United Advertising & Manuals

This manual is believed to be printed after 1915 as it includes the Kerosene Throttle Governing mixer. The throttle governed engines were believed to be first available in 1915. This manual does not lead the reader to believe these are "new" models or advanced features so the engines were likely on the market for some time prior to this version of the manual. Best estimate to a publish year would be 1916-1919, but it could be even later than that.

March 13, 1915 Invoice for a 6 HP Type A engine with a magneto. Sold to Mowrey Latshaw Hardware, Spring City, PA for $159.

The bill was paid March 22, 1915.

Adjusting for inflation, that price in 2018 would be roughly $3880.92

There is math on the page indicating the customer asked for a quote for 30 engines. Likely, he was planning on purchasing 30 6 HP engines for his store to sell throughout the year. In today's market that would be $116,427.67 worth of engines to hopefully sell in your store.

This would have been an Associated built engine likely with a straight trip igniter and 4 bolt magneto.

May 21, 1915 Invoice for 2- 6 HP engines with magnetos, and 2 1-3/4 HP air cooled engines. Sold to Sampson Power & Thresher Company, East Berkshire, VT. The total cost was $390.00

The bill was paid June 9, 1915.

Adjusting for inflation, that price in 2018 would be roughly $9,519.24

There is math on this page as well but it is unclear what they were calculating.

These were likely Type A Associated built engines, but it is possible they were very late Type F Waterloo built engines. If Type A, they were likely straight trip with 4 bolt magnetos on the 6 HPs.

November 13, 1913 letter to the Buchanan Hardware Co, Richfield Springs, NY from the Albany NY office.


I am in receipt of your favor and wish to thank you for the order for 1-1/2 HP. air cooled pumper to be shipped to Mr. Oscar Brown (?) of Jordanville. I have one of these engines in stock from which the mixer is missing. I have wired the factory however to have them forward one by parcel post and will rush it forward as soon as the mixer arrives. This will be the old type "F" engine and jack. We have not got our new line of type "A" pumpers completed yet. Will send you circulars of some as soon as we have.

Very truly yours.

James Schoonmaker

Eastern Mgr."

January 5, 1915 letter to W. H. E. France from the Albany NY office.

"Dear sir:

As I have had some previous correspondence with you, and thinking perhaps you would be interested in our new catalog and that has just been issued, I take pleasure in enclosing same herewith and for your information will state that all prices are subject to a discount of 30%, based on Lansing delivery.

Your territory is still open and I would like very much to have you consider taking on the United line in this section. Aside from the goods listed in the catalog we have a 1000 lb. machine listed at $75, subject to our regular discount, and also a #0 cream separator with a capacity of 100 lbs. per hour. This separator is designed especially for one or two cows and is an exact duplicate of our #1 separator, only smaller. It is our intention to make a leader of this particular separator and it will be placed in the hands of the dealers at a net price of $12.75.

I trust you will find it convenient to acknowledge receipt of the catalog and advise me to your wishes with reference to the territory.

Very truly yours,

James N Schoonmaker,


Catalog reprint likely printed 1914-1915. A nearly identical catalog, in color, accompanied the above letter. In the catalog are Type A engines, water pumps, grinders, pulleys, and various other United equipment. All engines shown in this catalog are straight trip engines.

An undated letter from the Lansing, Michigan office to a dealer. Possibly mass-produced and mailed in an effort to acquire more business. Undated so it could be used throughout the year and to multiple dealers.


Mr. Dealer,

Viking Separator Sales are showing a tremendous increase at this time and it will pay you big profits to put a strong selling campaign behind this wonderful machine.

The Viking is the easiest seller for you and makes you the most money because

It gives you the largest margin of profit

It has the most exclusive selling features

It is internationally advertised

It turns the easiest

It is an exhaustive skimmer

It has proven its durability for 20 years

It is easier to sell than to compete against

Our special terms and prices on quantity lots offer you an opportunity never equalled by any other machine.

Now is the time for you to start realizing handsome profits pushing Viking Sales-Get behind this machine with some earnest selling effort and you will be pleased with your results. We will gladly furnish you cuts for your local advertising if you desire.

Here is your net cost F.O.B. Lansing and Branches on single machine lots:

  • A0 100 lb. without stand.....$15.00
  • A 200 lb. without stand.....22.00
  • A 200 lb. with stand.....28.00
  • B 300-350 lb. with stand.....$35.00
  • C 550-600 lb. with stand.....52.00
  • D 900-1000 lb. with stand.....70.00

Don't delay--start now your campaign for the coming season's business.

Yours truly,

United Engine Company,

C. L. Sprinkle


P.S.-- Pick up some easy profit on United Concrete Mixers--Junior Model Circular enclosed. Dealers prices are as follows:

F.O.B. Lansing Fredonia and Wisc. Branches

United 2-1/2 ft. batch mixers..................................$30.00 $33.00

United 3-1/2 ft. batch mixers on skids.....................36.70 39.70

United 3-1/2 on trucks less engine and housing...60.00 65.00

United 3-1/2 on trucks with 2 HP engine and housing 143.00 148.00

United 3-1/2 Rubber tired trailer with engine and housing 173.00 178