|Object Name||Cultivator, Garden|
Planet Jr. cultivator with front wheel and disc attachment behind wheel; same inscription on inner side of both handle shafts: "Planet Jr. / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / Registered Trademark / Planet Jr. [in a circle] / Planet Jr. / MADE / IN / U.S.A. / Maroue Deposee / M. Ind. [illegible] / No. 17269 de 8 du Octubre 1919 / Marca de Fabrica / Frabrique / en / Amerique". On left handle: "...No. 4 & 25 SEEDERS & D. W. HOE". Inscriptions "RIGHT" and "LEFT" inside the handles.
(Keywords: New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Dorothy Anderson|
|Ownership and History||
This cultivator was used on the farm of George Borgstede Sr. of Staten Island. Mr. Borgstede was born in Germany in 1875, and came to the U.S. by himself at age 14. He worked on a truck farm in Greenville, N.J. and then in 1902 moved to Staten Island and operated his own truck farm on Richmond Avenue in New Springville, shipping his produce to New York and nearby markets. A brief biography of Mr. Borgstede in the book "Staten Island and Its People" (1929) noted "A large force of men is employed and he has much farm equipment." He and his wife Jennie had 6 children, and their sons George Jr. and William H. had their own tract of land on Signs Road, near Victory Boulevard.
Agricultural machinery & implements
|Lexicon Sub-category||Agricultural T&E|
Borgstede, George Sr.
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