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  1. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    This sounds like Russian collusion, Anson. Like the Russian space station passed by the moon at night when our government wasn't looking and bought more Moon Pies? How you would get them must be top secret? Gary😉
  2. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I have Plumb marked ball pein hammers, but none like that, my friend! I've never seen one until now! Gary😯
  3. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    MT Matt. Mike said they US Army built fancy latrines for the Afghan troops. They were used to squatting over a hole in the concrete, then the "stuff" was burned each day. They didn't want toilets and urinals. It was a lesson in futility, I guess. They just wanted those holes in the floor. Gary😮
  4. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Mike's view on a convoy. Afghan threshing crew. Afghan threshing machine. Camels and Afghans on highway. ANA HumVee's. The Blackhorse base's PX. Afghan "farmers" guarding their crop of poppies (Opium). Mike in Skype on my computer screen in Kalispell. Mike on convoy and the former Afghan Queen's residence in the background. Grain trucks headed up a mountain highway. Mike's convoy got "trapped" in this mess and he about lost it. No incidents, but it was the perfect time for an ambush from Taliban. On a wet convoy. How the ANA soldiers often travelled. Afghan (wool??) crops heading to market, up the mountain highway. Gary😉
  5. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I may not act like all the time, but I sure appreciate all you fellas contribute here. I'm a student of yours, when you do! Heck, ray54, I knew how to turn a computer on in about 1996, as required by my job at the school district. But the district's IT guy and I had lunch every Friday. Something that took me a long time behind a computer, was typing for an hour or two, hitting the wrong button and my whole evening went into cyberspace never to be found again. So I was no computer "guru." I think my most difficult time, yet happy time, on a computer was when Farmall Kid or son Mike was deployed to Afghanistan during 2008. We kept in touch with Skype. When he was in Camp Blackhorse, I'd get up earlier than necessary for work in the morning, and he'd be going for supper after we "Skyped" a while. I'd get up early, turn on the computer and have it ready, in case he came on. I was at Mike & Pam's home when this photo was taken. In December 2007, we put up our fake Christmas tree. We left it up all year. It was kind of Sharon's & my daily reminder to pray for our son. After Christmas 2008, the tree went away. To the garbage dumpster. Mike's desk at Camp Blackhorse not too many miles from Kabul. Mike was chosen to command this group of Montana Army National Guard, US Marines, US Navy corpsmen and Afghan National Army troops, due to his great record as a tanker in Montana. MT Matt's father was in Mike's guard tank unit in Missoula, Montana. These are Soviet T-72's. While there, Mike's tank platoon was the top tank platoon in Montana, especially on the range. Soviet T-72 Tanks, left over from the Soviet - Afghanistan war. I don't remember which country, but one of the former Soviet Union countries was now (at this time) a NATO unit. They had access to ammunition, batteries, etc. for these tanks. They'd fire them on the range occasionally to let the Taliban know to keep their heads down. These shells were the paper type that were consumed in the firing. Just the base came out of the breech. Mike and his "Terp." The unit had about three interpreters for the US forces. This one was Mike's personal one, always nearby. I blurred his face, as the Taliban would seek out these "traitors" and execute them. This interpreter's father was blown up, and killed in Kabul during this time. He was an officer in the Afghan National Army. Mike and his troops had a base they would go to about every two weeks to do construction work on. It was a "base" for prostitutes for the Soviet troops during their tenure there. So when Mike would tell me on Skype, "We're heading to 'Big Dorothy's' tomorrow" (A Helena, Montana name from the past) and I'd know where they were going and wouldn't get up early to Skype for a few days. Mike always mounted a "Maw Deuce" M-2, 50 Caliber machine gun on his lead vehicle. The Taliban knew it would "reach out and touch them." Since this outfit was a NATO contingent, Mike also checked out an M-14, he kept in the Hum Vee's on these journeys. They had better range than an AK-47, which has 30-30 Winchester ballistics. A part of the Afghan National Army "Kandak" (battalion) that Mike's US troops were embedded with. At Big Dorothy's, one evening two Mikes from Helena, Montana enjoyed ginger snaps Sharon sent Mike. Mike and this young US Marine, Nick Medrano, became good friends, since he was from Idaho and loved to talk hunting, shooting and fishing. Mike had a week furlough at home half way through his deployment. This young Marine was blown up in a HumVee by an IED, while Mike was at home. It nearly devastated him. He still wears a stainless steel wrist band with this Marine's name, date of birth and death. The IED was "tank mines" with a bottle of propane atop them. Intense heat... 😥 Master Guns, another close friend and US Marine under Mike's command was showing off a couple of Moon Pies that Anson sent me to send Mike's outfit. This pose must have happened since Master Guns knew an old Marine from Mississippi sent them to them? Mike led a contingent of Afghan National Army and US troops on an air assault on a known Taliban location high in a mountain. His US Marine commandant in Kabul rewarded him with a bronze star. It was the first "air assault" ever for ANA soldiers. They were hauled to the mountain with Soviet HIND helicopters. I think Mike was praying as they went that those "no frills" helicopters would make it there? Mike ordered this patch made up for the ANA soldiers! Mike is darn good on a ukulele. A lot better than I ever was. He'd entertain remote Afghan villagers as in this photo. Mike was asked to remove his helmet and leave his weapons in the HumVee. The three ANA soldiers on either side were his "bodyguards." Mike and his troops would hand out candy for kids. We in Helena gathered and begged for pens and wrist watches to send to the ANA soldiers under Mike's command. Any Afghan with a ballpoint pen and a wrist watch were considered "wealthy." Now kind of agriculture related for this group on Red Power, Mike took this plowing photo and named it, "Turn your clocks back 1500 years." I was so relieved Mike made it back home safely. He said he avoided 7 known IEDs, that the ANA soldiers would disarm after passing. Another US commander followed Mike's Kandak, when they were heading, "leapfrogging" to Bagram Air Base. Mike passed the IED then his Kandak took a defensive position. The next commander's HumVee was blown up, not long after Mike's group had passed. I have to end this post with this photo of Mike on his 1944 IH Farmall M. It is an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. I kind of posted these pictures for Veteran's Day, since I didn't come here then to post anything. My bad.... Gary😟
  6. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, The lowest temp I've seen this fall (It ain't winter for another 5 weeks) is 12 degrees. We had several snowstorms. I don't think we've had over 3" of snow up here on the mountainside of south Helena? I think it's supposed to approach 50 degrees tomorrow? I haven't had much of any news to post here on this thread. I did lose my final scab on my arm where I had the skin graft, after they cut a huge "flap" out of my arm to sew into my palate last July. I've even been playing the accordion some. Here's a picture I got recently on Facebook of a CaseIH 4X4 tractor and disk. This happened at 4:AM I understand, but he had all of his flashers on, including on the disk. All speculation on Facebook was the guy must have been on his phone? I don't know? Sad, anyway... This tractor wasn't from a Montana Farm. Wisconsin, I believe? Gary😉
  7. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    MT Matt, You asked how long it took to seed what I farmed? I don't really remember as it seemed like rain or snow interrupted every seeding time? I had to do moving equipment and after I'd seed all night, my help would take off and instead of me going to bed, I went to Moore and got fertilizer. Then after returning I got seed. Then I went and got fuel and a bite to eat and it was time for me to take the night shift again. I remember my last year of seeding, I went 96 hours without going to bed. When I did go to bed, I'll bet I laid there for three hours before going to sleep. Somewhere after about 80 hours, I was just awake. And someone asked if they made automatic shockers (stookers, up in Canada). McCormick Deering built one. I don't know how well they worked? But there is evidence at least two of them were sold, as in this photo of binders being pulled by an IHC 8-16 Mogul tractor. Ralph mentioned a "bundle (sheaf) carrier" on the binder that caught bundles (sheaves) and pushing a pedal dropped them onto the ground, ready to be shocked (stooked). It is off to the right and has already caught about three bundles (sheaves). This was 2017 when Montana had 1.25 million acres burn. Mike is riding the binder and Randy is driving the Farmall M, an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm! Gary😉
  8. Old Binder Guy

    IH 503 and 403 combines

    I've often wondered what the 403 Dad and I bought new looks like today. I probably don't really want to know? It had the tall extended radiator intake screens. I later installed a rotary screen. I remember another new 403 setting beside ours, that had a 16' header and cab. Ours was 18' without cab. I couldn't see wasting $700 for a cab (at that time). The next two combines I had, had cabs! OBG
  9. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Butch, I believe most straw stacks were left for the livestock to winter around and under, and in. Then burned in spring? Gary😉
  10. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, I wasn't around back then but it seems 20 to 30 bushels per acre of winter wheat was what I remember hearing. Of course there were some lesser sized crops. 1919 was a drought, I know. Many homesteaders just left their homesteads and headed for the west coast. 1920, all of the banks in central Montana went bust. It depended on where you were. Our homestead had Beaver Creek meanders. So those fields were all irregular. Over the hill, where Grandpa had the Hart Parr break the cropland, was a different story. Threshing by 40 acres, 160 acres, 320 and 640 sections were common fields, depending on their locations. Some areas had fields that looked like these. Gary😉
  11. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I Before I lost that lease that enticed me to pull the plug, during extremely high interest rates (for Anson and I in 1980), I had right at 3250 acres in grain crops. Very puny compared to what everyone over there is farming now. And comparing our land to 100 bu per acre corn land in Iowa, it takes a lot more acres in "tropical Montana" to make a go of it. Gary😉 PS: I didn't put these two McCormick-Deering tractors in the mix of those photos I posted. They had three of these McCormick-Deering tractors and two of those Advance Rumely combine harvesters. They would actually be IH Tractors on a Montana Farm too! This was my dad on the third tractor and second combine. Something is wrong in the cylinder area, it appears? Dad also loved firing their 20 hp Reeves Highwheeler threshing. He shovelled some coal in for the photo. The whole threshing outfit, ca 1920. Model TT under the grain spout. A threshing scene with their Aultman Taylor threshing machine. Dad's younger sister Clo (x over her head) pitching bundles. She was the "cook car boss." Dad's first day in the harvest field as a "water boy." Later that day, the engineer had Dad running the 20 hp Aultman Taylor steam engine and he chose another boy to take over the water tank wagon duties. That is Dad at the left of the steam engine's smokestack, on the water wagon (with an x over his head). Dad was 11 years old. Dad at the throttle and his oldest brother Frank steering the Aultman-Taylor engine. This was their first threshing outfit in 1910. Gary😉
  12. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I'm sorry about mentioning Jimmy's 19.5+ interest rates Anson. I'll try to not do that for a while. So sorry. It makes me sad too. I'm posting this picture from my late father in-law's place between Moore and Eddies Corner. He had "Ol' Yeller" a 1953 R-120, this 9' IH cylinder plow on steel wheels, behind the drill mover wheels is his 7' IH offset disk, and John Deere tool bar at right. Oh, I almost forgot there is a grain elevator in the distance on the highway. That elevator stopped at Eddies Corner before it got here at the farm Sharon grew up on. Everybody stops to eat at Eddies Corner! This picture was just weeks after Sharon and I married. I had my uncle Bill's 10' (?) IH hydraulic offset disk behind our 1952 WD-9 with the MacDonald cab. Sorry for the poor quality of this picture. I'm sitting on the disk hitch, petting Sharon's poodle. (An IH Tractor on a Montana Farm too!) Mike bought this 14' disk harrow to pull behind the Reeves steam engine in the future. I took the hydraulics off of it. He's using a manual lift. Mike and his engine partner cousin Randy are checking it out the day we put the steam engines away for winter. Mike is posing with his "new" disk harrow and in the way of the Reeves engine those boys will pull it with. Gary😉
  13. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I have a steam "friend" in California. He and I are polar, diametric, opposites politically and it comes out occasionally on Facebook. He ticks me off and I tick him off, but he'll then send me a message, asking a steam question, and I always try to answer him. Well last night he posted something sort of political on Facebook and I had to tell him I agreed with him (for a change). He said, "Tomorrow night (tonight) is going to be a combination of "Christmas Eve" and "the night before your colonoscopy." MT Matt, I missed what you asked about plowing on the old Lewistown homestead. I'll try to answer with photos. In 1907, Grandpa Yaeger hired a 30-60 Hart Parr "Old Reliable" and 8-bottom plow to break 800 acres of sod. My 8 year old dad rode on the plow and his job was to get off the plow, run ahead and pick up buffalo skulls, put it ahead of where the driver wheel would crush the skull, then get back on the plow. The Yaeger brothers plowed this farmland, and the rest of their farmland, with Emerson disk plows. (Dad said their farmland was too shallow to continually plow it with moldboard plows, so they used disk and "cylinder plows.")They first plowed with horses, then used a 30-60 Aultman Taylor gas tractor later. I couldn't tell you how many plows they pulled with the A&T? (A question I forgot to ask.) This is a 1910 A&T gas tractor, serial number 47. They bought this 20 hp Reeves Highwheeler steam engine in 1917, second hand (one year old) from a neighbor. They also bought his section of farmland. The Highwheeler was a good engine and my dad loved operating it. I even played on it as a tiny little boy. But it didn't pull enough plows. They pulled four sections of those 6-disk Emerson plows. So they were in the market for a bigger "plowing engine." They traded a team of 4 Percheron horses for a badly worn, needing boiler work 32 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special steam engine. They stripped down the boiler from the other parts and repaired the boiler. They put on a new set of gearing, as the old ones "were sharp enough to shave with." My dad has his back to the camera and uncle Charley is on the steersman's platform. They plowed with this engine from 1920 through 1938. 1939 was too wet (A strange phenomenon during the "dirty thirties.") for the big engines in the neighborhood. My dad was always was the steam engineer. They pulled six sections of 6-disk Emerson plows with this engine. They plowed a measured 100 acre field in the 1920's in one day. Dad always marvelled, ".... and we were still in the 'horse & buggy' days." When they finished farming with this engine in 1938, you could shave with the steel gearing on this engine again. (Not too many steam engines wore out two sets of gearing.) In 1934, dad and his brothers bought a used TD-40 McCormick-Deering TracTracTor. They already had Regulars and F-20's, plus 15-30's and 22-36's. After 1938 being too wet for the big (23 tons) steam engines, they started farming with the TD-40 and two IHC "cylinder plows." They got another in 1944, worn out "used" after the B-17 air base runways were constructed in 1943 at Lewistown. It came with a "carry all" or can. Those two TD-40's are the ones pulling out Dad's TD-40 with the Holt dozer, stuck in Beaver Creek in 1951. By the time I started farming the homestead and the surrounding land, I couldn't operate a couple of TD-40's at a time, so Dad and I bought this 1953 TD-18A. I farmed with it several years. I'd spring plow and the rest of the time, I'd pull a toolbar. Then later add rod weeders and harrows. After the TD-18, I bought a brand new 806. I pulled these IH "cylinder plows" with it and then used a 20' chisel plow. The chisel plow. Another view of the chisel plow behind the 80, and a (one of three) WD-9 seeding. I leased the farm for three years in 1969. When I came back, I was an IH partsman for a couple of years. I farmed a couple of years with an IH 660, plus a Case 1030, which had been my father in-law's after he retired. When I got the lease finished, and it was mine, I bought a 4568 and a used 1256 to farm with. I did all chisel plow farming with the 4568. When angle farming the fields I had, I had to sight on something that didn't move, like a cow. And something that was always in view. My favorite sighting object was Square Butte (east). The 1256 had plenty of duties on the farm. Seeding and snow plowing were two of them. I bought another TD-18A but didn't use it in the field. I did dam building, repairing, and dirt work with it. Then 1980 came along. I was stretched thin at the bank and he was willing to go another year, but my 19.5% interest (thanks Jimmy) rate could go up even more. I was losing a lease and decided I'd beat the rush getting out of the farm that had been in the family 100 years, when I left there in 1981. I sold and we moved to the Flathead Valley where I retired out of Whitefish School District as Maintenance Chief for 20+ years. Thanks to that, I still get my pension and our health insurance is paid for each month. There's no way we could survive on Social Security, so that school retirement is such a blessing to us. After we moved to Helena to be around son Mike (Farmall Kid) and his family, I still get to go get dusty and think I'm "farming" occasionally. Here seeding with Mike's Farmall M and a (John Deere) Van Brunt drill. I even still plow with the TD-40 occasionally, just like when I started plowing with one at age 10, for dad. this is an IH disk plow it's pulling a few years ago. This is an IH moldboard plow it's pulling. Once in a while, we really revert to the old days. This fall was one of them. Mike and Randy took the 20 hp Reeves across the creek and plowed with it. So I guess this is just about "full circle" in my life MT Matt? Gary😉 PS: There were a few IH Tractors on a Montana Farm here too?
  14. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I have a question for Roger... This old gas tractor at right on the belt barn threshing has the Facebook crowd stumped. Here's the side view of the tractor, with the Reeves steam engine threshing. Gary😉
  15. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I don't know a darn thing. I did get these photos from Facebook. A 20-75 rear mounted Nichols & Shepard steam engine pulling against an IH TD-14 in Missouri in 1954. This is a "extended cab" IH semi truck pulling a trailer. An IHC Type Ca Mogul plowing. (Thanks Roger!) And this last one is really neat. IHC Titan tractors, Shovel nose trucks and an Avery return flue steam engine back behind at a neighboring building. Gary😉