| January/February 1963

296 North Mitton St. Sarmia, Ontaria, Canada

The following is a brief history of the Goodison Thresher Co., Ltd., Sarnia as related by one who was 'born on its doorstep'.

The company started in a small town called Strathroy by the Craig Brothers who moved to Sarnia around 1882. They ran the company for a few years then they went broke. Mr. John Goodison at that time was one of their agents.

Mr. Goodison was a farmer from Caradoc. He sold his farm and with his two sons, Ed and Will, took over the plant then known as the Tunnel City Implement Works. They built plows, reapers, mowers and threshers. In about three or four years they just about went broke so they formed a company which the Bank financed and from then on they went ahead.

They went out of the Implement business and built threshers, one that was designed by a Mr. McCloskey, which was a Single Deck-Crank. In 1892 McCloskey changed this model to a Double Deck-Crank and called it the 'New McCloskey'.

At this time Mr. Goodison was agent for the Waterbus Steam Engines. In about 1896 he bought out the plant run by a Mr. N. C. Peterson and started to build engines for himself. The engine which Mr. Peterson built was a rear mount and Mr. Goodison changed it to a side mount. They were both plain and traction.

9/8/2013 4:26:58 PM

W.T. Goodison was my great-grandfather. As our family has done an extensive research on our family tree, this information is important and just adds to our compiled history. This is a long way from County Cavan and Admiral Noble where our research began; it's awesome.

Barry Miller
8/16/2012 5:37:34 PM

- actually my Mom is the daughter of John E Goodison. She was born and raised in Sarnia.

Barry Miller
8/16/2012 5:16:28 PM

Actually, my Mom is the daughter of John E Goodison. She was born and raised in Sarnia.