| May/June 1952

About a year ago Mr. H. T. Rice of Mossville, Illinois, sent us a clipping from a Peoria, Illinois, paper with the death notice of the originator of the grain weigher as we know them on threshers. The delay was in getting Mr. Harrison's picture, which we know will be of interest. The Peoria paper was dated January 13, 1951

James R. Harrison, 96, of 1601 North Adams Street, an inventor and resident of Peoria 63 years, died Sunday morning at his home. Mr. Harrison was born in Princeville, August 1, 1854, the son of William and Deborah Harrison, and married Sophia R. Bush there April 12, 1878. The couple came to Peoria in 1888 and Mrs. Harrison died in this city in 1947. It was during his years on the family farm in Princeville that Mr. Harrison patented the first grain weigher in 1885. He went to Racine, Wisconsin, in 1899 as chief engineer of the experimental department of J. I. Case Company, where he built the first all-steel thresher and grain weigher.


When Mr. Harrison returned to Peoria in 1902 he became associated as a partner with Walter B. Wilde and Stacy B. Hart of Hart Grain Weigher Company. Mr. Harrison retired from that company in 1911.