St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Spreading the Wealth Since 1900
The Modern Solution for the original “Dirty Job”!
You think your job is tough?
Try being a manure spreader in the 1800s.
Imagine the relief for farmers when the first practical manure spreader was introduced to the farm in 1900. It was developed and patented by Joseph Oppenheim, a schoolmaster who was concerned about how much time his young students were forced to work in the fields. In 1800, he developed a system of paddle distribution (from watching a paddleball game his students were playing) to increase the distribution spread, thus eliminating the need for workers to do this manually. This was the innovation that made the device effective. He began to manufacture his “new idea” in 1900, and the manure spreader quickly became an essential addition to the roster of new labor-saving agricultural tools.
The horse-drawn manure spreader you see here dates from the 1930s.
It was made of long leaf yellow pine, which was resistant to the acid in the manure, and boasted the shortest turning radius of any spreader on the market. A brake attachment, end gate, and lime-throwing attachment were available as optional equipment.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 29° 54.475′ N, 81° 19.16′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of San Marco Avenue (Business U.S. 1) and Missouri Avenue, on the left when traveling south on San Marco Avenue. Marker and subject Oliver Superior Manure Spreader are located in front of the Oldest Store Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chain Gangs (within shouting distance of this marker); Walk to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1870 Hildreth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Viva Cuba! (within shouting distance of this marker); Up in Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Arriving in Style (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old St. Johns County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); On With The Show (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . Joseph Oppenheim.
Joseph Oppenheim (March 1, 1859 – November 24, 1901) was an educator who invented the modern widespread manure spreader (Submitted on December 11, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 11, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.