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William Weir’s first mansion stood on the west side of the 400 block of South Main Street.

Gifted inventor established two early Monmouth industries

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Employees of the Weir Plow Co. pose with some of their products.
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A fruit jar patented in 1892 by Weir.
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Weir’s Tudor Revival-style mansion on East Broadway has changed little since this photograph was taken circa 1897

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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