• Tom Bechman

    History is Where You Find It

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 25, 2011

    Be honest. Have you ever heard of an Empire tractor? If you said 'yes,' you're a member of the Empire Tractor Club, an owner of one of these rare oddities, or perhaps someone with too much time on your hands. You can read what little is known about the history of this strange machine by Googling Empire Tractor Club. But if you want to see one in person, you may have to do some inquiring. It's not a tractor you run into at your typical antique tractor show. That's why I was particularly…

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    Enjoy Your 'Shining Moments'

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 18, 2011

    The cover of the May issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer features Troy Hattery, a farmer and supervisor for the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District. Earlier this year, he was named Indiana's Supervisor of the Year by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Indiana Prairie Farmer sponsored the award, so we wanted to visit Hattery and get a firsthand look at what he dos on his farm and in his community. The local district conservationist with the Natural…

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    Signs That Prove It's Truly Spring

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 11, 2011

    The weatherman says spring is here and we get snow showers. Southern Indiana got up to three inches of snow, so much that the folks at Melon Acres north of Vincennes had to scramble to get the snow off the High tunnels they had just erected for vegetable production. Snow isn't a sign of spring, not even in Indiana! Don't give up, dear hearts. I've uncovered some true signs that it really is spring. It's not a mirage. Enjoy my true descriptions of how I know it's spring. Don't laugh unless you…

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    Trip Back Through Time

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 4, 2011

    Just getting to Carl Villwock's Farm Museum estate auction was a trip within itself. Although Carl lived at Edwardsport, to facilitate the sale, it was held at Dinky's Auction barn, an institution in the Amish country of Daviess County, located north of Montgomery. Maybe it's not in the middle of nowhere, but only the good Lord can find it without directions. I had directions from a friend who goes there all the time since his son lives nearby, and I still had to call him twice, on a modern…

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