History: Silos in Clark Co., Wis.

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Surnames: Harder, Towsend, Horn

----Source: The Loyal Tribune, Roessler Bro., Props.,  A. A. Roessler Editor.  Thursday, August 3, 1911




It seems that on June 27th, 1899, U.S. Letters Patent No. 627, 732 was granted to the Harder Manufacturing Company of Cobleskill, N. Y.  This patent was apparently the first granted by the patent office covering a round silo.  The Harder Manufacturing Co. have just won a very important suit against Edward Towsend, a New York state farmer and a user of a silo sold him by the Economy Silo Company of Frederick, Maryland.  This decision, given by judge Ray of the United States Circut Court in Northern District of New York is probably the most sweeping ever handed down by the United State Court in a patent case.  It practically prevents anyone making or using any kind of a Silo either steel frame or wooden frame construction, continuous openings or otherwise, and of any material.  In other words the decision of this Court is that no silo can be constructed either by farmer or by manufacturer without infringing the Harder patent.


The Harder Manufacturing Company have planned a vigorous campaign against Manufacturers and users of Silos, which do not bear the License Plate.  This applies to cement, stone, tile, etc., as well as wood silos.



----Source: Upper Wisconsin Farmer, 1924, pg. 3




The Silo State Wisconsin emphatically the silo state of America. No other state approaches Wisconsin in the number of its. silos and none comes up to it in the increased number from year to par. The silo means an additional margin of profit in all branches of the livestock industry, that means prosperity, under conditions that otherwise would yield no profit to the farm,. We are well situated in the number of silos and the gain that is being made annually. and fortune, in the fact that we always have the crops with which to fill them.


The value of silage is not alone in the food value, but also in the fact that it tends to keep the stock in better health and in condition to more completely assimilate other foods.



A Cement Silo on the Henry Horn farm.



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