Osborne's Ties to Emerson-Brantingham, J.I. Case and others

Let's Talk Rusty Iron: The Osborne company made horse-drawn mowers with Emerson-Brantingham, J.I. Case and others

Detail from an IHC brochure after their purchase of Osborne
Detail from an IHC brochure after their purchase of Osborne. A story is told about a lawsuit brought by Osborne against McCormick Mfg., prior to the purchase, for patent infringement. In 1884, McCormick agreed to pay $250,000 to settle all of Osborne's claims, but refused to write a check for the amount. Osborne was force to go to the McCormick office after they closed for the day, and take the money in small bills, taking until midnight to count. He then had to carry the cash in an old satchel to his hotel through the dark Chicago streets.