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Springfield in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Whiteley

1834 - 1911

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
1. William Whiteley Marker
Inscription.

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. Touch 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

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By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
2. William Whiteley Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jeremiah Warder and Ann Aston Warder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oliver Smith Kelly (about 500 feet away); John Dick (about 500 feet away); John Ludlow (about 600 feet away); Clark County Revolutionary War Memorial (about 600 feet away); James Leffel (about 700 feet away); Union Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Asa Smith Bushnell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. William N. Whiteley Bio. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Springfield, Ohio. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Champion Machine Company. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & Commerce
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
3. William Whiteley Grave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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