The Creative Inventor Marshal T. Reeves A Composite review of just a few inventions The Reeves family had over 140 U.S. Patents
The inventions consisted of farm implements such as straw stackers, tongueless corn plows, threshers, cultivators, wooden & metal pulleys, variable-speed transmissions and automobiles.
Reeves animated line of early products
Marshal T. Reeves started three companies during his life. Coming from a farm family and community it seems his inventive mind started with farm implements; making farming more easy for the hard workers of that time period. Here are a few highlights of his earlier invention days:
-In 1869 he started a company called: "Hoosier Boy Cultivator Company" During this period he invented the Tongueless Corn Plow. The plow was driven by two horses. This was a highly successful business and helped farmers maintain their crops in a much more efficient manner.
-In 1879 he started a company called: "Reeves & Company" While the leader in this company he invented and produced two important farm equipment implements. They being the Reeves Straw (hay) Stacker (invented 1881), and the Reeves Clover Huller (invented 1891), of which both were highly successful in sales. Both of these pieces of farm equipment were patented in the United States Patent Office.
-In 1888 he joined with his two brothers Milton O. & Girney L. Reeves to form Reeves Pulley Company. In those early days of this company they developed wooden split pulleys for many uses within industry and farm implements. During these early days in 1894 Reeves invented the Reeves Separator, and the famous Reeves Combustible Engines. Early models included steam driven and later gasoline engines (1911-1915).
Below Is one U.S. Patent Drawing of Reeves Straw Stacker:
Sources: Bartholomew County History, Animation from Reeves Directional Book. United States Patent Drawing of The Department of Interior Washington DC, and partial picture of George's postcard posted at post #15.
Nice Reeves Wooden Pulley George! What kind of wood do you think they were using to produce these things? It may be a hard wood, not sure. Wanda was very nice giving you this and after you complete refinishing the pulley it will be a nice piece.
It is apparent they started building these in the 1800s as the research reflects. The one you are showing has a different clapping system with screws. The other one used large bolts with round washers.
I went back and researched the patents again and found several other wooden design patents. The variations are mostly how the center pieces fit together. Some show like yours and others a little different. All were dated in the late 1880s or so.
Also, it confirms the writing of Reeves Pulley Co. and Columbus Ind. on the outer disk. Anyway, I enjoyed your find.
QUOTE: "Automobile pioneer Milton Othello Reeves, Ada M. O. , invented the first variable speed transmission.
Reeves operated the Reeves Pulley Company in Columbus, churning out the incomparable Octoauto, an eight-wheeled prototype car, from 1909 until 1912.
He also developed the Sextoauto, a six-wheeled vehicle that was the "easiest riding car in the U.S." Extra costs linked to multiple axles precluded mass production, leaving Reeves locked in the trunk of a budding U.S. Auto industry." END QUOTE
Does anyone have any information about the Reeves Fire Brigade?, what years that it was in existence, who the No. 17 badge belong to.
George, I see a list of Reeves and Cummins Fire Brigades on the link below. However, at that time they were called ‘Defense Fire Wardens’. I also note the father of one of the HCI Forum Board Members in the list.
I run an old coating machine, heated by steam. I was cleaning up top today, and found some information, hopefully about the origins of the machine. My father owns the company, and nobody quite knows what the machine was originally used to coat, what year it was built, etc. I have found 3 different name plates, one on the frame, one on the pulley system, and one on the steam blower. The pulley system, of course, said "The Reeves Pulley Co." and the serial number on the plate was 18290 If anyone has any information to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. I can get some pictures (although I'm not sure of what quality, as it is in a pretty tough location) if need be. Thanks a lot,