Milton History

a pictorial history of Milton, PA

Home of Ruben F. Wilson

Home of Ruben F. Wilson 28 N Front Street

Ruben Frederick Wilson was the owner of Wilson's Fly Net Factory. His widow, Marion (Reid), lived here in 1910. Marion was a sister to Marshall Reid, founder of Reid Tobacco Company.

From the book “Milton, Pennsylvania, the 19th Century Town on Limestone Run” by Homer F. Folk: R. F. Wilson & Company’s Fly-Net Factory was established in 1860 by Robert Wilson, who began the manufacture of leather fly-nets for horses. On May 11, 1858 he received a patent for the unique construction of a fly net, with a stitch that made the net superior to other nets on the market. When Robert Wilson died in 1870, his son William E. Wilson took over management of the company. After about a year, he sold his share to his younger brother, Ruben Frederick Wilson.

Ruben F. Wilson

Ruben F. Wilson