International Harvester 123-SP Combine

Herbert, Roy Bucklin, and their mom split the cost of a new International Harvester 123-SP Combine in 1945 for $3319.24. The statement from Jennings Tractor & Implement Co., Inc. is below.  Mom says they bought the first one in the area.

I found a webpage with this info about that model: “In 1942 International Harvester offered its first self-propelled combine designated the No. 123-SP. The 123-SP featured a 6 cylinder IH engine, 12 foot grain head and hydraulic platform control. Options included a straw spreader and seed bagging attachment.”

On Facebook I wondered how long they would have used the 1945 combine and if it could be in this 1965 photo.

Jon Lawson wrote:

I remember my grandfather, Roy, telling me about this combine that they bought. He said they spent more time fixing it than cutting in the beginning. They were not very reliable in the beginning. He also told me that they were the fist to own one in the area also.

I really don’t know how long they used it but I kinda doubt it would have lasted that long. However we both know that our grandfathers would stretch the life out of equipment to it’s absolute maximum before discarding it therefore I wouldn’t rule it out.

Ray Bucklin told me:

Seward LeJuene and Herbert Bucklin cut rice together back when Seward LeJuene and Addie Bucklin [and her sons] owned the only two combines in the area.  Seward LeJuene was the owner of one of the big grain driers in Elton.

The combines lasted beyond 1965.  Remember the 1952 Ford truck that was still being driven in the 1970s. Daddy and Uncle Roy bought two of the same model IH Combines. So, you may find the receipt for the second combine somewhere.

They replaced the IH combines with Case combines sometime around the time I was in high school. I am not sure when I started driving the combines, but it was sometime in High school (1964-1968, probably Fall 66) and at that time we were using one of the IH combines and one of the new Cases. I am pretty sure that I drove the IH for more than one year. The IH was fun to drive. It had lots of levers to keep adjusting. So both hands were often off the steering wheel and you steered with the brakes. The Case had a lot of levers too, but it had hydraulic systems which made things a bit easier. I am not sure if we bought the second Case when I was in High School or if I had started College.

So, Daddy and Uncle Roy used the IH combines until the late sixties, but 20 year old stuff for our family is just getting broken in, so of course Daddy and Uncle Roy sold the IH combines to Harley Bruchhaus. I don’t know how long Harley kept using them. They are almost certainly scrap by now, but there is a remote chance that they are still sitting somewhere on the Bruchhaus farm. Charles may remember how long Harley used them. There is a good chance that Charles drove them too.

Roy Bucklin Home

Ronnie Collins asked if I had some old photos of his house which was built in 1886. Before it was Roy Bucklin’s house, it was a Hine home so there should be plenty of photos in the family. I found these two I sent him a while back. I have probably scanned more, just have to find them, my scans aren’t very well organized and labeled. If you have any, I am sure Ronnie would appreciate seeing them and so would I.

The first photo is Doris, Roy, and Jeannette Bucklin. The second is Jeannette.

Mama at Bro Krumnow’s, making sandwiches for Christmas Eve 1958

“Mama at Bro Krumneau’s, making sandwiches for Christmas Eve 1958” was the label on this film. Shirley and Lauren helped me ID some of the people. We thought the first half looked like it was taken at Ruth’s house. Lawrence is in red.

In the second half, Brother Clarence B. Krumnow is in a suit. Addie Hine Bucklin sitting in a rocking chair. William Charles “Budda” Bruchhaus points at the Christmas tree with kid in front. And Charles Bruchhaus is the kid in the diaper.

Uvonne said she saw Uncle Rudolph and Aunt Laura in there.


Dear Brother June 14, 1893

Joe Bucklin was keeping his brother Louis Charles Bucklin up to date on the farm and family news while at school in Ada Ohio.  Their sister Jennie is not doing well and we believe died later in the month.  We found a copy of part of this letter.  If I can find the original and missing pages, I will update the post.

Lake Arthur   La.   June 14
L. C. Bucklin Esq.
Ada Ohio.

Dear Brother:  I thought would write to you every few days to Keep you posted with regards to matters down here.  Have nothing new to write you with regard to the rice question though it is looking quite nice.  Our hired man took Lillie Tupper home Sat.  And he said he did not see any on his trip as nice as ours   He said that Eds was very nice but had no water.

I got a letter from Austin yesterday and he is having the ………es.  He invested his money in City property expecting a boom and was going to sell out and make something but the boom did not put in an appearance and now he can’t get his money out of them.

Well, Lou, am very sorry I can’t send you good news.  the Dr. was here yesterday and did not seem to have much hope of Jennie’s recovery but he said something might turn up yet.  Her heart is quite badly effected.  Mother told me to send you the money that you might be ready for any summons.  Now Lou you must use your own judgement whether ……..

Joe and Charlie Tupper

This photo comes from the Whittington albums.  The back of the photo says Joe and Charlie Tupper (with hat) eating noon meal.   Joe Tupper Jr. said “Evidently meal time during a day threshing rice. You can see the threshing machine and bundle wagon with a man feeding it with a pitchfork in the background. They are sitting on some filled and hand sewn rice sacks! I had never seen this picture before, thank you Joseph for posting!”

Tractor in the Mud

John Koll digging stuck tractor out of mud during rice cutting in 1929.  Ada Weaver wonders if the guy supervising is her dad, Jesse Whittington.  He would have been 23 then. Do you think he would have worn such an unusual hat?

Bucklin Home

We got to visit with Arlene Ware, Melvin Keys, and Steven Keys when we visited Louisiana. Here are a couple old Bucklin photos Arlene had that I had not seen before. Roy and Robert Louis Bucklin standing in front of the old Bucklin house. And a photo of the house showing the screened porch.

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