Biography of Watson M. Holmes
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Holmes, Watson M., head of the experimental department of the Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Co., is the son of Hector A. Holmes, also an inventor, who had previously been associated with the late Walter A. Wood until 1895, when he removed to Austin, Minn., where he now resides, retired on a large farm. In his earlier life he engaged in farming, but in 1868 established himself in Minnesota as an inventor of harvesting machines, and it was in 1879, after the completion of a successful grainbinder, that he came to Hoosick Falls Watson M. was born at Lawrenceville, St. Lawrence county, in 1856, and was educated at the district school, working on the farm for board and clothes in the mean time. At twenty years of age he entered a machine shop to learn the trade. There he found a wide field for the development of genius such as his. He has received twenty patents on harvesting machinery. Always a Republican, his first public office was that of village trustee, and in 1893 he became supervisor, which office he holds at the present time. He has been an extensive traveler, adapting machines to all conditions and to all nations, -United States, Canada, Old Mexico, New Zealand, Africa and Europe. He is associated with all the business enterprises of the place and is an active promoter in all matters pertaining to the public good.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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