Plano in July 1866
"A Trip to Plano"
Published in the Kendall County Record, August 2, 1866
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
Along the Burlington Railroad there is found a string of the most pleasant towns in northern Illinois. There are Aurora, Bristol Station, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Earl, and Mendota. All are vying with each other in friendly contest for the palm. The prosperity of one only adds to the success of the others, as the uprightness of one individual aids the uprightness of others.
Last week I spent two or three days in Plano, and by favor of mine host, J. N. Robinson (whose removal was a loss to Yorkville), was permitted to look about the place. There was the Methodist Church with its graceful spire, laborious and cheerful-spirited preacher, W. H. Fisher and the efficient Sunday school. There was the reaper factory, which turns out this year 100 or more reapers of the new pattern. There is the tannery of J. N. Gardiner, whose material for the protection of our understanding is manufactured.
We drove over to a field where one of the Marsh Harvesters was at work. Two men stood on the platform of the reaper, binding the grain, which a revolving belt dropped into a concave box. The band of the sheaf is made while the gavel is accumulating, and by brisk work two men were able to do the binding done here before by six men. In addition, no grain is scattered, because it falls into the receptacle where all is gathered into the bundles.
J. N. Gardiner, formerly of Yorkville built the tannery last year. Visitors acquainted with the business have pronounced this the most convenient tannery in the state. It is capable of turning out $20,000 worth of the best bark-tanned leather per year. The proprietor is a sort of mechanical Yankee genius. He has put up many laborsaving and convenient devices. With good management of the facilities at hand, the institution will become one of the wealthy business establishments of the land. At present the proprietor and workmen are driven by work.
Improvements in Plano mark its prosperity. A model new parsonage and several other houses tell of enterprise. One farmer, a quarter mile from town, has ten acres of strawberries, which I should like to get among next year.
Plano will be among the briskest towns hereabouts until the Fox River Valley Railroad is completed. Then, of course, Yorkville will be the town. Signed: Plano Visitor.