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    Retired Farmer. Like 40's, 50's era iron, much of it red. Into local history of farming. Collect photos and old film footage of same.

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  1. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    By the way, here is the full sized version of my avitar photo. IHC TD-92 pulling 30 feet of John Deere chisel cultivator about 1970. A short crowbar mounted to tractor deck gave me something to hang onto.
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    You might have noticed I didn't post for awhile, although I kept an eye on you guys. In the meantime they sort of revamped the forum style and apparently there were some technical problems that you guys were talking about during that time. Anyway, when I came back on with a post the other day my PALOUSE name showed up as WHEATLAND GUY, which is actually my password. So go figure. If I can find the right tech to complain to I hope to get that straightened out. I haven't moved and I still answer to PALOUSE. In the meantime I will try to find that picture of the IWO JIMA airstrip I mentioned. War is ****...and messy.
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    Finally found this pic. Among other things it shows a TD-18 operating in the landing on IWO JIMA late in WWII. That's Mount Suribachi in the background. I also have some pics of the airstrip on the other side littered with the wreckages of crashed planes. I understand that the island is just a big pile of volcanic ash that tended to get into airplane engines and they would fail on takeoff. There was a big Allis Chalmers bulldozer clearing the wreckage off the runway. Looked like an airport surrounded by a scrapyard. I had an uncle that served in the Marines as a chaplain on IWO JIMA, came back and taught us kids how to dig foxholes.
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    Part of the culture. Dayton, WA. area farmer passed away. His friends and neighbors joined forces to bring in his wheat crop.
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    Gary, Whenever I dig out something like that in my shop or shed, something else seems to disappear. Funny how that works.
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    Just a followup to that other pic from my granddaughter's wedding. Arriving on the quad was a very last minute change by the bride when the original plan ran into some snags (long story). It was sitting up in the farmyard hooked to the bank out cart in anticipation of the start of harvest that Monday, so it was all cleaned up and ready. This pic was by the professional photographer who was more mobile than I was and got on the other side for this shot of the bride and her dad.
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    Us geezers need one of these. Sometimes I could use one just to get out of bed in the morning....
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    Actually this wedding took place on the Camas Prairie of north Idaho, about seventy miles from where I live on the Palouse of eastern Washington. They are two separate farming areas, but similar in crops raised. The Camas Prairie is about 1300 feet higher in elevation so it's seasons are a little bit later than where I live. Harvest is just now getting underway up there and only because we've had an early spring and record breaking heat around the fourth of July. Typically we don't get too much done until into August. So this celebration didn't really infringe on field work that much, but it was on a Saturday evening and these kids came from their jobs ready to party. Even so, by chance, my son-in-law (father of the bride) had his CIH 8120 parked on a nearby hilltop in a field of lentils that were turning out not quite ready to cut. My sister, who had never been in this area before, thought it was part of the wedding decorations as she drove up. So even the out of towners got in the spirit. As far as "girlyness", I've certainly been to frillier events than this one. The groom and male attendants all wore Wrangler jeans and white vests. The groom and best man also wore cleaned and polished lace up work boots. For those two this is an ongoing fashion statement...they ARE farm boys and don't you forget it! Along the same lines, the bride wore cowboy boots underneath her wedding dress and all the female attendants did the same. As I recall the same footwear appeared a few years back at some of these gals' HS graduation. They wouldn't have it any other way. The date of this wedding was established sometime last winter when July seemed a long ways away and nobody anticipated an earlier than normal harvest season. It might have been a week earlier but I mentioned to my granddaughter that the following Saturday would have been her grandma's and my 51st anniversary. She immediately changed the date to celebrate both occasions. She missed ever knowing her grandma by about four years, but has always been curious about her. I still have three younger grandsons coming up, so might as well get used to all this. Another view of the little ones in the march down the aisle.
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    Married off my only granddaughter last weekend. She wanted a very down home outdoor wedding on the family farm in North Idaho. So they held it in a nearby hay field and used hay bales for seating for the guests. At the appointed time she and her dad arrived on this nice red machine (you know the kind). The crowd loved it! Just ahead of the bride in the wedding procession was a wagon load of babies and toddlers belonging to various members of the wedding party.
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    My cousin sent me this blast from the past today of his family's harvest operation in 1965. Their farm is adjacent to my family's. A full "Binder" operation and very typical scene around here back in the day. That was late in the era of the McCormick model 51 combines and, as others, this one had been equipped for "one man" operation from the tractor. The galvanized box on the combine operator's platform contained one of the original R.A. Hanson automatic leveler controls. That small farm bred company eventually evolved into RAHCO Manufacturing that built the levelers for IHC 1470's, plus many other things.
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    We were talking about binders (the real things) a while back. I finally found these pictures that I knew I had. This beautifully restored machine is in the Garfield County Ag museum at the Garfield County Fairgrounds near Pomeroy, WA. They have a bunch of historical farm machines there. Will try to post a few of them here from time to time.
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    Was doing a little research on river steamboats in my neck of the woods here and ran across this article. Since we blow quite a bit of steam on this thread I thought it might be of interest. Greg The steamer Annie Faxon explodes on the Snake River, killing eight people on August 14, 1893. Essay 7722 : Printer-Friendly Format On August 14, 1893, the steamer Annie Faxon explodes on the Snake River as she comes in for a landing at Wade’s Bar in Garfield County. Eight people are killed and at least another 11 are injured. Steamers on the Lower Snake From the 1860s until 1940, steamboats powered by large steam boilers made regular trips along the Snake River, carrying people and cargo. One regular steamboat-run in the 1890s ran every day except Sunday from Lewiston, Idaho, to Riparia, Washington (Columbia County), to make a connection with the Union Pacific Railroad. The Annie Faxon was launched in 1877 as part of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company’s fleet that served the region. For some years the Annie Faxon ran along the Clearwater River in Idaho. Later, the steamer plied the lower Snake River, captained by E. W. Baughman, who became a near-legendary figure among people living along the river. By the 1890s his son Harry C. Baughman had joined him as a captain of the Annie Faxon. A Faulty Boiler By 1893, the boiler that powered the Annie Faxon was beginning to show its age. It was actually older than the vessel, having been used for several years on another steamer, the John Gates, before being installed on the Annie Faxon. In the spring or early summer of 1893 an inspector condemned the Annie Faxon’s boiler. He allowed the steamer to continue making its runs for the year, but ordered the boiler replaced when the Annie Faxon tied up for the winter at the end of the season. Unfortunately, the boiler did not last that long. At dawn on Monday morning, August 14, 1893, the Annie Faxon left Lewiston on her daily run to Riparia. The steamer stopped in Almota, a small town on the northern shore of the Snake River in Whitman County about five miles northwest of where Lower Granite Dam is today (2006). Then she resumed her run to Riparia. As the steamer neared Wade’s Bar, about 12 miles west of Almota, a man on the southern shore hailed the captain, saying he wanted to ship some peaches on the steamer. Captain Harry Baughman, from his perch in the pilothouse, steered the vessel toward shore. At the approach, Baughman rang for the engines to stop for a landing. Almost simultaneously, the boiler exploded on the lower deck. The force of steam from the explosion buckled the vessel first in and then out, causing the cabins and pilothouse, which were located above the boiler, to collapse. Baughman watched in horror as flying wreckage decapitated a man who was with him in the pilothouse. The Calamity Sage Aiken, the first assistant engineer, described what he saw: "The chief engineer had just turned on the steam ... I was standing in front of the first cabin when the explosion occurred ... I was struck by the steam and blown straight up in the air about 20 feet and came down, lighting on my feet just in front of the boiler ... I saw Thomas McIntosh [one of the fatalities], he was lying in the middle of the boat, his feet upward, and the wreckage of the pilot house lying on his body ... Life was extinct. His head was badly bruised and the lower part of his body and limbs crushed almost to a jelly" (Shaver). Aiken added that the boiler was 29 feet long and 6 feet in diameter, and was allowed to carry 125 pounds of steam. He said that at the time of the accident, the steamer carried only 110 pounds -- according to Aiken, the usual amount carried when going downstream. Aiken added, "Just before we left Lewiston the boiler had been thoroughly cleaned and was to all appearance in good shape"(Shaver). The explosion threw most of the passengers into the Snake River. Those who were not killed grabbed floating wreckage and hung on until they were rescued by small boats; a few managed to swim the 40 or so feet to the southern shore. Eight people died as a result of the explosion, and at least 11 more were injured. Seven of the eight killed were: John McIntosh Thomas McIntosh, Starbuck William Kidd Henry Bush Pain Allen George Farwell, Lewiston Scott McComb Only a few people on the steamer escaped uninjured. Different accounts state that there were a total of either 23 or 25 passengers and crew on the vessel that day. A 1990 Lewiston Tribune article quoted an (undated) article from the Lewiston Teller about the wreck’s aftermath: "Everything above the lower deck is blown to splinter. The hull is badly shattered and has settled down on the bar about 40 feet from the shore. "Most of the wreckage has floated away and the rest lay in a confused heap on the wreck of the hull ... To look at the wreck as it lies, the wonder is how any person escaped alive." Aftermath Captain Baughman was not injured, and was able to walk 12 miles upriver to Almota, where he telephoned the news to Lewiston. A physician shortly left Lewiston for the scene, and two physicians later arrived from Walla Walla and Spokane. They treated numerous injuries -- mostly burns and injuries from flying debris. The next day the more seriously injured were taken by special train to Walla Walla and hospitalized in St. Mary’s Hospital. Some relatives of the injured and dead filed suit against the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. Most of the claims were settled out of court for considerably smaller amounts than demanded in the suits. Garfield County historian Elgin Kuykendall was a young attorney in Garfield County at the time and assisted in representing one of the plaintiffs in the early stages of the litigation. Kuykendall later explained the basis for the reduced settlements in his History of Garfield County: "It seems that the law at that time limited the total damages occasioned by the destruction of the vessel through the negligence of the owners to the value of the vessel." The hull of the Annie Faxon was salvaged and used in the construction of the steamer Lewiston. In July 1922, the Lewiston was destroyed by fire as she lay moored at the Snake River Avenue landing in Lewiston, Idaho. Sources: E. V. Kuykendall, The History of Garfield County (Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1984),77; F. A. Shaver, An Illustrated History of Southeastern Washington (Spokane: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1906), 523-524; Moshin Askari, "Grand Steamboats Came to Lewiston In Their Glory Days," Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune, September 30, 1990, p. 16; Carlos Schwantes, "Upriver By Steamer To Idaho," Columbia magazine, Spring 2000, website Accessed April 1, 2006 ( By Phil Dougherty, April 09, 2006
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    I am going to take a totally off the wall, WAG about the locomotive. The "E" showing on the steam crane (derrick) makes me think that it is a Minneapolis, St. Paul and MilwaukeE engine. I know that the Milwaukee Road ran thru eastern Washington State. Another view of that 1940 train wreck near my home. That is on a (now abandoned) Northern Pacific spur line which ran southward from the main line in Spokane, WA. for about 100 miles to dead end in Genesee, Idaho. Handled a lot of Palouse country grain in it's day. Now most of that goes by water to Portland, Oregon on the developed Snake/Columbia river slack water shipping lanes.
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    A friend sent me a group of historic vintage black and white photos that have been recently colorized by state of the art methods. This one is of Henry Ford in 1919. (date is inscribed lower right).