Horace Delbert Hume was  born on his parents' farm in Moundville Township near Endeavor, Wisconsin, on August 15, 1898 the first of four children. He lived 103 years and  was well known and highly respected in Mendota. During his lifetime, he patented over 100 inventions. His company began on January 1, 1941 with a crew of three recruits. It patented over 200 inventions. It was first known as the Hume-Love Company.  When the Hume-Love partnership ended in 1944, Horace became the owner of  the H. D. Hume Company in Mendota, Illinois.  Realizing that 50 percent of the pea crop and as high as 90 percent of the seed peas were lost during harvest, Mr. Hume and his friend Ed. Love, a farmer with a college degree in mechanical engineering, adapted Ed's own cutterbar to enable it to fit his Rumley combine. By the time that they received their first patent on the cutterbar in 1932, Mr. Hume was already nearing completion of his second invention, the Hume Reel.  A book entitled Cowboy to Industrialist describes many of his accomplishments. This book is for sale at the Hume-Carnegie Museum gift shop.

The Carnegie building, which housed the town's library from 1904 to 1994 was given to the Mendota Museum & Historical Society which was organized by Mr. Hume.

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