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Abram Gaar & Co. portable engine of 1842

Gaar-Scott & Co., was an American threshing machine and steam traction engine builder founded in 1849[1] and based in Richmond, Indiana. The company built simple and compound engines in sizes from 10 to 40 horsepower. Farm machinery produced by the firm were advertised as part of "the Tiger Line" and used a tiger upon two globes as the company logo. In the Fall of 1869, A. Gaar & Co. won "Best Portable Farm Steam Engine" and "Best Eight Horse Power" at the 17th Illinois State Fair, for which it won two Silver Medal prizes.[2] It merged with the M. Rumley Co. in 1911[3] during a purchasing frenzy that put the later firm into insolvency. The company was reorganized as Advance-Rumely Thresher Company Inc. Advance-Rumely Thresher Company was later purchased by Allis-Chalmers Mfg. Co.

The Abram Gaar House and Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open as a historic house museum.[4] The Gaar-Scott office building, designed by noted architect John A. Hasecoster, still stands in Richmond and is the headquarters of Richmond Baking, a large commercial baker.


  1. ^ "Rumely Information". Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Reynolds, John P. (1871). Transactions of the Illinois State Agricultural Society, with Reports from County and District Agricultural Societies. Illinois Journal Printing Office. p. 41.
  3. ^ Wendel, C.H. (25 September 2005). Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors 1890-1980. Krause Publications. p. 332. ISBN 1-4402-2795-0.
  4. ^ "Gaar Mansion and Farm Museum". WayNet. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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