Was the typewriter born on a farm in LeRoy, Dodge County, Wisconsin - population 1121 (July 2009) - and not 48 miles north-west in Milwaukee?
Should this town sign ...
... be saying something like this?:
Could it be that the typewriter was first made in such a quaint rural setting as this ...
... and not this?:
The claim was first made in 1895, 22 years after the typewriter emerged, in this book:
Asa D.Barnes repeated his claims 14 years later, in 1909, when he wrote to Typewriter Topics:
Samuel Willard Soulé was born in Pompey, Onondaga, New York, on January 25, 1830 to Elisha Soulé and Clarissa Higgins Willard. Soulé died on July 12, 1875, in Brooklyn, New York, just one year after the first Sholes & Glidden typewriters left the E.Remington & Sons factory in Ilion, New York.
told in Richard Nelson Current's
The Typewriter and The Men Who Made It (1954)
*From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano, 1895. ASA D. BARNES, a prominent farmer and horticulturist of Waupaca county, and proprietor of the Waupaca Arctic Nursery and Fruit Farms, has an extended acquaintance in Waupaca County. He was born in Le Roy township, Dodge County, Wisconsin, on September 5, 1852, a son of Horace Barnes, who was born in Onondaga County, New York, in 1822 ...
Horace Barnes, the oldest son of Alanson Barnes, was married in Onondaga County, New York [in] about 1846, to Phoebe L. Higgins, daughter of William D. and Hannah Higgins. Samuel W. Soulé, a nephew of Mrs Barnes, was the original inventor of the type machine, the plans of which, and the first model, were made on Horace Barnes' farm in the town of Le Roy, Wisconsin."