Emerson-Brantingham Implement Co.
When Emerson-Brantingham took over Gas Traction Company, they got the Big 4, “30”. Following much of the original Big 4 design, the company brought out the Model “20” in December 1913. It was also known as the Model D. Proving the trend to smaller machines, the Model D stayed in their line through 1920, several years longer than its bigger brothers. In late 1913, E-B took one stab at the giant tractor trade with its Big 4 “45”. Most of the large tractor builders tried to build the “biggest” tractor, but they were too clumsy to be of much value, except on the biggest jobs. Within a couple of years, the “45” disappeared. The E-B (Reeves) 40-65 tractor used several different radiators. The Reeves Company developed this tractor but had little chance to market it before the E-B takeover. E-B built this model in 1920. The first original E-B tractor design was the 1916 Model L, which was built in 1917. The Model Q 12-20 tractor was presented by E-B in 1917, and with a few changes, it remained in the lineup until J.I. Case took over in 1928. In an effort to grab some of the small tractor markets, E-B began offering the 9-16 model in 1917 until 1920 when it was discontinued. They announced the 12-20, Model AA tractor in July 1918, and it remained in production until operations ceased in 1928. A 20-35 tractor appeared in 1919. It was an improved version of the Big 4 “20” that came out in 1913. and then disappeared after 1920. In 1923, the E-B No. 101 cultivator appeared and remained in production until 1928. in 1921, the 16-35 was announced and was built until the end of operations.
John H, Manny Company was formed in 1852 to build the Manny reaper. John Manny died in 1856, at which point two of his partners, Waite Talcott and Ralph Emerson (cousin of the famous poet) took over and renamed the firm Talcott-Emerson Company. With the passing of Mr. Talcott, Emerson took over, the firm then becoming Emerson Manufacturing Company. Impressing the Emerson’s with his work as a clerk in a grocery store, Charles S. Brantingham rapidly climbed the ladder and in 1909 he became the president of the newly formed Emerson-Brantingham Company. They purchased several large companies in 1912. Among them were: Reeves & Company; Rockford Engine Works; Gas Traction Company; Geiser Manufacturing Company and several smaller companies. In August 1928, Emerson-Brantingham Implement Company was purchased by the J.I. Case Company of Racine, Wisconsin.