Tuesday, December 23, 2008

General Motors history in black and white

Link to December 22 Janesville Gazette article.

In a quirky turn of events, Joseph A. Craig brought GM’s Samson Tractor to Janesville in 1918 and merged it with Janesville Machine Co., a maker of farm implements and employer of 300 workers.

Janesville made its first Model M tractor on May 1, 1919, in a one-story factory that GM built in what was then the suburb of Spring Brook.

In 18 months, Janesville’s population jumped from 14,000 to 20,000 as people moved here to work on and in the tractor factory, which employed almost 3,000 people in 1919.

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