Advance Thresher Company Built and Sold 20 and 22 hp. Simple Engines

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Salina, Kansas

Companies, other than Advance Thresher Co., were said to have played their northwestern Branches with favoritism.

F is the Key Letter to the number of the parts to 15, 16, 18 and 20 hp. Advance engines. Many of the parts were interchangeable.

'434F Engine Frame Bracket, Crank End 20 horse Simple only, Engine No. 7331, and since.

435F Engine Frame Bracket, Cylinder End 20 horse Simple only, Engine No. 7331, and since.

439F Cylinder, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331, and since.

449F Band Wheel, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331, and since.

455F Friction Clutch Spider, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331 to 9829.

456F Friction Clutch Main Pinion, Engirt No. 7331 to 7731.'

Numbers 435F, 439F, 449F, and 456F were the numbers of some of the parts to Advance 20 hp. Simple Engine No. 7331. Number 435F is the earliest number for a 20 simple listed in a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs, for Advance Threshing Machinery. Engine No. 7331 is the earliest 20 hp. listed ( which indicates engine No. 7331 is the earliest 20 built by Advance Thresher Co.

C. L. Vandeventer bought Advance 16 hp. engine No. 7308 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co., was recorded July 15, 1903 in Lincoln Co., Kansas.

Geo. Desmarteau bought Advance 16 hp. engine No. 7428 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded Aug. 31, 1903 in Rooks Co., Kansas.

Engine No. 7331 is between 7308 and 7428. Engine No. 7331 was built in 1903.

An Advance 1904 Machinery catalogue lists a 20 hp. simple coal burner engine with a 9x10 cylinder. The engine was a 'fill-in' between the 16 and 22 hp. simples. The difference in the ratings was too great to satisfy with the 18 compound and lost sales. The 20 hp. simple proved popular and Advance Thresher Co. continued to build it until the end.

Frank Hildebrand bought Advance 20 hp. simple engine No. 8640 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded Aug. 3, 1905 in Barton Co., Kansas.

K. F. Seith bought 20 hp. simple engine No. 11872 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded July 2, 1910 in Edwards Co., Kansas.

Allen Trego of Newton, Kansas, has engine No. 11872 and it is in operating condition. K. F. Seith who bought engine No. 11872 lives at Offerle, Kansas

F. F. Wurst bought 2 2hp. Advance engine No. 8194 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded July 2, 1904 in Lincoln Co., Kansas.

Geo. Desmarteau bought Advance engine No. 10177 and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded June 22, 1907 in Rooks Co., Kansas.

One of the most complete records, available of Advance engines, is contained in a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs for Advance Threshing Machinery. The faded pages of that book remain as written by Advance Thresher Co. and the information contained in it, is more nearly official and more dependable that can be obtained from any other source.

Advance 20 hp. engines number 7331, 7731, and 9829 are listed on page 119 of the Price List and 22 hp. engines number 2128, 6295, 6925, 7918, 8428 and 10096 are listed on pages 128-129 of the List. The listing of the engines in the List, is evidence Advance Thresher Co. built and sold 20 and 22 hp. engines at sometime during the life of the Company.

The statements submitted, as evidence Advance Thresher Co. built and sold 20 and 22 hp. engines are not from a limited knowledge of Advance Thresher Co. nor from a hazy memory of more than 60 years; but from records, where mortgages were recorded by that Company. The musty Books are stored in dusty vaults and attics. One Register of Deeds wrote, 'You put me into the attic for that Report'. She received her fee. The ink is faded and the leaves yellow but the Records remain unchanged, after more than 50 years.

The Records are indisputable evidence Advance Thresher Co. sold Frank Hildebrand 20 hp. engine No. 8640 in 1905, K. F. Seith 20 hp. engine No. 11872 in 1910, F. F. Wurst 22 hp. No 8194 and Geo. Desmarteau 22 hp. No. 10177 in 1907.

Every numbered engine, listed in this article, is of Record in either a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs for Advance Threshing Machinery, a Register of Deeds or a Recorders Office and was included in the 13000 engines built by Advance Thresher Company.

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