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What I learn at the feedmill,,,,,
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Ron/PA    Posted 10-15-2002 at 05:53:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The weekly trip to the local feedmill is always an experience this time of year. It seems the locals have a little more time than usual to impart their wisdom on those that stop by.
Keep in mind that this is a small 1 man operation operating the same way it has for the 45 years I can remember, wood floors, lots of bag feed, a 22 in the corner for rats that the cats won't catch, you get the picture.
Yesterdays trip gave me the following education:

That bear got bobby's beagle,,Bobby had a talk with that bear,, Ya know I just don't like bear meat!

That dam president is just no good,, Which president?,,, Whichever one is in office!

Hey Bill, can I borrow your 1 row corn picker?,, not likely, it's still behind your barn from last year, can you return it?

My wife went to visit her Mom 2 weeks ago,,, Whats the matter afraid she ain't commin home?,,, No I'm afraid she is!!

Hey Ron, can I borrow your 1 row corn picker? Bill's is broke!!!(grin)

Can I just get 5 bags of Hog feed and one of dog food?,, sure if you aren't too lazy to get it yourself, I'm eatin lunch!!

What are you paying for ear corn?,, It don't matter cause I'm not buying this years corn, and I know your crib is empty of last years, so don't even try it!!! Dam, can't you take a different way home?

This is no doubt dull and mundane to most of you but after the frustration of trying to pick up 10 bags of feed that I had ground from the corn I left on the dock the night before, I realized that this is the kind of thing that wouldn't let me trade places with Donald Trump, or even Bill Gates!
I hope each and every one of you find your own "FEEDMILL" to visit and get to spend time with your own special group of locals.

Just a grinnin

Sid    Posted 10-15-2002 at 20:13:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Enjoyed this Ron. To bad people today don't lighten up a little more and spend some time doing nothing.

DeadCarp - out by the Post Office    Posted 10-15-2002 at 08:05:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're so insightful with feed mill rhetoric, maybe you can explain this one: A few old fellas around here hang out in front of the Post Office and just sorta watch the young moms come & go. Well, if another guy goes by, the standard greeting is to exchange "Uh Huh"s. Other day, a couple guys did that, and the passing one stopped after a few steps, walked back, stared at the standing one awhile, announced "No, heck no!" and walked away.
They thought it was hilarious but whud they just do? I don't get it ............. :)

LH    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:18:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lost our old feed mill (elevator) to economics and the owners advanced age a few years ago. I sure miss my daily stop in for a cup of coffee or pop, and watchin the old boys sit around and play checkers. Bob toschlog the owner just passed earlier this year at age 85. His son's still own the mill, but are too busy farming to ever open it back up. Had a lotta good times in those old mills.

Fawteen - Yep    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:27:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid on the farm back in Michigan, the highlight of my year was wheat harvesting season. We only lived about 3 miles from the mill, so we'd haul the gravity wagons straight from the field to the "elevator" as it was called. Of course we were harvesting with a pull type Allis Chalmers Allcrop and a Super W6, so three gravity boxes would keep up with the output if the line at the elevator wasn't too long.

If it was (and it usually was) you had about as much fun BSing with the other farmers in line anyway...

LH    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen the one Farmall I desperately want is a W9 diesel or gas. I don't know what there is about the W series but I think they were some of the best lookin farmall's ever made. One neighbor down the road has a W9 gas they just restored last year, and a neighbor the other direction has a Super W9D that isn't restored but gets used to runs his pull type picker and combine. Oh well my wish list just keep growing.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:17:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have to agree with that, LH. I still have our W6,we got it new. The McCormick's where more popular than the Farmall's around here, unlike down your way. The one that I really liked the best was the 1954 SWD6TA (Torque Amplifier & live PTO)that our neighbour had. There is a B&W photo of one just like it in the vintage photo section. Mill stories are all familier, ours closed in the mid 60's.
Later Bob

Like This?    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:11:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here is one from the 'Tractor Parade' we had on Sunday last...

LH YES!!!    Posted 10-15-2002 at 08:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what I want one of these days when I hit the lottery and get rich LOL.

Grove r    Posted 10-15-2002 at 10:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a W6 and WD9, the 9 is laid up, at the moment, just bought a 650....would be the last of the WD9's, running....plan on restoring it. These are the "wheatland" tractors, wide front end, didn't have very many of the narrow ones in my area. The '9 started so easy with the crank that I never had a battery on it! Great old machines. Wish that you were closer, LH, could get you one for very reasonable, and more than likely running, too! Have a gooder, R.E.L.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:22:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is a nice one.
Later Bob

Fawteen - Oooooo    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:22:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'd love to have a Super W6 like Dad had. I see one every once in a while, but they're all out in the midwest or on the wrong side of the Mississippi. Driving a couple of thousand miles to pick up a tractor sight unseen just isn't an option for me...

Fawteen - Close    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not being in grain farming country, I've got a "feed store". Blue Seal distributor. Owner is probably 60ish, two big strapping boys in their late 30's or early 40's. Every one of them just as full of it as a Christmas Turkey.

I've been known to stop by without any purchase in mind just to chat a bit and catch up on the latest jokes. They have some pretty imaginative sales gimmicks too, always good for a laugh. Last time I was in, they had a mess of pitchforks with a big sign saying "Crap-o-matic"...

Ana - love this stuff!    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:51:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Keep it coming, I love this stuff. So funny. Sounds like my dad and his old croonies. Our MFA Feed Store is just too modern for this, but there are some of these old guys still around, and I'm so thankful that I know a few of them and they are still full of vinegar!

Fawteen    Posted 10-15-2002 at 06:55:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm a bit surprised they survive in this day and age. Political correctness certainly isn't one of their skills ":^)

The place only lacks a potbelly stove and a cracker barrel to take you back 50 or 60 years.

WallSal55 - Tell Me about ....    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Cracker Barrell?

Salmoneye    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:15:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cracker Barel was used as a table...

I still have my Great Uncles Cracker Barrel and his home-made checkerboard and wooden checkers in my 'shed'...gets used too...

Fawteen - Yep    Posted 10-15-2002 at 07:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's a sorta generic term for the times. Coulda been a peanut barrel or a pickle barrel, or just an old formica table next to the winder with about 37 ash trays fulla ceegar butts.

Actually, at the elevator back in Fowler, Michigan, it was an old chest-type coke cooler where ya could still get an 8 oz Coke in a glass bottle for a nickel.

Dang, I feel old alla sudden...

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