Professor Lorin E. Bixler of the Department of Education in Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, writes this interesting letter and some quotes from the 'History of Stark County, Ohio' by William Henry Perrin about Mr. C. Aultman and the Canton Monitor. We are glad to give it in full. Ed.
In the November-December 1952 issue of the IRON-MEN ALBUM MAGAZINE on page fifteen there appears a picture of a Canton Monitor engine owned by Frank Baer, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. This picture caused me to recall some of my own experiences. I grew up on a farm in Stark County, Ohio, about 10 miles from Canton which, was incidentally President McKinley's home. The Aultman Company built the Monitor engine and later built the Star engine. During my childhood days the Star engine was used frequently in our community for threshing purposes. I can faintly recall one of our neighbors using the Monitor engine to operate a threshing machine. When I was quite young my grandfather had a history of Stark County and I recall reading a description of the Canton Monitor.
Several years ago I again picked up this history of Stark County, edited by William Henry Perrin and published in 1881 and found the account of the Canton Monitor which I had read as a youngster. In the same article there are several paragraphs about the Hussey reaper and the difficulty in which Mr. Aultman found himself when the inventor discovered it was being manufactured. As the article indicates the inventor demanded a fifteen dollar royalty on each machine which had been manufactured. In any case I am enclosing the complete account and if you care to publish it you may feel free to do so. It may be of interest to some of the readers of the IRON-MEN ALBUM MAGAZINE. I have some first hand information on the Star engine which I'll try to assemble some day.
Incidentally, I am a Methodist layman and at present am serving as chairman of the Board of Education of the North East Ohio Conference. May I say too, that Mr. Aultman. was a staunch and prominence Methodist. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Canton. This was later McKinley's church. For a period of years Mr. Aultman served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Union College. I have this information due to the fact that I not only grew up in Stark County but I also graduated from Mount Union College which is located in Alliance, Ohio. In the library at Mount Union is a picture of Cornelius Aultman at the time he served as a member of the Board of Trustees.