An Inventor And An Author Added To Famous Findlayians

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I recently updated my Famous Findlayians page to add two new people. James B. Hill invented the Buckeye Traction Ditcher that helped drain the Great Black Swamp and James Purdy was an author who was ahead of his times but he influenced a number of writers.

Hill lived in Findlay for a number of years early in the 20th century and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Purdy, according to census records, lived at 201 East Lima St. in 1920 and 115 East Lima St. in 1930. He graduated from Findlay High School in 1932. He influenced a number of writers and literary figures over the decades from Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal to Jonathan Franzen.

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Entry for famous Findlayians James B. Hill and James Purdy. Click on image to visit page.
 
 

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