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Berge, A. John (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 41, Number 2 (Feb. 1940)

Tyndal, Peg
And so began a great industry,   pp. 112-114


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The Wisconsin Alumnus
   With plenty of help -and tools they
 resurrected the machine within two
 days. Before it was even dried off,
 the tractor was lumbering on down the
 road to its destination where it gave
 satisfactory service for over ten years.
   The builders of steam  traction en-
 gines laughed at the rather crude ma-
 chines that- Hart and Parr first turned
 out, as well they might  - When the
 huge machines went rumbling down the
 road the noise they made said some,
 facetiously, was "I can, can't, I can't,
 I1 can't, I can, I can't, I can't, i can't."
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work of the men but despite that and
,no little antagonism, they kept steadily
on.   In the winter of 1904-05 Hart-
Parr perfected the first known method of
burning kerosene for fuel. At one stroke fuel
costs were cut in half and because of it the
savings of farmers in the last quarter of a
- century run into millions. Today all kero-
sene burning engines use an adaptation of the
original Hart-Parr method which was, never
patented. -Seventy-five per cent of all tractors
built operate on kerosene--"a gift to the farm
world by Hart-Parr."
   In 1905, it was evident that a -new industry
 had been born, in the Hart-Parr company.
 Thus, at least three to five years before any
 other company turned to tractor manufactur-
 'ing as a permanent business, Hart-Parr be-
 came an. exclusive manufacturer of tractors.
 ONE day as Sales Manager W. H. Williams
     sat puzzling over an advertisement he was
 writing, the words "gasoline traction engine"
 seemed altogether too big a mouthful. Into
 his mind popped a new word . . . "tractor".
 He acted on impulse and wrote the word into
 the ad. The word was copied by other manu-
 facturers who were following Hart-Parr into
 the field, and today "tractor" labels an indus-
 try which has grown to giant proportions in
 one short generation.
   The small engine shop in Madison where
 the two young engineers began working out
 their dream has grown into a huge modern
 factory in Charles City, Iowa. Since 1928 it
 has been a part of the Oliver Farm Equip-
 ment Company. Hart-Parr tractors have gone
 all over the world carrying power farming
 to all parts of the globe where earth is turned
 and crops axe harvested.
THE FIRST HAJIL'-PARR TRACTOR
    Even the river cold' stop it
  Many improvements have been made upon
the tractor, yet it is possible that some of
those first models, already more than mere
ideas' at the time when the physics professor
was combing molten metal from his beard,
are still giving service today. These long-
lived tractors are a just tribute to the brains,
vision and pluck of two University of Wis-
consin students back in- 1895.
     Browder Talks' in Union
THE University League for Liberal Action
   pulled a fast one during the Christmas re-
cess. Early in the year the group asked per-
mission to meet in the Union building dur-
ing the recess for what was supposed to be a
meeting of the ULLA. When the time for the
meeting approached, it was discovered that
not ony was the ULLA to meet, but the na-
tional convention of the American Student
Union was to be a companion feature.
  The ASU, slightly pinkish organization,
proceeded to run the entire show and had as
its feature attraction, recently convicted Com-
munist Earl Browder. The latter spoke in the
Union theater only after a $2,000 peace bond
had been furnished.
  In stating the University's position on the
event, President Dykstra emphasized that the
meeting was in no way sponsored by the Uni-
versity, that the group came here in conven-
tion as the guest of the smaller ULLA group
and therefore the University had no control
over the program, and that the University dis-
claimed any connection with the meetings or
groups.
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