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

| July/August 1958

Salina, Kansas

NUMEROUS ARTICLES have been published, relative to the building of 20 and 22 hp. simple engines by Advance Thresher Company. The articles were contradictory and confusing. The reader remains in doubt that Advance Thresher Company built either a 20 or 22 hp. engine.

This article is prepared to clear up the uncertainty, leaving no doubt in the mind of the reader, that Advance Thresher Company built 20 and 22hp. simple engines and at the same time, make it clear, what traction engines, other than 20 and 22hp. simples, were built by Advance Thresher Company. Advance Thresher Company, during its life built 6-10-12-15-16-22 and 30hp. simples, 15-20-21-26 and 35hp. tandem compounds, and 30 and 40hp. cross compounds. The rating of the 15 hp. tandem compound was reduced to 14 later and the 20 tandem to 18 hp. The building of the 15 simple was discontinued in about 1895 and a 16 hp. simple was substituted for it. The old 15 hp. simple and all other larger engines, except 20 hp. simples and 21 compounds, were built upon either coal burner or Lafever type of firebox boilers. Twenty simples and 21 compounds were built with coal burner boilers, only.

The Kansas City Branch of Advance Thresher Co., was located in the west bottoms on 12th and Hickory Streets. The sample room floor was about 4 ft. higher than the pavement. A 22 hp. coal burner engine stood upon the floor and on June 1, 1903, the high water mark of the Kaw River flood, was near the center of the cylinder on that engine.

The sample at Salina, Kansas, in 1903, was a 22 hp. coal burner, with Jacket and cab. Twelve 22 hp. engines were included in my sales for Advance Thresher Co. The buyers were Ira Burke, F. F. Wurst, Louie J. Wurst, Francis Blender, Floyd Blevins, Joseph Witt, John Rouback et al, John C. Coltrin, Abe Sierer, Geo. Redman, A. J. Dreisbach, and Geo. Desmarteau. The number of engines is more than sufficient to indicate Advance Thresher Co., was building and selling 22 hp. simple engine at that time.

My statements concerning the Kansas City Branch House and engines are very nearly correct but if correct, are mere assertions and prove nothing. Records of Advance Thresher Co., were destroyed and Advance Machinery catalogues, Price Lists of Repairs for Advance Threshing Machinery and Court House Records are the only sources, from which to obtain reliable information. Authentic information is being submitted as evidence Advance Thresher Co., built 20 and 2 2hp. engines at sometime during its life.


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