Buckley Old Engine Show Trivia Contest

Hello Buckley friends,
The following is the next trivia question along with the prior question’s answer, history, and the winner information!!

Question 40:

How did the Ford Model T car get the nickname “Tin Lizzie”?

  1. Named after Henry Ford’s dogs “Tin Lizzie”
  2. It was made from recycled tin cans
  3. The nickname came from a Ford Model T race car
  4. It was named after a Ford Motor Company assembly line worker Elizabeth Tinbble

The 11th person to email the correct answers to [email protected]org along with their name and place of residence will win a fun Buckley prize.

Question 40: 

What do the following Farm Equipment Company’s have in common?

  • Advance Thresher Company

  • Gaar-Scott Company

  • Northwest Thresher Company

  • American Abel Engine & Thresher Company

  • Aultman-Taylor Company

Answer: They were all purchased by M. Rumely Company / Advance-Rumely Company

History:  Meinrad Rumely emigrated from Germany in 1849, joining his brother John Rumely forming a foundry in La Porte, Indiana. The business expanded into the production of corn shellers & threshing machines. In 1887, Meinrad bought out his brother John and incorporated the M. Rumely Company. In 1895, Rumely added steam engines to its line. Rumely’s most famous product, the Rumely Oil Pull tractor was developed in 1909 and first sold to the public in 1910.  The Rumely Oil Pull was a very successful tractor & sold well through the teens and early 20s.

 Acquisitions & Mergers:

From 1911 to 1912 M. Rumely Company began purchasing other firms in the agricultural equipment business.  Advance Thresher Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, was acquired in 1911, followed by the Gaar-Scott Company of Richmond, Indiana the same year.  In 1912 Rumely expanded further with the purchase of Northwest Thresher Company of Stillwater, Minnesota, and the American-Abell Engine & Thresher Company of Toronto, Canada.  All these companies were first reorganized in 1913 as two connected firms, the existing M. Rumely Company Inc. (the manufacturing side) and the new Rumely Products Company (the sales & distribution side).  A further reorganization brought about the final Advance-Rumely Company in 1915.  This streamlined the company and highlighted its famous forebears.  In 1924 Advance-Rumely purchased Aultman & Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio.

 Despite all of the history and diversity in engineering acquired, along with all of their corporate assets, Rumely was slow to develop new tractor designs staying with the dated Oil Pull design as other companies come out with new modern tractors. Rumely came out with the 6A tractor in 1930, it was a Standard tread Tractor with a more conventional design, but it was too little too late. The Great Depression of 1929 hit Advance-Rumely hard and in January of 1930, the Rumely management began seeking a buyer for the company.  Allis-Chalmers agreed to take over the historic company in May of 1931.

An Advance steam traction engine made by the Advance Thresher Company of Battle Creek, Michigan. Advance was purchased by M. Rumely in 1911.


Gaar-Scott steam traction engine made by the Gaar-Scott Company of Richmond, Indiana. Gaar-Scott was purchased by M. Rumely in 1911.

Gaar-Scott Tiger Pull tractor. The Tiger Pull looked a lot like the Rumely Oil Pull tractor but ran on gasoline and the Oil Pull ran on kerosene.

The Universal Tractor, made by Northwest Thresher Company of Stillwater, Minnesota. Rumely purchased Northwest in 1912 so it could add the Universal tractor to its line renaming it the Gas Pull.

A 1913 Rumely Gas Pull tractor.

An American – Abell steam traction engine, made by the American-Abell Engine & Thresher Company of Toronto, Canada. Rumely purchased American-Abell in 1912.

The Aultman & Taylor 30-60 tractor was a very well-made and popular tractor. Rumely purchased Aultman & Taylor in 1924 to eliminate the competition.

The famous Rumely Oil Pull tractor was made from 1910 to 1929. There were many models and sizes. 

Congratulations to Susan Stant of Penndel, PA who won a “Buckley Old Engine Show:  A Fifty-Year History” book for being the 12th person to correctly answer the November 2020 Buckley trivia contest question.


***Trivia Contest Rules***

Each contest announcement will provide the contest details which will include:

  • tractor and engine history related question,
  • number of correct answer required to win (e.g. the 5th correct answer), and
  • contest instructions

To enter contestants must email their correct answer, along with their name and city and state of residence to [email protected].

Each contest will award a fun Buckley prize such as a Buckley t-shirt, coffee mug, or other Buckley related goodies. The prizes will be randomly selected and announced with the posting of the winner.

New trivia questions will be posted monthly. At the end of each contest, the winner’s name, city, and state of residence will be posted on the Buckley website along with the correct answer. The winner will receive an email notification of their win. A person can only win once per year. Only one guess per person per contest. The contest is open to everyone.

Prize fulfillment will be handled by the Advertising Committee. Each winner will be provided with claiming instructions in the winner notification email.

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