Biography of Garner H. Perkins
Madison County, NY Biographies





Perkins, Gardner H., a respected resident of Cazenovia village and inventor of the Perkins Patent. Perfect Truss Wire Fence," was born in Cazenovia two and one half miles south of the village, February 23, 1841, a son of Stillman Perkins and Delana Squier, born March 8, 1800, died July 6, 1878. The family were among the earliest settlers of this region, coming from Massachusetts, and is of New England pioneer stock. Stillman Perkins reared a family of nine children, eight of whom lived to maturity. He was born July 7, 1796, and died in 1863, honored and respected by all who had known him. Gardner H. Perkins was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and has been principally engaged in farming. He has been a prolific inventor and is the patentee of a hay knife named the Diamond "; a combined fork hook; a pulverizer and reversible harrow; and the Perkins Patent Perfect Truss Wire Fence. The last named patent is a valuable one and the wonder is that a fence of so much merit and evident superiority has not already come into more general use. Many property owners in this vicinity have erected sections of the fence and as all are enthusiastic in their endorsement of its superior points and stable qualities, it is believed that the time is not far distant when Mr. Perkins's fence will have a wide sale. Its double truss form makes it non sagging, economizes posts, enhances its beauty, and makes gates in keeping with the fence. The invention has three merits: first, it successfully repels all stock; second, it is rapidly made without any special tools and therefore costs much less to build than other fences; third, it can be easily taken down and put up in another place and is readily repaired. Without doubt Mr. Perkins will eventually be successful in securing a large market for his patent, as he has more fence in his immediate vicinity than all other patent fences combined. He has never held public office of any kind, being no aspirant in that direction. He married September 23, 1868, Lucretia S. Niles, daughter of Russell Niles of the town of Lebanon.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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