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Timeline of Duryea Brothers


 

Milestones

1861 – Charles was born on December 15, 1861 Canton, Illinois United States.

1869 – Frank was born on October 8, 1869, Washburn, Illinois United States.

1882 – Charles graduated from the Giddings Seminary high school, at LeHarpe, Illinois.

1886 – Charles visited the 1886 Ohio State Fair where he saw a crude internal combustion engine.

1889 – Charles contracted with a firm in Rockaway, New Jersey, to construct bicycles.

1890 – Both the brothers moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts to work with the Ames Manufacturing Company.

1890 – The Rouse Duryea Cycle Co., of Peoria, was incorporated.

1891 – The probable drawings for the vehicle were prepared by Charles A.Bartlett, a member of the Howard firm and a neighbor of Charles Duryea,

1892 – On the March 26th, Charles bought an old ladies phaeton for building the vehicle.

1892 – On April 4th, Frank started the work of building the vehicle as per Charles' design.

1892 – On September 22nd, Charles moved to Peoria, Illinois to manufacture bicycle parts.

1892 – October 5 Frank was admitted to the Springfield Hospital.

1893 – Sometime in February Frank was able to successfully start the altered engine.

1893 – In March, Frank convinced Markham that he could construct a new and practicalengine.

1893 – On May 19th, Frank married his fiancee in Springfield.

1893 – On September 21 newly designed vehicle by Frank managed to travel about 600 feet in its first trial.

1894 – On January 18th, the vehicle's second trial was successful as the machine ran more then six miles.

1894 – Charles patented the vehicle and its design in his own name on the April 30th.

1895 – In September, the Duryea Motor Wagon Co., of Springfield MA, was incorporated.

1895 – On November 28th, the second vehicle made by Frank won the America's first motor race.

1896 – In January, Charles had the Chicago winner shipped to Peoria to raise funds to create a manufacturing company in Peoria.

1896 – In March, Charles and Frank Duryea offered for sale the first commercial

1896 – Frank won the Cosmopolitan Race held in New York City on the Memorial Day, while Charles finished second.

1896 – In November, Charles moved to New Jersey with his family to work for the Canda Company in Carteret.

1896 – Frank won the London - Brighton Emancipation race on the November 14th.

1897 – The Duryea company came out with a three wheeler automobile.

1897 – In August, Charles terminated the work for the Canda Company.

1897 – In September, Charles and family returned to Peoria to their Barker Ave., home.

1898 – In February, the Duryea Mfg. Co. of Peoria Heights was incorporated.

1898 – In July, the first prototype Peoria built Duryea was rolled out for the public.

1898 – The Duryea Motor Wagon Company folded and was reformed as the Duryea Power Company, of Waterloo, Iowa.

1899 – The production began at the Peoria Heights manufacturing plant.

1899 – Frank joined the American Automobile of America in New York as an engineer and designed their 1899 American automobile.

1900 –Frank left the Automobile Company of America and moved to Hampden, Massachusetts.

1901 – Frank started his own automobile company called the Hampden Automobile Co. and produced the 1901 Hampden.

1901 – Frank joined the Stevens Arms & Tool Company, of Chicopee as Vice-President and Chief Engineer.

1901 – The British Duryea Company was organized at Coventry initially as a sales agency for the American-built cars.

1903 – The Duryea Power Company was moved to Reading, Pennsylvania.

1904 – The production of British built Duryeas began, using parts manufactured by Willans & Robinson of Rugby.

1904 – The Stevens-Duryea Company was formed with J. Frank Duryea as vice-president and chief engineer.

1907 – The British Duryeas Company was wound up.

1908 – The Duryea Power Company introduced the Buggyaut, a crude high-wheeler with solid tires.

1914 – Stevens withdrew from the company leaving Frank to take hold of the company.

1915 – Frank quit the Stevens Duryea Company owing to ill health.

1916 – A light sports version of the Buggyaut was introduced.

1916 – Charles came out with a three-wheeler torpedo like cyclecar with Buggyaut engine and transmission.

1938 – Charles Edgar Duryea died on the September 28th in Philadelphia, aged 76.

1967 – Frank Edgar Duryea died on the February 15th in Saybrook, Connecticut, aged 97.



 
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