Rare Pair is at Home on the Range

Rarely seen Indiana tractors star in Kansas man’s collection.

Neil Hartwig with his freshly restored Indiana tractor and his friend, J.D. Baughn (left).

Incredibly, a pair of rare tractors – including one that’s a family tractor – has ended up in the same collection in southeast Kansas. The tractors were built between 1917 and 1919 by Indiana Silo & Tractor Co. (formerly known as Star Tractor Co.), Anderson, Indiana.

The first of the two tractors – serial no. 727 – was shipped by the manufacturer to a dealership in Kansas City, Missouri. The Indiana 5-10 was sold as the All ’Round.

Frederic Hartwig, Humboldt, Kansas, bought the serial no. 727 tractor from the dealership for $900 (roughly $13,540 today). At the same time, he purchased a 16-inch, 1-bottom Oliver plow for $125.

Designed to replace horse power on the farm, the Indiana was equipped with a LeRoi vertical L-head engine and an electrical system produced by Atwater-Kent. On the road, it travelled at a top speed of 4mph; it was capable of plowing about 4 acres in a 10-hour day. Early on, the Hartwig tractor provided belt power for use with a buzz saw.

Performance test no. 62 was successfully conducted on the Indiana 5-10 at the University of Nebraska Sept. 13-17, 1920. The model was produced from 1919 to 1924. The 4-cylinder tractor had a bore and stroke of 3.125-by-4.5 inches.

Rob Bearden
1/27/2021 7:57:44 AM

Hello,thanks for the artical it is allways great to find new information on one of the tractors we have on display. My name is Rob and I am the curator at the JUMP vintage tractor collection in Boise idaho.Our indiana is #966.I have it preped to start but havent ran it yet.You can see it at jumpboise.org/vintage tractor collection.We have 50 on site and another 60 off site. Thanks again. Rob


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