The Porteous papers span 1877-1947, 1976 and contain correspondence, financial records, patents, and legal documents, printed
material, Fresno Agricultural Works catalogs, photographs, a scrapbook, newsclippings, the manuscript and one hard-bound copy
of Death and the Reporter.
James Porteous was born in 1848, in Haddington, Scotland, the son of a wheelwright and blacksmith, William Porteous. In 1877,
James Porteous moved to Fresno and established a wagon shop that would later become the largest agricultural implement business
in the valley, Fresno Agricultural Works.
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