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Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update


 
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Paul Searl
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I thought I'd give a little heads up to you guys since I know theres a few guys also interested in Case cousins. A little over two years ago I started work on my website, and in February I put it online. While I've hammered on the tractors section a lot, other sections I never really got around to. Well, after two years, I finally did. If you haven't visited the site since I posted it back then or have never been; pull up a chair and a cup of coffee, because a lot has changed.

The site started at barely 20 pages, its now almost 60 pages. I have an entire page of artifacts, three pages of catalogs, advertising and trade cards, and a large page of pictures I finally got online in the past few weeks. I also just put online all the implement sections I hadn't gotten worked on and a page for the branch houses, including current photos of the ones still standing. A few sections had grown too big, so they got split as well. I also just uploaded a few interesting pdf's including the 1914 Heider C 10-20 catalog (predates the change to 12-20) and a Heider D 9-16 parts book.

Its not done, its one of those projects that never really is. theres some glitches to clean up, there always are. But for now, its probably one of the most complete looks at a major company of the late 1800's and early 1900's online. Let me know if you spot any major bugs and I'll try and iron em out or if you have any suggestions.

I'd also like to say thank you to everyone who has helped provide information and photos.

So happy holidays guys and gals, enjoy!

http://www.rockislandplowco.com
 


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you! As an owner of both a Rock Island tractor and a Heider tractor, your website is great! I am also a Case guy!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Very Cool. When I have some time I will spend a bunch of time reading it. The only thing that jumps out at me is if it could be resized so that you don't have to scroll sideways, just up and down it would make it easier to see it all. It is one of those things that is about as high priority as a snakes belly.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Really interesting site. I'm glad you included the history and origin of the TSBD in Dallas.
I didn't know until several years that the building was originally built by Southern Rock Island Plow Co.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Paul,all I can say it is wonderful research and work you have done,yes it will take several cups of coffee and enjoyment to read about this.My hat is off to you my friend
Sincerely,
Dan
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Patsdeere wrote:
(quoted from post at 23:55:30 01/03/13) Very Cool. When I have some time I will spend a bunch of time reading it. The only thing that jumps out at me is if it could be resized so that you don't have to scroll sideways, just up and down it would make it easier to see it all. It is one of those things that is about as high priority as a snakes belly.


Pat, that unfortunately is a limitation of the builder I am using. The site looks different depending on the resolution the viewer is using. On my home computer for instance, I have a fair bit of dead space on the side, but I am also using a good sized wide screen monitor at a higher resolution. I tried to keep it middle ground so no one would have too much dead space or too much scrolling, but after a certain length the page starts to do screwy things so I had to push sideways to some degree. One of my future projects is to thumbnail more of the pictures to reduce whats on some of the pages and even it up so there is less scrolling.

Thanks guys for the comments
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Paul,
I want to congratulate you for a job well done. Thanks for all your effort in keeping the Rock Island history alive. Don
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Rock Island Plow Co and Heider Tractor website update Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Very Nice! Looks like a lot of interesting reading. Have it bookmarked. Thanks!
 
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