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US Patent: 412,553
Rotary veneer or lumber cutting machine
Patentee:
Heman S. Smith - Geneva, NY

USPTO Classifications:
144/209.1, 144/213, 144/214, 144/215

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : specialty machines : veneer machines

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
S. Herbert Giesy
Fred E. Tasker

Patent Dates:
Applied: Nov. 02, 1888
Granted: Oct. 08, 1889

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Description:
From Geneva Gazette 22 September 1899: "A FATAL ACCIDENT—Mr. Heman S. Smith Run Down by a Cyclist and Received Fatal Injuries—Friday night last Mr. Heman Smith, who makes his home at the Geneva Hygienic Institute, was run into by David W. Barron mounted on his bicycle. The collision occurred on the driveway near the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Smith was knocked down and evidently sustained very severe scalp injuries, for they terminated fatally early Monday morning. The victim was quite an elderly man and somewhat deaf. Barron says he steered his wheel to pass Mr. Smith on the right but the latter swerved toward the east curb directly in front as he reached him. He was thrown from his wheel by the collision. Mr. Smith was picked up unconscious, carried into Dr. DeLaney's office, and received prompt and unremitting medical attendance, but the injured man never rallied.

"The deceased was a younger brother of Dr. A. B. Smith, founder of the Hygienic Institute. He it was who introduced the U. S. lumber and veneer cutting machine in Geneva. He was a man of wide and varied experience with special interest in useful patents that increased products and cheapened manufactures. He was an interesting conversationalist and possessed of many genial attributes. Old acquaintances will miss him. This unfortunate affair was investigated by Coroner Wright Monday forenoon. The testimony taken corroborated the foregoing statement, upon which the Coroner issued a death certificate and exonerated Mr. Barron."

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