| March/April 1980

Taylor Vacuum Engine

 Route 1, State Hwy. 103, Oakfield, Wisconsin 53065

Author's Note: Before I begin, I would like to thank the following people for the information they gave me: Mr. H. D. Stephan of the Universal Milking Machine Company; Harold W. Schulze from West Chicago, Illinois who talked to Mr. Taylor before his death in 1977; Ken D. Dawson from Moorhead, Minnesota, who helped in compiling this data for this article; and the many other people who sent in this information to Ken Dawson and myself.

I would also like to point out that due to somewhat less than complete information, some dates and information may be wrong and I will be glad to hear from anyone who can correct me.

Mr. Jack E. Taylor, who founded the company, was born in Adair County, Iowa, on February 15, 1888. At that time, his father was sheriff.

Before 1920, the year the engine was being developed, Mr. Taylor was a salesman for the Universal Milking Machine Company, working in the Elgin, Illinois area.

During that time, Mr. Taylor began to think of a self-contained unit, such as an engine and vacuum pump, as one unit, which would be more compact and convenient with the elimination of the belting of an engine to a vacuum pump. He thought of using a two diameter piston, (which is the principle of the engine). He spoke to an engineer on how to go about this.