Sunday, January 16, 2011
My sister treated mom and me to dinner last night at a place called Bandana’s BBQ. The food was delicious, but the decor impressed me, as well. Browsing the walls, I noticed an old farm implement hanging on the wall above the booth. I brought it to mom’s attention, and she immediately identified the object as a corn-planter. She remembered seeing her parents (Noah and Susie Hedrick) use the tool as a little girl on their farm during the 1930s and early 1940s located in Dent County, Missouri. Before she could tell us how the corn-planter worked, dinner arrived, and thoughts of the farm implement disappeared.
Today while browsing the Internet I found a corn-planter much like the one we saw at the restaurant. According to the, United States Trade and Patent Office, George Lambert, applied for a patent on an improvement he made to a hand-held corn-planter of that era, 1876. He describes the planter as having a container attached to the staff of the tool. The reservoir or box held the corn. Lambert’s invention allows the corn to fall into a tube on the back of the staff to the bottom of the planter. Upon pushing the bottom of the planter into the ground, a trigger releases a rod that pushes the corn into the ground. The hand-held corn-picker allowed farmers to stand upright without bending to plant corn. Information concerning Patent No. 178,166 May 30, 1876. is located on the United States Patent and Trademark Office site.
Posted by Gloria Hutson