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J. Thompson 2 row planter


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I recently picked up this rare horse drawn planter at an auction in SE Wisconsin. It was made by the J. Thompson & Sons Co. of Beloit, Wi. There was a sign board next to it that said that this planter had been purchased in 1895 and used to plant 30 acres of corn for 20 years by it's owner near Mukwonago, Wi. I tend to zero in on stuff made in Janesville, Beloit, Wi. and Rockford, Il. and this is the only implement that I've come across that was made by J. Thompson. It suffered a repaint many years ago and, luckily, the printing on the seed boxes was preserved.
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Kent, have you found ant thing made by the Janesville MFG co? They were bought out by GM to build the Samson tractor line.
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Frank. Found a few implements. Janesville stuff occasionally shows up at auctions and shows around this area. Like a lot of manufacturers, if they didn't cast their name on it somewhere, it's hard to tell who made it. Just gotta know what your lookin at. A well trained eye. And a sales catalog.
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Nice, A 2 seat iron frame corn planter, that is unusual.
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I have a nice two bottom sulky plow with great paint.
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We have a Janesville planter, been sitting out in the trees for decades. I always thought it was a early Deere but never really looked at it since I was a kid. Dug it out recently and found the cast box lid and saw the Janesville logo cast in. Never heard of that co before. Grandparents used it back in horse days, never converted the hitch, I played on it as a child and recall the long pole hitch. They simply got a Deere #9 with the tractor hitch and let the other one as is in case the horses were needed again! Gas rationing during the war, I guess they wanted to have all options open! They only raised a small crop of corn for cattle feed so it wasn't wore out, all the rest of crop land was wheat, oats, or hay to feed the cattle. As kids we sure put up a lot of hay, maybe that's why I still like to bale hay with the old time balers that we used back then? Those two planters are the oldest in our pile, never saw any earlier ones like yours in this area that I can recall. Quite a few hand operated planters that survived hanging up in the barns, wonder if that's all folks used before at the time or the scrap drives got all the real early ones?
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Mike. Is your plow a Janesville or Thompson?
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i have a bunch of Thompson brochure pages show different implements, let me know if u want me to post. circa 06
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Absolutely! Post away. Would love to see what ya got.
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Kent, a Janesville....rose paint with yellow lettering and black striping.
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Mike. Any chance of posting a pic of your Janesville plow. Here's mine. Rust color, no markings,no pin stripes.
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Sure, I have some more photos to take of the plows for someone here. On an EB he needs dimensions and I lost his emails. And some tedder parts. Some SOB stole the wheels off a tedder and two rakes over the winter.
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