The GI who once wore this canteen had the privilege to wear one made by one of the most scarce WWII manufacturers : RUTENBER ELECTRIC CO. ( 1943 )... it didn't change anything to the fate of the canteen.... which bear the traces of many slugs and artillery shell fragments...the soldiers' fate remains unknown !Dug in a woods near St-Vith, Belgium, by a friend of mine some years ago, I obtained this items and kept it a long time as a terrific keepsake of the battle. This item might be used as an educational item , a museum piece or for your own personal collection... If you collect items from the 7th armored Division, 28th Infantry, 82nd airborne, 30th Infantry, 75th Infantry etc... don't miss that one....THIS IS UNIQUE. Please check also my other items for more WWI and WWII relics of the battle of the Bulge and Bastogne ( including 17th and 101st airborne stuff, helmet etc... ) Edwin Rutenber achieved his destinction in the desinging and manufacturing of the first-four cylinder engine. Edwin was born in Sadorus, Illinois on August 10, 1876 to Darwin and Zelia Rutenber. He passed away in September 1962 at Greenville, Michigan.Edwin made a study of mechanics, learning the trade and in 1892 or tabouts, invented a single cylinder motor. In 1898 he produced his first four cylinder gasoline motor. Come June of 1902 Edwin moved the Rutenber Manufacturing Company from Chicago, Illinois to Logansport, Indiana. The name of the company was later changed to The Western Motor Company. "The 1907 Logansport City directory states The Western Motor Company employed 300-400 men and shipped all over the country". Since July of 1912, the name of the company has been The Rutenber Motor Company. At the last mentioned date, Mr Rutenber disposed of his holding in the corporation and in September of 1912 The Rutenber Electric Co. "RECO" was Incorporated and manufactured electric appliances. Early in 1916 Edwin expanded his operations to Marion, Indiana. Since becoming a resident of Logansport, Indiana Mr. Rutenber took a leading part in the industrial activiities of the City. Wallace Spencer Huffman compiled information on Indiana Built Automobiles and states "Rutenber Mfg. Company produced a car in 1902". This was fifteen years before the ReVere Motor Car Company. However, no other cars were built and Edwin continued to produce Car engines
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