A Horseless Wagon 1909 1910


| July/August 1973

  • A Large Natural Gas Engine

    Harry H. Bonnema
  • Horseless Wagon

  • Engine Owned By Mike Jensen

    Harry H. Bonnema
  • Model Toys
    Courtesy of Harry H. Bonnema, Lemars, Iowa 51031
    Harry H. Bonnema
  • Small Gas Engine

    Harry H. Bonnema
  • Fairbanks Morse Engine
    Courtesy of Edwin Martilla, Frederick, South Dakota 5 7441
    Edwin Martilla
  • A Powerful Engine
    Courtesy of Arlo Jurney, F3 Kingsland Tr. Crt., 520 - 75 Ave., S.W., Calgary, Alberta.
    Arlo Jurney
  • Westinghouse Engine
    Courtesy of George F. Kempher, 110 Seventh Street, Emporium, Pa. 15834.
    George F. Kempher
  • A 1911 Mogul
    Courtesy of Arlo Jurney, F3 Kingsland Tr., Crt., 520 - 75 Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta
    Arlo Jurney
  • New Way Engine

    Tom Jensen
  • Engine Show
    Courtesy of George F. Kempher, 110 Seventh Street, Emporium, Pa. 15834.
    George F. Kempher
  • New Reo Roadster

  • An Arco
    Courtesy of Tom Jensen, 559 Sheldon Road, Palmyra, New York 14522
    Tom Jensen
  • Witte Engine

    Rudy Gustafson
  • Briggs & Stratton Model WI Engine
    Courtesy of Fred Wise, 264 Woodstock Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.
    Fred Wise
  • Oldest Engines
    Courtesy of Rudy Gustafson, Karlsted, Minnesota 56732
    Rudy Gustafson
  • Cletrac 12-20

    Rudy Gustafson
  • English Fordson Tractor
    Courtesy of Alexander Mac Arthur, Route 1, Box 204, Algonquin, Illinois 60102
    Alexander Mac Arthur
  • Farmall Tractor
    Courtesy of Gene I. McLaughlin, Route 1, Box 402B Mocksville, North Carolina 27028
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  • Farmall Tractor

    Gene I. McLaughlin
  • IC Gasoline Engine

    Thomas E. Stranko
  • John Deere B Tractor
    Courtesy of John Hamilton, 2015 Arthur, Charleston, Ill. 61920
    John Hamilton
  • A Tractor

    Tom Jensen
  • A Very Good Belt Engine
    Courtesy of Arlo Jurney, F3 Kingsland Tr. Crt., 520 - 75 Ave. S. W., Calgary, Alberta
    Arlo Jurney
  • 3 HP Sideshaft Root
    Courtesy of John Hamilton, 2015 Arthur Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920
    John Hamilton
  • 30-60 Hart Parr

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  • 40-60 Red River Special Separator
    Courtesy of Clarence Denser, Box 183, Austin, Manitoba, Canada ROH-OCO
    Clarence Denser
  • New Way Engine

    Tom Jensen
  • 1 HP Titan Hopper-Cooled Engine

    Tom Jensen
  • Fuller Johnson
    Courtesy of Tom Jensen, 559 Sheldon Road, Palmyra, New York 14522
    Tom Jensen
  • An Arco
    Courtesy of Tom Jensen, 559 Sheldon Road, Palmyra, New York 14522
    Tom Jensen
  • Model Toys

    Harry H. Bonnema
  • John Deere Tractor

    Harry H. Bonnema

  • A Large Natural Gas Engine
  • Horseless Wagon
  • Engine Owned By Mike Jensen
  • Model Toys
  • Small Gas Engine
  • Fairbanks Morse Engine
  • A Powerful Engine
  • Westinghouse Engine
  • A 1911 Mogul
  • New Way Engine
  • Engine Show
  • New Reo Roadster
  • An Arco
  • Witte Engine
  • Briggs & Stratton Model WI Engine
  • Oldest Engines
  • Cletrac 12-20
  • English Fordson Tractor
  • Farmall Tractor
  • Farmall Tractor
  • IC Gasoline Engine
  • John Deere B Tractor
  • A Tractor
  • A Very Good Belt Engine
  • 3 HP Sideshaft Root
  • 30-60 Hart Parr
  • 40-60 Red River Special Separator
  • New Way Engine
  • 1 HP Titan Hopper-Cooled Engine
  • Fuller Johnson
  • An Arco
  • Model Toys
  • John Deere Tractor

In 1909, this horseless wagon was the talk of Blue Ball, Pa. and surroundings. It was there that P. E. Shirk, a local innovator, built it for farm transport work. New Holland engines supplied the power to make it go.

What a Blue Ball Man Has Done to Make Work Easier On the Farm.

P. E. Shirk, the well known inventor and machinist, of Blue Ball, (Pa.), has constructed a new horseless farm wagon. The wagon consists of a truck eleven feet long and about four feet wide mounted on 4 wheels. Toward the rear end of the truck a 3 horse power New Holland gasoline engine is placed. To the rear of the engine is the drivers' seat. To the front of the engine is the wagon bed.

The driving mechanism is so constructed that the driver guides the machine and handles the forward and backward motion by the use of only one guiding wheel or lever.



So far as this new device has been tested it has given good satisfaction. Mr. Shirk intends building larger ones and making improvements on them.

This auto-wagon will become a handy thing on the farm. It furnishes its own propelling power and can be used to haul all manner of farm products, including hay and straw. It can be easily driven from one part of the farm to another and can be used to furnish power of stone crushing, chopping, woodsawing and the like.



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