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Austin-Western Road Machinery Company


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company

The Western Wheeled Scraper Company

The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company

The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western

Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company

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Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1936 | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Collection Overview

Title: Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 1/101/10

Primary Creator: Austin-Western (1901-1971)

Other Creators: F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company (1888-1934), Western Wheeled Scraper Company (1877-1934)

Extent: 5.0 Items

Arrangement: Records are arranged into groups by company name. Series 1 within each group, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Subjects: 1904 World’s Fair, Angle dozer, Armour & Company, Aurora, Illinois, Austin-Western, Austin Manufacturing, Autocrat, Auxiliary drum, Backfill board, Badger, Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton, Baltimore & Ohio, Bellevue, Ohio, Bellevue Stone Company, Bin, Bin gate, Bin spout, Bituminous distributor, BLH Canada, Blue Ox, Bottom dump trailer, Bucket conveyor, Bucket elevator, Bull Pup, C. H. Smith & Company, Cab, Cadet, Captain C. H. Smith, Captain W. Beckwith, Car puller, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Chicago, Illinois, Clark Equipment, Cletrac, Cleveland Tractor Company, Combination crusher, Crawler conversion, Crawler dump wagon, Crawler tractor, Culvert, Cutting edge, Deck screen, Dor Austin, Dr. A. W. McClure, Dump car, Dump wagon, Elevating grader, F. C. Austin, F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company, France Brothers Company, France Stone Company, Frederick Carleton Austin, Fresno scraper, Friction hoist, Front dozer, Good Roads Magazine, Goulds & Austin, Grader, Grader attachment, Greyhound Corporation, Gyratory crusher, H. W. Austin & Company, Half-swing, Hancock Manufacturing, Harvey, Illinois, Harvey Steel Car, Henry Warren Austin, Hoist, Hopper, James H. Gould, Jaw crusher, Kankakee, Illinois, Kankakee Lime & Cement Company, Kansas City, Missouri, Lima, Lima, Ohio, Lubbock, Texas, McCormick-Deering, Moldboard, Moldboard extension, Motor grader, Motor grader conversion, Motor Pickup Sweeper, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, New Era, Overhead traveler, Patching plant, Plow, Pneumatic tire, Pull grader, Pullman, Pull ripper, Pull scarifier, Pull scraper, Pull sweeper, Railroad crusher, Railroad plow, Road drag, Road oiler, Roll-A-Plane, Roll crusher, Rooter plow, Rotary scraper, Rotary screen, Scarifier, Screen, Seabury Gould, Self-propelled sweeper, Side dump trailer, Skaneateles, New York, Slip scraper, Slopeboard, Snow moldboard, Snow plow, Solid tire, Solvay Process Company, Spreading wagon, Sprinkler wagon, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Thomas, Ontario, Stock dump wagon, Straight dozer, Sweeper, Syracuse, New York, Tandem roller, Three-wheel roller, Tire chain, Tongue scraper, Township plow, Tractor shovel, Trail-Car, Trailbuilder, Trommel screen, Tumblebug, Washer, Washer plant, Waterville, Ohio, Western-Austin, Western Wheeled Scraper, Wheeled rotary scraper, Wheeled scraper, Wheel extension, Wing plow, World’s Fair

Forms of Material: Artist's rendition, Brochure, Catalog, Clipping, Engineering drawing, Maintenance manual, Operation manual, Photograph, Price page, Sales literature, Spec sheet, Testimonial

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature discussing the company’s products.

Biographical Note

In 1901, F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper Company, which until then had been fierce competitors, formed a selling corporation called Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, to market their products. Western Wheeled Scraper purchased the F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902, renaming it Austin Manufacturing Company, and the three companies operated until 1934. Their exact relationship to one another during these years is uncertain, but is discussed in Issue 80 of Equipment Echoes. Austin and Western products were manufactured and sold under those names, although the Austin-Western name also appeared on machinery, especially in the early 1930s.

In 1934, the two manufacturing companies were consolidated under the name Western-Austin Company, with Austin-Western as a wholly-owned subsidiary; the Austin-Western name was in standard use on the equipment after the merger, although the Western-Austin name also occasionally appeared in conjunction with Austin-Western. Also in 1934, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company moved from Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, and manufacturing operations were consolidated in Aurora in 1939.

On January 1, 1944, all operations were consolidated under the Austin-Western Company  name, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company was dissolved, and the Western-Austin name was dropped

Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (Collection 135) acquired Austin-Western as a subsidiary on March 8, 1951. In July of 1965 Armour and Company of Chicago, Illinois, purchased all of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation of Philadelphia; then in December of 1970, the Greyhound Corporation purchased all of Armour and Company and its subsidiaries.

In May of 1971 the Clark Equipment Company (Collection 252) purchased only the Construction Equipment Division from Greyhound. This consisted of the Austin-Western Division of Aurora, Illinois; the Lima Division of Lima, Ohio; and the Division of BLH Canada located at St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Clark went on to phase out the Austin-Western name in the mid-1970s, consolidating the line into its Crane Division, then moving production of graders – the last survivor of the line – to the former Hancock Manufacturing Company plant in Lubbock, Texas in 1978. The Lubbock plant was closed and the grader line discontinued in 1981.

Subject/Index Terms

1904 World’s Fair
Angle dozer
Armour & Company
Aurora, Illinois
Austin Manufacturing
Auxiliary drum
Backfill board
Baltimore & Ohio
Bellevue, Ohio
Bellevue Stone Company
Bin gate
Bin spout
Bituminous distributor
BLH Canada
Blue Ox
Bottom dump trailer
Bucket conveyor
Bucket elevator
Bull Pup
C. H. Smith & Company
Captain C. H. Smith
Captain W. Beckwith
Car puller
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Chicago, Illinois
Clark Equipment
Cleveland Tractor Company
Combination crusher
Crawler conversion
Crawler dump wagon
Crawler tractor
Cutting edge
Deck screen
Dor Austin
Dr. A. W. McClure
Dump car
Dump wagon
Elevating grader
F. C. Austin
F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company
France Brothers Company
France Stone Company
Frederick Carleton Austin
Fresno scraper
Friction hoist
Front dozer
Good Roads Magazine
Goulds & Austin
Grader attachment
Greyhound Corporation
Gyratory crusher
H. W. Austin & Company
Hancock Manufacturing
Harvey, Illinois
Harvey Steel Car
Henry Warren Austin
James H. Gould
Jaw crusher
Kankakee, Illinois
Kankakee Lime & Cement Company
Kansas City, Missouri
Lima, Ohio
Lubbock, Texas
Moldboard extension
Motor grader
Motor grader conversion
Motor Pickup Sweeper
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
New Era
Overhead traveler
Patching plant
Pneumatic tire
Pull grader
Pull ripper
Pull scarifier
Pull scraper
Pull sweeper
Railroad crusher
Railroad plow
Road drag
Road oiler
Roll crusher
Rooter plow
Rotary scraper
Rotary screen
Seabury Gould
Self-propelled sweeper
Side dump trailer
Skaneateles, New York
Slip scraper
Snow moldboard
Snow plow
Solid tire
Solvay Process Company
Spreading wagon
Sprinkler wagon
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Thomas, Ontario
Stock dump wagon
Straight dozer
Syracuse, New York
Tandem roller
Three-wheel roller
Tire chain
Tongue scraper
Township plow
Tractor shovel
Trommel screen
Washer plant
Waterville, Ohio
Western Wheeled Scraper
Wheeled rotary scraper
Wheeled scraper
Wheel extension
Wing plow
World’s Fair

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Some records in this collection are poor physical condition.

Acquisition Method:

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were found in files. Additional records have been added from:

• Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113 (received Sep 22 2000)

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005). Filed with his collection per his request.

Related Materials: Collection 115, F. C. Austin Company, Inc. - Austin Machinery Corporation (Muskegon, MI), describes the history and products of F. C. Austin's ventures after 1902.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Group:

[Group 1: The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company],
[Group 2: The Western Wheeled Scraper Company],
[Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933],
[Group 4: The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western, 1935-1936 and n. d.],
[Group 5: Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company],

Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Records of Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper (in separate subgroups) from 1902 through 1934.
Subgroup 1: Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1930Add to your cart.
Records of The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, encompassing both the Austin and Western lines and filed as Austin-Western.
Series 1: Machinery records, 1930Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Sales literature, 1930Add to your cart.
Subject 1: General sales literature, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Product Line, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 1: Austin-Western Road Machinery 1930, 1930Add to your cart.

Austin-Western sales literature: Reprint of catalog discussing:

Austin Manufacturing Company Mammoth Senior, Mammoth Junior, Special, Giant and Standard pull grader; Rip-Snorter scarifier; slopeboard, and Double-Ended moldboard extension for pull grader); 12-1/2-25, 20 and 30 Dual Drive motor grader; 20 and 30 Single Drive motor grader; Autocrat, Cadet and Bull Pup three-wheel roller; tandem roller; front dozer and scarifier for three-wheel roller; New Era elevating grader; gyratory crusher; Rip-Rooter and Block Scarifier pull scarifier; sprinkler wagon; road oiler; Standard and Sprinkler-Sweeper pull sweeper; Motor Pickup Sweeper; and culvert. (Note: 12-1/2-25 grader and Bull Pup roller use McCormick-Deering 20 industrial wheel tractor.)

Western Wheeled Scraper 22 Leaning Wheel, 32, 35, 55, No. 1 Patrol and No. 12 Patrol pull grader; Motor Maintainer motor grader and road drag; motor grader conversion for Cleveland Tractor Company Cletrac 20 crawler tractor; 32-International grader attachment for McCormick-Deering 10-20 agricultural or 20 industrial wheel tractor; angle and vee snow plow for truck mounting; Standard and Levee Special elevating grader; crawler dump wagon; stock dump wagon; Aurora jaw crusher; deck screen; conveyor; bucket  elevator; trommel screen (rotary screen); bin; hopper; patching plant; road drag; rotary scraper; Fresno scraper; tongue scraper; slip scraper; Tumblebug wheeled rotary scraper; wheeled scraper; railroad plow; rooter plow; Groundhog plow; and wing plow.

44 pages.

Subgroup 2: Austin Manufacturing Company, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Records of Austin Manufacturing Company under ownership of Western Wheeled Scraper from 1902 through 1934.
Series 1: Machinery records, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Sales literature, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Filed as Austin Manufacturing Company.
Subject 1: General sales literature, c. 1913-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General product line, c. 1913Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalog 27, c. 1913Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company catalog discusses: Gyratory crusher; rotary screen (trommel screen); bucket conveyor; friction hoist (car puller); overhead traveler; bin gate; bin spout; dump car; railroad car mounting of crusher plant; jaw crusher; bucket elevator; hopper; stone spreader wagon; dump wagon; and gas three-wheel roller. Includes testimonial letter, jobsite photograph, engineering drawing of plant layouts, price page, and artist’s rendition of jobsites. Photographs show quarry operations of: Solvay Process Company, Syracuse, New York; Bellevue Stone Company, Bellevue, Ohio; France Brothers Company (later France Stone Company), Waterville, Ohio; Kankakee Lime & Cement Company, Kankakee, Illinois; railroad crusher owned by Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; and horse-drawn operation of New Era elevating grader. 76 pages, incomplete; page 15/16 missing.
Folder 2: Motor graders, 1930-1933Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalog 9 (AD-1192), 1930Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company (Austin-Western) sales literature: Catalog discusses 12-1/2-25 Dual Drive and 20 and 30 Single Drive and Dual Drive Motor Grader and attachments (scarifier, snow moldboard, V snow plow, Pullman enclosed cab, Military open cab, crawler conversion, solid tire, pneumatic tire, road shaper, wheel extension, tire chain, and moldboard extension). 12-1/2-25 uses Austin power unit, 20 and 30 use McCormick-Deering 20 and 30 industrial wheel tractor. 36 pages, with spec sheet and numerous photograph.
Item 2: Bulletin AD1298, May 2 1933Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company sales literature: Spec sheet for 77 Single Drive motor grader with hydraulic control. Four pages, worn.
Subject 2: Clippings, 1905Add to your cart.
Item 1: Austin Gyratory Crusher's Great Triumph, 1905Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company clipping, photocopied from Mar 1905 Good Roads Magazine: Awards won by gyratory crusher and construction equipment exhibits at 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis, Missouri.
Subgroup 3: The Western Wheeled Scraper CompanyAdd to your cart.
Records of The Western Wheeled Scraper Company from 1902 through 1934.

Browse by Group:

[Group 1: The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company],
[Group 2: The Western Wheeled Scraper Company],
[Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933],
[Group 4: The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western, 1935-1936 and n. d.],
[Group 5: Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company],

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