Some Banting BACKGROUND


| January/February 1989



Greyhound

William Flowers is seen here with his wife on the Edgar Flowers' family's 24 HP Greyhound at the Dover Show. The engine is No. 22135 and was built in 1922. See page 25 for some 'Banting Background' which William Flowers reports in the form of correspondence from the late C. J. Decker, a Banting employee.

Early in 1988 we published the obituary of Charles Decker of Toledo, Ohio in the Golden Roll. The information for it was submitted by William Flowers of Route 1, Box 332, Adena, OH 43901. At the same time, Mr. Flowers sent us additional material which we are now publishing, dating back to 1966 regarding Greyhound engines and their manufacturer The Banting Company. Mr. Flowers says of Mr. Decker, 'He didn't want it published while he lived, so upon his passing, I have his wife's permission to send it along with his death notice. Mr. Decker was very unselfish in sharing his knowledge of The Banting Co. and the Greyhound line of machinery.'

The first letter from Decker to Flowers:

Your letter to Mr. C. C. Banting has been referred to me by Mrs. Banting for comment. You no doubt have her acknowledgement by this time, however I do not know the contents of her reply.

Mr. Banting and an older brother (both deceased) were the principal owners of The Banting Manufacturing Company of Toledo who manufactured the Greyhound engines and threshers. The writer was an employee of that and successor company for many years and perhaps one of the few now living who were thus employed.

There are no records in existence and the engines were first built in 1916 or 1917 and the first numerals in the serial number indicates the year of manufacture. All of these engines were Ohio Standard boilers, built first by the Adam Loos Boiler Works in Toledo and later by either the John Brennan Company in Detroit, or Golley & Finley of Lima, Ohio.

If you are interested in simply having the Ohio inspection number I cannot be of assistance. If you are interested from a standpoint of this engine as a hobby or museum piece and would like further word I shall be glad to write further if requested.