1834 - 1911
Known nationwide as the “Reaper King”, William Whiteley places Springfield on the map with his innovative improvements of Cyrus McCormack’s reaper. A born machinist with an inventive mind, Whiteley is constantly seeking ways to improve upon the means in which to make agriculture profitable for the farming community. Springfield becomes known as the “Champion City” because of his company Whiteley, Fassler, and Kelly producing and distributing its reaper/mower worldwide. Upon merging with four other farm implement manufacturing companies, the Champion Works is born. His East Street Shops, built in 1882, paves the way for Whiteley to become the leader of the world’s second largest manufacturing complex. Unfortunately, due to a misappropriation of funds in a bank in Cincinnati and falling prices, he sells the East Street Shops at a considerable loss. Whiteley moves to Muncie, Indiana, but returns three years later and continues to invent and manufacture farm implements.
Location. 39° 56.173′ N, 83° 49.156′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Click for map. Marker is in Section G of Ferncliff Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West McCreight Avenue, Springfield OH 45504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Also see . . .
1. William N. Whiteley Bio. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. History of Springfield, Ohio. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Champion Machine Company. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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