Old-Fash­ioned Farm Fun

Farm & Ranch Living - - FEEDBACK -

I can iden­tify the 5⅛-by-½-inch metal item pic­tured in your Fe­bru­ary/March 2018 What Is This? col­umn. It’s a draw pin, and it is used to at­tach a wagon tongue to the draw­bar of a trac­tor. I grew up on a small dairy farm in west­cen­tral Wis­con­sin. I have many cher­ished mem­o­ries of farm­ing the old-fash­ioned way. I shocked many bun­dles of oats threshed by my un­cle’s Red River Spe­cial thresh­ing ma­chine. My job was to pitch the bun­dles onto the wagons. I also drove our 8N Ford trac­tor and wagon with the hay loader at­tached be­hind to load loose hay. We worked hard and laughed hard, and we ate re­ally won­der­ful meals, too.

FRED­ER­ICK STEIN

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