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 Tractor Farming in the 1920's
 


This is really farming!  This was the end of the steam era and the beginning of the gasoline powered tractors.  Here, Stockholm Township farmer, John Eldon Clauson puts his Ford Fordson through its paces.  Steel wheels all around.  Crank start. And look, it pulls the 8 foot disk with ease.  Although this was a great step forward, this model was destined to be superseded by the John Deere Model D and the McCormick Model 10/20 before the decade of the 1920's was over.  But, it would be another 30 years before the work horse would be completely replaced.  Farmers were using horses for many kinds of light duty work where their footsteps were less impacting on the ground than wheels, especially for pulling wagons, hayracks, corn planters, oat seeders, manure spreaders, etc.  Some would hitch their horses to a circular gear apparatus and then drive the horses around the circle to provide rotation to drive shafts connected to power implements like elevators.  Others used their work horse team to pull the hoist rope on hay stackers.  The end of World War II and the resurgence of American manufacturing of tractors and tractor implements marked the end of the work horse on the farm.