Posted by Whirly on November 15, 2012 at 03:13:03 from (220.127.116.11):
I found this site through a search on Heider Tractors that were made in Carroll Iowa. I have found out they sold this to Rock Island Plow Co. & then Heider continued to make the single & double trees for horses that they were famous for makin. Heider also made a strong wooden step & extension ladder & a coaster wagon. Heider also made a wooden barge box & flare box wagon for farm use. The coaster wagons were made from scrap wood left over from other wood projects. In 1909, Hieder got a patent for his 'Non-tipping auto steering' front end for the coaster wagon. The latest knoweldge I have found was the coaster wagon was made up to the days of WWII when steel was rationed. The first coasters he made were outfitted with wooden spoke wheels & wooden box. The last ones has a metal box but the wheels made several changes,from wooden spokes to a mallable cast wheel, then a wire spoke wheel, then a full solid rim with rubber wheel, some just had a solid rim & no rubber. In the 1980's Heider went out of bussiness & the place was sold to Scranton Mfg. I worked for the new owners as a maintance man who was involved with cleanin out the Heider buildings in Carroll. I was allowed to keep a few mementos from the Heider company. One of the items I found in the factory is a "salesman's pocket type book that has a listing of the things Heider sold, I think this book dates to about 1940, as it has pictures of the items in it along with prices of the items. Also in this book I find a couple of items made by the 'Thieman' company, who did make a 'Thieman Tractor'. Thieman company was located in Albert City, Iowa. (which today there is an annual Steam & tractor show there). I will allow anybody to send me a E-mail to me @ email@example.com if they put Heider in the subject line to obtain any more info I know about wat I have said here. I did find a website heidertractor.com, I had the site up last nite but can't get it up tonite.
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