Holt County, Missouri
was born May 1, 1815 in York County, Pennsylvania. At age ten,
moved to Richland (now Morrow) County, Ohio. He chopped wood and
rolled logs; by age 21 had earned 80 acres of land. At age 21,
married Veronica BEELER. Came to Missouri in 1847 and settled 1 mile
east of Oregon. He made 50 wheat cradles and other similar articles
his first season. Started building a mill and had it in operation
in 1849. Put up a woolen mill in 1861.
He invented and patented
several items of tools and "two different improvements on
washing machines. His washing machine has taken the premium at
every fair (exhibited); including the highest award
at the great Centennial exhibition, at Philadelphia, and is doubtless
the best thing of the kind ever invented."
Wife died September,
1853. Married Elizabeth HENER of Holt County Aug. 16, 1856. Had 6
children by each marriage. He has always been a strong Republican.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO.
Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky,
a former Holt County resident.
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