1834 - 1911Known 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.
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|Date Added||Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 259107 N 4424484|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93621667, -83.81926667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 56.173', W 83° 49.156'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 56' 10.38" N, 83° 49' 9.36" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 501 W Mc Creight Ave, Springfield OH 45504, US|
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