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Monarch Tractors, Inc., c. 1919-1925 | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Collection Overview

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ID: 1/101/1778

Primary Creator: Monarch Tractor Company (1916-1928)

Extent: 1.0 Items

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by subseries, record format, record type,machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Subjects: Allis-Chalmers, Crawler tractor, Dornfeld-Kunert, Elkhart, Indiana, Foster Machine Company, General Tractors, Lightfoot, Luce Cane Harvester, Monarch Tractor, Monarch Tractors, Neverslip, Rotary snow plow, Snow plow, Springfield, Illinois, Springfield Works, Stump puller, Sugar cane harvester, Watertown, Wisconsin

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Collection Historical Note

The Monarch Tractor Company was founded in Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1913 and incorporated September 6, 1916 as Monarch Tractors Inc. Shortly thereafter, the Company purchased the Dornfeld-Kunert plant at he foot of First Street in Watertown. This plant was remodeled to include an enlarged foundry with a capacity of thirty-five to forty thousand pounds per day and a modern machine and erecting shop with all necessary machine tool equipment, overhead traveling crane, and other mechanical devices.

The first work undertaken by the new Company in its plant was the building of the early models of the well known Luce Sugar Cane Harvester, which in its latest development is now performing remarkable work in the Cuban cane fields.

Prior to the organization of the Monarch Tractor Company, its incorporators had been working for several years on the development of a crawler type of tractor modeled somewhat after the military tanks.  This work was continued in the new company and resulted finally in the completion of the Monarch Tractor as a commercial product. During World War I, Monarch employed about 200 men and turned out six completed tractors per day.  Large numbers of these tractors were shipped to France and there took part in operations in connection with the Great War.

The first two models of crawler tractors produced were the 10-6 Lightfoot and 20-12 Neverslip. In 1919 the company added a larger 30-18 "Neverslip" model to its product range, and this was soon followed in the 1920s by several other models of heavyweight crawler with enclosed engine compartments and operator cabs.

The firm was reorganized as General Tractors Inc. in 1919, then was purchased by the Foster Machine Company of Elkhart, Indiana, in 1921. The Monarch name was restored at this time. In the early 1920s, additional products included a rotary snow plow and a stump puller.

The Watertown plant was closed in 1925, and a new company, Monarch Tractor Corporation, was founded in Springfield, Illinois, that year. Allis-Chalmers Company (Collection 54) acquired Monarch in April, 1928, to gain entry into the crawler tractor industry, and operated the plant as the Monarch Tractors Division until the name was phased out circa 1930 and the plant became the Springfield Works of Allis-Chalmers.

This company is not to be confused with the Monarch Tractor Company, a British manufacturer of compact garden tractors.

Biographical Note

The Monarch Tractor Company was founded in Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1913 and incorporated September 6, 1916 as Monarch Tractors Inc. Shortly thereafter, the Company purchased the Dornfeld-Kunert plant at the foot of First Street in Watertown. This plant was remodeled to include an enlarged foundry with a capacity of thirty-five to forty thousand pounds per day and a modern machine and erecting shop with all necessary machine tool equipment, overhead traveling crane, and other mechanical devices.

The first work undertaken by the new Company in its plant was the building of the early models of the well known Luce Cane Harvester sugar cane harvester.

Prior to the organization of the Monarch Tractor Company, its incorporators had been working for several years on the development of a crawler type of tractor modeled somewhat after the military tanks.  This work was continued in the new company and resulted finally in the completion of the Monarch Tractor as a commercial product. During World War I, Monarch employed about 200 men and turned out six completed tractors per day.  Large numbers of these tractors were shipped to France and there took part in operations in connection with the Great War.

The first two models of crawler tractors produced were the 10-6 Lightfoot and 20-12 Neverslip. In 1919 the company added a larger 30-18 "Neverslip" model to its product range, and this was soon followed in the 1920s by several other models of heavyweight crawler with enclosed engine compartments and operator cabs.

The firm was reorganized as General Tractors Inc. in 1919, then was purchased by the Foster Machine Company of Elkhart, Indiana, in 1921. The Monarch name was restored at this time. In the early 1920s, additional products included a rotary snow plow and a stump puller.

The Watertown plant was closed in 1925, and a new company, Monarch Tractor Corporation, was founded in Springfield, Illinois, that year. Allis-Chalmers Company (Collection 54) acquired Monarch in April, 1928, to gain entry into the crawler tractor industry, and operated the plant as the Monarch Tractors Division until the name was phased out circa 1930 and the plant became the Springfield Works of Allis-Chalmers.

This company is not to be confused with the Monarch Tractor Company, a British manufacturer of compact garden tractors.

Subject/Index Terms

Allis-Chalmers
Crawler tractor
Dornfeld-Kunert
Elkhart, Indiana
Foster Machine Company
General Tractors
Lightfoot
Luce Cane Harvester
Monarch Tractor
Monarch Tractors
Neverslip
Rotary snow plow
Snow plow
Springfield, Illinois
Springfield Works
Stump puller
Sugar cane harvester
Watertown, Wisconsin

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Physical Access Note: Records in Group 1 Series 1 Subseries 1 are in poor physical condition.

Acquisition Method:

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were received from the Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113. Additional records have been received from:

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


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Monarch Tractors Inc. sales literature: Brochure and spec sheet (Bulletin No. 12) discusses 6-60 Industrial Tractor crawler tractor.


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