Madison County's history includes a long list of creative souls. Leaders, inventors and artists are numerous, from directing the Armed Forces to an Olympic gold medalist, to the first American microscope fabricator to motion picture devices and agricultural implements, the list is long. Specifically in the Town of Eaton, Emily Chubbuck Judson, popularly known as Fanny Forrester, was born in West Eaton in 1817. Her most remembered work was "Alderbrook," a collection of sketches and poems first published in the New York Mirror. Another international traveler and famous humorist, Melville Landon known as Eli Perkins, attended schools and later Madison University.
Wood Taber & Morse Steam Engine Works
Wood Taber and Morse Steam Engine Works was established in Eaton in 1848 (then A. N Wood, only the third maker of steam engines in America). Their goods were nationally distributed and many inventions are credited to those industrious gentlemen. Their four-wheel drive traction engine brought international attention to Eaton when they won a gold medal at the 1886 London World's Fair. Besides this industry, foundries, distilleries, woolen mills, gristmills, powder mills, a comb company and a cotton mill were industries that created jobs and growth for the region. Samuel Chubbuck Jr. invented the key and sounder for Morse's telegraph.
U.S. Patent No. 19,430 (PDF)
, dated February 23, 1858, was issued to James H. Maydole, of Eaton, New York, for an improvement in machines for gathering stones and pulverizing earth.
The Courthouse Fire of 1864