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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

That night some envious vandal cut down one-half of the orchard. The next morning the deacon, seeing the catastrophe, became exceedingly alarmed lest all his buildings should be destroyed. The story soon got round that Ingersoll's mowing machine had got loose in the night, cut down his peach orchard, set fire to a stump in the corner of the field and disappeared in the darkness. I have ransacked the encyclopedia, have searched diligently through the one hundred years of American Progress, and it is my candid opinion that Erastus Ingersoll, of town one north, of range eight east was the inventor of the first mowing machine ever used in America.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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