© Photographed October 11, 2015
Elkhorn, Walworth County, Wisconsin
Houghton Farm where
John F. Appleby
Made "Knotter" 1858
The marker is located on westbound U.S. Route 12, at its intersection with Wisconsin Highway 20, at or near W5340 US-12, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121.
John Francis Appleby (1840–1917) was an American inventor who developed a knotting device to bind grain bundles with twine. It became the foundation for all farm grain binding machinery and was used extensively by all the major manufacturers of large grain harvesting machines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Appleby's knotting device was a major landmark in the mechanization of agriculture and aided the development of the western wheat fields of the United States.The foregoing text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.
Swingle, F. B. "Unbending Backs at Harvest Time" Wisconsin Agriculturalist July 14, 1923; reprinted as "The Invention of the Twine Binder" in The Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 10, 1927, Wisconsin Historical Society
The Dane County Historical Society marker in Mazomanie
tells the story of John F. Appleby and the "Knotter"
Very easy to access this marker!
The marker is located in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.