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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

Port Washington,   pp. 44a-54


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Port Washington
first plow. When Martin establis
Gilson $500 for the rights to tha
plow and later $1.50 per plow man
was the inventor of the plows, A
Gilson and Son, his son John havi
early threshing machines and hors
improve their models of plows. I
office chair iron, the first ever
the Gilson Manufacturing Co. to p
Bros. (early merchants) as stock
and 1906, built several two-cylin
owned the first auto in the count
the first gasoline car, an Oldsmo
the Gilson Bolens Manufacturing C
to Bolens and in 1916 formed the
gray iron castings and garden too
a serious fire at the plant but i
destroyed the plant and George I.
fifth generation of the family, G
associated with the plant at that
In the meantime, Nicholas Ma
their foundry at 218 E. Washingto
Martin and Wester, proprietors.
the Chair Factory fire of 1899.
(Humble Oil Co.) and the property
Pier St. was bought from Barnum B


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