| January/February 1990

Rumely DoAll Tractors


Paul Sheldrick

With this issue, GEM passes another milepost-the 25th year of publication. We know that all the folks at GEM are indeed proud of this achievement, and from this desk, ye olde Reflector is likewise happy to have been so fortunate as to be a part of the GEM family during the past few years.

From the 1920 volume of ASME Transactions we present some additional history of the Termaat & Monahan Company, and specifically on Louis J. Monahan. When the latter died on February 3, 1920 he was the president and general manager of the Universal Motor Company at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mr. Monahan was born at Oshkosh in 1876, and became associated with John D. Termaat in 1902. Their firm, Termaat & Monahan Company began building engines shortly thereafter, with the company remaining under their management until 1913. The following year Termaat and Monahan formed Universal Motor Company. A very talented individual, Mr. Monahan was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Homer M. Motsinger, inventor of the Motsinger Auto-Sparker, also died in 1920. Motsinger was born in 1875 at Pendleton, Indiana. After studying at Purdue University for several years, Mr. Motsinger organized the Motsinger Device Manufacturing Company and was vice-president and general manager from 1900 to 1916. At that time Motsinger entered professional engineering work for two years, and then became works manager for the U. S. Ball Bearing Company. Early in 1920 he became a consulting engineer at Chicago, remaining in this area until his death.

From the 1921 ASME Transactions we learn that William H. Van Dervoort passed away in that year. In 1899 the latter, along with Orlando J. Root, formed the Root & Van Dervoort Engineering Company at Champaign, Illinois, moving two years later to Moline. Van Dervoort was the president and general manager of the engineering company, and also held the same positions with the Moline Automobile Company which he and Mr. Root organized in 1903. Van Dervoort was a widely recognized authority on mechanical engineering, and was the author of Machine Shop Tools and Shop Practice, a title which is now very difficult to locate.

We have a lot of correspondence this month, and we'll begin with:

25/1/1 Paint Colors Q. In your Allis-Chalmers Story you mention paint from Martin-Senour and American Parts, but no address was given. Can you advise where to obtain these brands?