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  • Harrison G. Otis "H.G.O." Childs (1820 - 1897)
    Son of William Childs and Sally Bemis. Harrison G Otis Childs was born in Stafford, NY on May 20, 1820. He was one of 14 children, of whom only 7 others are known at this date: Dr. Henry A Childs, Nahu...
  • 1st Sergeant William Myers, (USA) (1832 - 1912)
    1st Sgt William Myers served in the United States Civil War. Enlisted: 4 May 1855, 10th US Infantry Regiment (Regular Army), Mustered out: 22 Nov 1862 Enlisted: Jan 28, 1865, 26th New York Cavalry "Fro...
  • Patrick McGee, Immigrant (1750 - 1818)
    DAR# A076933 Revolutionary War veteran 1776-1780 1st Batallion 7th Company, Cumberland. Was prisoner of the British for some time in New York City.* Bond 1818.* Came to Franklin County in 1771 from Ire...
  • Pvt. John Rebert, (USA) (1838 - 1918)
    Civil War veteran, he was drafted in Adams County October 16, 1862, mustered into federal service at Gettysburg November 6 as a wagoner with Co. H, 165th Pennsylvania Infantry (aka "Drafted Militia"), ...
  • Fred “Fritz” Bruemmer (USA) (1820 - 1896)
    Der Nord Westen, 04 Feb. 1897: Death in Mishicott Tues. last week, after many years of illness, of Fritz Bruemmer, an old settler of that town. Mr. Bruemmer served during the war with the 27th Wisconsi...

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"Blacksmiths and wheelwrights built the early wagons. The U.S. market for wagons expanded significantly in the 1800s. Large-scale production and factory complexes with dozens and even hundreds of employees eventually evolved in the production of carriages and wagons. The American Revolution, Civil War, other military conflicts, overall westward expansion of the country and the clearing of land for crops stimulated greater demand for wagons. The Conestoga wagon and other farm wagons were pulled by oxen or horses and were widely used even as early as the French and Indian War to transport weapons and supplies. The early Conestogas had five- or six-foot diameter wheels in the rear with 4-inch or wider iron rims."

Source: Wagon Makers & the Wheels of History by John Knarr, North Manchester Historical Society.