AHS Monthly Presentation

Richard Miller came to Wisconsin as a 10-year-old in 1843. As a youth he learned the trades of blacksmithing and machining. He opened his first shop in Stephensville, Wisconsin, which was lost by fire in 1875. He then worked for the Appleton Manufacturing Company for four years, after which in 1883 he headed up the Eagle Fork Company, on the Fox River. In 1888 this became Eagle Manufacturing, dealing in farm implements, with a specialization in hay trolley mechanisms, on which he had a number of patents. In 1899 he sold his interests in Eagle and founded the Appleton Hay Tool Company, with a factory at the end of John St. on the Fox River. It was water powered and made hay tools, hardware specialties and car movers, a device which he had invented. This item was sold all over the United States and internationally, and led to the dissolution of Appleton Hay Tool and the formation in 1914 of the Advance Car Mover Company. He had a total of 15 patents for devices in both companies. 


Appleton Hay Tool Co and Richard Miller
2022 Appleton History Speaker Series
May 11, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. 

AHS meetings are free and open to the public, anyone can attend! Each meeting includes announcements and artifacts of historical interest and a featured speaker. 



Community First Credit Union community space. (no membership is required)

2626 S Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54915



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