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Hoover horse drawn potato digger, Ohio, ca. 1915

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Hoover horse drawn potato digger, Ohio, ca. 1915
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In 1885 Isaac W. Hoover applied for a patent for his design for a potato digger. The next year, he In 1916 Hoover of Avery, Ohio, and his brother-in-law, Albert Prout, formed the Hoover & Prout Co. to manufacture and promote the Hoover potato digger.

In 1910, Prout left the business and it was renamed the Hoover Manufacturing Co. In 1926 Hoover sold his digger to the John Deere Plow Co., which had been the digger's sole distributor.

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