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Swingle, F. B. "The invention of the twine binder"


The Invention of the Twine Binder: This article summarizes the professional career of Beloit engineer John F. Appleby (1840-1917), who came to Walworth Co. in 1845 as a child. It consists mainly of a long interview with Appleby, who tells how in the mid-1850s he witnessed the power of a reaper to cut grain but then left it to be picked up by hand. In 1858 he invented a device that could tie knots and in 1874, a wire binder (that farmers refused to use). In 1874 he perfected a twine binder that automated the process of gathering cut crops, that was sold by William Deering, the McCormick Co. and others. He offers recollections of his employers Charles H. Parker and Gustavus Stone, and the founding of International Harvester Co. (6 pages)

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Citation: Swingle, F. B. "The invention of the twine binder" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 10 /Issue: 1 (1926-1927)

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