Mack Ave. Industries

Corn Husker Manufacturing Co. 1921

Area farmers were also inventors. In 1921, Joe Promenschenkel and partners Harry Kyle, Fred Yetzer and Edward Promenschenkel built and received 10 patents for a shock corn husker, which they displayed in the tractor building. The 5 hp engine could run on gasoline or kerosene and husk 250 bushels of corn a day. The incorporation papers for the Corn Harvesting Manufacturing Company show that sister Victorine Yetzer was also a shareholder. The company tried to lure investors in Shelby, but were unsuccessful. A company in Toledo eventually partnered with Joe Promenshenkel and he moved the business there. Joe became a successful farm implement dealer in Toledo and Genoa.