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  1. Boy, I wish it was! That photo was taken somewhere in Douglas County Washington in the late 40's. A lot of my family went out there to work in the wheat harvest since there wasn't any money to be made around here after the war. Farming in the Ozarks at that time was mostly a horse or mule proposition, corn was grown to feed livestock, and cotton was about 30 cents a pound. Hard to make a living like that. So, my ancestors went in search of greener pastures. For whatever reason, they wound up around Wenatchee picking fruit, working hops in Moxee City, and in the wheat up in Waterville. They'd go out there in the spring and come home around October, work their farms through the winter, and then go back again. Sometimes they'd stay permanently, like my grandfathers brother. He wound up driving a school bus for East Wenatchee School district for 40 years, and his wife was a cook and custodian. When I was younger, we'd go visit around apple picking time. It was a lot of fun, and very interesting up there. Good steelhead fishing on the Columbia, too. I'd like to go back again sometime, but given the current attitude up there, I think I'll stay in my hills for now. Mac
  2. Not to be "that guy", but if you like it, own it. I had an 8n, 9n, and a 2000 "prior" that looked like a 600. Not heavy enough or stout enough to do much heavy work, too slow, and and no ipto pretty much ensured their demise. For a toy, a 9n is fun. Mine was a 39 with aluminum grill and other oddities such as a hand brake and dowden foot feed. A handy tractor for spraying the orchard and otherwise dinking around the farm. Ran it in a couple parades, too. Otherwise it was either too big or (usually) not big enough. That's my experience anyway. Mac
  3. I zoomed in, and I think I can make out McCormick Deering across the radiator. Not 100% sure, though. I wonder, is the cab a homemade job or aftermarket? Either way, it'd have been roasting in there in July I imagine! Best I can remember, grandad said that was around 1946/7/8 near Waterville in Douglas County, Washington. The old man that owned the farm was German, but I've forgotten his name. Said he had racks and racks of harnesses from when they used to pull the combines with horses. Lots of Arkies went out to Washington to work back then; I still have a lot of kin around Wenatchee for that matter. Just no money to be made around here. Mac
  4. Seth, I would like the NH Spreader/Seeder Manual. And anything having to do with IH 340 utilities you might come across. Thanks Mac
  5. I try to find an original manual for every piece of equipment I own. To me that's as much fun as collecting equipment. pretty well so far, 99% of them come from ebay and are pretty cheap. I did pay quite a bit for an original brochure for my 300. Trying to assemble literature on the 340 now. Mac
  6. Well as promised, here's a couple pictures of days past. The Old Man is punching header, and Uncle Bud is skinning the cat. Other than that I've not got a clue about the Cat, combine, or truck. Mac
  7. Here's a bit of reading on it, Mike: https://www.historicalfirearms.info/post/175587471714/spencer-roper-pump-action-shotgun-the-slide-or Seems like an interesting design, and was invented by Christian Spencer of Spencer rifle fame in partnership with Sylvester Roper, inventor of the Roper revolving shotgun. The 1893 Winchester (a John Browning baby) essentially killed it. Interestingly enough, it was available in 10 gauge, where it's competitors were mainly offered in 12 gauge. In other news, I was going through some of my Grandad's old photos and came across one of what appears to be a Cat crawler pulling a combine in Douglas County, Washington. Will try to post a photo of it tonight if I can, perhaps you fellers can ID the old Cat. Lord knows I can't! Mac
  8. Looks like an old flintlock "blanket gun". Often used by fur traders, miners, and Indians as a "hideout" gun. The pump is an old Bannerman/Spencer model 1890. I think. If so it's a very rare gun. Mac
  9. Man, that looks pretty rough. Hope it didn't hurt anyone or cause too much damage. It got sort of bad up here on Saturday afternoon, with heavy rain and high winds. In the central part of the county, lots of trees were blown down and a house was struck by lightning and burned down. I was on the lake fishing with a bunch of guys from the lodge, about 70 miles north of home, but Mrs. Mac said it didn't get too bad at the house, just rained hard for a bit. In other news, the cotton I planted is up. I think every seed sprouted twice, so when it dries up a bit I'll have to go and chop it. Still trying to plant watermelons and pumpkins, but between the cool weather and water-logged ground I'm not having much luck. Join the club, right? But it's given me an opportunity to tackle the 340's engine. It sprung a leak in the head gasket about a month ago, right in the middle of planting. Finally got the head off Sunday evening, now waiting on new gaskets. I need to find the time to take the head to the machine shop and have it cleaned, Magna-fluxed, and planed. Just hope the darn thing isn't cracked. Mac
  10. Looks good, Sledge. Love the little Gehl skidsteer, is that one of the one's with the 4 cylinder Ford engine? Neighbor had one on his sale a few years back, ran great, went for $500 if I remember. I still kick myself for not buying it! Anson, glad to see you're still kickin'! Mac
  11. Duly noted... and per your website I'm not in an eradication zone and as such the regulations don't apply. But that's the reason my agent laughed, and I suppose I should've mentioned that. ETA: I had a more lengthy reply typed out and decided that out of respect for fellow members that I will refrain from any comments that might be considered un-Christian. I will however part with this statement: I didn't come here to cause trouble. Only to share what I do with my old Red iron. My sincerest apologies to Gary for disrupting his excellent thread. Mac
  12. The guy that cuts my hay uses an 8' 3 point Vicon mower with his 1066. If I recall correctly he cuts in 3rd high and sometimes 4th. He has to go slower on steep ground but absolutely flys on the flat. His only gripe is hooking it up, though. Says it's a bear. Were I you, I might look at a pull-type mower provided you have room enough to turn it around. Mac
  13. Thanks for the reference twostepn! Might have to holler at ol Dale when it blooms. You gotta stay after them critters, so I hear. Mac Edit to add: I went down and looked today after the rain, and we have sprouts! I'd forgotten how quickly it comes up when the ground is warm and moist.
  14. @Fred B just so you know, my county agent laughed at me when I asked him about growing cotton here. Your article seems incorrect as well, as he knew of no reporting requirements for small plots. Plots over a certain size, however are required to be registered. Mac
  15. I sure hope so Sledge. The wife has plans for all that stuff, but I don't think it'll make as much as she thinks it will. Think next year, if we can get enough seed, I'll find a cotton plate for the 186 and plant a bit bigger spot down in the bottom. Course, then I'll have more to pick! Need to see if the old pick sack is still in the shed or have a new one made up if it's gone or too rotten. Mac
  16. Well Professor, glad to hear you're still kickin! I admit I was a mite worried not hearing from you these past few days. I'll be thinking about you and the Mrs. and hoping for a speed recovery. Some of you fellers may be interested to know that we planted our cotton on Monday. Traditionally all the cotton here was planted on or before May 10th, so we just barely squeaked by. I used my old Planet Junior #4 to plant the seeds, and it did surprisingly well at the Parsnip setting. I squeezed a row and a half between the pinto beans and the overflow tomatoes. Sadly that was all the room I had this time. Will try a bigger patch next year if this works out well. Thanks again @twostepn2001 and the Booger Creek Gin Company for supplying the seed for this big project. Hope that we'll be able to have something for you to gin this fall. Mayhap Roger could haul it down for me on his way back from Montana with the watermelons? By the time he started back this way it'd be picking time I figure. Mac
  17. Hope your pops feels better soon bud, I've been thinking about y'all. Its a hard row to hoe trying to farm with a town job. I'm going to start plowing my corn tomorrow if it don't rain. Going to try a new set up on the Cub, will post a picture if it works. If it don't, well it'll be my secret! 🤣 Mac
  18. Mike, that's right funny. I wonder if we could get the RP brain trust to confirm or deny the directional prowess of the Canadian geese? 🤣 Great post as always, my friend. Should you ever come to the states I'd like to show you a few old lever rifles of mine, and perhaps be introduced to black billy tea. I'm mostly a coffee man as your average Southern farmer is, but I'd like to experience real hot tea that isn't in a bag. Mac
  19. I've never seen anything like that, but it wouldn't be too hard to put something together if you've a torch and welder. Mac
  20. Gee does beer hurt when it comes out your nose! I haven't laughed that hard in ages Anson, but feel a little bad on account of the hound. That story sounds like something that would've happened round these parts, except it'd have been two drunk rednecks! Great story, you and Gary please keep it up! Been aimed to ask you, have they got the cotton in down your way or has it been too wet? Mac
  21. Art, that made me smile. He sure does like to set us right, and that's a fact. And he enjoys every minute, too. Unfortunately we lost my grandmother last February, so it's just himself now. That took a lot out of him, but he still gets out and works some. Just slower now, and I think that bothers him a lot. But Dad lives just up the road from him and gets him out to "help" quite a bit. Thanks for that, it means a lot. Sorry for the thread de-rail @nepoweshiekfarmalls, but I've enjoyed it. Mac
  22. Excellent as always, Mike! Mac
  23. Back when I used horses to farm with, I had one abscess a tooth. Of course, paying a vet was out of the question. So me and my grandad took it out ourselves. We chained the horse to a big black jack behind the house, then shoved a big clevis in his jaw to hold his mouth open. Then I took a long punch and a ball pein hammer and knocked out the offending tooth. We packed it full of salt and let him stand for an hour, then let him go. He healed up just fine. Not long after, my buddy had a tooth ache, and I offered to take care of it the same way. Needless to say, he declined! Mac
  24. They never do! The Old Man is 75 and still working cattle, heart trouble and all. And I'm not talking drawing medicine or running the head gate, I mean back in the catch pen with a sorting stick loading the chute! Very true, Art. I don't have enough room to turn a 4 row planter in some spots, let alone a 6. But I do have an 8 foot drill, so does that make me a "middlin' time operator"? 🤣 Thanks all for the kind words. Mac
  25. I knew you were gonna say that! My dad loves a cab, but the Old Man refuses to own one. Guess I'm in the same boat, I despise a cab too! Still, nice you got to get out and do some work with your dad. Sorta feel bad posting this, but I've managed to get 90% of my planting done in spite of the weather. We've had rainy day after rainy day here, but last week the weather broke and I managed to get all the ground worked and planted between Friday morning and Sunday evening. Of course, I don't farm on near as large a scale as the rest of y'all. My planting outfit, for comparison: It's not much, but it gets the job done. Sure do like this 186 IH Planter better than the old clutch lift Oliver I had. Now, just got to wait and see if it comes up! Mac
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