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Shields Harness Shop.


Members of the working crew of the Joseph L. Shields Harness Shop." Identified in the photograph are Charles Phillips, Nick Hafer, Clarence Campion, Sidney M. Sid Briggs, and Joseph L. Shields.

The Shield's Harness Shop was located in a room in the rear of the First National Bank. In 1920 the second annual exhibition of the Forest Poultry & Pet Stock Association was held in the shop.

Sid Briggs was born October 14, 1816, the son of John and Margaret (Elder) Briggs. He died in Forest on November 23, 1914 from a pulmonary embolism. He was buried in Hueston cemetery on December 6, 1914.

Charles E. Phillips was a harness maker and dealer in Forest. He was born about 1851 in Ohio. His parents were from Pennsylvania.

Born in Tiffin, Ohio about 1864, Nicholas Nick Hafer was 75 when he died March 30,1939 at Columbus State Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was listed as a laborer living in Forest at the time of his death from a five year chronic myocarditis condition. He was also single at the time of his death. His parents, John and Maggie Haffer, were both from Germany. He is also buried in Hueston cemetery.

Clarence Eugene Campion was a harness shop merchant born August 31, 1867. His parents, James C. and Mary (Pemberton) Campion were both from England. Clarence died in Forest on November 18, 1942 from carcinoma of the pyloric end of the stomach. He was buried in Patterson cemetery, Patterson, Ohio on November 20, 1942.

Opposite Shield's Harness Shop was A.E. Mann's Piano Shop.

E.J. Frederick & Sons.

The signs in the front of the store read: " E.J. Frederick & Sons., Weber Wagons, DeLaval Cream Separators, and "International Harvester Mogus Farm Tractors Burn Kerosene or Distillate."


Many years ago Dr. De Laval, who invented the first continuous discharge centrifugal cream separator, which has done more than any other factor to develop the dairy industry to its present magnitude, recognized the need for a mechanical milker if the dairy industry were to grow.

DeLaval Separator

Dr. De Laval brought his great inventive genius, which was responsible for the invention of the steam turbine engine as well as the cream separator and many other scientific contributions of great importance, to bear upon the problem. He was granted his first patents upon a milker in 1894.

This first De Laval Milker had mechanically operated members to imitate the pressure of human hands. It milked cows successfully but was not commercially practical.

From that time until the present the De Laval Company has conducted almost continuous research, experiments and tests in order to perfect a mechanical milker. It is doubtful if any organization ever made a more thorough, prolonged and conscientious effort in order to perfect a machine.

DeLaval Separator

In 1896 patents were applied for and issued in 1898 to Klein and Wright, employees of the De Laval Company, on a mechanical milker which operated under constant vacuum. It was not commercially practical.

In 1902, Hulbert and Park applied for patents, which were issued in 1904, on a milker which operated by means of compressed air cushions and vacuum. Experiments on this milker were continued by the De Laval Company and various types were made, upon which patents were issued in 1912, 1913 and 1914; and while machines of these types were developed which did fairly good work, they were not deemed sufficiently good.

Jones Hardware Calendar
Jones' Hardware c1901.

Tom Jones was the proprietor of Jones Hardware on Lima street. Jones' Hardware c1901 depicts how the inside of the store looked around 1900. Jones had quite an extensive antique gun collection which he bequeathed to the Forest-Area Historical Society in 1998. The collection is on display at the Hardin County Museum, Kenton, Ohio.

Richard Wilson married Mary Hogue in 1931. At the time Richard worked for the Jones Hardware Co.

"Mack" McGee worked for Jones Hardware Co. as a tinner in the 1930s. Dick Wilson and Carl R. White also worked for the company during that period. Carl had been working since there since 1927. In June, 1936 he fell from a roof of the Mike Wyss farm on which was working and broke his leg bad enough that he lost several weeks of work.

On March 13, 1936 a truck belonging to Jones Hardware caught fire. Wiring in the car was damaged and cause the fire. The fire alarm was sounded, but the fire was put out before the firemen arrived. Because of the response of the fire department to the fire, Leo R. Jones wrote a letter to Chief Morris Burk commending the volunteer fire department and stating "...the question is how you and your men get from your work and to the place of the fire so quickly."

Tom Jones
Paving Lima Street

A road crew working in front of Mapletoft's, Paving Lima Street is to the right. It's dirt so the date of the photograph is presumably pre-1895. The individuals in the photograph have not been identified. The building at the far right was later the Grey-White building and currently Martin's filling station and market.

Pfeiffer & Sutton.

There must have been some pretty grandiose ideas floating around Forest once. John Pfeiffer's garage was located in a shed built between two buildings on the south side of Lima street. His Ford® automobile manufacturing company was at the west end of Lima street. Besides manufacturing automobiles he sold Indian® motorcycles. There are several models of the motorcycle in the photograph at the lower left. Located on the walls in the photograph are placards promoting Miller' tires.

Inside Pfeiffer's Garage.

John Pfeiffer was in the automobile business with a Mr. Sutton. To the right is an image of the letterhead which Pfeiffer & Sutton used to advertise their business. The period that they were in business is unknown. Nothing resembling the structure in the letterhead was ever built in Forest. The plant depicted is probably the Ford® plant in Detroit, Michigan. The enhanced close-up below right shows several of the unidentified workers inside the Pfeiffer establishment. The date is unknown, but it for surely, c1912. The photograph could be either the Pfeiffer or Pfeiffer & Sutton garage.

Emmett Glenn Lehman.

An ad from a 1910 Forest-Advertiser supplement indicated that the Ford' automobile was a winner in the Munsey and the New York to Seattle races. It also indicated a race from Philadelphia to Seattle which passed thru Forest. John Pfeiffer ran the advertisement in December, 1910. ?John Pfeiffer and Emmett Lehman (left) are seen driving a car similar to the one advertised. They drove around Forest advertising Pfeiffer's cars. The other individual in the photograph is unknown.

Dale Shields

Sometime in 1927 Joe Shields was photographed on the running board of his family automobile. Was it purchased from Pfeiffer Ford?