A Townsend Tractor

| April/May 1992

Ron Sevart of 111 N. Cherokee, Girard, Kansas 66743 sent us these pictures of his 1919 15-30 Townsend tractor. The Townsend tractor is frequently mistaken for a steam traction engine because of its unique 'boiler frame' design.

According to C. H. Wendel's Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors, the 15-30 model weighed 6,000 pounds and used a two-cylinder 7x8 inch engine. Designer of the tractor was Roy C. Townsend, who had been associated with Fairbanks, Morse and Company prior to founding Townsend Manufacturing Company in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1915. Today, Townsend tractors are a rarity.