J. R. McLaughlin came to Fargo in February 1878, and began business as a dealer in agricultural implements. His machinery business, known as "Machinery Hall," was located on the north side of Front Street, in the 400 block. According to The Leading Industries of Fargo, Dakota, 1881, Mr. McLaughlin was a dealer in buggies, wagons, sewing machines, harrows, Tiger hay racks, McCormick harvesting machinery, twine and wire binders, mowers, reapers, J. I. Case threshing machinery, straw burning engines, plows, and Van Brunt broad cast seeders. J. R. McLaughlin is no longer listed in the Fargo city directories after 1885.
The F. J. Haynes photograph to the lower right shows the same view as the engraving. Note the sings for J. I. Case plows and Whitewater wagons.
The building was undoubtedly destroyed in the fire of 1893.