F.W. Miller, Agricultural Implement Manufacturer

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F.W. Miller, Agricultural Implement Manufacturer


Number 18 on the Burleigh map, for a period this Caledonia firm was nationally known for its patented equipment--especially bean harvesters. Factory was founded by the McColl Brothers in 1868, until purchased in 1880 by Alexander and his son F[red] W. When Alexander died, F.W. Miller continued growing the business thanks to innovative designs.

An admiring profile in 1895 wrote that “Mr. Miller has alone and single handed worked up a large and extensive business in the manufacture of implements of all kinds, and it has grown beyond the control of one man. The firm will probably build new works in course of the coming year providing a suitable location can be secured in a more convenient proximity to the railroad depots” (Caledonia Advertiser 1 Dec 1895). This was to prove fateful, as Miller in seeking growth moved to Leroy, NY and sold patents to the Leroy Plow Company; he lost a legal dispute over their ownership in 1904.

These advertisements illustrate some of F.W. Miller's products.




1. 1904
2. 1921
3. 1904


Cooper, Ken


1. The Implement Age 24 (1904): 144.
2. Farm Implement News Buyer's Guide 31 (1921): 39.
3. The Implement Age 23 (1904): 39.


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