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

Salina, Kansas

Companies, other than Advance Thresher Co., were said to have
played their northwestern Branches with favoritism.

F is the Key Letter to the number of the parts to 15, 16, 18 and
20 hp. Advance engines. Many of the parts were interchangeable.

‘434F Engine Frame Bracket, Crank End 20 horse Simple only,
Engine No. 7331, and since.

435F Engine Frame Bracket, Cylinder End 20 horse Simple only,
Engine No. 7331, and since.

439F Cylinder, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331, and since.

449F Band Wheel, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331, and since.

455F Friction Clutch Spider, 20 horse Simple Engine No. 7331 to
9829.

456F Friction Clutch Main Pinion, Engirt No. 7331 to
7731.’

Numbers 435F, 439F, 449F, and 456F were the numbers of some of
the parts to Advance 20 hp. Simple Engine No. 7331. Number 435F is
the earliest number for a 20 simple listed in a 1907-1908 Price
List of Repairs, for Advance Threshing Machinery. Engine No. 7331
is the earliest 20 hp. listed ( which indicates engine No. 7331 is
the earliest 20 built by Advance Thresher Co.

C. L. Vandeventer bought Advance 16 hp. engine No. 7308 and his
mortgage to Advance Thresher Co., was recorded July 15, 1903 in
Lincoln Co., Kansas.

Geo. Desmarteau bought Advance 16 hp. engine No. 7428 and his
mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded Aug. 31, 1903 in
Rooks Co., Kansas.

Engine No. 7331 is between 7308 and 7428. Engine No. 7331 was
built in 1903.

An Advance 1904 Machinery catalogue lists a 20 hp. simple coal
burner engine with a 9×10 cylinder. The engine was a
‘fill-in’ between the 16 and 22 hp. simples. The difference
in the ratings was too great to satisfy with the 18 compound and
lost sales. The 20 hp. simple proved popular and Advance Thresher
Co. continued to build it until the end.

Frank Hildebrand bought Advance 20 hp. simple engine No. 8640
and his mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded Aug. 3, 1905
in Barton Co., Kansas.

K. F. Seith bought 20 hp. simple engine No. 11872 and his
mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded July 2, 1910 in
Edwards Co., Kansas.

Allen Trego of Newton, Kansas, has engine No. 11872 and it is in
operating condition. K. F. Seith who bought engine No. 11872 lives
at Offerle, Kansas

F. F. Wurst bought 2 2hp. Advance engine No. 8194 and his
mortgage to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded July 2, 1904 in
Lincoln Co., Kansas.

Geo. Desmarteau bought Advance engine No. 10177 and his mortgage
to Advance Thresher Co. was recorded June 22, 1907 in Rooks Co.,
Kansas.

One of the most complete records, available of Advance engines,
is contained in a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs for Advance
Threshing Machinery. The faded pages of that book remain as written
by Advance Thresher Co. and the information contained in it, is
more nearly official and more dependable that can be obtained from
any other source.

Advance 20 hp. engines number 7331, 7731, and 9829 are listed on
page 119 of the Price List and 22 hp. engines number 2128, 6295,
6925, 7918, 8428 and 10096 are listed on pages 128-129 of the List.
The listing of the engines in the List, is evidence Advance
Thresher Co. built and sold 20 and 22 hp. engines at sometime
during the life of the Company.

The statements submitted, as evidence Advance Thresher Co. built
and sold 20 and 22 hp. engines are not from a limited knowledge of
Advance Thresher Co. nor from a hazy memory of more than 60 years;
but from records, where mortgages were recorded by that Company.
The musty Books are stored in dusty vaults and attics. One Register
of Deeds wrote, ‘You put me into the attic for that
Report’. She received her fee. The ink is faded and the leaves
yellow but the Records remain unchanged, after more than 50
years.

The Records are indisputable evidence Advance Thresher Co. sold
Frank Hildebrand 20 hp. engine No. 8640 in 1905, K. F. Seith 20 hp.
engine No. 11872 in 1910, F. F. Wurst 22 hp. No 8194 and Geo.
Desmarteau 22 hp. No. 10177 in 1907.

Every numbered engine, listed in this article, is of Record in
either a 1907-1908 Price List of Repairs for Advance Threshing
Machinery, a Register of Deeds or a Recorders Office and was
included in the 13000 engines built by Advance Thresher
Company.

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