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Many readers will recall HARDY LINDBLAD'S super heated 60
Case; it was pressed into service threshing two jobs last fall.
JOHN HANSON from Lewis was still using his 3090 Russell number
16003 for sawing lumber last October.
By no means have I been in the market for another thresh
machine, but got lead on a 24x42 wood Huber in near perfect shape,
couldn't resist buying it, has slat stacker, tally box with
measures, and Langdon feeder, that should make a nice mate for my
Titan come fall. It was bought new in 1920 and powered by a gas
Made a trip north after a forlorn Fordson that had set in a shed
for a decade or more along Highway 35. Wheels were sunk in the
dirt, gas tank and radiator splattered with residue from
consecutive years of Phoebes nesting overhead, come spring they
will wonder who took their 'cellmate.' Well its got a good
home, but as for its restoration that's a pending project. It
had been used in the cut-over country south of Superior for
breaking land and at one time tipped over backwards in an effort to
pull a pine stump. The former owner George Farmer is still around
to tell the story. Before I drop the Fordson story, sometime ago
ADOLPH MATTSON from Webster told me that in order to move a cold
Fordson take off the 4 cap screws holding the hitch and pull out
the worm gear. This was a very easy process and simplified matters
Scouting around for old-iron I came upon a 'Hooverizer'
Threshing machine, a steel framed, wood machine complete with all
attachments. This bachelor also has an eight roll Appleton Corn
Shredder with geared blower apparently in good shape, but who
shreds corn, except me? Got to inquire about Hooverizer machines,
sounded like some political aspect involved. I gathered that
Herbert Hoover was Food-Administrator during the first World War.
In effort to stress economy and preserve food, the public was
called on to 'Hooverize,' six people riding in one car or
five guys lighting a smoke on one match etc. Regulations were set
up that grain bundle wagons must have tight bottoms and 4 inch
sides to save grain gleanings and many grain saving attachments
were made and sold for threshing machines to satisfy the cause. If
I'm correctly informed the Hooverizer was the first thresher
built by John Deere.
The Teacher had been explaining the story of Jonah and the
Whale, 'Now then' she asked the class 'What does this
story teach us?' Little Johnny pipes up 'it teaches you
can't keep a good man down.'
HARVEY OBRECHT'S from Thor Iowa stopped in on their annual
vacation. He is a steam fan and up on locomotives; we made a trip
to Trap Rock quarry at Dresser where steam is almost out. Four 040
still intact, one of which was used the '62 season; but a crane
built by Bucyrus in 1922 with a 65 foot boom and operated by SWEN
LINDGREN of Taylors Falls, Minnesota still plays a big part in
stock piling crushed rock and used as a hoist for repairing or
dismantling the heavy crushing machinery in the plant. Saw it lift
a 4 ton cone crusher through a door some 30 feet from the ground
and carriage it 80 rods down to their shop.