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Title: Reminiscences of...A Rob Roy Resident
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Submitted by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Salts
Taken from Attica Ledger-Tribune April 5, 1940

Lewis B. Waggoner of Rob Roy, former trustee of Shawnee Township, celebrated his 83rd birthday Tuesday. Born April 2, 1857, in Warren County, his parents moved to Rob Roy in 1866 and he has resided there since. Mr. Wagoner has a remarkable memory for historical happenings of his community.

Shawnee Township, he recalls, has been the home of three important inventions: Bookwalter Mill Wheel, Whitewall Walking Plow and the Sarvis Hub for buggy wheels which did away with the old link pin. In connection with the hub Mr. Waggoner recalls an interesting story of its invention by David B. Paisley, who lived near the mouth of Shawnee Creek. He devised a buggy wheel to work with a tap instead of a link pin. He hired either Isaac Reed or Bob McClaine to make the iron cap he designed in 1860 and showed it to a neighbor, Mr. Trott, and expressed the belief taht it would make a fortune for him in time. IN a letter left by Mr. Reed, he wrote that Mr. Paisley shoed him the wheel and talked about his invention. Paisley died in 1861 without benig able to carry out plans for manufacturing his invention.

At a public sale in 1861 of the Paisley possessions, Reed, who held a bill against the inventor for blacksmith work bought up many of the irons and other things and had his purchases hauled to his shop at Portland. Among the items was the wheel and he began the manufacture of the hub. This was growing in demand when his shop, filled with wagons and buggies, and which was also the post office, burned. This was a great loss because he could not manufacture the hubs until he rebuilt his shop.

Reed sold the manufacturing rights to a stranger for $500, discovering later that the company had sent this man with instructions to pay as high as $20,000. This company developed the invention and marketed it as the Sarvis Hub. Reed apparently was followed by misfortune as his shop in Portland burned down three times, but he was nevertheless a civic builder, active in political affairs and fought in the Civil War.

Date: 4/1/1990
Origin: Backward Glances
Record ID: 00000090
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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