“And Satan Appeared in Kansas City…”
A collection of news clippings from 1891-1908 tracing the activities of one Wesley (AKA: William) H. Bennington in the years up to his first *five* typewriter companies.
For the first 3 years of his active political life, Bennington appears to have been a well-liked and active member of his city’s “People’s Party” movement, taking on posts of responsibility and organizing meetings. It’s only in 1894 that the tone starts to sour…
Then, almost immediately, he starts wagering about the outcome of the race, oddly betting on the Republicans to win:
How’s that for an argument against being your own lawyer? Later in 1901, he’s decided to make a wash of things, and becomes an officer of the National Mental Science movement, and prepares to pull up stakes for Missouri:
Once he’s settled in Kansas City, he starts his first typewriter Company, but it isn’t the “Bennington Typewriter Co.”, not just yet. First, he starts the “New Era Typewriter Co.” So, there’s a possibility of yet another Bennington machine, but I rather think that first machine ended up being the Model 1 of 1903.
In August, Bennington’s concerns in Ohio are in trouble. Wait, Ohio? Does that make typewriter company #3 all going at once in different states, “raising capital to build a factory”?
And then, less than a month later, he starts up in Indiana so #5 in a row:
Note that part about “one of the machines was exhibited in the arbitration room of the court house and many people called to see it.” There you have the second documented sighting of the actual Bennington No. 1. It really, really existed. There are *4* documented sightings of an actual machine.
We know much of the rest after this point, but a couple things we didn’t know (but I had guessed) were:
There’s more, still digging…