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Early Gas Tractor Designers


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Walter J. McVicker was involved with several different companies early on. If you search his name here on the Stak, a few threads turn up that detail his work.
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Ralph Emerson, Emerson-Brantingham

Charles S. Brantingham, Emerson-Brantingham
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Charles Hart and Charles Parr who developed not only stationary engines but were pioneers in the development of early successful tractors.
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Albert Bates, Joliet Oil Tractor Company (Bates Steel Mule)
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Charles I Longenecker Has his name on some patents with E A Johnson ,
Including a patent for "Power transmitting gear mechanism " 1,004,880
Which features the I H C Type C tractor ,
Could be a coincidence , But the very same patent date is cast in the bolster of the 25 HP Fairbanks - Morse ?
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Don't know the details of that arrangement behind the scenes, but those two tractors are very nearly identical as built. So a good guess would be that there were some royalties paid some where.
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Albert Hirshheimer, La Crosse Happy Farmer tractors
Albert Hirshheimer did not design the La Crosse/Happy Farmer tractor. The design was actually done by Ralph Hartsough (this is D. M Hartsough son and partner in his MN design firm per 1912 city business records). Ralph entered into contract with Albert Hirshheimer in August of 1915. The engine for the tractor was designed by Lee Melcher, Chief Engineer for the Happy Farmer Tractor Company. The engine was NOT an Associated engine - the stationary Associated 25 hp is actually a Happy Farmer engine. La Crosse Plow, La Crosse Tractor, Happy Farmer Tractor and Sta-Rite Engine Company were all owned by Albert Hirshheimer.

Probably more information than you wanted!!! Sorry I do that
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I wish that someone would write a biography of Charles I. Longenecker. In 30 years of collecting, reading and looking at patents before they were online (!), I have seen that name over and over. He had links to IHC (of course) and worked with Ed Johnston in Akron and Milwaukee on a variety of projects. He also had links to the Lubertzy IHC operations in Russia.
I've also run across his name on patents that were assigned to Fairbanks-Morse (type Y diesel improvements), C.H. & E. (mud pump, etc.), Link Belt Co. (construction equipment) and probably others I haven't seen yet or have forgotten about.
I think that there is a heck of a story there somewhere, but will take someone smarter than me to write it!
A great book for anyone interested in the early days at IHC is "evolution of a tractor". Written in 1920, it is a collection of reminisces of early players in the IHC tractor development.
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The engine for the tractor was designed by Lee Melcher, Chief Engineer for the Happy Farmer Tractor Company. The engine was NOT an Associated engine - the stationary Associated 25 hp is actually a Happy Farmer engine.
Yes. My dad had a 25hp Associated (twin cylinder) and he always said it was a Happy Farmer engine even though it had an Associated tag on it.
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Dad also had another 2 cylinder stationary power unit that was smaller than the Associated he also said was a Happy Farmer engine also probably the same as the line drive tractor.
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