1917 – Inventor John F. Appleby Dies

On this date the inventor of the twine-binder, died. Appleby was raised on a wheat farm in Wisconsin and searched for an easier way to harvest and bundle¬†grains. His invention gathered severed spears into bundles and bound the sheaves with hempen twine. His invention, which was pulled by horses, was a great success. In 1878 William Deering, a farm machinery manufacturer secured the right to use Appleby’s patent and sold 3,000 twine harvesters in a single year. In 1882 the McCormicks (of the McCormick reapers) paid $35,000 for the privilege to . Appleby spent the rest of his life in his shop trying to create additional successful machinery. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes]