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Charlie Angell, Sr. of Plains, Kansas, was a wheat farmer with a special knack for machines. In the 1920s, Angell sought to develop a plow that was particularly suited to the environmental conditions in the windy, semi-arid plains of western Kansas where he lived and farmed. Angell's idea was to set all the plow's discs at the same vertical angle on a single axel, which ensured that they each plowed in the same, single, direction. Because of this feature, the device became known as the "one-way" plow. It plowed faster, handled heavy stubble well, broke hard sun-baked soil, and destroyed weeds. Charles Angell built close to 500 plows on his Meade County farm, then sold the rights to the Ohio Cultivator Company.
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Library and Archives Division
Date: Between 1975 and 1990
Item Number: 209299
Call Number: FK2.7 Hi.Mu Col *124
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209299
Agriculture - Implements and machinery - Plows
Business and Industry - Agricultural Industries - Machinery and implements
Collections - Photograph
Date - 1970s
Date - 1980s
Date - 1990s
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - Notable Kansans - Angell, Charlie John
Type of Material - Photographs