21 responses to Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos)
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos) (September 24th, 2014 at 06:03)

    Thanks very much for sharing all of these pictures and comments. I would have loved to have been there. It brought back memories, because it was at the Hazleton settlement that I first became interested in the Amish many years ago. (My English uncle farmed in that community next to an Amish farm). I wonder how much it cost the Amish from other states to transport those threshers they bought back to their home areas.

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      Comment on Exactly! (September 24th, 2014 at 10:56)


      Wondering how they transported those threshing machines to their various new homes is exactly what I was doing as I was reading this post. Likely they had to hire a flatbed trucker to haul them.

      This looks like quite the auction. I’ve never been to anything like it.

    • I wonder the same. I guess it shows how much people value good machinery. I imagine there were more than a few Amish attendees who were there for similar reasons as the gentleman who came for nostalgia.

      Neat to hear you first encountered the Amish at Hazleton Al. I always associate that community with the SMV triangle stuck up in that odd place on the side of the buggy.

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    Robin Stone
    Comment on Amish Auction in Iowa (September 24th, 2014 at 06:26)

    Amish Auction in Iowa

    I was also at that auction and it was fascinating! The highlight of my visit was watching the bids go higher and higher for a beautiful John Deere wagon (circa early 1900s). The final bid was $5200.

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    Comment on Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos) (September 24th, 2014 at 06:42)

    Wonderful write-up and photos! Thanks!

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos) (September 24th, 2014 at 09:47)

    Great photo’s. Very interesting article.

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos) (September 24th, 2014 at 09:51)

    So neat. Thanks!

    I am also interested to know what is involved in shipping a threshing machine from Iowa to New York.

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    Brad of the Brethern
    Comment on Great Pictures (September 24th, 2014 at 10:40)

    Great Pictures

    I really enjoyed the pictures, they brought back some wonderful memories of going to these with my Grandfather, who was my hero. Just he and I, no women folk, and we’d come home with some old farm equipment or an old draught horse that no one else wanted and he knew was destined for the slaughter house. Thanks again for the pictures and the memories.

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    Comment on Sale (September 24th, 2014 at 11:18)


    Very nice pictures of this sale. But I tried to print them out to show to another person who does not own a computer and they did not print out good. How can I get good pictures o all this.

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    Comment on Thanks Carl (September 24th, 2014 at 11:53)

    Thanks Carl

    Great pictures! Thank you for sharing with us Carl.

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    Carl Oliver
    Comment on Transportation (September 24th, 2014 at 12:25)


    Thanks everyone for the kind words. I had a blast at the auction. There were quite a number of crew-cab dually pickups with flatbed trailers at the auction from all sorts of places. I am guessing some of the Amish bidders had their driver bring a trailer along assuming they would need to haul something home. I know Rudy personally, and I know that he bought quite a few of those threshers from out of state (as far as Canada), so he would know exactly what it costs to ship them. I don’t know when I will see him next, but I will certainly quiz him about that when I do.

    • That’d be great Carl. Am I right in thinking that he’s moving far away?

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        Carl Oliver
        Comment on Moving (September 24th, 2014 at 13:04)


        You are correct. The original intent of the sale was to liquidate assets in preparation for a move. Not sure about the timeline of the move or even the certainty of it now though.

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    Comment on Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale at Hazleton, Iowa (19 Photos) (September 24th, 2014 at 18:58)

    Robin, did you take a picture of the John Deere wagon?
    If so, could you post it?

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Thanks for sharing, Carl! (September 25th, 2014 at 20:53)

    Thanks for sharing, Carl!

    What a treat, Carl! Thank you for sharing the photos and your commentary. Wow! What an event. I like the nostalgia aspect of it all (farm equipment is so amazing—the design and engineering over the years—and the artwork 🙂 ) I’d have been happy to be there just to “people-watch.”

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      Carl Oliver
      Comment on nostalgia (September 26th, 2014 at 07:06)


      Thanks Alice! This truly was an event. Indeed the people watching was fun. I particularly enjoyed talking to Amish friends about the pros and cons of each model of oat binder.

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