LaPorte in LaPorte County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
— Rumely OilPull Tractor —
Meinrad Rumely was the founder and guiding spirit of the Rumely Companies for more than 50 years. He came to America from Germany in 1848, and in 1853 on this site opened a blacksmith shop that was to grow into a large manufacturing concern. Trained as a blacksmith and millwright, he was blessed with a keen mechanical aptitude and strong leadership abilities. He systematically broadened the line of products his company produced and steadily expanded its facilities. He also inspired loyalty among his employees, many of whom worked for Rumely their entire careers. His civic and philanthropic activities directly resulted in a new fire station, St. Joseph’s Parochial School, and Holy Family Hospital, one of the predecessors of LaPorte Hospital. By the time of his death in 1904, he was widely referred to as “The Grand Old Man of LaPorte.”
Upper Middle Plaque
(Logo Plaque of the Rumely Co.)
Lower Middle Plaque
Mechanical Engineering Heritage Site
The agricultural products of The Rumely Companies
The blacksmith shop of German immigrant Meinrad Rumely became, in succession: The M. & J. Rumely Co.; The M. Rumely Co.: and The Advance Rumely Co. From the outset this family of firms invented and produced a line of agricultural equipment that played a vital role in the evolution of farming based on the muscle of men and animals to one based on the power of the steam, and ultimately the internal-combustion engine.
In 1909 the Rumelys began experimenting with a tractor, fueled by inexpensive kerosene, that dispensed with the steam tractor’s boiler and need for water and solid fuel. The “Rumely OilPull” was an immediate practical and commercial success, nearly 60,000 being built.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers - 2003
(Photo of OilPull Tractor - Top Left . . . and. . . ASAE seal at Top Right)
The Rumely OilPull Tractor
Historic landmark of Agricultural Engineering
The Rumely Companies, which operated in LaPorte, Indiana, from 1853 to 1931, produced a variety of equipment including threshers and steam engines, which helped to change the nature of American and world agriculture.
The revolutionary OilPull Tractor, which was introduced in 1910, used a unique carburetion system developed by John Secor, the Company’s Chief
Dr. Edward Rumely, grandson of founder Meinrad Rumely, continued the company’s emphasis on agricultural mechanization and forecast its dramatic impact on farm productivity and efficiency. Many Rumely engineering accomplishments were carried forward by the Allis-Chalmers Company after it acquired the Rumely Company in 1931.
Dedicated by the
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Location. 41° 36.614′ N, 86° 43.42′ W. Marker is in LaPorte, Indiana, in LaPorte County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street and Lincolnway, on the right when traveling south on Madison Street. Located on the South/East Lawn of the "LaPorte Hospital". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Porte IN 46350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rumely Companies (here, next to this marker); Site of Meinrad Rumely's Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); LaPorte County Courthouse (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War Memorial Tree LaPorte County (Indiana) (about 700 feet away); LaPorte's Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lincoln Highway in La Porte County (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Log Cabin in LaPorte (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaPorte.
Also see . . .
1. Number of Videos - - Showing the OilPull Tractor Running ::. (Submitted on June 16, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Photos of Old Farm Equipment ::. Courtesy of pioneersteamandgas.com here is a collection of a number of years of photos. Enjoy ! (Submitted on June 16, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Rumely - Photo and More ::. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Tippecanoe Steam & Gas Power Association ::. Many photos and information. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
5. "Rustyiron.com" - - Old Photos & Info / Rumely Plant ::. Courtesy and Thanks to "rustyiron.com" for this re-print of photos and article from the May 1904 issue of "Thresher World & Farmers" magazine. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
More. Search the internet for Meinrad Rumely.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 632 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 16, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.