Stinson Tractor Co.

One of the special features of the Stinson tractor was the movable steering wheel. This could be set on the right-hand side to make a guide for plowing, in the center for road work, or on the left-hand side for assuring a short turn when harvesting. W. E. Findlay Company was organized to handle the Stinson and Gile tractors in early 1917. Gile built the Stinson tractor in 1917, as well as their own models. The Stinson Heavy Duty 18-36 appeared in 1920. Until production ended in early 1922, this comprised the Stinson tractor line. For the 1918 season, an improved 18-36 tractor was built by Imperial Machinery Company of Minneapolis.

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Charles H. Stinson of Watertown, South Dakota designed the Stinson tractor. His brother, Leslie Stinson, was a well-known implement dealer in the Grand Forks area. The two Stinson brothers joined with Richard Ruemelin to form the Stinson Tractor Company. Ruemelin resigned his position in the engineering department of Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Company to become secretary of Stinson Tractor Company. Although a prototype was put in the field in 1916, production did not begin until the following year. Gile Engine Company of Ludington, Michigan was contracted to build the 1917 production. This arrangement was not satisfactory, so arrangements were made for the 1918 models to be built by the Imperial Machinery Company of Minneapolis. A reorganized Stinson Tractor company moved to Superior, Wisconson in 1919. The last Stinson tractors were sold in early 1922.


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