A Brief Word

| March/April 1994

The other day we ran across a 1911 article outlining the merger of the John Deere branch houses, factories and the parent company to form Deere &. Company. The following were included: Deere &. Company, Moline, Illinois, Deere & Mansur, Moline, Illinois, John Deere Plow Company Branch, Houses at:, Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Portland, Oregon, Spokane, Washington, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, San Francisco, California, New Orleans, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Baltimore, Maryland, Syracuse, New York, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dain Mfg. Company, Ottumwa, Iowa, Ft. Smith Wagon Co., Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Kemp &. Burpee, Syracuse, New York, Marseilles Mfg. Co., East Moline, Illinois, Moline Wagon Co., Moline, Illinois, Richardson Mfg. Co., Worcester, Massachusetts, Syracuse Chilled Plow Company, Syracuse, New York, Union Malleable Iron Co., East Moline, Illinois, Van Brunt Company, Horicon, Wisconsin.

Has anyone ever heard of a Simon engine designed, patented, and built by H. H. Simon of Atlanta, Georgia? Notice of this engine appears in a 1910 magazine. Also of interest, the Texas Engine & Manufacturing Company at Galveston went into receivership during 1910. Has anyone heard of this one?

Regarding the Doak Engine Company at Oakland and San Francisco, California: John E. Doak, founder and proprietor of this company, died in 1910 at the age of 47. His death was said to have been caused by overwork and worry in connection with the loss of his financial fortune in the Great San Francisco earthquake.

Finally, how about these 'new incorporations' as of early 1910: Caldwell-Hallowell Co., Waterloo, Iowa; Ft. Madison Gas Engine Co., Ft. Madison, Iowa; Pioneer Traction Co., Winona, Minnesota; and Snyder Gasoline Thresher Co., Green Island, New York.

Our questions this month begin with:

29/3/1 Is It a Filter? Q. At a consignment sale I bought this filter, but I have never found out what is was used for. It was made by Klemm & Company, Chicago, Illinois. Patent dates are July 11 and August 15, 1899; February 13, 1900; and December 30 1902.