What's in a Name?

Tractors named for g cities rarely prospered

| January 2006

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    Above: This Elgin tractor 9-18 model was eventually re-rated a 10-20.
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    Left: This photo shows the participants in the first annual Rock Island sales force school of instruction in 1920. Though the school was held in Minneapolis, the tractor was manufactured in, and named for, Rock Island, Ill.Above: This Minneapolis-Moline Z was run during the Albany (Minn.) Pioneer Days. This tractor is named after a pair of cities: Minneapolis and Moline, Ill.
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    Above: This 1919 Fairmont tractor was named for the city of its manufacture, Fairmont, Minn.
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    Above: The Peoria tractor, manufactured in Peoria, Ill., at a tractor contest in about 1918.
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    Right: The Sandusky 15-35 Model E tractor was manufactured in Sandusky, Ohio.
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    Above: This huge Minneapolis 35-70, owned by John and Lorraine Klaseus of LeSueur, Minn., was in the daily parade at the 2005 LeSueur County Pioneer Power show.
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    Right: The Port Huron tractor followed the successful Port Huron steam engines. All were produced in Port Huron, Mich., by Port Huron Engine & Thresher Co.
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    Above: This Rock Island tractor appears to have seen better days.
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    Left: The Wichita tractor was manufactured in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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    Left: The Sandusky 10-20 was the first tractor made by Dauch Manufacturing Co. of Sandusky, Ohio.
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    Left: A rear view of the Shelby 15-30 tractor, manufactured in Shelby, Ohio, from 1919-1922 by Shelby Truck & Tractor Co.
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    Above: This Model R Waterloo Boy, from about 1917, was displayed at the 2005 Albany (Minn.) Pioneer Days.

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Some tractors named after the cities where they were manufactured are well-known: Minneapolis, Minneapolis-Moline (Minneapolis and Moline, Ill.), Waterloo Boy (Waterloo, Iowa), Buffalo-Pitts (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Cleveland. However, other lesser-known tractors were the pride and joy of their hometowns, and several even carried those cities' names.

The Elgin

Elgin, Ill., was the home of the 10-20 Elgin tractor in 1916, but the company moved to Piqua, Ohio, where it lasted until 1920. The 10-20 was a re-rated 9-18 and later was called a 12-25. The 1918 asking price was $1,250. Fifty Elgins were manufactured in 1916 and 1917, and an estimated 90 in 1918.

The Fairmont

The 1914 introduction of the Fairmont tractor by Fairmont (Minn.) Gas Engine & Railway Car Co. was a surprise, as the company had long made only railway motor cars and engines. Later called the "Mighty Fairmont," Her Mightiness disappeared entirely in 1916. Early Fairmonts were 15-22s, later ones, 16-26s.

The Peoria

Three-wheeled tractors were popular prior to 1920, so the Peoria (Ill.) Tractor Co. introduced an 8-20 3-wheeler in 1914. Two years later it was re-rated a 10-20, with the same Beaver 4-cylinder engine of 3-3/4-by-5-inch bore and stroke, for $685.



The Peoria tractor is interesting in large part because C.F. Loomis helped design it. Loomis designed the Big Four and Pioneer tractors, but each of the three is different from the other, unusual for the time. The Peoria is also noteworthy because five different models (8-20, 10-20, 12-25, Model J 12-25 and Model L 12-25) of the little-known tractor were produced during the line's existence from 1913 to 1921.

The New Britain

Though the tractor-cultivator manufactured in New Britain, Conn., is not very well known, a restored No. 1 will bring $4,000 today for a machine that originally cost $400 (the No. 2 cost $450). Both were water-cooled, 2-cylinder machines with 2-3/4-by-4-inch bore and stroke.



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