Western Implement & Motor Co.

Western Implement & Motor Company offered tractors ranging from 25 to 75 horsepower. The first tractor was called the “Creeping Tiger”, but this was soon changed to the “Creeping Grip”. Two of the most popular sizes were the 30-40 and this 45-60, both were similar in appearance. When H. E. Bullock took over the Western operation, he made few changes in the tractors. Bullock thought he was buying the patent rights when he took over the company but found out later that the tractor was being built under a shop license. this provided the chance to spend several thousand dollars over and above the purchase of the bankrupt company.

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Fantastic plans were announced with the organization of western Implement & Motor Company. in 1912, Western took over the National Co-operative Farm Machinery Company and also purchased the Colby Motor works at Mason City, Iowa. John F. Appleby, the inventor of the first successful twine binder, was named a vice-president in the company, and through it, he planned to market the newly invented Appleby cotton picker, In 1913, Western raised its maximum capitalization to $2 million dollars and announced plans to move the factor to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. About this time, the bottom fell out, and the Western Implement empire went up in smoke. The creditors got a few cents on the dollar of investment. H. E. Bullock, the heaviest investor, finally ended up with the company. Bullock Tractor Company of Chicago arose from the ashes of Western Implement & Motor Company. the 1912 Buyer’s Guide of Farm Implement News Magazine listed western Implement as offering cotton pickers, push harvesters, tractors, automobiles, and motor trucks. Presumably, the cars and trucks were the same as those offered previously by Colby Motor Works.


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