The Eagle Machine Works

Among Elmer's souvenirs

Eagle Traction Engine

The Eagle Traction Engine, Indianapolis, Ind., of 1881. Horse steered but they also made hand steering. I'll bet many a proud man stood on that platform.

courtesy S.G. Sunday

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Every once in a while something turns up that you never heard of before. The Eagle Machine Works of Indianapolis, Ind., is one that is absolutely new to me. Mr. S.G. Sunday of Modoc, Ind., loaned us their catalog of 1881 to give you this information.

First we want to give you a picture of their trademark. It is an eagle shaking a chicken. There is little doubt whose chicken it is. The company says it demonstrated the the separating principle of their separator. They called it the “oscillator.” As you will see in the picture that it is a principle employed by several companies. I am most familiar with it in the Huber. They called it the “rotor rack.”

The Eagle company built an “apron” machine at the same time. This was a period when the “vibrating” principle was coming into the picture and all companies kept building both kinds of machines to satisfy their customers. Eventually, and seemingly very rapidly, the vibrator type won out. Both the engines and threshers resembled the A. Gaar & Company products. We also present the Eagle Traction of 1881. It looks like a real good job of that early traction engine day. IMA