Wabash Screen Door Co.

I recently acquired this fine piece of history! I had no idea what it was. I see that it says “Wabash Screen Door Co.” on the logo. I thought it was a top to a shipping crate. I was WAY off! This is an old stove board. One side was wood laths, pictured above, and the other side is tin, pictured below. These boards, which came in different sizes, were used to keep floors from catching on fire. The boards were laid face down and the tin top protected the floor from heat and embers.

 I wanted to know more about the company that made these. Finding information on this company was not very easy. It was hard to find good information. I found some information on a page with someone’s bio. I wonder if the Minnesota State Historical Society might have more information on them? I was able to find out that the Wabash Screen Door Company was established in Wabash, Indiana, in 1884, but the company moved to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in 1891. The Rhinelander plant was destroyed by fire in 1901, and  the company  moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1902. The company manufactured screen doors, windows, stove boards, and washboards. The company also had a plant in Memphis, Tennessee, as wells as a sales office in Chicago, Illinois. The Minneapolis plant was located at 2222 SE Elm, Minneapolis, MN 54414. From other fragmented information I was able to find, the Minneapolis plant closed in the early 1960s and everything  moved to the Memphis plant. I am not sure when the company folded altogether. 

Does anyone else know any information about the company? Did you have relatives that worked there, or maybe your family has some of the products the company made (wash board, stove board, door)?

“…The Flash Apparently Official”

It is hard to believe that it will be 50 years ago this Friday (November 22) that President John Kennedy was publicly assassinated. Being only 22 years old, September 11, 2001, is the only thing I can compare to the tragedy that unfolded that day in 1963. People always have that moment burned into their memory of what they were doing the minute President Kennedy was murdered. A shocked country remained tuned into their televisions to see the events unfold.

Looking back from 2013, it is amazing to me how long it took for the information to get out about what happened. This was an era before 24-hour broadcast news, internet and social media, and cell phones. It took time to take in what occurred and collect the details. The FBI and Secret Service had to find people who may have filmed it, taken a picture, or just have witnessed the assassination. What if all the technology we have now was available 50 years ago? How might the online social sphere have looked?

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November 22, 1963, was a day that changed America. It is a sin in the history field to look at the “what if” angle. What if Kennedy had lived? How could our lives have been different now? I think about the impact the event had on the people who were there and watched what unfolded. Has their experience been fully understood? Had there been instant communication, like Facebook and Twitter, would their stories be different? On the 50th anniversary let us remember the life and legacy of the man who was once our 35th president.

Where were you on 11/22/63? What do you remember about that day, and how did you feel? What are your reflections on what happened 50 years ago?

My New AC Find

I like to scour  Ebay, Craigslist, antique stores, and classified ads to get my hands on Allis-Chalmers memorabilia. I happened to find this neat acquisition on Ebay. It is a short history about the company and the products that it made. I was glancing through it and found this letter in the back of it, too. Pretty neat little piece of history, if I do say so myself. It was published in July 1942 by the Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division. Eventually, I would like to scan all 100 pages and have them in PDF form to share with everyone. It will take some time, but I think most people would appreciate an electronic copy.


The Letter

Pioneer Power

The III Series of the D10 & D12

Allis-Chalmers  introduced its “D” series tractors in 1957, starting with the D-14 and D-17. In 1959 the company added the D-10 and D-12 tractors to the line-up, essentially replacing the model “CA” and “B” tractors. The D-10 and D-12 were identical in size and horsepower (about 30 hp), the only diffence was wheel tread. The D-10 was designed for one-row cultivation, while the D-12 had adjustable wheels and axles for two-row cultivation.  Both tractors were also available in high-clearance models. The Allis-Chalmers patented Snap-Coupler hitching system came standard, but the 3 point hitch was an option. Production of the two tractors ran from 1959 to 1968, and the company produced just over 9,000 total. Allis-Chalmers improved and modified the tractors during the 9 years they were built, which was designated by three separate series.

Series I 

Paint Schemes: Persian Orange 1 with black bar grill, decal name plate. [1959-1960] – Persian Orange 2  body, cream grill & wheel dishes, aluminum rims & name plates[1960-1968]
Hydraulics [two types]: piston-type pump (PTO driven) or gear-type (engine driven)
Engine: 4 cylinder AC Power-Crater (138.7 ci). Displacement was increased to 149 ci in 1961
Lights: Grill mounted
Transmission: 4 speed
Hitch: Snap-Coupler or non-draft-sensitive 3pt hitch ( draft-sensitive 3pt introduced in 1961)

Serial #s
D-10: 1001-4511
D-12: 1001-3638

Series II

Paint Schemes: Persian Orange 2  body, cream grill & wheel dishes, aluminum rims,”Series II” designation on decal
Hydraulics: Gear-type (Live)
Independent, gear-type PTO
Engine: 4 cylinder AC Power-Crater (149 ci)
Lights: grill mounted
Transmission: 4 speed
Hitch: Snap-Coupler or draft-sensative 3pt hitch

Serial #s
D-10: 6801-7850
D-12: 5501-6144

Series III

Paint Schemes: Persian Orange 2  body, cream grill & wheel dishes, aluminum rims,”Series III” designation on decal
Hydraulics: Gear-type (Live)
Independent, gear-type PTO
Engine: 4 cylinder AC Power-Crater (149 ci)
Lights: Fender mounted
Transmission: 4 speed or optional 8 speed (high & low range)
Hitch: Snap-Coupler or draft-sensative 3pt hitch
Misc: Oval muffler

Serial #s
D-10: 9001-10100
D-12: 9001-10172