C.P.&J.Lauson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin started building stationary engines in 1903. Their engines were called "Badger" and came as vertical and horizontal tank cooled engines. The Badger engines have serial numbers smaller than # 3000, indicating that the C.P.&J.Lauson Co. built less than 3,000 engines from 1903 to 1908. Towards the end of the Lauson production run, they came out with the "Farmer's Friend" engines which were of the water hopper cooled style. In 1908, two major events occurred, namely: 1- C.P.&J.Lauson either changed their name to Christensen, but more likely sold their company to The Christensen Engineering Company along with the name "Badger" which is profusely used in the Christensen catalogs. The Christensen engines built from 1908 to 1917 differ considerably from the early Lauson Badger line of engines. Christensen remained in Milwaukee. 2- C.P.&J.Lauson moved 70 miles up to DuPere, Wisconsin, called the DuPere operation, The Lauson-Lawton Co. and in 1908 they started building an almost identical engine to their earlier Badger line. The main difference was the change of name on the engines from the "Badger" to the "Wisconsin". Note: interestingly, both Christensen and Lauson-Lawton built their first engines in 1908, also, they both ceased building engines in 1917.
OK, OK everyone...this is only speculation on my part, but it is a possible scenario of what happened more than 90 years ago! I would like to get your comments to either support or discard the possibilities that these events actually happened.