The surety company installed an accountant named Mr. Have you ever noticed that excess money just seems to dissipate in a multitude of directions? M3 LeTourneau, Robert Gilmour, interview, Word of Life Broadcast May 12, 1945. We often thank God for his behind-the-scenes provision, including preventing accidents and incidents that would have been costly. LeTourneau and the University He Founded. LeTourneau began his career in obscurity in Stockton, California, where his first job was transporting earth to level out farmland. Instead of being a humble servant, I was taking pride in the way I was working to pay my material debts at the garage, while doing scarcely a thing to pay my spiritual debt to God.
In 1958, at the age of 70, LeTourneau re-entered the earthmoving equipment manufacturing business, offering contractors a range of high capacity earthmoving, transportation, and materials handling machines based on the revolutionary electric wheel drive system he had developed. He even made cranes to move crashed fighters and bombers on aircraft carriers and on land. I feel compelled to include this quote that showed Mr. LeTourneau already had developed an impressive array of haulers, scrapers, and dumpers unlike anything available elsewhere. LeTourneau felt that he was clearly led by to to business as his calling. We do not solicit funds from those who do not agree with our preaching and who are not helped by these publications. As active as he was in spiritual affairs, she was more so.
In the LeTourneau University Rare Vertical File - LeTourneau, R. At 17, he quit high school and, moving to Minnesota, Oregon and then California, began his on-the-job education in manual trades, learning to work faster, not harder, eagerly completing one job to begin the next. In 1953, LeTourneau sold his entire earthmoving equipment line to the. L63 L67 Lorimer, Albert W. Orlemanns book cite above, which was based on Archives at the university , Before it was expanded · ·. But most of us went because it gave us a chance to see the big boss, who often introduced the speaker for the day. Mover of Men and Mountains, Autobiography Prentice-Hall 1960, 1967; Reprint Moody Press 1967, 1972 , External links The original wikipedia article was based on , LeTourneau Technology Inc's website.
He married Evelyn Peterson in 1917, and together they reared three boys and a girl. Let's check, How Rich is R. In 1953, LeTourneau sold his entire earthmoving equipment line to the Westinghouse Air Brake Company. The LeTourneau name became synonymous with earthmoving worldwide. . With the Caterpillar becoming a competitor to LeTourneau on construction vehicles like this, LeTourneau used diesel engines from the Detroit Diesel Division of General Motors.
The San Francisco Earthquake: A letter written to his family describing the San Francisco earthquake in April, 1906. That day they drove to Winona Lake, Indiana, and she bought Camp Bethel. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. Robert Gilmour LeTourneau is a name that is not well known outside of the heavy construction industry, yet today many of the pieces of construction equipment used by the industry are the result of his 300 patents. He travelled the world as both a businessman and a Christian witness.
He later moved to San Francisco, where he was employed at the Yerba Buena Power Plant and learned skills and became familiar with the application of electricity. Many books about his life have published, including his best-selling autobiography, Mover of Men and Mountains Zondervan , which is still in print, thirty years after his death. A lay pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, R. When it came to moving heaven and earth, R. He up and left his quiet, Christian home in Vermont at the tender age of 14 and began his career as an apprentice ironworker in Portland, Oregon, and then San Francisco, California. There he established the LeTourneau Technical Institute at the site of the former Harmon General Hospital to provide sound technical and mechanical training, traditional college courses, and training for missionary technicians, based on the philosophy of combining work, education and Christian testimony. Atkinson, of the highly respected U.
After LeTourneau turned his attention to manufacturing earthmoving equipment and was becoming financially successful, he and his wife Evelyn determined to give 90% of their income to the Lord. In May 1921, he purchased a plot of land, in Stockton, and established a small engineering workshop, where he designed and built several types of scrapers. Located in Rare Book Room, LeTourneau University Library. I learned a little about R. Caterpillar started manufacturing its own wheeled tractors in 1941, bulldozers in 1946, and rubber-tired, self-propelled scrapers in 1948. LeTourneau was largely responsible for the invention and development of many types of earthmoving machines that are in wide use today. No great flash of awareness.
Gilmour LeTourneau 1888-1969 The comments below are excerpted from Mr. By this time Caterpillar viewed LeTourneau as a competitor, as many of R. Young, a member of Wood County Electric Cooperative, lives in Quitman. I discovered then that God loves us so much that He wants us to love Him in return. The business was sold to Westinghouse Air Brake Company in 1953. I found out that he was a Christian who kept giving a larger and larger percentage of his income to the Lord.
LeTourneau said that the money came in faster than he could give it away. He continually under-bid his competitors to win jobs and would scramble to invent machines to speed up the work and keep him from going broke. I must have looked as small as I felt because just now, 38 years later, I happened to mention the incident to my wife. Located in gray acid-free box in LeTourneau University Margaret Estes Library Rare Book Room. In late 1921, he had his own machine shop where he designed and built different types of scrapers and electrical engines.
At the age of 28, he returned from a period with the Navy serving our country in World War I to a car dealership, of which he was half owner, that was steeped in debt due to a partner who took to drinking. Who's Who in the South and Southwest. He was able to buy some time with his creditors by committing to improve his financial reporting. When he incurred a large debt during the Great Depression, he remained true to his Christian principles. Robert Gilmour LeTourneau November 30, 1888 — June 1, 1969 , was born in Richford, Vermont, and was a prolific inventor of earthmoving machinery. LeTourneau changed the world with his God-given ingenuity, his giant earthmoving machines, and his commitment to serve Christ in his work.