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October 9, 2013

Harpoon fork was at Cull's Ridge sale in 1914

I suppose you know what a harpoon fork and a double A harrow is and what they were used for.

I didn’t, but I had fun finding out. June Tumility gave me a sale bill from Feb. 12, 1914 announcing that Nathan Cull would sell a lot of his property at public sale. Sure, some of them are self explanatory but it wasn’t as simple in some cases.

The sale bill reads: “At my farm on Cull’s Ridge, three miles southwest of Locust Store. The following property: 1 good work and brood mare, 2 work horses, 1 extra good milk cow, 1 yearling heifer, 1 extra good yearling shorthorn male calf, 1 road wagon, 1 buggy, 1 mowing machine, 1 self-dump hay rake, 1 two-horse sled, 1 Double A harrow, 1 good hillside plow, 1 corn crusher, 1 good hay frame, 1 sets of work harness, 100 feet of hay rake, 1 harpoon fork. A lot of corn fodder, household and kitchen furniture and many other things too numerous to mention.

Sale begins at 10 o’clock. Terms of sale, - All sums of $5.00 and under cash in hand. All sums over $5.00 a credit of nine months will be given without interest, purchaser executing bankable note. Nathan Cull. J. H. Driskell, Auctioneer.”

It seemed like a generous offer from Mr. Cull to give a credit of nine months without interest. I found several people named Cull in the census and at the time the sale happened Dry Ridge was pretty much just a rough road. It’s now a fine subdivision near Bedford, KY in Trimble County.

The county is named for Robert Trimble who was an attorney and justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was born in West Virginia but came to Kentucky to study at Transylvania College and died in Paris, KY in 1828.

In 1914 Mr. Cull obviously farmed using horse power. Although a steam engine tractor had been built and a gasoline traction engine built before 1900, farmers still used horses. Mr. Cull had a brood mare that also had to work although I thought that a brood mare was used only for producing baby horses.

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