Pioneer Village seeds history

Submitted Photo Dave Lebrun, crop coordinator for the Ward County Historical Society, plants the first Pioneer Village crop this past week, consisting of grass and oats. The tractor is a 1953 International “M,” pulling a 12-foot Van Brunt, which is nearly 100 years old. John Deere bought the Van Brunt grain-drill manufacturing plant in 1911. In 1958 the Van Brunt name was no longer on the drills. To operate the drill with no available hydraulics at the time of manufacturing, a mechanical system was made to enable the operator to use pull ropes to engage and disengage the seeding. WCHS is creating a test plot to see if it can provide farming with antique machinery for its visitors. During the summer of 2023, a more leveled ground area had been created at the Pioneer Village at Burlington.


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