Advance-Rumely farm tractors

The Advance-Rumely Company of La Porte, Indiana was one of the largest and most successful thresher manufacturers in the United States during the late 1800s.

Advance-Rumely History

The company was founded in 1856 by Jacob Rumely, who emigrated from Alsace, France to America in 1837.

Rumely's first machines were steam-powered threshers that he sold throughout the Midwest. In 1886, he partnered with Advance Thresher Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, and the newly formed Advance-Rumely Company became one of the leading suppliers of steam-powered threshing machines in the country.

In 1909, Rumely began experimenting with gasoline-powered engines, and by 1911 he had developed a successful model that was used to power his company's threshing machines.

In 1929, Rumely formed a new company, Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, to manufacture a wider range of products including tractors.

Advance-Rumely Lineup

By the 1920s, Advance-Rumely had a full line of tractors ranging from the small 15-30 model to the large 60-90 model. The company also produced a line of combine harvesters and other agricultural equipment.