In 1872 Jackson & Davidson established a carriage factory on Tanner and Market Streets; which was continued until 1881. when L. Bimel & Son of St. Mary's, Ohio, purchased the concern. Since that time this industry has increased rapidly. A large force of skilled mechanics is employed. [Source: History of Allen Cty.; published 1885]
Jackson & Davidson's business was mentioned in the Lima papers often in 1874.
Jackson and Davidson were involved in the Greenback Party and formed a Lima Currency Reform group in 1877, meeting in their own building, the Jackson Davidson Hall. [Source]
Charles Davidson left Lima in 1882, moving to Canton, Illinois. [Source]
The building, pictured above, located at the corner of Market and Tanner, eventually became the Lima Carriage Company. [Source]
Then we skip to 1909 for Jackson's wife's obituary:
"PIONEER CITIZEN MRS. L. W. JACKSON, OF SPENCERSVILLE PASSES AWAY AT OLD AGE. Mrs. L. W. Jackson, one of the pioneer residents of Allen county, died at her home in Spencerville Saturday, after a protracted illness of many months. Mrs. Jackson was the wife of L. W. Jackson, one of Lima's first carriage manufacturers, who with a Mr. Davidson conducted a carriage manufactory at the corner of East Market Street and Central Ave. for years. Mr. and Mrs. Jackon have resided in Spencervllle for the past eighteen or nineteen years, prior to which they were residents of Lima for fifteen years. Mrs. Jackon was seventy years of age last February. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. George Landis, of Spencerville, and her aged husband to mourn heir loss. The interment was made at Woodlawn Cemetery."The Bimel Buggy Company went on to reorganize as the Bimel Automobile Co. in February of 1916. Read a detailed history on Sidney Ohio's auto and bus manufacturing companies: http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/s/sidney/sidney.htm. It doesn't mention Jackson and Davidson, but does tell of how Bimel bought out other Ohio companies to grow and expand.
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