Near Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Inventor Obed Hussey Tests His Reaper, 1835
Mechanical reapers enabled farmers to harvest much more grain than they could by sickle or scythe. In June 1835, in a field 800 feet southeast of Mill Creek, inventor Obed Hussey (1791–1860) tested what he upheld as the first successful reaper. Blacksmith John Lane, miller Jediah Hill, Hill’s son-in-law Henry Rogers, brothers Algernon and Thomas Foster, and others observed the test, the culmination of Hussey’s experiments with prototypes since the early 1830s. Hussey’s patent for a reaper in 1833 predated that of his competitor Cyrus McCormick (1809–1884) applied for in 1834. Initially, some preferred Hussey’s reaper to McCormick’s, although McCormick’s machines eventually dominated the field. In the late 1850s, Hussey and others sued McCormick for patent infringement and won, compelling the payment of damages by McCormick.
Erected 2017 by Brighton Mills, H. Nagel & Son Co. and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 88-31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & CommerceOhio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 15.139′ N, 84° 32.725′ W. Marker is near Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Miles Road, on the right when traveling east on Covered Bridge Road. Marker is at the Jediah Hill Covered Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1585 Covered Bridge Rd, Cincinnati OH 45231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jediah Hill Covered Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Bevis (approx. 2.7 miles away); John T. Crawford's Legacy (approx. 3.4 miles away); Birthplace of "Wyoming" (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Saint Mary Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Taken for Granite? (approx. 3.9 miles away); Welcome to the Cotswald Overlook (approx. 3.9 miles away); Barney-Fisk-Stearns Property (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 6. submitted on June 5, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.