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VHP 50th Anniversary    (added November 2017)

VHP 50th Anniversary 1967 to 2017

 

In 1965, at the height of the its engine offerings, and exclusive of the Climax, LeRoi and Cerlist engines, the Waukesha Motor Co. was building 14 basic engine sizes...

Waukesha Motor Company and Fairmont Speeders     (added January 2017)

As mentioned in previous WEHS articles, Waukesha’s were used in just about every application you can think of. One of the unusual applications was in those small rail cars ...

History of Packaging Waukesha Engines     (added July 2016)

Packaging Waukesha engines 1906 to 2013...

Trucks that have used Waukesha Engines     (added February 2016)

Waukesha was one of the pioneers of motorized trucks having supplied engines to truck manufacturers from 1907 to the 1970’s...

Harry L Horning - Documentary     (added July 2015)

Animesh Mohapatra, a student at Nicolet High School, made a video for the National History Day contest for 2015. The theme of this years contest is: ...

Waukesha Motor Company and Farm Tractors     (added April 2015)

Not many know that the Waukesha Motor Company played an important role in the mechanization of the America farmer ...

Romancing the Hesselman     (added March 2015)

The Waukesha Motor Company (WMCo) was a pioneer in the use of internal combustion engines in many fields of endeavor. I recently stumbled into another field of endeavor ...

 

Evinrude and Waukesha     (added February 2015)

In 1906, two lakes in northwestern Waukesha County were instrumental in the founding of two engine companies that would become famous ...

 

The Waukesha Refrigerator     (added October 2012; updated December 2014)

In 1935 the Waukesha Motor Company introduced the Waukesha Refrigerator. Its advertisement read: "Any home anywhere, not served by electric power lines, can now have modern ...

 

The Motors Works    

The Motor Works - A 10 part series written by John Schoenknecht and originally published in The Freeman, Waukesha County's Newspaper

Part 1 Powering Waukesha and the World    (added June 2014)
Part 2 First motor, Model A, designed to power boats    (added June 2014)
Part 3 Company fortunes continue to rise in new home    (added July 2014)
Part 4 The ’20s were roaring at Motor Works    (added July 2014)
Part 5 Horning’s death brings city to virtual halt     (added August 2014)
Part 6 Company continues to grow after World War II     (added August 2014)
Part 7 Government, hospital sectors spur growth for Waukesha Motor    (added September 2014)
Part 8 Waukesha Motor becomes Waukesha Engine with sale to Dresser    (added September 2014) 
Part 9 Waukesha engines find use in Arctic, spot in 9/11 history    (added October 2014)
Part 10 Motor development involves many moving parts    (added October 2014)

 

CFR - The Beginnings     (added March 2014)

The beginning of Waukesha Motor Fuel Research, Photos 8887, 8888, 8889 and 8890. These photos were taken in the mid 1920's...

The Waukesha Connections Introduction     (added August 2013)

While browsing the Internet I have noticed questions and misinformation about the various lines of engines that Waukesha acquired over the years ...

The Waukesha/Fuller & Johnson Connection     (added August 2013)
The Waukesha/Climax Connection     (added October 2013)
The Waukesha/Le Roi Connection     (added December 2013; updated December 2014)
The Waukesha/Williams Research Connection     (added February 2014)
The Waukesha/Cerlist Diesel Connection    (added April 2014)
The Waukesha/Pleasurecraft Marine Connection    (added May 2014)

 

Memory Lane 1928     (added June 2013)

International Harvester just placed an order for 10,000 more XA engines for assembly into their units. Tony Herzberg, shop superintendent, was seen using a stopwatch figuring how much ...

 

Engine Driven Air Conditioning     (added February 2013)

In 1936 Waukesha designed and developed a propane fueled air conditioning unit for use on railroad passenger cars. Prior to this, air conditioning in the railroad coach cars was provided by steam ...

 

Fageol Coach "America"     (added December 2012)

The Fageol Coach "America" powered with a Waukesha 6AB engine, this "Pullman of the Open Road" (land cruiser) was CC Pyle's trans-continental "Foot Race" accommodations. ...

 

Silent Sioux     (added November 2012)

A year or so ago I wrote an article for the WEHS internet web site about some early 20th Century automobiles that used Waukesha engines. I wrote that the Silent Sioux automobile ...

 

News Notes 1926     (added September 2012)

The car load of Waukesha engines shipped on the 15th was never unloaded from the truck. All the units were sold before its arrival. Another load scheduled to leave Waukesha on ...

 

"The Best Engine in the World!"     (added July 2012)

"This week (July 10, 1936) an interesting incident occurred in the Sales Department which once again justifies our pride in this company. ...

 

Biggest Fish Story Of All Time     (added June 2012)

(From: The Waukesha Motor News Bulletin-April 1938)

 

"We've just discovered that Waukesha took part in the biggest fish story of all time...

 

Waukesha's Corporate Milestones     (added May 2012)

1906 - Waukesha Motor Co incorporates with a capitalization of $25,000 and leading investor Allan Stebbins as president; Fred Ahrens is vice-president and Harry Horning secretary-treasurer...

 

Training Center      (added February 2012)

Product training at Waukesha Engine dates back to the company’s president De Long, in post WWII.  There was a classroom in the plant located on the east end of the ...

 

Waukesha Engine No. 371     (added December 2011)

(Reprinted from: The Waukesha Motor News Bulletin, dated June 12, 1936)

 

How many engine companies do you suppose could boast ...

 

The Diesel Speed Record Car     (added October 2011)

It's a little-known fact that a Waukesha Diesel engine once held the World's Diesel Speed Record. This special speed record car was built by the students at the Hemphill Diesel School's...

 

God's Town     (added October 2011)

There is nothing like the desert heat to make one appreciate the advantages of the Waukesha Railway Ice Engine. And since his recent trip to the West Coast, Mr. Melcher is certain of it...

 

This is the story of the events that led up to the moment when the photo of the M4 18T, high speed, artillery tractor was taken as it dashed through a French village during WWII. ...

 

Waukesha Motor Company in Flint Michigan?      (added September 2011)

I ran across an interesting article in the February 1938 issue of the County Heritage, a monthly supplement to the Waukesha Freeman. According to the article...

 

Indian Word That Means Horsepower      (added August 2011)

A visitor was on a train from New York to Chicago on his way to the Waukesha Motor Co. and started up a conversation with one of his fellow passengers. And, as is generally the case, they got around to asking each other where they were ...

 

A World Trade Center Survivor      (added July 2008)

The World Trade Center was a complex of several buildings around a central plaza in New Your City. On any given day, some 50,000 people would work at or visit the WTC. The most notable feature of the complex was the twin towers, each with 110 stories. ...

 

2006 Marked a Century Milestone with Slide Show      (added February 2006, updated May 2011)

Waukesha engine celebrated it’s 100th birthday in 2006. Waukesha Motor Company was established May 28, 1906, and papers were filed in the Register of Deeds office at the Waukesha County Clerks office May 29, 1906. ...

 

Harry L. Horning      (added July 2006)

Mr. Horning was one of the most innovative leaders in the formative decades of the automotive industry.  He was president of Waukesha Motor Company (now Dresser Waukesha) until his death in January, 1936.  He served as president of SAE and ...

 

"The Waukesha" Model A      (added July 2006)

In 1907, after countless hours of midnight research on customer cars left for repair or a wash job, two young engineers learned all they could about automobile engines. They would completely disassemble an engine to study it and look for ways to improve it..

 

The Fawick Flyer      (added July 2006)

The Fawick, built in Milwaukee, WI and Sioux Falls, SD was probably the first car to have front doors. Prior to that time, some two seat cars had doors with hinges and latches for the convenience and safety of rear seat passengers, but such obstructions...

 

 

 

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