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Ernest Akins, 70, of Hammonds Creek Road, was featured in a Janie Buntain column in February 1989. Akins had bought him a new Troy-bilt Horse tiller about three years before and was as complimentary of it as a horse breeder is a prospective Derby winner. In fact, he and his wife wrote a letter to the company praising the machine. The company in turn contacting their advertising agency in New York, who contacted The Anderson News, hoping to get some pictures of the couple for an advertising publication on the tiller. Mrs. Akins wasn’t home at the time but she had canned about 400 quarts of vegetables that past summer from the garden tilled with the tiller. Mr. Akins said they had put up about 800 quarts the year before and “that was just too many. It’ll ruin.” Akins asked Buntain if she’d seen the TV commercials where some other tillers jump up and down while you were trying to till your garden. He demonstrated his was so smooth you could guide it with one hand.

 Compiled by Janie Bowen

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