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Today's trivia (July 6)

Kansas farmers have always been known for their ingenuity. Through droughts, hailstorms and tornadoes, Kansas farmers and their families endured and adapted.

In the 1880s, a handful of Kansans patented barbed wire designs. With names such as Harbaugh's Torn Ribbon, Beerbower's Two Point, Hyde's Spur Wheel and Raile's Fence Signal, the gnarled wire soon divided the prairie into tidy squares that helped keep predators out and livestock in.

To help dig the posts for those fences, John Habluetzel of Wamego invented a machine-powered post hole digger in 1943, using scavenged parts from other farm equipment.

At the same time, other Kansans were developing windmills and pumping water from the state's underground aquifers. From 1880 until the mid-1950s, more than 50 companies manufactured windmills in Kansas. One of the leading companies was the Currie Windmill Co. of Manhattan and later, Topeka.

And, in 1926, Charles Angell from Plains made the one-way disc plow, which had no difficulty turning over heavy stubble, sun-baked soil and junglelike patches of weeds.

In the 1960s, the CrustBuster originated from Spearville. The company, founded by Michael Hornung, manufactured farm machinery, mostly tillage tools and grain drills.

Question: In 1947, Lyle Yost founded a company in Hesston that made self-propelled windrowers and later, the one-man StakHand system for putting up hay? What was the company’s name?

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Answer to Tuesday’s Question: Introduced to hydraulic brakes and new engine design, the American public went wild _ so much so that the Maxwell Motor Corp., which had been $5 million in debt, suddenly turned a $4 million profit.

Walter Chrysler renamed the corporation after himself and added several other car models.

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