LaPorte in LaPorte County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Rumely Companies
Meinrad Rumely (1823-1904), a German immigrant, founded a blacksmith shop here 1853, which grew into a dominant company through reorganizations and acquisitions. Rumely companies in La Porte benefited from available rail transportation plus German and later Polish immigrant laborers. Products included a wide variety of agricultural machines.
Rumely's prizewinning thresher later became one of the earliest powered by steam. Thousands of OilPull tractors sold worldwide 1910-1930. Rumely companies were at the forefront of mechanization of American and world agriculture and had significant impact on La Porte. Allis-Chalmers acquired the firm 1931 and closed La Porte plant 1983.
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau, and Rumely Historic Recognition Committee. (Marker Number 46.2003.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 41° 36.612′ N, 86° 43.419′ W. Marker is in LaPorte, Indiana, in LaPorte County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincolnway and Madison Street, on the right when traveling west on Lincolnway. Touch for map. Located on the South/East
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meinrad Rumely (here, next to this marker); Site of Meinrad Rumely's Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of 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 . . . Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 13, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.