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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Mar 27

Found in the Archives

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Elise Kelly

Wouldn't it be great to invent a machine or program that could make your life a whole lot easier? Today, millenials in Silicon Valley are inventing all kinds of technological apps that allow you to do tasks at your finger tips in seconds. Around the world, the Wright Brothers from Dayton are revered as the inventors of flight.       wright
But wait.... what about Greene County? Did anyone invent something here?

It just so happens that my co-worker, Joan was researching a land patent in one of our Deed Records and came upon an invention patent record. A stone-cutter by the name of Daniel Bunnel, who lived most of his life in Xenia, invented a mill for cutting stone. Below is an excerpt from the record stating that Bunnel has "invented a new and useful improvement in the mill for sawing stone."

 Excerpt from Patent pg.2

Bunnel was granted the patent on October 27, 1835. Below you will find President Andrew Jackson's signature (signed by John Forsyth, Secretary of State) and Attorney General Benjamin Butler certifying Bunnel's invention.

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   Bunnel's Stone Facing Machine

Bunnel was quite the inventor. He also designed a new and improved mode of facing stone, called the Stone Facing Machine which was patented on July 16, 1838. According to the United States Patent Office Record, Bunnel claimed his invention is "the manner of constructing a facing wheel divided by arms and braces into separate compartments for holding and carrying the stones which the facing is effected, substantially as herein set forth."

The work of a stone-cutter can be hard. We commend you, Daniel Bunnel for designing methods and devices that helped make this work easier.
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Did you know that in various places in New Jasper Township there were and probably still are excellent limestone crops? Although the township of New Jasper did not exist until 1853, perhaps Bunnel made his way down to what is now New Jasper for the quality limestone!

Until Next Time!


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