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article number 68
article date 10-21-2011
copyright 2011 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Antiques We Used On the Farm
by Alvin Decker

The following pictures show equipment, tools and fixtures that we used for farming and everyday life. My antique collection is special to me since I used most of these tools. The memories these give me are great but then I remember that living was a lot of work. This article shows just part of my collection.

‘Modern steel frame’ grinder. You pedal with your feet. Needed a grinder to sharpen your tools.
Cream separator, turned by hand. Rang a bell after you cranked so many turns. Had to wash it every night. Everything back then had a crank on it. But later, these had a motor on. We got electricity in 1948.
Hook for butchering. After shooting and bleeding out the cow, you’d put it into its jaw and snout to hold the cow while scalding it in hot water.
Clinker grabbers to get the clinkers out of the furnace. Everyone used coal in those days. Clinkers would get in there and stop the airflow.
Tool for cleaning the soot out of the kitchen stove. The coal and cobs that you burnt in the stove gave off a lot of soot. There was a door in the stove to get to the soot. That was a nasty job. You got soot all over the kitchen.
Cranks to hand start engines.
Hog ringer. Hogs were always rooting, so you put the ring in their snout. It would hurt if they started to root.
This Corn knife was used a lot. It was used to cut corn for feed. We’d also cut brush that would grow in the road.
Tool to put a ring in a bull’s nose. Some of the bulls were mean. The ring would hurt when they got to ornery and moved too quickly. If that didn’t settle them down, you’d put a chain on the ring. That would slow them down.
Mole trap. Moles would make big holes in your yard.
Leather awl. We used a lot of leather in those days. In the handle there are different size needles. Dad would drag the thread through bee’s wax. That kept the sweat of the horses from rotting out the stitches.
These planter plates used to meter the grain in our planters. We had different sizes for different size kernels.
Cow yoke. The cows were always reaching through the fence. The grass is always greener on the other side. The cows would squirt thought the strands of barbed wire. The yoke would catch the wire so the cow couldn’t get through it.
Calf weaner. You’d put it around the nose of the calf. When they went to suck the milk, mom would get prodded and would move away.
Cow kicker. You’d put it on their legs. You always had a kicking cow. The cow kicker would go on the back of their legs so they couldn’t get a good swing at you. You always had an outlaw. They would knock the bucket of milk over.
Bale hook. It would let you grab a bale of hay better than using bare hands.
Foot warmer. Before you got in a buggy, you’d put it on top of the stove to get it hot, then cover it up with blankets. It would keep your feet warm when you took a trip into town.
Wash Board.
Scale to weight chickens and hams before you sold them.
Block and tackle. Before hydraulics and modern equipment we did all our heavy lifting with ropes and a block and tackle.
Seeder. You put seed in it. There is a plate inside to set the size of an opening which would meter how fast the seed would come out.
A more modern seeder. Had a flinger on it. You turn it as you walk. I was farming with my uncle. It was too muddy to sew wheat so we walked all 40 acres with these and planted clover seed. Clover was important in those days. It was used as hay and helped crop rotation. We also raised clover for seed.
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