19 Facts About Avery Company


Avery Company, founded by Robert Hanneman Avery, was an American farm tractor manufacturer famed for its undermounted engine which resembled a railroad engine more than a conventional farm steam engine.

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Avery Company founded the farm implement business after the Civil War.

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Avery Company's company built a large line of products, including steam engines, beginning in 1891.

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Avery Company started with a return flue design and later adapted the undermount style, including a bulldog design on the smokebox door.

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Robert Hanneman Avery Company was heavily influenced during his childhood by his great-uncle Riley Root, who invented a rotary fan blower to clear railroad tracks of snow.

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Avery Company was captured in 1864 and spent a number of months in various prisoner-of-war camps, before being sent to the now infamous Confederate Andersonville Prison for about eight months.

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Avery Company used that money and the experience to design and develop patterns and castings for a riding cultivator.

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Avery Company invented a new spiral corn stalk cutter and this time sales increased quickly.

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Avery Company made a variety steam engines, including 18 horsepower 30 horsepower, 40 horsepower, 50 horsepower and 65 horsepower hp models.

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In 1894, Avery Company introduced a mechanical corn picker which tractor expert Jack Norbeck described as 'so different and unusual that at the time farmers wouldn't buy it because it would put too many people out of work.

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Cyrus Avery left active management of the company in 1902 and built a new home in Galesburg.

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Holt, a builder of steam-powered harvesters and traction engines and already a leader in crawler tractors, purchased the bankrupt Colean Manufacturing Avery Company, which had manufactured farm implements and steam traction engines across town.

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Avery Company described its truck as a 'gasoline farm wagon' and 'general farm power machine' for city, town, and country hauling.

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Avery Company figured farmers could get the most use out of the machines during the harvest season.

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Avery Company shipped products to most of the United States and some foreign countries.

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The style of Avery trucks became more conventional, but the new six-cylinder model introduced in 1921 didn't last long because within five years the company was bankrupt.

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Avery Company cut its work force in August 1920 by 90 per cent, to 250 workers.

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Former officers of the bankrupt Avery company organized a new, smaller firm in late 1925 as the Avery Power Machinery Co.

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Avery Company tractors are considered very rare and are highly prized among collectors today.

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