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Can anyone help with information on this Marietta Ohio company? What little I have found is they had a very large warehouse and did alot business. But where is the stuff ?? They made steam, Gas Engines, drilling tools and drilling rigs. I know of two drilling rigs both in Wv. Have never seen an Engine, tool, tank lid or power with their name on it other than these drilling Rig http://www.petroleumhistory.org/OilH...leidecker.html rigs. Does any one have any Leidecker items. Thanks, Skidmore
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[Found another Leidecker drilling rig today.Now I Know of three of these with in 20 miles from my home town, And about 50 miles from where they were made Marietta Ohio. Any one with some info ????? Thanks , Skidmore
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hey scott

it's almost christmas and i sure would like one. i live 13 miles from marietta and it sure would look good in my yard
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They also made steam engines, the Oil and Gas museum has one somewhere.

If you ever read the book Where it All Began by David L. McKain
and Bernard L. Allen, Ph. D. I believe they make mention of the company and maybe have an advertisement from them. I highly recommend that book to anyone local to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The company is named after two brothers I believe, Frank and Foster Leidecker.
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Leidecker tool had a full size catalog one was sold at auction a few years back i droped out at $75.00 I think Chester inded up with it.
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Leidecker Tool Company Photograph
Subject Business and Labor; Equipment
Place Marietta (Ohio); Washington County (Ohio)
Description This 10.75 by 13.75-inch (28.3 by 24.9 cm) photograph depicts Leidecker Tool Company, located at 125 Second Street in Marietta, Ohio, in 1915. The company made drilling machines and oil well supplies. The company's slogan was "'LEIDECKER, ' another word for satisfaction." Leidecker sold equipment throughout Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wyoming in the 1920s and some overseas. Leidecker also produced torpedoes for oil wells and for use in World War I.
Date of Original 1915
Go to google and put in leidecer tool co. marietta ohio
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Thanks for the information and reading material guys, sounds like a very successful business. Now where's the Iron, who has a engine or a piece on Leidecker cast?? Lets see some real pictures. Thanks, Skidmore
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Here yo go Skidmore! This is some original Leidecker advertisements,
http://books.google.com/books?id=gZa...%2C1664&edge=0

And...
http://books.google.com/books?id=gZa...%2C1730&edge=0

And A LOT of other goodies found here. You can even save it as a PDF file and print it!
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I found this article today

http://www.petroleumhistory.org/OilH...ges/steam.html
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The drilling rigs sure have changed a lot in the last 100 years. Am I the only one finding these Leidecker drilling rigs ??? Still looking for an engine. Thanks for look'n.
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Stopped at the Parkersburg Oil & Gas museum today (Highly Recommended) found a few Leidecker pieces.
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Skidmore I found my Leidecker catalog. It has a 1901 date in it so it is probably a fairly early snapshot of what they have carried over the years. There were two steam engines (oil city boiler works and acme) and Olin engines. They also had Braden conversion cylinders listed, and claimed they were manufactured by Leidecker, but the pic clearly showed Braden Butler, PA cast into the cylinders. There is no specs on the engines so it is almost useless as a reference. As far as the drilling rigs, they showed pics of their wooden rigs complete with steam engines and a little bit of specs on them. But there is a rubber stamp on the pages for the drilling machines that says "We have discontinued the manufacture of this type of drilling machines. Write for improved steel frame drilling machine catalog F." The catalog has 390 pages, and is 8 1/2x11. There are quite a few items in the catalog that claim to be Leideker items, but the line drawings have the Leideker name in such small type that it would be very improbable to actually cast the letters on the parts. Most of the items were manufactured by other companies and were just put in the Leideker catalog. I will try to bring my catalog next time I come up that way for an engine show and will give you a shout when I do.
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Thanks Ray, would really like to set down and read that from cover to cover. I've found several Leidecker steam powered drilling rig in my area, but no engines. I think the building is still standing in Marietta Ohio.
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I'll bump this thread back to the top with another Leidecker piece I recently found. This bolted to a timber and made the hinge on a swing for jerk lines running from through the woods.
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I came across this oil drilling rig this summer while traveling in Wyoming and as a member of HCEA, I found it so historically interesting that I stopped and took some pics of it. The owner came out while I was shooting and we chatted about it. He said his grandfather had traded for it many years ago, has no idea who the manufacturer was, is complete, and it has sat since in front of their oil drilling company.

After arriving home I started research on early antique oil drilling rigs and found the site discussed above. After looking at some of the various company's drilling rigs, I think the one in my photos may, kind-of, sort-of, look like it may be a Leidecker Tool Co. model. What do you think? The body is all wood.

I really liked the rope wrapped around the large wheel for added grip!
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Two more pics of the drilling rig
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