... The company’s roots go back to 1850, when an immigrant from Luxembourg named Theodore Gilson established a foundry in Port Washington to manufacture agricultural equipment. The company grew and added other products, most notably hardware for swiveling office chairs developed by Theodore’s son, John. An early investor in office chair production in the 1890s was Harry Wilbur Bolens
, a newspaper editor and inventor who became secretary and sales manager for the Gilson company. Harry Bolens became president of the company in 1909, finally buying it outright in 1914. The "Bolens" brand name began appearing on Gilson equipment shortly thereafter. Bolens changed the firm’s name to the Gilson Bolens Co. in 1928 and to the Bolens Manufacturing Co. in 1939. ...
Thanks for supporting my arguement, OB. Notice that Bolens wasn't even involved with the company until the 1890's. Take 40 years off the top to start, now we're down to 76 yrs. Now, note that it claims the Bolens name to not be used until after 1914. There's another 24 yrs so now we're down to 52 yrs. Does anybody have anything showing the Bolens brand from 14-20? I'd be interested in seeing it. I highly doubt your going to find anything tractor wise from Bolens until 21. I rest my case!
Maybe I shouldn't quit so soon. The claim to the first riding tractor in 47. That may have been Bolen's first riding tractor but definately wasn't the first overall. Speedex tried to claim that award in 36 but Utilitor was advertising a riding tractor in 22. like I said, there's a lot of truth stretching in the article.