Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 12, 2014

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

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Feb. 12, 1905: Starting in a building on the northeast corner of East Jackson and 14th Street in Centerville, 49-year old Miles Bateman and 36-year old B.A. “Barney” Fuller developed a tree stump puller so successful in design the company the two men formed would become the biggest stump-puller manufacturer in the world. In 1905 sales reached every state of the union and at least 12 world countries. This included Russia where one was being used on the farm of Czar Nicholas, “Orlovka,” at Gatschino, some 36 miles from St. Petersburg. A photograph sent to the company in Centerville showed the stump puller in use with the Russian minister of forestry and, possibly, the Czar himself. (169)