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Etnyre, E. D. & Company (1898-) | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: Etnyre, E. D. & Company (1898-)

Historical Note:

Organizational History

Edward E. Etnyre invented a hog waterer in 1895 for use on his farm. It was a success, and he began manufacturing them, followed by water tanks for horses, cattle and threshers, and water wagons. E. D. Etnyre & Company was founded in 1898 in Oregon, Illinois, to manufacture this equipment. Etnyre also incorporated the Etnyre Motor Car Company, which produced thirteen cars starting in 1906. The firm was incorporated in 1917.

Etnyre purchased Wylie Manufacturing Company (Collection 1630) in 1965, Trac Machinery Company (Collection 2614) of Nunda, New York in 1968, and the former Martin Company (Collection 1015) line of lowboy trailers from The Hyster Company (Collection 429) in 1989.

Etnyre’s history was discussed in Issue 65 of Equipment Echoes.

Product Information

Model designations:

• Etnyre used a two-letter prefix with a numeric or two-letter suffix for many of its distributor models (i. e., MX Style RE). The FC prefix indicated Full Circulating spray bar. The four letters were often used together as the model designation in used equipment sales literature.

Serial number designations:

• Etnyre used several prefixes for distributor serial numbers: “D”, “J” and “M”.

Note Author: Thomas Berry

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