Reprinted from "The Economist" of Nov. We look for surprises. We take for granted a change of climate from tropical to Arctic as we ascend a main traveled highway, and are not astonished at the "57 varieties" of agriculture we note along the road. Therefore, we should probably have been disappointed to Medical Mattress Company California's largest farm-machinery concern—in fact, the largest on the Pacific Coast—following the conventional lines of eastern manufacturers of similar products.

His neighbors and associates objected vigorously, but Holt had a factor of obstinacy of the kind possessed by McCorrnick and Edison. He built the combined Manufactruing, perfected it, and left it for others to market.

Holt engines pulled the Holt harvesters. They furnished steam for auxiliary motors on the harvesters long before the gasoline motor came into its own. Other motors on heavy wagons—all fed from the tractor boiler—helped The Teff Company big ore and lumber trains over steep mountain grades. Holt built wagons—there were no others equal to the severe demands.

It was a new country, with no machine shops at the cross-roads, and few mechanics outside of the cities—a great rough country, its great branches run by masterful men, who drove their way to fortune with a smashing hand. And Holt built big, rugged machines that withstood all manners of use and abuse. The Peoria plant was the factory of the Colean Mfg.

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The Stockton Wheel Company was incorporated as The Holt Manufacturing Company. 1904. Benjamin Holt tested a steam powered machine that moved on self-laying tracks instead of wheels. He named this invention the "Caterpillar". 1925. The Holt Manufacturing Company merged with the C.L. Best Tractor Company to form the Caterpillar Tractor Company. 1931…

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Other articles where Holt Manufacturing Company is discussed: Caterpillar Inc.: …of several brothers in the Holt Manufacturing Company, invented the familiar “caterpillar” tractor in about 1906. The tractor ran on continuous metal-belted tracks instead of wheels, and the tracks kept the heavy vehicle from sinking in mud or dirt. The new machines were immediately successful as all-terrain ...…

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English: The Holt Manufacturing Company was the first company to successfully manufacture a continuous track tractor. By the turn of the twentieth century the company was the leading manufacturer of combine harvesters in the United States and an important manufacturer of steam traction engines.Headquarters location: Stockton…