. Courtesy of Clarence Russ, Cedarville, Illinois
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Here I am plowing in 1930 with a 1927 model Fordson tractor anda John Deere plow near Gorham, North Dakota. Courtesy of Mr. John Struchynski, Belfield, North Dakota

I’d like to you to meet my family. Dana, our sweet dark-haired 17 year old teenaged daugher, will
graduate from High School in June. She is interested in school,
Girls Athletic Association, Year Book Staff, plays hockey and
Basketball–and is my right hand man at home when time permits.
She plans on going into Beauty School.

Donnie is 11 years old and is a typical boy of that age–takes
piano lessons and is in the Church Choir, but is more interested in
sports, TV, teasing and getting out of work. He does help
sometimes though and does quite well.

Keli, our little blond, has just turned to the wonderful
age of 9. She is quite interested in anything and everything and is
active in scouts and church choir. She takes lessons in piano, tap,
ballet, acrobat and baton. She’s a good little helper too.

Then there is Thomas Casey, our newest member. He was just one
year old in September and he’s a little doll–just now at the
age where he is walking and talking (trying to) and oh so
interesting. At this point he’s won everyone’s heart, and
no doubt will make good advantage of it. Aren’t they precious
though??

So there you have met our family. If you knew them like I do
you’d love them all dearly. You’ll be hearing about them
from time to time. I don’t want to bore you talking about my
family, but they are a big part of my life and so are these two
magazines, so I have to bring them into it too. Quite a few folks
have written me and let me know they like to hear about them–after
all most of us like to tell other folks of our loved ones. Oh yes–I’m 40, probably look older, act younger, and love every minute
of life.

Bye bye for now and remember: According to Vincent van Gogh, the best way to know God is to
love many things. 


Unusual CultivatorAttachment

Mr. Frank Lerew of York Springs, Pa. has a rather
unusual piece of equipment, a cultivator attachment formerly owned by his late father Mr.
J. A. Lerew.  As near as I can learn it came on the market around World War
I, but was the only one ever used in this country. The manufacturer was the Moline Plow Company and this one was bought,
used, in 1920 from a local Ford dealer. Mr. Lerew Sr. did custom
cultivating for many of the surrounding farmers and of course this
was quite a novelty at that time. Lerew Sr. did many small repair jobs for me while I was in
the farm custom work business.

Frank told me he is now looking for an old type Fordson Tractor on which
he intends to mount the cultivator, with the idea of bringing it to
the Williams Grove show and leaving it mounted permanently because
the mounting takes quite a lot of work. The rear end has to be
dismantled and long axle shafts installed to make the spacing of
the rear wheels wide enough to clear two rows of corn.

Published on Jan 1, 1966

Gas Engine Magazine

Preserving the History of Internal Combustion Engines