Biography of Truckman S. La France
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La France, Truckson S., mechanical engineer of the La France Fire Engine Company and the inventor of the rotary engine and rotary pump, was born in Susquehanna County, Pa., September 14, 1834. He is a son of Willis B. La France, a mechanic now eightythree years of age, who reared a family of five sons, of whom T. S. is the oldest. Receiving a common school education, and learning the locomotive and stationary engineer's trade, he was for twelve years engineer of a fire engine in Elmira, which led to his bringing about valuable improvements in the manufacture of attachments, etc., and later brought into existence their present valuable apparatus, a list of the patents for which we are obliged to omit owing to limited space. Mr. La France began the manufacture of steam fire engines in partnership with John Vischer in 1870, under the firm name of La France & Vischer. The La France Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1871. In 1880 the firm was reorgamzed as it at present exists. Mr. La France married, in Elmira, N.Y., January 12, 1859, Miss H. A. Burgess, of the same place. Of their five children one died aged two years leaving two daughters, and two sons are engaged in the shops with their father. In addition to the above improvements Mr. La France has invented a new pump for fire engines for which he is receiving rapid sales.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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