The 1918 White Model 20 truck that appears on the cover of the July/August 2016 issue of Vintage Truck magazine served at Morris Machine Works in Baldwinsville, New York, at one point before it was bought and restored by Stan Edinger.
What else is in this issue?
- 1960 Studebaker Transtar 4X4
- 1968 International 1000C Travelall
- 1953 Chevrolet 3100
- 1976 Chevrolet C-20 Silverado
- 1917 Gersix Model G
- Chevy Talk – 1972 Chevrolet C-10 Super Cheyenne
- Delivery Designs – DeKalb Wagon Co. & the 1931 Step-Go
- Dodge Garage – 1978 Dodge D100
- For Ford Fans – 1931 Ford Model AA
- Granny Gear – Haulin’ Peaches
- Shade Tree Mechanic – Seven Easy Strips
- Triple Diamond Treatise – Internationals at Auctions in Early 2016
- Wagon Wheels – 1950 DeSoto Wagon
Edinger’s Timeless Treasure
1918 White Model 20
by Bob Tomaine
A pump factory, family members keeping a secret, and a friend who knows good fortune when he sees it—all played a part in the story of Stan Edinger’s 1918 White.
Edinger would not own the White if not for his wife. She discovered the 1-1/2-ton truck by chance during one of her hunts for dolls to add to her collection. She commented to a couple that she and Edinger were in the trucking business, and the husband told her that he had an old White in his barn. She and Edinger returned to look at the truck together, and though Edinger expressed an interest in the old truck, he didn’t buy it.
“Unbeknownst to me, she went back and bought it,’ recalled Edinger. “My boys and my mechanics went and got it, and she gave it to me for Christmas in 1975.”
Edinger learned the Model 20 truck had spent its life in Baldwinsville, New York, at Morris Machine Works (later Morris Pumps, Inc.), where it carried pumps from the factory to railroad cars for shipment. The seller worked at Morris and bought the White, which was no longer in service, when he retired.
Though the Morris company was established in 1864, long before Edinger’s 1918 truck, White as a company could trace its origins back to 1866. After earning success with its sewing machines, the White Sewing Machine Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, diversified and added steam-powered vehicles in 1900.
The White cars and truck lines proved successful, and in 1906, an automotive division separate from the White Sewing Co. was formed and called the White Company. When the White Motor Co., was incorporated as a manufacturing company in 1916, the White Co. became its sales subsidiary.
In 1909, White realized that the limits of steam power were too great to overcome in the rapidly advancing automobile and truck industry and introduced a 1½-ton truck powered by a 4-cylinder gasoline engine. By 1912, the White steamers were discontinued and an entire gasoline-powered lineup was introduced. The Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers’ Handbook of Gasoline Automobiles, 1912 listed four White passenger cars and trucks of 3/4- to five-ton capacities.
Read the rest of the story in July/August 2016 issue.