| March/April 1978

R. R. 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

This is continuing the history of the Hart Parr Company. In 1908 Hart Parr entered a tractor in the Winnipeg Contest, but it was disqualified as being overweight. The truth was the steam engine men didn't want them to show them up. Mr. Hart then rented an adjoining field and set up his own demonstration and took the crowd. He never entered the contest after that. In 1907 W. H. Williams, the advertising manager for Hart Parr used the word 'tractor' in his advertising and that word stuck and they were no longer called gas traction engines but tractors.

In 1908 they started selling to the foreign markets. In 1906 the first tractor ad came out in the Implement Tractor Journal in Kansas City.

In 1911 they shipped three train loads of tractors to western Canada, in 1914 they standardized on four wheel tractors.

In 1914 to 1918 at least part of the factory was turned over to the government for war use. Every big Hart Parr was belted up to a Dyanamo and run for 20 to 40 hours to be sure it would perform in the field. An idea that could be used today. Today too much stuff goes out in not-perfect shape.

Now, all the time they were experimenting on small tractors. Their hopes in 1915 and 1916 were that their Little Devil would fill their needs but the public did not take to it. It was a two cylinder, two cycle, three-wheeled light tractor with no valves, no transmission and no differential. I can remember them - they were the fastest thing in the field and also the noisiest, too. The public did not take to them and they were dropped.