The Rotary Rod Weeder Manufacturing Company, better known as the Cheney Weeder Company, opened in 1912. Invented by brothers, Henry Kyle and Cleve Wolfe, the Rotary Rod Weeder pulled out weeds in farm fields leaving the foliage on the surface to hold the soil and add nutrients. The weeders were sold throughout the country.
by brothers Henry Kyle and Grover Cleveland Wolfe, the Rotary Rod Weeder was
patented in 1911.
1912, the Rotary Rod Weeder and Manufacturing Company incorporated with older
brother Garnett H. Wolfe, President; Henry Kyle Wolfe, Vice President; J.S.
Hull, Secretary; and Grover Cleveland Wolfe, General Manager. Soon after the
company formed, Cleve left to pursue other interests and Louis Van Patten was
hired as manager.
weeder was pulled by horse or tractor through fields with a revolving rod that
ran under the soil surface uprooting weeds and leaving the debris on the
surface to hold the topsoil and add nutrients.
struck on the night of August 8, 1926 when the factory was destroyed by fire.
Located south of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks where today the
Cheney-Plaza road enters town, the company was badly damaged and a number of
weeders awaiting shipment were destroyed.
With a backlog of orders, workers were back manufacturing weeders within
a few days using salvaged machinery. Soon after the company moved to a new
location on the Cheney-Spangle Road with a new name, where their story