1962 List Of Minnesota Allis-Chalmers Dealers

An AC enthusiast friend of mine sent this to me a while back. Hopefully this will be useful for Minnesota Allis-Chalmers enthusiasts.

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ADA: Helwig Impl. Co.
AITKIN: Wold Impl. Co.
ALBANY: Neis & Boethin Impl. Co.
ALEXANDRIA: Harris Farm Supply, Inc.
ALPHA: Garber Implements
ARLINGTON: Spannaus Service
BARNESVILLE: Johnson Impl. Co.
BATTLE LAKE: Lykken Farm Supply
BELGRADE: LSM Sales & Service Co.
BELLE PLAINE: Johnson Impl. Co.
BEMIDJI: Tim’s Impl. Co.
BENSON: Haugen-Johnson Impl. Co.
BETHEL: Sylvester Garage & Impl. Co.
BLACK DUCK: Les Schipper
BLOOMING PRAIRIE: Peterson Impl. Co.
BLUE EARTH: Paschke Implement
BRAINERD: Bill Johnson Impl.
BUFFALO: Johnny’s Impl. Service
BUFFALO LAKE: Mueller Chev. Co.
BUTLER: Hendrickx Impl. Co.
CANBY: Canby Impl. Co.
CANNON FALLS: Syverson-Ryder, Inc.
CHANDLER: Valley Impl. Co.
CHASKA: Lano Impl. Co.
CHATFIELD: Chatfield Motor Co.
COTTAGE GROVE: Gerlach Service
CROOKSTON: Superior Farm Supply
DALTON: Hansel Impl. Co.
DASSEL: Bengtson Motor Co.
DELANO: Delano Motor Co.
DELAVAN: Brandt Brothers
DODGE CENTER: R. E. Gould Garage
DULUTH: Goldfine’s, Inc.
EAGLE BEND: Eagle Bend Farm Supply
ECHO: Echo Motors
EITZEN: Deters Implement
ELBOW LAKE: Christiahson Equip. & Const. Co.
ELLENDALE: Thompson Impl. Co.
FAIRFAX: Black Impl. Co.
FERGUS FALLS: Swanson Equipment
FERTILE: Thorkelson & Jacobs
FORSETON: Nystrom Impl. Co.
FOSSTON: Berge and Pederson Implement
GAYLORD: Elvin Uecker Impl.
GLENCOE: Tanner Impl. Co.
GOODHUE: Lodermeier Impl. Co.
GRAND RAPIDS: Mornes Impl. Co.
GRANITE FALLS: Lyle Monson Motors
GRYGLA: Henry Holt Farm Impl.
HALLOCK: McVean Motor Co.
HAMEL: Fortin Hardware Co.
HAMMOND: Kennedy Impl. Co.
HARRIS: Wayside Equip. Co.
HARTLAND: Hartland Hardware
HAWLEY: Hank’s Motors
HECTOR: Service Impl. Co.
HENDRICKS: Huber & Wahlstrom
HENDRUM: Ostenson Sales & Service
HERON LAKE: Carlson Implement
HOFFMAN: Sanders Chev. & Impl. Co.
HOKAH: Hokah Auto Co.
HOUSTON: Loerch Impl. Co.
HUNTLEY: Huntley Implement
JACKSON: Avenson Impl. Co.
KENNEDY: Olson Motor Co.
KENYON: Eckert Impl. Co.
LAKE CRYSTAL: Roy Jones Impl.
LAKE PARK: Lunder Impl. Co.
LAMBERTON: Lamberton Impl. Co.
LE CENTER: Le Center Impl. Co.
LEWISVILLE: Lewisville Motor Co.
LITCHFIELD: Putzier & Ornberg
LITTLE FALLS: Johnson Impl. Co.
LONG PRAIRIE: Blais Motor Co.
LUVERNE: Sandstede Farm Equip.
MABEL: Mabel Impl. Co.
MADELIA: Goode Impl. Co.
MADISON: Lund Impl. Co.
MANKATO: Donolon Farm Equip
MARSHALL: Schrunk’s Garage
MONTEVIDEO: Montevideo Impl. Co.
MONTICELLO: Bryant Impl. Co.
MOORHEAD: Joe Harris Farm Store
MORA: Zetterberg Co., Inc.
MORGAN: Hillger Implement
MOUNTAIN LAKE: Henry Penner Impl.
MYRTLE: Bork Impl. Co.
NERSTRAND: Isaacson Service Garage
NEW YORK MILLS: Hintsala Implement
NORTH BRANCH: Olson Fuel Co.
NORTHFIELD: Rydberg Impl. Co.
NORWOOD: Lano Bros. Impl.
ODIN: Olson Bros. Impl.
OKLEE: Birkeland Farm Supply
OLIVIA: Grund Impl. Co.
OSSEO: North Hennepin Farm Supply
PARKERS PRAIRIE: Schrader and Koehn
PARK RAPIDS: Jones Impl. & Farm Supply
PAYNESVILLE: A & C Farm Service
PELICAN RAPIDS: Wicklund Farm Supply
PERHAM: Bleickner Impl.
PIERZ:Guild Impl. Co.
PINE ISLAND: Lueck Brothers
PIPESTONE: Benson Impl. Co.
PLAINVIEW: Kruger Impl. Co.
PRINCETON: Welin & Matz Co.
RAYMOND: Boelter & Son
REDWOOD FALLS: Falls Impl. Co., Inc.
RENVILLE: Wahl Impl. Co.
ROGERS: Rogers Motor & Impl. Co.
ROSEAU: O. K. Machine Company
ROTHSAY: Western Implement
RUSHFORD: Morken’s Service
RUTHTON: Pilegaard Impl. Co.
ST. BONIFACIUS: Thurk Body & Impl. Co.
ST. CHARLES: Currie Motor Co.
ST. CLOUD: Cater & Odegard
ST. JAMES: Lindquist Implement
ST. PETER: Seitzer Impl. Co.
SAUK CENTRE: Farmers Co-op Elevator
SLAYTON: Hegstod Equip., Inc.
SLEEPY EYE: Firle Impl. Co.
SMITHS MILL: Joyce Implement
SPRINGFIELD: Bloemke Impl. Co.
SPRING VALLEY: Marzolf Impl. Co.
STARBUCK: Starbuck Farm Supply
STEEN: Steen Impl. & Hdwe.
STEPHEN: Koser & Jergenson
STEWARTVILLE: Sass Farm Equip.
THIEF RIVER FALLS: Sande Auto & Impl. Co.
TRACY: Brekken Impl. Co.
TYLER: Christianson Impl. Co.
ULEN: Forsythe Garage
VIRGINIA: Farmers Equip Co.
WASECA: Kuyper Impl. Co.
WATERVILLE: Prahl Impl. Inc.
WESTBROOK: Boeck’s Garage
WHEATON: Carlson Company
WILLIAMS: Gillie & Hall
WINONA: F. A. Krause Co.
WINSTEAD: Ochu Impl. Co.
WORTHINGTON: Chris Johnson Impl. Co.
WOOD LAKE: Markgraf Brothers

Summer Reading

I always enjoy a good book or two during the summer months. My wife, Molly, got me hooked on Barnes & Noble, and all the wonderful books they have. I looks up book reviews, and then I add books I am interested in reading to my Goodreads account. It helps me share with others was books I am reading, want to read or have read. It’s also a good  Here are just a few on my list to-read and read this summer.

The Presidents Club was the first book I read this summer. My wife got it as an anniversary present for me last year. I finally got around to reading it as things calmed down after school and our wedding. It was a very interesting read. A lot of the historical events in them are familiar to us; Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Watergate and the Clinton Impeachment. This book covers Presidents Truman to Obama, but in a whole different scope. The authors explore the complex relationship between the former presidents and presiding presidents and the office that binds them together.   I give it a 5 out of 5 on my Goodreads profile, as it was nearly impossible to put it down.

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

Next on my list to read, Triangle falls under the categories of American history that I love the most, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. It’s the story of American ingenuity and progress shadowed by corruption and poverty. I am deeply fascinated with labor history, nothing is more intriguing that workers’ fight for rights in the workplace. This is the tragic story of workers, mainly women, in such wretched working conditions that it cost them their lives. The Triangle Fire is the tragic story of poor working conditions in industrial America at the turn of the 20th century.

Triangle: The Fire that Changed America

A book that I bought on a recent trip to the book store was American Colossus. This is another book that delves into the America’s Second Industrial Revolution. The story examines the men who were captains of American industry; J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie among others. I am looking forward to jumping right into this one after Triangle. 

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

What books on to-read list for the summer, or what are you currently reading? What is your favorite genre to read?


Our Visit to the Pabst Brewery Hotel

The city of Milwaukee always has historical destinations luring me into them. My father-in-law, Dan, always finds super-sweet places to show me when we come to visit. I am absolutely fascinated by Milwaukee’s brewing history, and The Brewhouse Inn and Suites keeps that history alive. Molly, mom & dad-in-law, and I made a trip over to the historic brewhouse turned hotel.

My wife and I with brewhouse in the background

Once the former brewhouse of the Pabst Brewing Co., the building is now, what I consider, a hotel and museum all in one. The massive copper kettles stand  in the hotel’s atrium as a reminder of what the building’s purpose once was. At the north end of the atrium is a stained glass window of King Gambrinus enjoying a thirst quenching beer, much like  what the company used to brew.

My wife and I by a Pabst brew kettle

After scoping out the hotel side of the building, we made our way over to Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub for some Sunday brunch. The food was tasty and reasonably priced, definitely worth a trip back. They even had Pabst Blue Ribbon beer on tap! Imagine that…

Enjoying an ice-cold Schlitz at the Best Place

If you head on over to the Brewhouse Inn, be sure to stop in at the Best Place that is kitty corner from the hotel. They have tours in the old company beer hall and corporate offices. You even get to go into Captain Frederick Pabst’s office. It’s good to see brew history being saved in one of the greatest cities in America.

Highlights: Allis-Chalmers West Allis Works

Allis-Chalmers held factory tours over the years. The company had a number of promotional tour booklets published that visitors could take as a keepsake. This booklet, Highlights: Allis-Chalmers West Allis Works, I figure this was the company tour booklet circa 1955. Have you been on a tour of the West Allis Works or other AC factories? Did you get a tour booklet like this?


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Map of the West Allis Works

Highlight tour of Allis-Chalmers West Allis Works usually begin at the Clubhouse, 1115 South 70th Street. There guides acquaint you with some of the company operations, safety and national defense regulations, and distribute safety glasses prior to your tour.


the Clubhouse is a meeting place and dining hall for A-C people. In addition, it is often used as a community center. The Clubhouse serves an average of 33,000 lunches and caters to 20 dinner meetings each month. More than 3,500 employes [sic] use it for meeting and recreational purposes monthly.


Our first stop after leaving the Clubhouse is the Pattern shop, where small and large patterns are made. Patterns for foundry molds are built initially from wood. They are then copied in metal for increased wear if the pieces are to be production items. Most foundry molds for tractor parts are made from metal patterns.


Entering the foundry, we see molding, pouring, chipping and spraying operations on all sizes of castings. Castings are cooled, burred and chipped to remove rough surfaces for easier handling and machining in the shops.

In the pit area of the foundry, we see the pouring of large castings like this exhaust end of a 150,000-kw cross-compound steam turbine. Operations of this size have become commonplace here. Castings weighing up to 135 tons have been poured in the pit area of No. 1 foundry. Over 80,000 tons of metal have been melted in a year in the West Allis Works foundries. This is equivalent to about 35,500 WD-45 tractors, each weighing approximately 4,500 pounds.


Leaving by the north door of the foundry we arrive at No. 2 tractor shop where we see one of the basic sizes of power units being taken off the assembly line. Model IB, B and CA tractors are assembled nearby.


Farther north on the west aisle  of N0. 2 tractor shop, banks of automatic lathes like this turn out production parts for tractors and engines.


One of several packaging areas in No. 1 tractor shop is shown. Most Allis-Chalmers tractor spare parts are protected by special packaging for shipment to dealers throughout the world.


In No. 3 tractor shop, multiple spindle drills like these bore up to 31 holes and ream 8 holes in one operation on engine blocks for the model WD-45, CA and B tractors. This is an example of using the most modern machine tools to hold down manufacturing costs.


Subassemblies are machined and assembled in adjacent areas to minimize handling. Overhead conveyors carry these to the main tractor production lines for final assembly. In about 175 feet, assembly is almost completed and tractors are ready for washing and spray painting.


On the aisle parallel to the WD-45 assembly line, engines for all models are tested prior to installation in the tractors.


The WD-45 tractors pass through paint spraying booths and drying ovens. Wheels are then added, tires are filled with liquid, decals applied and the tractor is driven from the assembly line to final inspection and shipping. Model CA and B tractors are similarly assembled.


En route to the Industries Group shops, we see trainloads of finished Allis-Chalmers tractors starting their way to farm around the world. Thousands of flatcar and truck loads are shipped each year.


Entering the Industries Group shops, we visit No. 7 shop, which houses the assembly and test facilities for large transformers. These are the electrical units which make it possible to control flow of generated electricity to the final outlet. A vacuum tank 24 feet long, 16 feet wide and 24 feet deep dries the windings under vacuum up to 29 inches of mercury. A test setup simulating a 3,000,000-volt lightening bolt striking a transformer is located here. Transformers to be used on transmission line of 600,000 volts and transformers weighing over 500,000 pounds are produced in this shop.


Longer than the Empire State Building is tall, and four stories high, the 1250-foot main erection floor is the assembly area for the material machined in the shops. Hydraulic equipment, generators, transformers, condensers, motors, crushers, turbines and similar equipment are erected and tested on this floor. Extremely large pieces are machined on the 30-foot or 40-foot vertical boring machines located in this area.


The machined blades of large steam turbine spindles are a familiar sight in the center shops and on the erection floor. Tolerance of one-half thousandth of an inch is maintained in manufacture of turbine blading.


With blading installed, steam turbine elements are assembled and tested on the erection floor to assure development of designed ratings. Cross-compound steam turbines rated at 150,000 kw have been built and tested in this area.


In No. 2.5 and 3 shops and on the erection floor, parts and machinery are manufactured for the mining, cement, coal, and processing industries. Screens, kilns, ball and rod mills, and crushers are machined in these shops. A large gyratory crusher shell is shown on the 30-foot boring mill of the erection floor opposite No. 3 shop. A gyratory crusher being built to handle taconite ore will crush 3,500 tons of rock an hour. If this 610-ton, 34-foot high crusher were handling stone for roads, sufficient rock for a road over a mile long, 18 feet wide and 8 inches deep would be processed each hour.


Part of a generator stator yoke is being turned on the largest machine tool in the West Allis Works. This vertical boring mill is capable of both boring mill is capable of both boring and turning a piece up to 40 feet in diameter and 200 inches high. Hydraulic and steam turbines for power plants throughout the world have been machined on this mill.


 In No. 4 shop, large generator and synchronous motor rotors are slotted to hold the windings. The rotor shown is for the largest 2-pole synchronous motor ever built, 36,000 hp. Most electrical windings are made in No. 6 and 7 shops and galleries.


Our betatron laboratory houses a 22-million-volt X-ray machine, one of the products of Allis-Chalmers West Allis Works. It is capable of locating hidden flaws in metals up to 24 inches thick. The building’s reinforced concrete walls are 20 feet high and 6 feet thick to prevent any escape of radiation. A large steam turbine section is shown here, being X-rayed for flaws prior to machining.


The Tank and Plate shop uses up to 4,000,000 pounds of plates and bars each month for fabrication of kilns, coolers, hydraulic turbines cases, condensers, mills and many other products. At the left is a large forming press and at the right a welding positioning table which is the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

Scroll cases for hydraulic turbines are formed, assembled and welding in the Tank and Plate shop. The scroll case shown is one of many built for installations which will develop hydroelectric power. Cases for hydraulic turbines for Hoover, Shasta, Fontana and Falcon Dams, to name a few, were built in this shop.


In the Forge shops large forgings are rough-formed and shaped in this 2,500-ton press. Forgings similar to the steam turbine spindle ingot shown and up to 195,000 pounds and 82 inches in diameter have been handled. The Forge shop monthly produces up to 3,000 tons of drop, heavy press, and open hammer forgings.


Parts for the Industries Group and Tractor Group products are heated and formed in the Forge shop on the steam drop hammers which can deliver a force up to 8,000 pounds.


South of the Forge shop is the Mill shop, where we see purifiers, gyratory sifters, roller mills, flaking mills, grinders, packers and similar equipment being made. Allis-Chalmers has been making flour milling equipment since it was founded in 1847. The first product manufactured was French burr mill stones. It has been said that flour for 9 out of 10 loaves of bread in the United States was milled on Allis-Chalmers equipment. Here we see all metal purifiers being inspected.


The large size and weight of generators and transformers require the use of special heavy-duty, low-center railroad cars. However, in spite of use of special cars, it has been necessary to ship in sections some transformers built in our shops.


Generators like this one, some capable of an output of over 100,000 kw – or enough electricity for a city of over 50,000 people – have been built in the shops and shipped on special flatcars to their destination. The 21 miles of railroad track in the West Allis Works area facilitate the handling of large equipment.




More than 1500 feet long, the main office building houses company administrative and staff offices, engineering departments and Industries Group sales and manufacturing offices. Tractor Group office building is located on the west side of South 70th Street across from the main office. Typical of the offices are the Key Punch section, Works Accounting Department (above) and the drafting room of the Motor and Generator department of the Power Equipment Division.


Research Laboratories

Research laboratories at West Allis make available latest equipment for doing technical work from routine testing to fundamental research. On routine applications alone, over 1,000 tests each day supplement work carried on in the various product engineering laboratories. A number of fundamental research projects are now in progress and some show promise of making important contributions.


1. Processing laboratory
2. Induction melting laboratory
3. Solvent extraction testing
4. Metallurgical laboratory – micr0-hardness testing
5. Shop scene – ultrasonic testing of large forgings
6. Instrumentation in the Analytical Chemistry laboratory
7. Spectographic laboratory
8. Physical test laboratory


Allis-Chalmers Farm Commando

Farm Commando

In 1942-43 Allis-Chalmers Mfg Co. launched its Farm Commando program.  Two-day mechanical training courses were conducted by local A-C dealerships. The classes were meant to help farmers and mechanics learn the basics of caring for tractors, All-Crop combines, and implements. The classes were a war-effort plan to boost food production and help the Allies win the war.

"Farm Commando" school

“Farm Commando” school

In addition to teaching basic maintenance, the program also encouraged farmers to take their equipment to dealers to be checked over. Allis-Chalmers attempted to divert raw materials and man power from farm equipment to build weapons of war, so farmers keeping their older tractors running was important.

"Farm Commando-Gram"

“Farm Commando-Gram”

Upon completing the Farm Commando school or having an older tractor checked and fixed, equipment owners received the red, white, and blue Farm Commando sticker to place on their farm machinery. It was meant to be a symbol of pride that the farmer had done their part for the war effort. It was an approach to keep the agriculture sector of the United States running efficiently. The less time farm equipment was down for repairs, the more grains and other agriculture products could be produced for the Allies.

Decal placed on farm equipment checked over.

Decal placed on farm equipment that was “Ready to Roll”

Do you have a piece of Allis-Chalmers farm machinery with a Farm Commando decal on it? Do you remember  the Farm Commando Program from the 1940s? Share your experience by commenting on this post.

“Two Million Dollar Expansion”

WE of Allis-Chalmers. September 7, 1947. Pgs 2-4

“Two Million Dollar Expansion Begins at Pittsburgh Works”

Site of the new plant will be this lot formerly occupied by an oil refinery works.  Purchased in 1941, the lot was used by A-C for outdoor storage and as a parking lot for employes' cars. In the background is the Ohio River.

Site of the new plant will be this lot formerly occupied by an oil refinery works. Purchased in 1941, the lot was used by A-C for outdoor storage and as a parking lot for employes’ cars. In the background is the Ohio River.

Groundbreaking ceremonies in July for the new Columbus Plant at Pittsburgh Works officially opened a two million dollar expansion program there. The plan, which was announced by A-C President Walter Geist at the Board of Directors meeting in Pittsburgh in June, covers additions to present buildings and new machinery as well as the new plant.

This is expected to increase output by 50 percent and provide employment for several hundred more people. It is the largest improvement made at Pittsburgh Works since Allis-Chalmers bought the Pittsburgh Transformer Company in 1927.

Artists sketch shows the new Columbus Plant which will be built at Pittsburgh Works.

Artists sketch shows the new Columbus Plant which will be built at Pittsburgh Works.

Explaining the expansion program, President Walter Geist told Pittsburgh newspaper: “The utility industry is our big customer. They take the long-range view. They’re ordering equipment now for delivery in 1950….We need the production from an expanded plant. The demand for capital goods is going to be with us for a while.”

Since the groundbreaking ceremony, Pittsburgh employes have been able to watch the daily progress of the two steel frame buildings which are being constructed. Production and warehouse space will be provided in the larger which will have 96,000 square feet of floor area divided in five 50-foot aisles. the aisles will be about 400 feet long and will be serviced by overhead cranes.

J.W. McMullen, Pittsburgh Works General Manager, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony and outlined the expansion plans to A-C employes.

J.W. McMullen, Pittsburgh Works General Manager, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony and outlined the expansion plans to A-C employes.

The second building, an addition to the distribution transformer plant, will have a floor area of 8,000 square feet and will be used principally for shipping.

Further improvements will be made in other Pittsburgh Work plants. The flooring-over of a crane bay in Juniata Plant will increase machine shop facilities as well as make it possible to centralize power transformer coil winding. It will also mean increased production capacity for metering transformers and larger facilities for transformer development work, particularly in the distribution field.

Catherine Z. Donylko, Maintenance Dept., receives a word of encouragement from Mayor David L. Lawrence before she digs a shovelful for the new Columbus Plant. She has been at Pittsburgh Works four years. There ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, including the entire day shift from the plants and offices as well as guests. Pittsburgh Works General Manager McMullen and Executive Vice-President Johnson addressed the gathering.

Catherine Z. Donylko, Maintenance Dept., receives a word of encouragement from Mayor David L. Lawrence before she digs a shovelful for the new Columbus Plant. She has been at Pittsburgh Works four years. There ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, including the entire day shift from the plants and offices as well as guests. Pittsburgh Works General Manager McMullen and Executive Vice-President Johnson addressed the gathering.

In Manchester Plant, the power transformer erection shop, one complete aisle will be given over to a specialized production line for network and load center transformers, while increasing power transformer production generally.

The entire expansion program will increase Pittsburgh Works floor area by almost 40 percent. It now totals 308,000 square feet. Completion of the work is schedule for November 15th.

TDIMCH: July 1, 1919

MKE Memoirs

Anti-Prohibition Sign

This Day in Milwaukee County History: The National Wartime Prohibition Act goes into effect on July 1, 1919. The measure was intended to save grain for the war effort, although the act had been passed full week after the armistice was signed. All sales of liquor were ceased on June 30th and July 1 quickly became known as the “Thirsty-First.” What was supposed to be a temporary measure turned into a 14-year-long drought. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919 and took effect one year and a day later.

During Prohibition, many breweries began to make non-alcoholic beer while others began to produce soda, ice cream, and cheese. Some brewers made malt syrup and other products which individuals could use for home brewing. Schlitz decided to produce confectioneries. Many breweries eventually had to close – some forever.

Wisconsin, the nations’ brewing capital was especially hard-hit during the interwar…

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