The Shawnee Fairway Mower
After owning and operating the Buckwood Inn and Shawnee Golf Club for a few years, C.C. Worthington became quite discontent with the job the sheep were doing in maintaining his fairways. Cut to the bare earth here, uncut clumps left there and the droppings, my word can't they at least waddle over to rough to do their business ? When it reached the point that he'd had enough of their lackadaisical attitude towards his concerns he did what man has been doing for centuries when animals no longer performed satisfactorily on the job, he invented a machine to replace them.
The Shawnee Triple Mower made its debut in Golf Illustrated June 1915 issue and golf course fairway and rough mowing has not been the same since. With its ability to cut an 84 inch wide swath, patented spring pressure on the cutter knife and other "valuable patented features", golf course care just took a huge step forward. Now all we need is a horse, surely horses are far more helpful and dependable then those sheep.......
Now after reading the above ad about Shawnee's horse drawn gang mower you'd think that there was no room for improvement, simply close the book on fairway and rough mowers as we have found the promised land. "Has practically displaced all of the forms of motor driven or horse-drawn roller machines." Then something funny happened, Worthington went into the tractor business........
With the success of the Shawnee Triple Mower and Worthington Tractor combination, the Worthington Mower Company introduced their first greens mower 'The Overgreen". Powered by an engine made specifically for them by the Indian Motorcycle Company, Springfield, Massachusetts, the Overgreen was an instant success and as with the introduction of Shawnee Triple Mower, golf course care leaped forward and never looked back.
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