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What a picture: Picking Big Rocks in the 1800's
Aug 01, 2014
Ever think you have it rough? Imagine farming in the mid 1800's.
Pictured above is a Stoughton Wagon Works machine picking large stones from a farm field near Helenville, WI back in the 1800's. The pic was sent to me by Richard Heine on our Machinery Pete Facebook page (www.facebook.com/machinerypete) last week. Richard said that's Ed and Julius Heine in the picture. Julius is Richard's great grandfather. Richard and his children are the 5th and 6th generations on the Heine farm.
Richard initially sent me this picture:
He asked me: "Pete, you ever see one of these sell? I'm looking for a value for insurance purposes."
My reply: Umm, what the heck is that thing?
Thus began my enlightenment phase. Richard wrote back with some interesting history on this contraption. "It's been in the hay barn forever. As a kid I hated this thing, always stacking hay around it. Now it's one of my prize posessions."
Richard said they recently fixed it up. "We replaced the bad dry rotted wood and linseed oiled it."
As for what it's worth...with no corresponding auction sale price data to go on, I'm going to say it's simply priceless.