The Advance-Rumely Thresher Co. was founded in the 1850s at LaPorte, Indiana by Meinrad Rumely and his brother John, who had emigrated to the United States from Germany. At first the company built threshing machines, but soon added steam portable and traction engines to the list of products offered. The move towards tractor production was largely due to the efforts of Meinrad Rumely's grandson, Dr. Edward Rumely, who persuaded the engineer John Secor to design a tractor for the Rumely range in 1908. The first Rumely "OilPull" tractor was tested the following year: this machine became known as "Kerosene Annie" due to its ability to burn this fuel, and survives to the present day. Tractor production began in earnest in 1910 and "Kerosene Annie" became the Model B 25-45 tractor, which proved very successful both at home and abroad. The year 1911 saw two new "heavyweight" models appear: the twin-cylinder Model E 30-60 and single-cylinder Model F 15-30 (later re-rated as an 18-35). Towards the end of the decade, these were joined by the smaller Model G, H and K, which were basically scaled-down versions of the Model E and used the same heavy steel girder frame. Around this time, Rumely also added a motor plough design to it product line - known as the "All Purpose", this was somewhat less successful than the conventional Rumely tractors. The 1920s saw a completely redesigned range of Rumely tractors on offer, this time with the channel frame replaced by a pressed steel chassis to reduce weight. These so-called "lightweight" Rumelys ranged in size from the little Model L 15-25 to the rather larger Model S 30-60. Over the next few years these models were modified slightly and given new letter designations. Towards the end of the 1920s, Rumely purchased the Toro Motor Co. of Minneapolis, and sold the little Toro tractor as the Rumely "Do-All" - the tractor was available as a standard four-wheeled machine or as a convertible motor cultivator. In 1930, Rumely followed other manufacturers in introducting a conventional tractor, the Rumely 6A, with an in-line six-cylinder engine, front-mounted radiator and bonnet. Two years later the Advance-Rumely Co. was purchased by Allis-Chalmers, who continued to sell the Rumely 6A for several more years.

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