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.
N was the Key Letter to the numbers of the parts for an Advance 22 hp. simple engine. The descriptions have been double checked and should be correct.
From pages 128-129, 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs, for Advance Threshing Machinery.
'10N Engine Frame, 22 horse only, Engine No. 2128 to 10096.
11N Crank Box Cap, 22 horse only, Engine No. 2128 to 10096.
20N Drive Wheel, 20 inch face with horizontal lugs, prior to Engine No. 6295.
21N Bull Gear, 22 horse Engine No. 2128 to 8508: also on 26 horse Engine No. 3584 to 8499, except Engine 8437.
22N Plain Bull Pinion on 22 horse engine No. 2128 to 8508: olsa on 26 horse Engine 3584 to 8499, except Engine No. 8437.
23N Clutch Bull Pinion, on 22 horse Engine No. 2128: also on 26 horse Engine 3584 to 8499, except Engine 8437.
34N Spring Base on Straw Burner Engine No. 2128 to 8438: also on Coal Burner Engines 6925 to 7918.
36N Ball Bracket, Straw Burner Engine No. 2128 to 9451: also Coal Burner Engine No. 6925 to 9541.
172N Band Wheel, on Engine No. 2128 to 8499, except Engine No. 8437, on 22 horse only, since.'
Numbers 10N, 11N, 22N, 23N, 34N, and 172N were parts to Advance 22 hp. simple engine No. 2128. Engine No. 2128 is the earliest 22 hp. listed in a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs for Advance Threshing Machinery and designated a Straw Burner. Helmer Kruger bought Advance 12 hp. engine No. 2091, signed the settlement Sept. 11, 1892, and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co., was recorded Sept. 21, 1892, in Osceola Co., Iowa. Engine No. 2091 was 37 engines earlier than 2128. Helmer Kruger bought engine No. 2091 late in 1892, and engine No. 2128 was built late in 1892 or early in 1893.
Catalogues of Advance Thresher Co. for 1807, 1898 and 1899 list a 20 hp. Straw Burner but no Coal Burner. The cylinder was 9x11 and the band wheel 44 inches. Catalogues for 1900, 1901, 1902 and 1903 list a 22 but no 20 hp. engine. Specifications of the engines are the same.
Advance Threshing Machinery was popular in the northwest. Much of the popularity was due to the popularity of the straight flue straw burner engine,-the first successful one built. That was a straw burner territory. Engine sales increased in the northwestern Branches, because of the popularity of the engine. Those Branches were high in sales and the Home Office smiled kindly upon them. They received favors not granted others. Engine No. 2128, whether a 20 or a 22 hp., was built in 1892 or 1893 to satisfy the demand of the northwest for a more powerful Straw Burner engine. The 22 hp. Coal Burner was not built until 1902 or 1903.