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G.W. Brown 2 Person Corn Planter, Horse Drawn, 1875 Patent Date

MSchreiber

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Now that i have it home and know the manufacturer i'm making standalone post 4 it. this post has more photos of it.







the planter box crossmember rocker joint for lifting planter runners.
 

MSchreiber

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Re: G.W. Brown 2 person corn planter, horse drawn, 1875 patent date.

inside seed box


side of seed box and runner, this had check rower installed using the holes on side of box.


4 stripes per wheel, 2 inside 2 outside.


tongue setup, i don't believe its never been taken off.
 
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MSchreiber

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rear showing wheel mud scrapers, and hole in frame when the row marker pole was installed.


a later 1 person brown planter using wire knot check row method of planting.


maybe mine is the earlier 2 person "standard No.1".
 

DeereWrench

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Re: G.W. Brown 2 person corn planter, horse drawn, 1875 patent date.

Very nice love to see original pieces of history.. Thank you
 

Brothers Clemens

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Mschreiber wonderful machine....:O


Nice and original condition and glad that it survived.

Take care of them for the future genarations.....:salute:

Keep up the good work.

Chris
 

Kent McMakin

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Just gorgeous. What a time capsule. Really like those untouched original pieces.
 

FWurth

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Kent, a fellow Grange member from NW Ill. had one of these. His name was Paul Fossler, I think he exhibited it at Freeport? It was sold on his Estate sale maybe 20 years back. Anyone know where that unit ended up? I wasn't able to attend the sale so missed out but it had those same features and wheels. Could the one in post #1 be the same one? I do remember seeing that snapshot picture of it at the seed corn expo before, I think Paul had it with his display.
 
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FWurth

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The picture of the one in the op is almost identical to the one paul had. He showed it at our National Grange session in 95 when the session was held in Peoria. I was into the Tractors at the time so wasn't paying enough attention to the relic before me. Today I've gotten into the early local built planters and seeders and now realize the significance of that planter. I'm sure it was a Brown as he told us it was made in Galesburg. I do have a few old planters but they are latter all steel built. One is a #9 Deere and Mansuer and we have a early Janesville unit. Have only ever seen a few of earlier wooden 2 row planters over the years. I Googled the Brown planter and there is a lot of info on the net about it. Wish I had paid more attention to them while Paul was still around, I sure would like to know where his ended up. Also has anyone seen or know of a early Avery planter? This one was thought out by Robert while in the Prison camp at Andersonville during the Civil War. Likely the reason he survived the ordeal as he kept his mind busy and had motivation to build them when the war was over. Apparently he was aware of the Brown machine as it was well known in the area as it's very close to Peoria.

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I see that in the one article about Brown in Galesburg, it mentions a planter and other Brown built implements as being on display at the Antique Mall at Galesburg IL. Wonder if that could be where Paul's went?
 

MSchreiber

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The brown planter above came from the daughter of bud forrest, lexington illinois. He was the head guy in central Ill. area for tomahawk seed corn. He somehow came up with this planter around 1951 and took it to county fairs and ffa events picking/shucking contest held thru out the state, wherever could he set up the seed corn booth. His daughter didn't know he owned till 1995 when the co-op called and told about it and had to remove it because they were tearing down the building it was stored in. She tried to sell it several times from her garage to locals and no one wanted it. She was moving to a warmer climate mid 2017 and put it on ebay in april 17. i purchased it from her thru ebay march 2017. From what i was told her dad showed it into the mid 60's. I was happy to be able to purchase it, by doing i won a $100 bet with ol'sorehead sapper a oltimer that had a 2 person wood frame corn planter down the road from me. This bet took place 27 years ago and was that i'd never be able to purchase 1. Sorehead died 15 years ago and his planter hasn't been out of the family homestead barn since. My thoughts are that his son and grandson have zero interest talking/showing/selling it. As i best remember it i believe its a early wood SEAT, wood frame 2 person brown corn planter.

Below is pictured a early keystone wood frame, 2 person corn planter thats permantly shown at the sycamore ill. steam show grounds. Unlike my Brown, I don't believe its ever had a later check wire mechanism put on it. I find this fact totally amazing as the check wire system eliminated the need for the 2nd person(kid). Maybe this is the 1 u guys remember. I regret not being able to show the donators name. Thank u for the conversation.








 
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FWurth

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That beautiful. It's great to know the story behind the planter. In the one piece I read, they referred to a law suit by Brown against Keystone for infringement. He won I think $200000. from them! After that case all the other planter builders came in line and paid him the royalties for using his patent.
 

Kent McMakin

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Frank. Not aware of the Brown planter in Freeport or it's whereabouts. Do have a friend in SE Wi. with a Brown planter but haven't had access to it to take any photos because of all the crap piled around it. I'll include a shot of a real early planter at Pioneer Village in Minden, Neb. Don't recall what kind it is. Been a while since I was there.
 

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Kent McMakin

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If interested, I can post some other photos of early planters that are in collections in my area, Just didn't want to hijack this thread. You guys let me know.
 

MSchreiber

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hijack it… i'd kinda like all planters in 1 thread. that kinda sounds were gonna overload the internet with old horse drawn stuff! :brows:
 

FWurth

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Kent, that may well be the one mentioned in one of the pieces I found listed when I googled Brown. It claimed it was one of the 2 original Brown planters left. The other was listed as being at the museum at Springfield Il? As to how they documented those facts, good question but interesting. But if one thinks back, Harold Warp had his plastics MFG business in Chicago starting way back in the early part of the last century. So he may well have had some first hand input from the early owners.
 

Kent McMakin

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You guys asked for it. The first batch is from the Paulson Agriculture Museum in Argyle, Il on the edge of Rockford, Il. Warren collected an amazing collection of horse drawn stuff with an emphasis on Rockford built machinery, mostly Emerson/ EB related. Check out their website. First is an Emerson Talcott planter. Second is a Rockford Planter made by Briggs & Enoch. Both of Rockford. More later.
 

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That early check wire set up is intriguing. Look like it was designed to simply move the hand lever that the second operator had to formerly worked. Nothing fancy. The patent dates all seem to fall in to the period of shortly after the Civil War.
 

FWurth

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I knew Mr Paulson, He and his family were/ are active in the Northern ILL Grange group. He would give related programs at various meetings and get together. That group owns/ operates the Boone Co Fair. Unfortunately he has passed on and I have never had the time to visit his museum. It's amazing that there are so many of these early planters still out there.
 

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