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Richard Dalton’s ground-breaking trenching machine resembles an old-fashioned steamboat. Its “paddlewheel” can dig a ditch from 30 to 72 inches wide and up to 8.5 feet deep. Photo submitted
John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
5:00 am CST January 14, 2020
Dec. 22, 1899: Richard Dalton, 44, of 1148 Isabella Street, Wilmette, is demonstrating the capability of his revolutionary trenching machine while performing a 10,000-foot trenching job for the City of Evanston.