Straw Burning Traction Engine

American-Abell 26 hp 'Cock O' the North' Western type straw burning traction engine

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The following is a re-written letter, sent to the editor of Farm Implement News, a few weeks ago, and is self explanatory. I am adding the last paragraph. perhaps if this misses the waste basket, it might be of interest to many readers of the ALBUM Editor, Farm Implement News, Chicago, Illinois.


When we read your article in Aug. 10, 1950, of Farm Implement News, one would believe that in substance you say C. Aultman and Co., by a reorganization became Aultman and Taylor Mchy. Co. So, let's peep into the past and cheek the records.

Prior to 1863, C. Aultman and Co., located in Canton, Ohio, was building the 'Buckeye', binders., reapers, mowers and other farm tools. In 1863 Cornelius Aultman together with one Lewis Miller (a stockholder-inventor) organized Aultman, Miller and Co., and built a plant in Akron, Ohio. This plant also built 'Buckeye' binders, mowers and other farm tools, continuing in business until 1903, when they went into the hands '' a receiver. In 1911 they were bought out by International Harvester Co.

In 1890 C. Aultman and Co., Canton. Ohio, discontinued buildings all farm machinery, except threshing machines, traction engine and saw mills. In 1893, C. Aultman and Co., went into receivership later re-organizing as Aultman Engine and Thresher Co., and continued in business to about 1910, when we find a concern, The Engine and Machinery Co., advertising that they  now own all patterns, etc., and could make  supply all repairs for machinery formerly built by C. Aultman and Co.

In 1867, Henry H. Taylor, the big Chicago jobber and C. Aultman organized, what later became the world famous 'STARVED ROOSTER' line, the Aultman and Taylor Machinery Co., of Mansfield, Ohio. In 1924 Aultman-Taylor sold out to Advance-Rumely Co., (a merger of) M. Rumely Co., Advance Thresher Co., Gaar-Scott and Co., and Northwest Thresher Co.

In 1931 the Allis-Chalmers Co., bought out Advance-Rumely Co., and on this date all these one time famous old thresher companies pass into history.

This would not be complete if failing to mention the 'Starved Rooster' trade mark. Some say at least one old line thresher concern used a similar trade-mark. It is mentioned that Port-Huron Engine and Thresher Co., used such a trademark, however, no one seems to be able to produce Port-Huron literature) showing such a trademark. They did run several ads, in some of the thresher publications; showing the old bird, flat on. his back, feet in the air, but dead. This, many old timers considered a big joke and quite a toke off on Aultman-Taylor's famous bird.

Aultman and Taylor in 1876, registered the 'starved Rooster', trademark in the IT. S. Patent Office.

It is hoped that the above will clarify the history of these two old concerns: C. Aultman and Co., and Aultman and Taylor Machinery Co.; the the latter was not a successor to or the outgrowth of the former.

The above will also correct a similar statement, made on page 30 of Clymer's 'Album of Steam Traction Engines'.


Mr. Lee C. Fisher, Box 41, Northville, Michigan, sot a good picture of the Stanley Steamer; Williamson's Engine and one general view of the threshing scene. If interested, contact him.