Medley's 20th Century Kentucky Reel, Medley Reel Co.
Granville Medley, Hopkinsville and Gracey, KY
Granville patented an automatic fly reel and the free-spool mechanism for a
casting reel. The automatic fly reel was truly a innovative design. The patents
for this reel were granted in 1892 and 1895 while Medley lived in Hopkinsville,
KY. Medley's 20th Century Kentucky included his 1901 free-spool patent. The name
implies he's bringing the classic kentucky reel into the next century. The 1901
patent was subsequently acquired by B.F. Meek & Sons. The "Free-Spool" feature
and marking can be seen on a B.F. Meek & Sons No. 3 and Horton Mfg. Co.
Meek No.'s 3
and 4. A letter written in 1945 by Mrs. Ora Medley to the owner of the reel
below gives insight into Granville's life. The letter can be seen at the bottom
of this page.
The MEDLEY'S 20th CENTURY KENTUCKY REEL, circa 1902
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