By Wes Dukes
The DeWitt County Farm Bureau office has been at 302 E Main for over 40 years. Recent upgrades to the outside allowed a local landscaper to use his talent to pay tribute to Agriculture and DeWitt County.
There are several pieces of old farm equipment and each piece has a story. They all come from parts of DeWitt County and are representative of a time gone by. They also represent a step in history as farms, farm equipment, and farm families move to the point where we find ourselves today.
Wes Dukes, outgoing DeWitt County Farm Bureau President, knows each of these pieces in a personal way, because they have resided in part of his collection for at least 30 years. For this article, we will concentrate on the largest farm tool in the flower beds.
This tool is properly called a Sulky Cultivator. Its age is about 1890 and from the unique cast iron parts, it may be the oldest cultivator of its type in the county. It came off a family farm near Westhoff and had sat outside a large barn that was built with German influence. By the time it came into Dukes’ possession, it sat for over 50 years without use and probably had used on the same farm from the late 1800s. It is a perfect example of American ingenuity and the Industrial Revolution.
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