ALERT: There are two markers numbered 88-31 in Hamilton County. The other is 'Camp Joy.'
- Title, side A
- Inventor Obed Hussey Test His Reaper, 1835
- Text, side A
- Mechanical reapers enabled farmers to harvest much more grain than they could by sickle or scythe. In June 1835, in a field 800 feet southeast of Mill Creek, inventor Obed Hussey (1791Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1860) tested what he upheld as the first successful reaper. Blacksmith John Lane, miller Jediah Hill, HillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son-in-law Henry Rogers, brothers Algernon and Thomas Foster, and others observed the test, the culmination of HusseyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s experiments with prototypes since the early 1830s. HusseyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s patent for a reaper in 1833 predated that of his competitor Cyrus McCormick (1809Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1884) applied for in 1834. Initially, some preferred HusseyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reaper to McCormickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, although McCormickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s machines eventually dominated the field. In the late 1850s, Hussey and others sued McCormick for patent infringement and won, compelling the payment of damages by McCormick.
- Brighton Mills, H. Nagel & Son Co. and The Ohio History Connection
- Near 8424 Covered Bridge Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
- On the W side of the Jediah Hill Covered Bridge