Batavia had developed well known and successful Farm
Equipment manufacturing businesses.
The Newton Wagon Company, which
began in 1854, was the first large factory to take advantage of
the area's natural resources.
Three major windmill factories, the Appleton,
the Challenge, and the U.
S. Wind Engine and Pump Co., were so productive that by 1890,
Batavia was recognized as the leading windmill manufacturing city
in the world.
The output of these companies served an important
role in settling the West.
Newton Wagon Company
Employees - circa 1911
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