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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Four Traction Auto Co. Mankato, MN. Drawings, 1908 - 1913.
MSU Archives Collection 161



Four Traction Auto Co. Mankato, MN. Drawings, 1908 - 1913. SMHC Manuscript Collection 161. 1 file folder, 13 pages. (Photocopies of originals owned by the Minnesota Historical Society)

Abstract:

This collection is made up of thirteen photocopies of engineering drawings of cars and trucks designed by Mr. Ernest Rosenberger of the Four Traction Auto Company. The drawings contain views of both entire vehicles and parts of the chassis and drive gear, but are not to scale. Included in these drawings are depictions of a twelve-passenger automobile, a 1 1/2 ton truck, two fire engines, and car and light truck chassis and axles. The original drawings are in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Originally these cars were designed with four-wheel drive chassis to prevent wheel spin on Mankato's steep hills.

Historical Note:

Mr. Ernest Rosenberger, a Mankato candy maker, designed and patented a four-wheel drive chassis to overcome wheel spin on Mankato's steep hills. In 1908, he and his associates organized the Four Traction Auto Company with the goal of manufacturing Kato cars based on Rosenberger's designs. The first five Kato cars of this design were manufactured in 1908. In 1909, the company first offered a one and one-half ton truck, priced at $2,250. Between 1910 and 1913 the crew of about twenty men manufactured twenty-five to thirty trucks and nearly a dozen cars. In 1913 the assets of the Four Traction Auto Company and Rosenberger's patent were sold to the Nevada Manufacturing Company of Nevada, Iowa.

Information obtained from the Mankato Free Press, 15 February 1946, and Minnesota History, Fall 1972.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Four Traction Auto Company, Mankato, MN. Drawings, 1908 -1913. SMHC Manuscript Collection 161, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Bruce Larson donated this collection in January 1974.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in April 1974.
Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000.

Related Collections:

The original collection is available at the Minnesota Historical Society.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Automobiles--Design
Rosenberger, Ernest
Mankato (Minn.)

SMHC Manuscript Collection 161

Folder

Page

Front View – Front Axle

1

1

Model B

1

2

Chemical – On light Car Chassis (Fire Engine)

1

3

12 Passenger Sightseer

1

4

Model D. Grocer’s Delivery Car

1

5

1 ½ Ton Truck, 25 Horse Power

1

6

Side View, Insurance Patrol No. 1 (Fire Engine)

1

7

Model B2

1

8

Light Truck Chassis

1

9

Front Drive Gear

1

10

Housing Diagrams

1

11

Truck Style (Not Identified)

1

12

Car Style (Not Identified)

1

13