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Highway Trailer Company, 1929-1938 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Title: Highway Trailer Company, 1929-1938 and n. d.Add to your cart.

ID: 1/104/2639

Primary Creator: Highway Trailer Company

Extent: 0.05 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type and subseries.

Subjects: Acme Motor Truck Company, American Truck Historical Society, Autocar, Borden’s Farm Products, Bottom dump wagon, Brockway, Cable shovel, Cargo trailer, Caterpillar, Cedarburg Dairy Company, Chevrolet, Churn dill, City of Savannah, Crawler conversion, Crawler crane, Crawler tractor, Diamond T, Dodge Brothers, Douglas Trucks, Dry batch paver, Dump box, Dump truck, Edgerton, Wisconsin, End dump box, Erie Steam Shovel Company, Federal Motor Truck, Flatbed trailer, Ford, Ford Motor, Fordson, GMC, Gramm-Bernstein, Gramm Truck Company, Highway Steel Body Company, Highway Trailer Company, Highway Trailer Sales, Homer Milk, Indiana Division, Industrial flatbed trailer, Industrial side dump wagon, Industrial wheel tractor, International Harvester, John A. Gauger & Company, Kansas City, Missouri, Keystone Driller, Ladder trencher, Liberty Dairy Company, Locomotive, Log bunk, Lowboy trailer, Maccar Truck Company, Mack Trucks, McCormick-Deering, Milk truck, Moore Brothers Company, Moore Transit Company, Motor grader conversion, Murphy Transfer & Storage, Ownership and operating costs, Pass Brothers Transfer Company, Phenix Dairy, Pierce-Arrow, Pintle hook, Pipe trailer, Pole trailer, Power take-off, PTO, Refrigerated trailer, Relay Motors, Reo Motors, Savannah, Georgia, Selden-Hahn, Side dump box, Side dump trailer, Side dump wagon, Speedcrane, Sprout Carriage, Steam locomotive, Steam roller, Steam shovel, Sterling Motor Truck, Stoughton, Wisconsin, Studebaker, Tandem roller, The Soeder’s Sons Milk Company, Tool trailer, Trailer chassis, Trailer Services, Inc., Truck tractor, Van trailer, Wagon chassis, Webber Carriage Line, Wheel tractor, White Motor, William Fullerton Motor Truck Service, Willys, Winch

Forms of Material: Advertisement, Application chart, Brochure, Flier, Photograph, Publicity, Sales literature, Spec sheet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Biographical Note

Company History:


Highway Trailer Company was based in Edgerton, Wisconsin. In 1929, it touted its Edgerton plant as being the world’s largest trailer factory, and it operated a truck body and equipment plant in Stoughton, Wisconsin. One piece in the collection is published over the name of the Highway Steel Body Company.


According to the Highway Trailer Sales site at http://www.highwaytrailer.com/about/history.html, Highway Trailer Company – with no prior history given – was operating in Kansas City, Missouri as early as 1940, and it became Trailer Services, Inc., and concentrated on trailer maintenance and rebuilding; but records at the American Truck Historical Society for the Wisconsin firm dated 1959 indicate there is no connection between the two.


The Wisconsin firm ceased operations by October, 2009, and nothing else is known of its history.

Subject/Index Terms

Acme Motor Truck Company
American Truck Historical Society
Borden’s Farm Products
Bottom dump wagon
Cable shovel
Cargo trailer
Cedarburg Dairy Company
Churn dill
City of Savannah
Crawler conversion
Crawler crane
Crawler tractor
Diamond T
Dodge Brothers
Douglas Trucks
Dry batch paver
Dump box
Dump truck
Edgerton, Wisconsin
End dump box
Erie Steam Shovel Company
Federal Motor Truck
Flatbed trailer
Ford Motor
Gramm Truck Company
Highway Steel Body Company
Highway Trailer Company
Highway Trailer Sales
Homer Milk
Indiana Division
Industrial flatbed trailer
Industrial side dump wagon
Industrial wheel tractor
International Harvester
John A. Gauger & Company
Kansas City, Missouri
Keystone Driller
Ladder trencher
Liberty Dairy Company
Log bunk
Lowboy trailer
Maccar Truck Company
Mack Trucks
Milk truck
Moore Brothers Company
Moore Transit Company
Motor grader conversion
Murphy Transfer & Storage
Ownership and operating costs
Pass Brothers Transfer Company
Phenix Dairy
Pintle hook
Pipe trailer
Pole trailer
Power take-off
Refrigerated trailer
Relay Motors
Reo Motors
Savannah, Georgia
Side dump box
Side dump trailer
Side dump wagon
Sprout Carriage
Steam locomotive
Steam roller
Steam shovel
Sterling Motor Truck
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Tandem roller
The Soeder’s Sons Milk Company
Tool trailer
Trailer chassis
Trailer Services, Inc.
Truck tractor
Van trailer
Wagon chassis
Webber Carriage Line
Wheel tractor
White Motor
William Fullerton Motor Truck Service

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

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.

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Group 1: Machinery records, 1929-1938 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Sales literature, 1929-1938 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Judd Griffith Collection, 1929-1938 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Your Profits Lies in the Extra Load . . ., 1929-1930 and n. d.Add to your cart.

Highway Trailer Company sales literature: Folio containing:

• Brochure and spec sheet A24 2500629, discussing reversible and non-reversible four-wheel trailer chassis, photograph subjects include Murphy Transfer & Storage van trailer;

• Brochure and spec sheet A25 2500629, Full Automatic Semi-Trailer single-axle trailer chassis with front support axle, photograph subjects include John A. Gauger & Company van trailer outside William Fullerton Motor Truck Service warehouse;

• Brochure and spec sheet A38 2500629, Semi-automatic Semi-Trailer single-axle trailer chassis with front support axle, photograph subjects include Sprout Carriage open trailer, trailer carrying highly oversize load, Phenix Dairy refrigerated trailer, Webber Carriage Line open trailer, and Mack Trucks model AC truck tractor and refrigerated trailer lettered for Cedarburg Dairy Company;

• Brochure and spec sheet A39 2500629, pole trailer and pipe trailer;

• Brochure and spec sheet A66 2500629, two-wheel cargo trailer, pole trailer and 1A1 tool trailer;

• Brochure and spec sheet A83 2500629, bulk milk truck tank and tank trailer, photograph subjects include trucks and trailers lettered for The Soeder’s Sons Milk Company, Borden’s Farm Products, Liberty Dairy Company, and Homer Milk;

• Publicity brochure A85 2500629, Where the Business is Hauling, photograph subjects include Moore Transit Company van trailer, two Caterpillar Sixty crawler tractor side by side loaded out on lowboy trailer, and lowboy trailer carrying unidentified traction wheel steam shovel;

• Spec sheet discussing Universal industrial flatbed trailer (photograph shows train being pulled by unidentified McCormick-Deering industrial wheel tractor) and industrial side dump wagon;

• Flier discussing automotive pintle hook;

• Brochure and spec sheet, Highway Heavy Duty Machinery Trailers New Improved Models, photograph subjects include Erie Steam Shovel Company Type B crawler steam shovel loaded out on lowboy trailer pulled by Pass Brothers Transfer Company dump truck;

• Brochure, Trailers for Every Hauling Need of the Contractor and Road Builder, numerous photograph subjects include loaded side dump trailer behind truck tractor and industrial wheel tractor, unidentified dump truck, unidentified motor grader conversion of wheel tractor with dump truck frame and dump box mounted on grader frame, aerial view of Edgerton and Stoughton factory, and unidentified dry batch paver, small tank steam locomotive, unidentified (Fordson crawler conversion?) crawler tractor, Moore Brothers Company Speedcrane and unidentified crawler crane, unidentified cable shovel, small and large unidentified ladder trencher, Keystone Driller churn drill, and steam roller and gas tandem roller, each loaded on lowboy trailer; and,

• Cover letter dated Mar 21, 1930.

Folder 2: Truck and trailer brochures and spec sheets, n. d.Add to your cart.
Highway Trailer Company sales literature: Brochure, spec sheet, advertisement and flier discuss Model C end dump box convertible to stake bed or flatbed, published over name of Highway Steel Body Company, Edgerton, Wisconsin; drop frame bottom dump wagon, photograph shows City of Savannah, Georgia, wagon drawn by horses; L12H and R12C truck winch; three-yard, two-way, four-wheel side dump trailer; gravity end dump box for dump truck; T4 Slow Speed Tractor Trailer wagon set up as stake bed, log bunk, bottom dump wagon or side dump wagon; four-wheel reversible trailer chassis; two-wheel cargo trailer; and fifth-wheel two-wheel cargo trailer, including ownership and operating costs.
Folder 3: Winches, 1929-1938 and n. d.Add to your cart.

Spec sheet discusses FD, H23, L12 and L12C winch, power take-off (PTO) and winch accessories.

c. 1931 application chart discusses winch size, truck weight and standard wheelbase for over the road trucks:

• Acme Motor Truck Company 4X, 6X, 8X and 10X;

• Autocar model A, model C, model D, model F, model H, model NA, model SCH, model SCHS, model SH, model TEA and model TFA;

• Brockway 120, 121, 140, 170, 195, 220 and 290;

• Chevrolet model U and model UL;

• Diamond T 216, 303, 504, 506, 551, 603, 606 and 750;

• Dodge Brothers F30, F35, F36, F40, F41, F60, F61, F62 and UF30;

• Douglas Trucks A6, B4, B6, C4, C6, CD6, CGC4, D6, F4 and F6;

• Federal Motor Truck 4C6A, 4C6AB, A6, A6T, A6TW, D2, E6, T10B, T10W, U6 and X8;

• Ford Motor AA;

• GMC T19A, T25A, T26C, T30B, T42C, T44C, T51, T55, T60B, T61, T82 and T85;

• Gramm Truck Company BX4, BX6, model C, CX4, CX6, model D, E330 and model GW;

• Gramm-Bernstein model A, B6 and HV;

• Indiana Division White Motor Company 89, 120, 140, 170, 195, 220 and 290;

• International Harvester A2, A4, A5, A6, AL3, AW2, B2, W1, W2 and W3;

• Maccar Truck Company 36A, 35B, 40A, 56, 60, 66A and 86A;

• Mack Trucks model AB, model AC, BC, BF, BG and model BL;

• Pierce-Arrow PT, PW, PX any PY;

• Relay Motors 40, 60DA, 60DB, 60DC, 100AC, 100B and S11;

• Reo Motors 1A1C, 1A1D, 4J, FCX, FDX, model FE,  FFX, model GA, GC and GD;

• Selden-Hahn (listed as Hahn-Selden) 17, 37, 39, 47HB, 47HD and 68;

• Sterling Motor Truck FB35, FB45, FB65, FB80, FW97, FW975, FW115 and FW140;

• Studebaker 88, 99, S20 and S50;

• White Motor 51A, 52, 55, 56, 58, 61 and 621; and,

• Willys Six C131.

Dates estimated from Acme, Gramm-Bernstein and Selden-Hahn ceasing operations in 1930-1931.

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