Route 1, State Hwy. 103, Oakfield, Wisconsin 53065
Author's Note: Before I begin, I would like to thank the
following people for the information they gave me: Mr. H. D.
Stephan of the Universal Milking Machine Company; Harold W. Schulze
from West Chicago, Illinois who talked to Mr. Taylor before his
death in 1977; Ken D. Dawson from Moorhead, Minnesota, who helped
in compiling this data for this article; and the many other people
who sent in this information to Ken Dawson and myself.
I would also like to point out that due to somewhat less than
complete information, some dates and information may be wrong and I
will be glad to hear from anyone who can correct me.
Mr. Jack E. Taylor, who founded the company, was born in Adair
County, Iowa, on February 15, 1888. At that time, his father was
Before 1920, the year the engine was being developed, Mr. Taylor
was a salesman for the Universal Milking Machine Company, working
in the Elgin, Illinois area.
During that time, Mr. Taylor began to think of a self-contained
unit, such as an engine and vacuum pump, as one unit, which would
be more compact and convenient with the elimination of the belting
of an engine to a vacuum pump. He thought of using a two diameter
piston, (which is the principle of the engine). He spoke to an
engineer on how to go about this.
Mr. Taylor built his first engine and showed and demonstrated it
at the Wisconsin State Fair, (possibly in 1921). Many milking
machine companies were interested in the engine for its
Taylor Supply Company started in 1920, during its years
(1920-1937), produced some 14,000 engines. (More about this
Mr. Taylor produced four styles of engines. The first had no
designation for these were experimental. Serial numbers 0-5000 were
used for these experimental engines. It is doubtful that 5,000
experimental engines were built. So 5,000 was a start for
production of sellable engines. To my knowledge, as of this date,
none of the experimental engines have been found.
Mr. Taylor had some parts, besides the block made by other
companies and assembled them in his Elgin plant. This accounts for
the similarity of some parts to other engines, such as the
carburetor and flywheels on some Alamo, Economy and Stover
In the beginning he had some parts made by the Challenge Company
of Batavia, Illinois, which had the 6-spoke flywheels on the type A
style, after which Fairbanks Morse made disc type flywheels and
other parts for the later engines.
For most of the years, he had some parts made by the Alamo
Company of Hillsdale, Michigan. In about 1935, the Alamo people
went out of business and Mr. Taylor then had the parts made by the
Stover Company of Freeport, Illinois, until the time he stopped
building the engines.
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