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A. Harris and Son

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1857 Alanson Harris had formed an implement business.

1863 His son, John, became a partner in the company

Alanson Harris became a major competitor to the Massey Manufacturing Co.

When in 1890 they produced the extremely popular open-end binder, Hart Massey proposed a merger of the two companies to which Alanson Harris agreed.

On 6 May 1891 the companies merged to become the Massey-Harris

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