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This Hume tractor was photographed last Sept. in Milton, Ontario. I will post another photo when I come across it.

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hi im a member of milton steam era so i see the hume tractor each year and iv heard the story of it lots of times. the story that ive heard was that there is only one in existence and some how it relates to the owners Grandfather or Uncle
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Not much out there on these tractors. I do have one photo of one at the 1917 or 1918 Brandon ploughing competitions. It is actually a Lyons-Atlas built in Indianapolis and they were sold by Western Tractor Sales Co of Calgary. It weighed 5,200 pounds and sold for $1,500.
It was rated at 16-26 hp and used a Waukesha 4.50 by 5.75, four cylinder. It is pulling a 3 furrow Cockshutt plough. This one is even rarer with the wide front end!
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Sounds like an interesting tangle...
If my notes are correct (always a BIG "if") there were two Hume models:
the "JR", with a Wauk 31/2x51/4; and
a 20-30 with a Wauk 43/4x63/4, both 1916 (Std Cat), altho it looks like the 20-30 was actually an Atlas (1917 per Std Cat and Enyclopedia).
A couple online history references are confusing as to Hume, Atlas-Lyons/Lyons-Atlas, Atlas Eng'g and Topp-Stewart (Sumner-Topp-Stewart??)...
The sole remaining Hume is apparently owned by Sherwood Hume (Hume auctions) and Mike Grafton, of Hume, is apparently the unofficial historian of the Hume M'f'g Co., which was apparently already in some Ag related business when the prototype was built in 1913 (parisbeacon.com).
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Not sure if the owner of the above tractor looks in on this site? There was an interesting story to them finding that tractor and perhaps others will know more of it?
I know they were in the west looking for parts for a Rumely 6 project and more or less stumbled on this tractor in the process - possibly somewhere in north-western Ontario? A pretty nice find I'd say!
And incidently, they are top notch people as well!
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I was thinkign there was a thread somewhere on the Hume, but I didn't find it. Farm collector Mag did a substantial article on it though in 02, http://www.farmcollector.com/Tractor...-the-wild.aspx that tells a good chunk of the story.
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APOLOGY: I've carelessly confused the 1916-18 or so Atlas (formerly the Hume, purchased by the Lyons-Atlas Co, aka Lyons Atlas Co, no hyphen, of Indianapolis, with the later 1928 or so Atlas, formerly the Topp-Stewart, of the Atlas Engineering Co of Clintonville, Wisc.
I've ordered the tractor ref books from the lib to sort out my notes, which seem confused as to engines used as well.
The 1916 Tractor Field Book (Googlebooks) shows three Atlas' prod by Lyons Atlas Co: a 12-18, a 20-30 and an Atlas Jr 16-26.
The Std Cat only lists two Hume models: Jr, no rating if my note is correct, and the 20-30.
A 1916 American Thresherman apparently lists a Hume Jr 12-18 and a 20-30, which seems to leave confusion between the Hume Jr and the Atlas Jr. Will try to sort this out.
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Perhaps a year or maybe two ago Sherwood Hume presented pictures & a talk about this tractor at one of the Monthly meetings of the Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers. As i recall he said he found the tractor in a place called Rainy River after following up on a lead someone passed on to him some time ago. He found the tractor in pieces scattered around in dreadfull condition. Motor was sitting on a pile of rock. No front wheel or axle parts, no clutch parts etc. From the pictures you could not really tell what you were looking at!

The motor had been taken out many years earlier & taken to an island to run a small sawmill (he said they cut small wood to build fish crates i think). Eventually the sawing ended & motor for some reason was brought back to the tractor. Hence to rock pile where it sat.

I saw it a few times as he restored it. There was no clutch parts..... nothing between flywheel & trans & no idea what it even looked like. Eventually he found book with some pictures. What was missing was redesigned & he made parts from the pictures........ & did a good job too!

He brings it to Steam-Era every year.
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