THE HISTORY OF GILSON MANUFACTURING COMPANY


| January/February 1977



9 HP model

5,6,7 and 9 HP model (1926).

We thank the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club, Inc. of Baraboo, Wisconsin for allowing us to reprint this article. This came from their Annual Show book 1975. And thanks to Verne W. Kindschi, Route 1, Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin 53578, for submitting it.

As we have done in each of the past years in which we have published an Annual Showbook, we have again researched an old Wisconsin Farm Machinery Company. This year we are featuring the Gilson Manufacturing Company of Port Washington, Wisconsin. After much inquiring and searching we have obtained the following information on this company.

Actually, when one hears the name of Gilson, it could be any one of three different companies. The Gilson we are mainly interested in is the one that built the gasoline engines.

In 1850 Theodore Gilson, a native of Luxembourg, started a foundry at Port Washington, a city located on the shore of Lake Michigan. In association with Nicholas Martin, they built plows until 1866 when Martin established his own company.

In 1866 the firm was called Theodore Gilson and Son, as his son had joined the company at an early age. During these years they built threshing machines and horse powers, as well as improved models of their plows.

It is interesting to note that in 1897 John Gilson invented the first adjustable office chair irons. The Gilson Company became very well known for their chair irons, which they produced under the name of the Gilson Manufacturing Company. Stockholders in this company were H. W. Bolens and Boerner Brothers.

JIM FRY
12/25/2012 10:18:16 PM

Hi my dad my brother and I are in the progress of redoning are clement mixer my dad and uncle brought back in the mid 1960's this mixer was from DOT of Illinios we would like a little more history on it. It is a Morspeed made by the Gilson Bros Co. from Fredonia Wis. serial no is 45270 it would be nice to know how old it really is if any body can help. Thank you.