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Marshalltown Co. seeking photos and more

May 5, 2014 - Mike Donahey

Two management professionals with the Marshalltown Co. are demonstrating their ability to multitask, as they have embarked on writing a book commemorating the company’s 125th anniversary .

The book is scheduled for publication in 2015, said Joe Carter, president, and co-author.

Joining him as co-author is Ashley Huck, in-house counsel.

The book's release will be just one of several events followed by employees, as the renown manufacturer marks an historic milestone.

Marshalltown's history began with David and Talbot Lennox, respected inventors and mechanics.

David befriended brothers Jesse C. Williams and Enoch L. Williams, and hired them as apprentices for his company.

In the mid-1880s, a contractor working on the Marshall County Courthouse, then being built, asked David to make him a better trowel.

Word of the trowel spread, and more orders came in.

However, David was more interested in other ventures, and turned the trowel-making over to the Williams's, and machinery to get started.

Central to the company's early history was the LaPlant Tool Co., and that is where Central Iowa residents come in.

Specifically, Carter and Huck are asking folks to help them learn more about the LaPlant Tool Co. That company’s building housed many Marshalltown Co. manufacturing ventures in the early 1900s, such as the manufacture of Lennox throatless shears, spring-tooth harrows, etc.

Carter and Huck are anxious to receive photos of the LaPlant building .

The two are also looking for photos or information about Jesse William’s bicycle repair shop at 104 E. Church St. opened circa 1890.

And, they are asking readers to submit stories and photos about Marshalltown Co., such as "My dad worked there from 1927 to '50," or, “here is a pic of the Marshalltown Co. neighborhood from 1945.”

Send all information to Huck.

Her email address is, or Attn: Ashley Huck, Marshalltown Co., 104 S 8th Ave., Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158.



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