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J I Case Pioneer Engineers and Their Patents By Harold A Ralston
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This second edition contains the patents of inventors employed by J I Case in Racine, Wisconsin during the early years. The first edition was privately printed and copies were given to a number of... More > family members. A copy was also given to the Racine Heritage Museum with consent for printing and selling if desired. It contained about 90 patents. Often, since completing the first edition, I have been thinking there is a need to expand it to include Jesse Walrath of J I Case Threshing Machine Co. and engineers of the J I Case Plow Works Co. With these additions, there are about 170 patents listed, 1871 - 1941.< Less
Roscoe, Illinois Area Inventors 1867- 1910 By Harold A Ralston
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This book contains copies of patent documents issued to people of Winnebago County living outside the city of Rockford in the years 1867–1910. In those cases where I was able to find... More > information about the inventors, it has been included.< Less
Emerson Manufacturing Co. A Family Connection By Harold A Ralston
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This book contains some historical information about the reaper industry in Rockford, Illinois during the second half of the nineteenth century. It contains some biographical information about the... More > innovators and industrialists involved. Several pictures of their patents, 1851-1869, are included. This is the result of some family history research I was doing when I discovered that my grandfather, Louis Andrew Belden, had been employed in Rockford, Illinois at the firm of Emerson Manufacturing Co. in 1905. In 1903-1905, his father in law, Great-Grandpa William J Goff, was also employed there. This firm later became Emerson-Brantingham Co and was purchased in 1928 by J I Case Co. I was employed in Rockford at the product engineering office of the J I Case factory beginning in 1952 and continued at that location until it was closed down in 1970. I remained in the Case Co employment at Bettendorf, IA until 1975 and then in Racine, WI until my retirement in 1989.< Less
1916 – 1918 Letters to Kenneth McAffee Ralston By Harold A Ralston
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A packet of letters sent to son on the farm from family during World War 1. Especially touching to learn about his mother’s life during a war when her oldest son was away in the trenches of... More > France. And then learn about her son’s hospital stay as a result of a gas attack by the enemy. At the same time, her mother, was stricken to bed and slowly dying. During this time the influenza epidemic was affecting family and friends. Often her husband was away all week in the Northwood’s of Wisconsin working as a railway surveyor. Yet, there is no word of discouragement or complaint by her.< Less