The Rotary Power Mower And Its Inventor: Leonard B. Goodall
Photo Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
State Historical Society of Missouri
Leonard B. Goodall in his workshop, about 1945.
Earliest known version of the Goodall mower, currently in the collection of Jerry Nance of Odessa, Missouri.
Decal which appeared on all Goodall mowers.
U.S. Patent Office diagram, 1940.
Leonard Goodall on the left with a 1941 model, standing with his partner, Charles S. (Sam) Baston, who has a 1956 model. The buildings in the background are the company buildings behind the Goodall home on East Market Street. Source: Garrett R. Crouch of
The Goodall family home at 444 E. Market, Warrensburg. The earliest work on the Goodall mower was done in the basement of this home, which is now the property of the local school district and is used for offices.
This first blade was presented to Goodall when he retired in 1952. The inscription reads, 'Blade used on first vertical drive rotary mower made by Leonard Goodall, 1931.'