Comments


| July/August 1970



1625 Georgie Avenue Marysville, Michigan 48040

In the Nov.-Dec. 1969 issue of the Iron Men Album on page 36 there appears an article by A. H. Borstad entitled 'Some Memories of Happy Days.' This is a well written and interesting article, as are all those in IMA, however, I believe the author made a few incorrect statements. He had discussed some of the various companies and in particular the Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co. He discussed their weak Company-Agent contacts. The PHE & T Company, as did many other companies, had regular agents and warehouses throughout the wheat area and in Canada, Mexico, and South America. The PHE & T Co., may have had some weak agents but no weak contracts or equipment. In 1885 the company hired canvassers, mainly in Eastern Michigan, to go directly to the farmers, and all these agents reported directly to the home office.

Records show regular company agents in Port Huron, Michigan, and in Sarnia, OntarioSt. Louis, Mo.,Peoria, Ill., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Minneapolis, Minn. Fargo, N.D.Des Moines, Iowa-Wichita, Kansas Lincoln, Neb .Indianapolis, Ind. Toledo, Ohio Manitowac, Wisconsin Atlanta, Ga.Dallas, Tex.-San Francisco, California, Calif. Los Angeles, CaiPortland, Oregon Denver, Colorado Pittsburg, Penn and Baton Rouge, La. The Foreign office was in New York City, N.Y. There were regularly attended salesman schools and other educational programs for the agents.

However, the main matter is that he states that he was not impressed by the Port Huron drive wheel with rim of cast iron and that he had seen many discarded cast iron wheels and that they were not good enough for North Dakota. He just could not believe that the PHE & T Co., would actually brag about their wheels.

The Port Huron Self-Cleaning Driver (patented by George F. Conner-Mechanical Superintendent of the PHE & T Co.,) was advertised as 'The Wheel the User Wants - That the PH'.

The Port Huron Lines, catalog, published in 1916 discusses drive wheels