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      Rosemary from Michigan writes:

      I have a farm bell with post mounting bracket very similar to the one on the opening page for this web site. It is stamped Lusk & Co. Jackson (and I think thats Mich). I can find no record of a foundry or manufacturer by that name in the area and would like more info. My farm in a Mich. designated Centennial Farm if that helps with aging the manufacture. Many thanks

      The only information I was able to find on my search engine,, was an obituary that read:


      Thomas E. Lusk, of the machine company of Lusk & Co., died Sept. 29, 1886, at the residence, No. 516 East Main street, of pneumonia, after an illness of but four days. Mr. Lusk leaves a family, consisting of a wife and three children; a daughter, Mrs. N. H. Eckler, and two sons, all of whom reside in the city.

      Mr. Lusk was born in Orange county, New York, in 1825, and came to Jackson in 1854, in company with Henry Vandercook, and together they established the machine and foundry firm which Mr. Lusk has continued since, the present firm being T. E. Lusk, George Holton and A. J. Weatherwax. For twenty five years he was a member of the volunteer Jackson fire department, of which he was made chief in 1867, continuing in office fourteen years. He was an active member of Jackson Lodge, No. 17, Free and Accepted Masons.

      Does anyone else have information about the foundry?


      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

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