The Esterly Reaper

George Esterly's reaper rivaled McCormick's

George Esterly, 1809-1893
George Esterly, 1809-1893. Esterly's influence spread beyond his adopted state: In 1884, the residents of a settlement in what is now South Dakota selected the name Esterly "in honor of the Esterly Harvester and Binder, which is very popular in that section, and is looked upon by the farmers as their best friend." –Whitewater Register, Aug. 14, 1884.