A BIT OF HISTORY


| July/August 1967



Guthrie, Kentucky

In your Album of May-June issue in coffee break with Kitty, requesting information and history of the 20th Century Manufacturing of Boynton, Pennsylvania.

I have a catalog from this firm but cannot give the date it was printed.

The following information, however, is printed in the front cover.

The first 20th Century Traction Engine was built in a small machine shop in the woods on the Allegheny Mountains, about seven miles from our present plant. This first engine is still in use. A group of prominent businessmen furnished the means and organized the Improved Traction Engine Co. of Elk Lick, Pennsylvania, which is 1 mile from the plant they erected at Boynton, Pa. to continue the manufacture of aforesaid engine. The business outgrew its capital and the said company's stockholders decided to enlarge the plant and increase its business. This was done in 1913, after which it was further decided to branch out in other lines, which is being done. After their company was formed at Boynton, Pa., they also built road rollers and also portable engines. These engines were all double cylinder and under mounted, except a few portables which were top mounted and single cylinder. In 1914, the 20th Century Manufacturing Co.; as they were then called, purchased the business of The Champion Thresher Co., of Orrville, Ohio and this plant was moved to their plant at Boynton, Pa. I am not sure just how long they operated there, but I believe it was somewhere around 1920 when gas tractors started coming in, which forced the steam engines out of the picture. I think the first tractor to come in this part of the country were Huber Light Fours. I operated Huber Tractors up until 1963 and they were good tractors in their time.

'Young Men can work eight hours a day and play ten, but after 40 you can't and you might as well quit trying.'