Reuben Trane

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Reuben Nicholas Trane (September 13, 1886 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - September 5, 1954 in La Crosse) founded Trane, the heating and air conditioning company, with his father James Trane.

Reuben Trane graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1906. In 1910, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in engineering. From 1916 until 1951, Reuben Trane was President of Trane; from 1951 until his death in 1954, Reuben Trane was chairman of the board of Trane.


  • La Crosse Tribune, R.N. Trane, Industrialist Dies Founded Firm Growing into World Business, September 7, 1954. Courtesy of the La Crosse, Wisconsin public library archives.

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