Medley's 20th Century Kentucky Reel, Medley Reel Co.
Granville E. Medley - Hopkinsville and Gracey, KY
Granville E. Medley was born in Kentucky on May 5, 1854.
He attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and graduated with his doctoral degree in 1878.
His first practice was in Baltimore, but he moved to Hopkinsville, KY in 1882 and practiced there.
Even though he was a dentist by trade, his interests were in mechanical design and the outdoor life.
Granville was granted 8 patents in his life. Three of which were related to
fishing reels that would eventually be produced. Granville patented an automatic fly reel and the free-spool mechanism for a
casting reel. The automatic fly reel was truly an innovative design. The patents
for this reel were granted in 1892 and 1895 while Medley lived in Hopkinsville,
KY. Medley's "20th Century Kentucky Reel" included his November 26, 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 and incorporated into
their product line about 1915. The "Free-Spool" feature
and marking can be seen on a B.F. Meek & Sons No. 3 and Horton Mfg. Co.
Meek No.'s 2, 3 and 4. The Horton Meek No. 6 also had the free-spool feature. 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 and B.F. MEEK & SONS Free-Spool Reels
The MEDLEY'S 20th CENTURY KENTUCKY REEL, circa 1902
The MEDLEY AUTOMATIC REEL, circa 1902
The Medley Reel Co. Catalog, circa 1895
Classified Ad in the October 1, 1886 "Semi-Weekly Southern Kentucky" Newspaper
Medley Patent Description in the 1916 B.F. Meek & Sons Catalog