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LAMB, Isaac Wixan, inventor, born in Salem, Michigan. 8 January, 1840. He is the son of Reverend Aroswell Lamb, a pioneer clergyman. From an early age the son manifested a taste for mechanical labor, and at the age of twelve began with his brother to make whip-lashes by hand for the neighbors, after which they constructed a machine that would braid four strands. He afterward devised a machine that would braid any number of strands, for which he obtained a patent on 28 June, 1859. He next began to experiment on a family knitting-machine that could knit either flat or tubular work, and that could widen or narrow. In this he was finally successful, and obtained a patent on 15 September, 1863. After unsuccessful attempts to manufacture the machines, which failed on account of the incompetency of the workmen, the Lamb knit-ting-machine manufacturing company was organized in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1865, and another company under the same name in Rochester, New York, in the same year. These companies were consolidated in 1867 and their manufactory removed to Chiopee Falls, Massachusetts Mr. Lamb's machine produces more than thirty kinds of knitted goods, making about 4,000 loops a minute at ordinary speed. The invention is patented in Great Britain, France, an4 Belgium, and a large manufactory has been erected in Switzerland. The machine has received a great number of medals and diplomas at different fairs in the United States, and a silver medal at the Paris exposition of 1867. Mr. Lamb sold his interest in the Lamb knitting-machine manufacturing company, and is now secretary and treasurer of the Lamb knitting company of Concord, Michigan He was ordained by a Baptist council in 1869, and since then has engaged in preaching in Michigan.--His brother, Martin Thomas, is a Baptist missionary in Utah.
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