Joseph Fleury Jr. and his family made their mark on agricultural implement manufacturing in Canada.
Aurora Agricultural Works in operation.
Joseph Fleury Jr. founded the Aurora Agricultual Works in 1859 in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. He died Sept. 23, 1880.
Besides building famous plows, J. Fleury's Sons Ltd. produced a variety of farm implements for nearly every task, as depicted in this early advertisement, from corn shelling and straw cutting to oat rollers. The ad below shows that Fleury's products were sold by the John Deere Plow Co., Ltd. at one time."The 3A Cutter has the greatest simplicity of construction of any Cutter on the market. It loses less power through friction of bearings than other cutters and therefore will do more work with the same power. The Carriers can be reversed in a few minutes and will run at an angle of 45 degrees. This Cutter without carrier is a satisfactory Hay and Straw Cutter for use by hand or power. Adapted to light power; speed, from 150 to 250 rpm. Has lever for stopping feed rollers instantly – but not reversing them."
The Fleury mansion, dubbed "Inglehurst," built in 1876 under Joseph Jr.'s direction directly across from the Aurora Agricultural Works in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. His daughter, Viola Sarah Fleury, lived in the stately dwelling until she was 93 years old. The home was sold in 1945 and demolished in 1980.
An advertisement from an early Fleury catalog shows that the company made amny more farm implements than the plows that originally earned the company fame. That expanded product line blossomed as the company's business boomed."Our Reversible cone root Cutter No. 1, which by turning one way slices and by reversing pulps the roots. This Cutter has a reputation of many years' standing, and is a heavy and very durable machine. The pumping knives are made to do much coarser pulping than Cutters Nos. 7 and 8, and for this reason the work is preferred in many cases where the fine pulping is not desired."