The manure spreader was critical in helping McHenry County farmers keep their field fertile and productive. In the photo, which dates to about 1922, Marengo implement dealer John Arlington has received a shipment of new, horse-drawn machines. Today’s farm implement dealers still proudly show off their machinery in much the same way. Curiously, in May 1921 Arlington died in an automobile accident as a passenger in a car driven by Oscar Sandman. The building (pictured at the far left) was the Marengo City Hall and firehouse built in 1909. Marengo’s modern fire station kept the western portion of that building and expanded over the blacksmith and implement dealer shop sites.
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