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James H. Williams, Drop Forging

J. H. Williams & Co., 9 Richards Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

J. H. Williams drop forge works was located between Richards and Columbia streets and between Seabring and Hamilton Ave, at some point encompassing Bowne street.

The 1869 map does not show any buildings on the east ride of Richards between Seabring and Bowne. The 1880 map shows an unlabeled wood frame building in this location. On the 1886 map there is an unlabled brick buildings on two lots on the east side of Richards at Bowne. The company was listed in 1885 at 9 Richards street. This could be reflected by the building on the 1886 map.

The 1907 map shows J. H. Williams & Co. Machine and Forge Shop as a much bigger complex at this location.

Listed as "J. M. Williamsons Drop Forging" in the 1892 Fire department book, this was actually "J. H. Williams & Co."

J. H. Williams was established July 1, 1884. Number of employees 400 in 1909.

J. H. Williams made a lot of different hand tools: various wrenches, clamps, metal lath tools, etc., as well as golf club head and parts for bicycles.

In 1885 the company reorganized with a partnership between J. H. Williams and William H. Brock.

The firm of J. H. Williams & Co., Manufacturers of drop forgings, 9 Richard Street, Brooklyn has been dissolved. Mr. Matthew Diamond is the retiring member, the firm from now consisting of James H Williams and William H Brock, the latter gentleman is well known in our town, he having for some time carried on business at Corona, where he was a resident. We trust that the new firm will have the success that good workmanship merits.

The Newtown Register, November 26, 1885

In August 1895 James H. Williams and William H. Brock had a falling out and the breakup of their partnership was officially announced in the Brooklyn Eagle. Subsequently William H Brock sued James H Williams. In 1896 William H. Brock also sued the Fatkin Manufacturing co. In 1899 he sued James H. Smith in a real estate deal. In 1901 William H. Brock opened a drop forge business in Queens.

During the course of his career William H. Brock had several patents for various kinds of chain and pipe wrenches.

1884: American Machinist stated that the drop forge business of J. H. Williams of Brooklyn was growing steadily.
The firm have now five Stiles drops, three large presses, one Bradley hammer, and other tools and machines, besides a casehardening and annealing furnace. Their new shops at the corner of Richards and Bowne streets, possess admirable features, their ventilation especially being very fine. They have now on the market fourteen sizes of single-end engineer's wrenches, and are soon to bring out a line of double end.
1886: William H. Brock sued James H. Williams for a dissolution and accounting. Brock claimed that Williams had agreed to put up capital as well as six city lots to start the steel forging factory. Brock claimed that Williams did not put up the capital and that the lots were mortgaged for $12,000. In addition Williams had hired a supposedly skilled workman at a salary of $6,000. Brock claimed the okman was incompetent and had "involved the firm in legal proceedings". It was claimed that Brock entered the factory and discharged all the workers, in effect, shutting the place down. No resolution was given in the Brooklyn Eagle article.

1890: J. H. Williams proposed to add a one story brick extension 36x27 to the north east corner of Bowne and Richards cost $500. (BE)

1890: April 9, Adopted to allow J. H. Williams & co. to retain fram structure north side of Bowne street, about 100 feet rom northwest corner of Bowne and Columbia streets.

1890: J. H. Williams was making "forged field magnets" to be used in electric motors.

The ingot is heated to dazzling whiteness, thrust under the drop, and eight or ten blows from a 2,100 pound hammer force it into the dies and do the major part of the work. It is then taken out, placed in a furnace, reheated and returned to the forge, where two or three more blows complete the forming. It is then again heated and taken to the cutting press ..... where the projecting edges left by the first forging are trimmed of the the piece is practically complete.

(The Electrical World, Volume 16)

Brooklyn N Y Bowne St n. s. 50 ft e Richards st. one st'y brick forge-shop, slate and tin roof, one st'y brick extension, slate and tin roof and other alterations cost about $8,000, owners, J. H. Williams & Co 9 Richards st.; architect Wm Field 1030 Gates Ave.

American Architect and Architecture, vol 35-36.

Note: William Field and Sons were noted architects who were active in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the 1870 to 1890s. In 1890 they planned the Riverside Apartments at Columbia Place and Joralemon which were considered the ideal for tenement living. (Various websites). See also Coignet Stone Company Building

1893: J. H. Williams had a display at the Chicago World's Fair. The display of their merchandise was noted in the Scientific American as "distinctive" by "virtue of its "arrangement and class". The exhibit was mounted on highly polished sycamore boards and measured 16 by 22 feet. It included a well executed water color of the forge and an arrangement of some the dies and the products manufactured by the company. It was noted that drop forging was a new industry and was actually "blacksmithing by machinery". One of the advantages of this method was that all of the pieces created would be the same because they were die cast and not hand forged. It was now possible to manufacture precise components for "the peerless and up-to-date American bicycles", sewing machines and guns.

Scientific American, September 1893

Part of the J H Williams exhibit at the Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893

1893: Iron Age vol 51 reported:

J. H. Williams & Co., 9 to 15 Richards street, Brooklyn, N Y., are making some improvements in their drop forging works in order to increase their storage and shipping facilities. Some adjoining house property has been acquired, a portion of which will be altered and adapted for use as a shipping department, the upper floors being utilized for storage purposes. This will relieve the main floor of the factory which has hitherto been used in this way, and afford room for the placing there of additional machinery. A new room has been built on the second floor of the main building to be used as a sample room, where samples of the various lines of drop forgings made by the firm will be displayed. A large and increasing business is being done by the company which taxes their large resources to the utmost.

In 1893 J. H. Williams & co. built a bath house for their employees. The men were supplied with towels and soap. The bathing room was 50 by 19 feet and contained "twelve shower baths, consisting of small cubicles with ample room for a man to stand and move about. In each is fixed a large overhead spray connected with pipes conveying hot and cold running water.". In addition there were washing troughs with sprinklers overhead so men who did not want to take a full "bath" could partially wash themselves and shower their heads. The troughs were filled with water just before noon and again before 6'oclock. In addition clothes washing facilities were provided so the men could rinse out their dirty sweaty cloths at the end of the day. This included washing troughs, a wringer and a drying room. There was also a locker room.

1894: J. H. Williams was listed in Bulletin Vol 15-20 as having been established in 1884 with a capital investment of $200,000. The made the following statement relative to their business.

During the last year we ran for three mouths and five days weekly, ten hours daily, but since December have been running full time, with somewhat reduced force. Have now nearly full force, and are taking on a few men. There has been a greatly increased domestic competition in our line during the last four years. Foreign competition amounts to very little.

There has been no change in our wages during the last ten months.

We are producing substantially as many goods as in 1892.

Our raw materials are steel and iron bars or billets, and copper bolts.

The goods we manufacture are certainly not luxuries; you would probably class them as necessities.

The rate of interest on loans is from 5 to 6 per cent.

The proportion of skilled labor with us is large, probably two-thirds of all or more.

We favor a moderate reduction of duty on our products, which is now 45 per cent. As to how we would meet the reduction we are hardly able to say until the question arises.

When running full we employ from 100 to 110 men, paying laborers, say, $1.50 per day, and skilled help from $2.25 to $3.75, working fifty-nine hours weekly.

We export little, chiefly a specialty not made abroad.

The cost of manufacturing tends to decrease, largely because of improved plant, and, of late, because of the great reduction in the cost of material.

Our selling prices have decreased since 1892.

1895: J. H. Williams was the leading promoter of drop forging golf club heads. They were advertised as "finished mild steel golf-club heads of finest quality A printed catalogue of the club heads was available on request. The club heads were stamped with the Williams logo a "W" in a diamond shape. They were still manufacturing club heads in 1898 when they were the leader in drop forged club heads both in the US and abroad. The advantage was the use of good metal, uniformity of shape, and "truth in striking surface". They advertised: mashie iron, gooseneck putting cleek, cleek, driving cleek, centraject lofting mashie, lofter, concave lofting cleek, mashie, iron, putting cleek, niblick, and driving mashie.

In 1896 J. H. William & Co. erected a one story brick machine shop on Seabring Street on the north side 75 feet east of Richards street, 30 x 51, gravel roof, cost $1,600.

In 1897 when a Brooklyn Eagle reporter visited the shops of J. H. Williams he noted the cleanliness of the premises. There was no oil on the floor. Dripping oil was caught in pans and recycled. The factory had its own fire department and every room was equipped with sprinklers, hand hoses, water pails, and fire extinguishers. Staircase and elevators were located on the outside of the building to prevent fire spread. The buildings themselves were as fireproofed as technology of the times allowed. He also described the shower baths commenting that during the hot season the men could take a cool down shower during their "dinner" hour. (Dinner was at noon - the men returning to work at 1 o'clock.) J. H. Williams also had a mutual aid society. Membership was voluntary and a weekly fee was paid. This sociality provide funds if a man was sick or there was a death in the family. This society was established in 1896 with two grades of membership - those paying 10 cents a week and those paying 20 cents a week. In case of accident the former got $6 per week and the latter $11 per week for six weeks. Thereafter for 20 weeks one half of the benefits were paid. No member could receive over 26 weeks of benefits. In the event of death $100 was paid if the member had been in the organization longer than 6 months. The society also hosted an annual spring picnic and a winter ball.

In October 1899 the J. H. Williams & Co. of South Brooklyn "manufactures of drop forging" erected a large grand stand at the corner of 92 and Riverside so all their employees could watch "the great naval parade" to welcome Admiral Dewey. The company also provide lunch for it's employees at the Friday and Saturday festivities in honor of Admiral Dewey.

In 1899 J. H. Williams was manufacturing the Brock and Vulcan chain pipe wrenches.

1899: Trade journals listed J H Williams Drop forging: copper, iron, steel, wrought iron, electrical, gun, & special.


1901: Some men in certain departments were paid by the piece.

1900: Oil was used to fuel the forges. The forging heat for steel is about 1,500 degrees. 10 to 20 blows were needed to complete the forging of a piece.

In 1901 J. H. Williams voluntarily put their men on a nine hour day with 10 hours pay. 1901: W. C. Redfield testified before congress regarding "Industrial Betterment". He stated that the factory covered "2 squares" in the borough of Brooklyn" and employed about 250 men. He further stated that every "room" in the works contained basins and sprays for washing, four toilet rooms, and shower baths with hot and cold water.

In the largest bathroom are 11 showers and a soapstone sink with wringer for washing clothing, and a warm room for drying it. A bathroom is placed in each department as conditions permit. Each contains an expanded metal locker for every man in the department, together with the best sanitary plumbing arrangements and a shower bath. This was, so far as the writer knows, the first industrial establishment in this country to establish shower baths as u regular feature of the factory; the first one was erected in June, 1893. Inspection of the lockers of these toilet rooms shows the good results of these arrangements. Many of the men wear their good clothing to the works, and change it there for their working clothes; quite generally they have provided bath towels for themselves.

Throughout the works sanitary conditions are required. Cuspidors are provided, and spitting on the floors or stairways is forbidden. Waste cans for both clean and oily waste are furnished, both for cleanliness and to avoid the danger of fire. The machine-shop floors are weekly scrubbed with hot water and soda.

Some years ago a large machine shop was destroyed by fire; the next morning its ruins were surrounded by groups of workmen whose own tools had been destroyed without insurance or compensation. This was to Rome a considerable money loss and to some it meant much difficulty in taking up work elsewhere. From this incident arose the custom in the works of J. H. Williams & Co. of insuring the tools belonging to the workmen against loss by lire or water, without charge, the consideration being service in the works' fire department

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In 1900 J. H. Williams had an exhibit at the Worlds Fair in Paris.

James H. Williams died in 1904. See below.

1904: The Board of Trade of the Red Hook district took up the matter of the closing of Bowne street between Richards and Columbia streets by J. H. Williams & Co. The company had closed the street the year before and some residents were calling the action into question. However, J. H. Williams had already started construction of their new building on the site.

1905: J. H. Williams had a new four story brick addition 50 feet wide by 200 feet long. Elevators both for freight and passengers connected the floor. Offices were on the top floor. The third floor housed the finishing department. It also featured and a "club room", furnished with confortable arm chairs, where the employees could sit and eat their lunch. There was also a grand piano. Each floor contained a lavatory with hot and cold water.

The second floor held the die sinking department which employed twenty die sinkers and eighteen trimming diemakers.

The trimming department and storage were on the first floor. It also contained a first aid station near the front door. The basement was also used for storage.

The floors were 7 inches thick made up of wooden two layers of 3 inch wooden planks with sheathing paper between them. The building was equipped throughout with a sprinkle system. Pipes were painted according to their use: hot - black, gas - green, sprinkler - red, drinking water - white. The drinking water was cooled.

1905: April A dance sponsored by the Mutual Aid society was held at the new factory building o at 9 Richards for the employees and the employers of the company. The party was held on the third floor. A string orchestra played, there was dancing, the space was decorated with Americans flags.

1905 November 15: 1,250 employees of J. H. Williams & Co and "wives, sweet hearts and friends occupied the orchestra boxes and mezzanine floor of the Orpheum" to see the vaudeville performance. It was a fund raiser for the Mutual Aid Association of the Williams company and nothing was said about who paid for the tickets but it was claimed that everyone attended for the office boy to the president of the company. This appears to have been an annual event. Three was also a summer picnic.

1905: J. H. Williams was shipping merchandise to Chile, South Africa, France, Cologne, Natal, Australia, Monte Verde, Hamburg, Manchester, Liverpool, sheffield, Buenos Ayres (sic), Manila, Autofagasta* and Copenhagen. (*A port in northern Chili)

1913: Williams Drop Forge of Brooklyn purchased a 90 acre tract of land in Tonawanda (near Buffalo) in 1912 with plans to build a plant near O'Neil street.


On July 1, J. H. Williams & Co., manufacturers of drop forgings, with factories at Brooklyn and Buffalo, New York, put into effect three separate and distinct welfare systems for the benefit of their employes, comprising provisions for pension and life insurance payments and vacation allowances to cover the week of each year during which the company expects to close its factories.

These systems, in conjunction with the workmen's compensation law, which went into effect in New York State simultaneously and the company's Mutual Aid Association, to which the men contribute and which makes specified payments during the periods of sickness, safeguard the employes of this company from cessation of wages from every cause outside of the control of the individual.

The administration of these systems is put in charge of a committee of five, known as the J. H. Williams & Co. Employes' Welfare Committee, on which the division of representation between the company and the men is unusually equal, two being chosen by the company, one who must be a shop man by the above two members, and two by the Mutual Aid Association, which is controlled entirely by the men. The company has created a fund from which all payments will be made only by direction of the Welfare Committee.

Perhaps the most unique as well as the most immediate results is the vacation allowance system. Eligibility for these allowances is confined to those who are not on the company's regular vacation list, and to those who shall have been in the company's employ for at least two years. All such, whose record of attendance and faithful discharge of duties during the preceding twelve months shall be satisfactory to the foreman of the particular department, shall be entitled to have their year's record perused by the Welfare Committee, and unless this is unsatisfactory to the committee for cause, a vacation allowance of one-half week's earnings will be voted to those who have been with the company between two to five years, and a full week's earnings to those who have been with the company more than five years. A week's earnings will be figured as l/52d of the total amount of combined day work and piece work wages received during the year, thus taking cognizance of the difference between day work and piece work rates. If in any year the company should not shut down its plants it will have the option of paying the equivalent in extra wages.

The life insurance system is open to every employe of the company after three years of service in its employ. Between the third and tenth year the insurance covers a half year's compensation, and after ten years this is increased to the earnings of a full year, with a limit of $2,000, or in the case of a pensioner $1,000. A definite provision is made for the designation of the beneficiary, subject, however, to change at the employe's request when circumstances warrant.

The pension system permits any employe at the age of 65, after 25 years of consecutive and exclusive service with the company, or in the case of those engaged in the forge, blacksmith, polishing and case-hardening departments where the work is unusually severe, at 60 years of age, after 20 years.

The pension will consist of 1 per cent of the average annual pay during the preceding ten years for each year of active service, with a minimum of $15 per month and maximum of $100.

The company has offered these systems to its employes as the most appropriate tribute to the memory of J. H. Williams, founder of the company, who in his life time took an especially active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of his employes and initiated in his factory a number of improvements making for health and comfort unique at that time, but now a part of almost every factory.

Domestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical ..., Volume 68, Issue 6

1923: September J. H. Williams & co plant closed its Brooklyn plant and moved their main works to Buffalo. It was said that at times J. H. Williams employed as many as 800 men.

The plan was to take about 50 employees to work in the Buffalo plant. Their moving expenses were to be paid. Up to this point J. H. Williams ran four plants: Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago and St. Catherine's, Canada. The Buffalo plant was quite large - covering over 16 acres - and over the previous 6 year had been taking over much of the stock work of the Brooklyn plant. It was stated that a warehouse and sales department would remain in Brooklyn.

1919: The Blacksmiths Journal, Volume 21

The J. H. Williams Drop Forge plant in Buffalo is on the down grade. This plant is noted for low wages and bad conditions. Men cannot expect anything from such a kaiser as Prindeville. In a short time the firm will not be able to get drop forgers. It is said that the men who are working for him at present have no use for him. Of course, he has a few straw bosses, who like himself, are bluffing the weak-kneed Americans and that keeps the foreigners satisfied. This plant seems to be a dumping ground for men who go broke and drop into Buffalo. They go there to get a few dollars, then clear out.

The T. H. Williams plant here is like the one in Brooklyn, N. Y. The men there seem satisfied and work under good conditions. The Buffalo plant can be run just the same. If Prindeville and the rest of his friends that are receiving the best class of work and making big wages were sent to the Brooklyn, N. Y. plant and learned how to treat American and foreign workmen with respect it would do some good. Something will have to be done or J. H. Williams will be classed with Judge Gary and this would not be fair to Mr. Williams, for everyone speaks of his as a gentleman.

The last meeting I had with the Steel Workers 68 members were present. I received 35 more applications.

Brother Carey and the writer visited the Williams Drop Forge plant several times. Brother Carey told me that he could not believed that men could be so deceived. They are afraid to speak to us. A profit-sharing plan has been started and the men are told that they will receive shares of all profits once a year, and that there will be no increase in wages. ( A new sucker born every minute.)

Additionally in the same issue:
Drop Forgers Win

I have been giving the Drop Forge industry considerable attention here. After advertising them at the different plants and holding meetings I got 12 to make out applications. In J. H. Williams' Drop Forge plant, Prindeville, the boss of the Drop Forgers discharged one drop forger when he admitted he had joined the Union, and forced another to leave, blaming him for trying to get the men to join the Union. The other four men stopped work and demanded more money. He wanted them to go back to work offering to pay the men what they were worth. This indefinite understanding was unsatisfactory and was turned down. The boss got riled, but he got over it again, such as all bosses will do after mediating just long enough to realize that there are two sides to a case. Some of the men who remained in the shop got a five cent increase and later all the men received a substantial increase and they are now back to work.

The demands of the men were not at all unreasonable and should have been accepted at the first, which would have stopped the delay in work. The Drop Forgers in this section are organizing fast and It is a pleasure to see the business-like way these men transact their affairs.

The Baths at J. H. Williams

Modern baths and bath houses By William Paul Gerhard, 1908

It was the first bath facility introduced into an American factory.

Space for the new bathing-room was found at one end of the lofty forge-shop in the works of the firm. A new story was "hung on" to the roof, forming a room 50 feet in length and with an average width of 19 feet. On one side of the new room are placed 13 shower baths, consisting of small cubicles with ample room for a man to stand and move in. In each is fixed a large overhead spray connected to pipes conveying hot and cold water. The hot-water pipe is connected with the heating system in use all over the factory, and the cold with the street main. These can be regulated so as to obtain any temperature desired by the bather. A rack with soap is fixed on the wall; and the water is conveyed off by a trough at the side of the room, the asphalt floor having a double incline, which insures the ready flow of water. These bathing compartments occupy but a small floor space, being only 3 feet by 4 feet in dimensions.

It is calculated that the men will take but from three to five minutes in getting a wash-down, so that a number can bathe in rapid succession; a great feature where all wish to bathe at the same time, as would be the case in large factories. The baths would probably be most in request at the close of the day's work, when men do not care to waste their time in prolonged ablutions, and yet can afford sufficient time to get a thorough cleansing by a shower bath on this principle. The water each would use, too, would be but about one-seventh of the amount required for a tub. No attendant is necessary to fill the tubs, etc., and no cleaning up is entailed afterward, as the water runs off immediately, the cleansing being automatic.

There are other advantages in the shower-bath system also, in that no soiled water touches the body, consequently the cleansing is more thorough, and there is no danger, as in the bathtub, of communicating disease. The baths are ready, too, at all seasons and times, and there is little apparatus to get out of order. It is believed that in hot weather the men will often utilize a portion of their dinner time in getting a "refresher" in the bathroom, and will go back invigorated thereby to their afternoon's work.

The system appears to be one that would recommend itself to employers solicitous for the comfort and health of their men. It is also calculated to educate the men in habits of cleanliness and order, and is altogether a step in the right direction.

In addition to the shower baths, which unfortunately do not show in Fig. 64, for which I am indebted to the firm, the washroom is provided with numerous individual solid porcelain lavatories, in which those men can wash themselves who do not require a regular bath.

A matter which has long troubled workingmen is the disposal of their work ing clothes. These become soaked with perspiration in a place like a forge shop, and when taken off at the day's end must be either carried home to be washed, or hung up in the shop to dry and put on next day in a sour, unpleasant state. In the wash-house a large soapstone sink is provided, where the men can in a few minutes rinse out their soiled garments and pass them through a wringer attached to the side of the trough. A drying closet is placed at the corner of the room, where, by means of hot-water pipes, the clothes are thoroughly dried; and they can thus be put on next morning clean and fresh, - a great boon to men who work in the heat of a forge shop, and are constantly in a condition of sweat, which soaks the clothes in which they work.

Opposite the bathing compartments is a double line of lockers, 80 in all, in which the men can stow their clothes. These lockers are high enough for hanging garments, and are provided with hooks and a shelf for small articles.

Mr. Williams believed that the bathing and washing facilities which he gave to his men would prove a good investment in the increased returns of work done. At the same time he regards it as a still wider question, affecting the community at large. His opinion on the subject is briefly put in his own words thus: "As it is acknowledged that habitual bathing prevents disease, and promotes health and morality, baths for working people affect all classes of society. Employers are, therefore, under moral obligations to supply such facilities, and health, decency and humanity demand it, because few opportunities for personal cleanliness are afforded to any but the privileged classes!"

Social engineering: a record of things done by American industrialists By William Howe Tolman, 1909

Some of the men use them regularly, some on Saturdays only, and some not at all; others who have facilities at home prefer bathing there. They are patronized mostly in the warm season, even then not as generally as would be expected. This can be accounted for from a desire on the part of the employes to leave the premises as quickly as possible at the termination of the day's work, and also from the fact that, not having acquired the habit in early life, they are generally slow in adopting a custom of daily of frequent bathing. In addition to the shower baths, each wash trough is provided with a spray, so that the workman can thoroughly clean his head from dust and dirt. The original baths, however, are not a failure, for since then more have been erected, but, on a smaller plan, in other departments than the forging shop. In the new buildings it is the intention to include shower baths in the toilet rooms and lavatories, which they expect to make more attractive with individual washbasins, hoping to still further encourage their use.

If this firm would follow the practice of certain others, giving the men the privilege of a bath on the company's time, it might have the desired effect of a greater use of the baths time in getting a "refresher" in the bathroom, and will go back invigorated thereby to their afternoon's work.

The system appears to be one that would recommend itself to employers solicitous for the comfort and health of their men. It is also calculated to educate the men in habits of cleanliness and order, and is altogether a step in the right direction. In addition to the shower baths, the washroom is provided with numerous individual solid porcelain lavatories, in which those men can wash themselves who do not require a regular bath.

The Electric World, vol 16, 1890

J H Williams Drop Forge 1890

Engineering Review, January 15, 1898

Vulcan Chain Pipe Wrench manufactured by J. H. Williams & Co. 9 Richards street, Brooklyn

Modern baths and Bath houses, by William Paul Gerhard, 1908

View of Workmens' Lavatories and Shower Bath Rooms in Factory of J. H. William & Co., in Brooklyn

The Iron Trade Review, 1901

Bath Room, lockers, etc in tempering department

The Iron Trade Review, 1901

Toilet Rooms and sinks with overhead spray, bath room, closet, etc.

Modern machinery, Volume 5, 1899

THE LARGEST PIPE WRENCH IN THE WORLD. - With the demand that has arisen for larger sizes of welded pipe there has come necessarily a call for appliances for handling the heavier lengths now made. The illustration shows the most recent in the line of chain pipe wrenches, a tool unique in size, capacity and power. The manufacturers are our advertisers, J. H. Williams & Co., 9 Richard street, Brooklyn, whose handsome page announcement will be found in our advertising pages. This wrench is known as the "No. 16 Vulcan." The general dimensions of the tool, which has a range sufficient to take fittings on pipe 4 to 18 inches in diameter, will appear from comparison with the man's figure in the cut. The exact measurements are: Length, 87 inches; weight, 135 pounds; length of chain, 76 inches. The chains are twisted to a strain of 40,000 pounds. These wrenches are offered as combining the merits of all other chain pipe wrenches, with special advantages.

Modern machinery, Volume 5, 1899

The Iron Trade Review, 1901


The building in the above image is situated at the corner of Richards and Bowne. A smaller, less in focus version of this images is shown in the next cluster of J. H. Williams images below.

This five story building was on Richards street at the corner of Bowne. Between 1901 and 1906 Borne street was incorporated into the complex and another larger building was constructed south of Bowne along Richards. The tallest smoke stacks in born images give a landmark. The building with the mansard is discernible in both images. See the 1907 map below.

the machine shop faced Richards and the forges ran along Bowne.

The smaller building to the left (north) of J H Williams was the 45th precinct police station on maps dating from 1900 and 1907.

The Plumbers Trade Journal, Volume 41, 1907

The five images of the J. H. Williams & Co shown above are dated in the article but I cannot make them all out. The largest images was taken in 1906. The image that is most similar to it was take in 1900. The other two are dated 18-4 for the next rectangular building and 18-5[3?] for the basilica shaped building.

The accompanying article stated that the company had been founded to manufacture plumbing supplies. From about 1887 they were making Vulcan tools especially wrenches. In 1907 the company was still producing plumbing and steamfitting supplies as well as the well-known Vulcan chain pipe wrench and chain pipe vise.

In 1897 and article in America Machinist described the "plant" as a four story building between 9 and 31 Richards street and "at a right angles to it a long high single story forge building, with a monitor roof on Bowne street, extending from No. 8 to No. 26." On a thrid side was a yard with a powere house, and storage sheds.

Machinery, Volume 6 edited by Lester Gray French, 1900

Top left- View of shop from the street
Middle left- Auxiliary forge shop. The air pipes for cooling the men can be seen behind the hammers.
Bottom left - Trimming department. Press show in foreground with wire screen over the flywheel
Top right- Die sinking room. Profiling machines for die sinking and trolly track for handling the dies
Middle right- View of the main forge form the hammers. Air pipes for cooling the men and for blowing the scale from the dies
Bottom right- Pickling room for removing scale from the finished forgings

Machinery, Volume 6 edited by Lester Gray French, 1900

Top left - Trimming die room. The pipes overhead are the exhaust conduits from the polishing room
Middel left - The die storage cellar. Nearly 8,000 sets of dies are stored in this room
Bottom left - Polishing room with an exhaust head for each wheel
Top right- Hardening, case-hardening, tempering and annealing department. Pyrometer used here for gaging the heat
Middle right - Finishing room with a broaching machine in the foreground.
Bottom right - View of the bath room showing the shower baths and tubs for washing clothing

March 1900

The Iron Trade Review, 1901

View in main forge back of hammers. Shows individual furnace hoods, also main pipe of fresh air cooling system, with the downward projecting adjustable outlets.

The Process

Drop forging is a kind of blacksmithing driven by machines whereby hot metal is molded in a die under pressure from a very heavy hammer.

The first step is to make the die which is, in fact, the mold into which the metal is pressed. A set of dies are made by die sinkers, a highly skilled occupation. The die sinker first whittles a model out of wood. Then an outline of the desired shape is drawn on metal. The unnecessary metal is removed by chipping, boring, drilling, filing, riffling, and scraping. The two dies that will form one shape must be matched perfectly. A proof is taken in melted lead. Any adjustments are made before the dies are hardened. If only a few casting are to be made from the dies they may be made of low grade steel and not fully hardened. If thousands of casings are to be made, the dies must be of the best quality high carbon steel and carefully hardened.

The dies are transfered to the forge room which contain the drop hammers. The dies are placed in the hammers with molten metal between the two dies. Then the hammer is "dropped" - multiple times - until the shape is formed.

J. H. Williams contained about 50 drop hammers in two hammer rooms in 1900. The hammers (or rams) weighted from 200 pounds to 2,000 pounds. The average was 800 pounds.

After the object is formed it is "pickled" in a brine of water and sulfuric acid to remove scale.

The object is trimmed of any excess metal in a finishing room. Finally the object is polished with an emery wheel.

The polishing creates a lot of dust and J. H. Williams prided itself with its fan system that exhausted the dust out of the building (and into the neighborhood).

"The heavier particles are discharged in a settling chamber by centrifugal action, while the lighter and volatile products escape with the exhausted air on the roof".

In addition to causing irritation of the nasal passages and lungs, emery dust caused problems with machine maintenance and accuracy.

The dies were stored in the basement. About 5,000 dies were in active use at J. H. Williams in 1900.

Fire was a real danger and the company had taken fire precaution measures, including a sprinkler system powered by Worthington Pumps. See Worthington

Drop forging is a hazardous, hot, heavy, dirty and noisy labor. See YouTube video of Drop forging

Old maps of the area show houses quite near the works. It must have been a noisy place to live.

1900(+-) Brooklyn map

Red building are of brick, yellow of wood fram and grey of steel.

1907 Brooklyn map

1916 Brooklyn Map, New York Public Library

J. H. Williams & Co 1916

Bowne street was gobbled up by the J. H. Williams Co.

Much of the complex must have been torn down to make the entrance to the Battery tunnel. Bowne street now ends at Richards.

1923: J. H. Williams closed their works in Brooklyn and moved their operations to Buffalo New York.

James Harvey Williams (1845-1904)

James H. Williams was born December 3, 1845 in Fort Plain, New York, the son of Harvey E. Williams.

1867 passport, James H Williams born 3 Dec 1845, age 21, 5 feet 8 inches, dark blue eyes, black hair

1896: Passport application, born Dec 3 1845 Fort Plain, New York, manufacturer, 5 ft 8 inches, blue eyes "moustached", grey hair. spouse, Harriet T William, Frances born Fort Plan 15 November 1879, Hainery (?) born Brooklyn March 14 1882, 193 Henry Street.


  1. Frances, born Fort, Plain, Nov 16, 1879 listed with her mother age 39, single in 1930. Frances born Fort Plain traveled to Europe in 1926 (with her aunt Sarah), 1928 (with her aunt Sarah) and 1933 (not with family)

  2. James Harvey Williams

    James Harvey Williams graduated Yale class of '04. In 1911 he was not married and was listed as follows:

    Williams is vice-president and a director of J. H. Williams & Company, manufacturers of drop forgings, in Brooklyn, N. Y. He became associated with this concern in October, 1904, but had been working but a few days when he was obliged to leave on account of ill health. He spent the next year in outdoor life, returning to business with the same company on October 2, 1905. He is also a director of the Williams & Tanner Company, wholesale hardware dealers of Fort Plain, N. Y., and is a member of the Hamilton Club, the Dyker Meadow Golf Club, and the Heights Casino, all of Brooklyn, and of the New York Yale Club.

    1912: James Harvey Williams of Brooklyn Yale class of 1904, son of the late James Harvey Williams, was engaged to Jennett Blackwell daughter of Mrs. Frank Blackwell of 32 West 75th street , granddaughter of James G. Birney and a member of the old Blackwell family of Long Island.

    they were married in 1913.

    1920: He was married and listed with two children James H Williams 3rd, age 5, and Blackwell, age 1. See below

    1925: Buffalo Ward 25, Harney Williams 42, manuf drop forge press, Jennet Williams 38, wife, James H Williams 10, son, Blackwell Williams 07, son Alice M Barrett 23, servant, Julia Comidine 57, servant

    1940: James H Williams 58, college 4 years, executive, manf (cannot read two words) Jannet B Williams 54, wife, James H Williams 3rd, 25, son, college 3 years, Blackwell Williams 22, son, college 3rd year, clerk, manf steel

    1942 Death:

    James Harvey Williams died in New York City on February 23, 1942 after an operation at the age of 59. Mr. Williams, a graduate of Yale in the class of 1904, was one of the founders of the American Drop Forging Institute and was president of J. H. Williams & Co. of New York and Buffalo. Mr. Williams was president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 1921 and 1922. He was the father of Blackwell Williams, '36."
    He left a widow Jennet, D. Blackwell Williams, two sons, James H 3rd and Blackwell and a sister, Miss Frances Williams

  3. Earl Trumbull Williams b circa 1889 - Yale class of '10 - died May 7, 1918.

    Earl Trumbull Williams wrote Diary of a Trip Abroad in the summer of 1910. It was published in 1920 by his mother and brother, James Harvey Williams, with the following dedication

    "For a few of Earl's intimate friends, to whom his memory will ever be a cherished possession. This Book, the production of his handiwork is published by his mother."

    Earl and several friends traveled on the S. S. Arabic to England, visiting Scotland and England by automobile. They then crossed to the continent and visited Germany, Venice, the Italian Lakes, Switzerland, Scutari and Dalmatia, did a walking tour of Bernese Oberland, spent a week in Paris, and then went back to England before taking the Lusitania back to New York.

    EARL TRUMBULL WILLIAMS Lieutenant Earl Trumbull Williams, of the 301st U. S. Field Artillery, and vice-president of J. H. Williams & Co., of Brooklyn, N. Y., was struck by a falling limb from a tree on May 6, while visiting friends in Northampton, Mass., and died the next day. Lieutenant Williams graduated from Yale University in 1910 and entered the business of J. H. Williams & Co., Brooklyn, N. Y., manufacturer of drop-forgings, which was founded by his father in 1883. When the company's plant at Buffalo, N. Y., began operation in 1914, Lieutenant Williams assumed charge as vicepresident and was in active control until the summer of 1917, when he entered the officers' training camp at Fort Niagara. He received a commission as First Lieutenant in the 301st Field Artillery and was assigned to duty at Camp Devens, Ayer, Mass. Lieutenant Williams was an ex member of the Squadron A., New York and a member of the Saturn and the County Club of Buffalo.

    (Machinery, Volume 24 edited by Lester Gray French)

    He was survived by his mother, his brother and his sister. His mother donated $100,000 to the Yale University Press in his memory in 1918 and an additional $25,000 was left to Yale in 1919 as part of Earl's will.

    While war was raging in Europe and the papers were filled with the lists of American soldiers dying overseas it is ironic that Earl T Williams died of injuries when he was struck by a falling limb while on leave from Camp Devens, Mass. where he was stationed.

    Earl Trumbull Williams

1892: The Williams family was listed in the 1892 census with five servants. James H senior was listed as "manf"

When the Williams' family returned from Europe in July 1899 Jas. H, age 45, was listed as retired.

1900: Brooklyn Ward 1, 293 Henry Street, James H Williams 44, manuf. steel, Harriett T Williams 49, wife, Frances Williams 20, daughter, James H Williams 18, son, Earl I Williams 11, son, Sarah J Williams 33, sister Anna Griffith 28, sister, Mary Fallon 34, servant, Bridget Byrnes 28, servant

Mrs. Harriet Trumbull Williams was DAR.


We mentioned last week the death of J. H. Williams, founder of the drop-forging business of J. H. Williams & Co., Brooklyn. Mr. Williams died suddenly of apoplexy. He was born at Fort Plain, N. Y., fifty-nine years ago. For about ten years he was a partner with his cousin, the late E. W. Bliss, in the firm of Bliss & Williams, now the E. W. Bliss Company. He started the business which now bears his name in a small way at Flushing, L. I., in 1882, under the firm name of Williams & Diamond. The business was moved to its present site in Brooklyn in 1884, the firm name being changed to J. H. Williams & Co., the business being incorporated in 1895 and Mr. Williams becoming its president. The business has been continuously successful in a broader sense than merely financially, and its special features have several times been brought to the attention of our readers. Mr. Williams was a successful leader in industrial betterment, with a happy avoidance of all savor of paternalism. His men were treated as men, and he and they were mutually regardful of each other's rights and helpful in promoting each other's well being.

American machinist 1904.

According to the New York Times James H. Williams resided at 6 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn. He left a widow, two sons and a daughter. He was buried in Ft. Plain, New York. His wife was the former Harriett Amelia Trumbull. They had three children: Frances born c 1879, James Harvey Williams born March 22, 1882, and Earl Trubull born 1888. 1905: 6 Pierrepont street, Head Mrs. James H Williams F 54y United States, Daughter Frances Williams F 25y United States Sister Sallie Williams F 39y United States Son James H Williams M 23y United States, drop forge, Son Earl T Williams M 16y United States Servant James E Johnson M 24y United States Servant Sarah Mitchell F 32y Ireland Servant Hannah Nelson F 36y Sweden Seamstress Hannah Landrogh F 25y Sweden

1909: Sadie J Williams and James H. Williams, Frances Williams, and Earl T Williams presented the town Library of Fort Plain with a building in honor of their father James H Williams and grandfather, Harvey E Williams.

1910: Brooklyn Ward 1, 6 Pierrepont street, Harriet T Williams 59 Sadie J Williams 44, own income, four children three living, Frances Williams 30, James H Williams 28, manufacturer, drop forge, Earl T Williams 21, none, Agnes Doyle 22, maid, Mary Martin 28, cook, Rose Martin 25, laundress, Thomas Grady 30, butler

1920: 430 Park Ave., Manhattan, Harriet Williams 69, widow, iron and steel, Frances Williams 39, none, James H Williams 37, iron and steel, Inez Fagergren 27, maid, Hulda Anderson 28, cook, Esther Benson 23, maid, Charlotte Johnson 30, cook, Augusta Collin 35, maid

1920: 901 Lexington Ave., James H Williams 37, drop forge machine, Jennet 34, wife, James H Williams 5, son, Blackwell Williams 1, son, Katherine Schaefer 32, nurse, Elizabeth Burns 28, cook Julia Collins 31, waitress

Harvey E. Williams founded a hardware business in Fort Plain, New York.

Employees of J. H. Williams

Hugh Aikman (1870-1942) Sales and Publicity

Born Brooklyn, March 7, 1870 to Augustus and Fannie Aikman. He married Eugenia M Ladd 1895.

1870: Brooklyn Ward 10, Augustus Aikman 30, cooper, $6,500 $2,500, Fannie Aikman 27, Hugh Aikman 4/12, Margt Edgerton 55, Margt Doherty 28, domestic servant, Alice Sweeny 13, domestic servant

In 1880 Augustus Aikman was listed as "Kerosine, Gas Light Co.". Listed with him were his wife Fannie and two sons, Hugh and Willard.

1892: Carroll street, Aikman, Augustus 52, merchant, Fannie, Hugh 25, bookkeeper, Willard, 22 bookkeeper

1900: Third Street, Hugh Aikman 30, mfg of machines, Eugenia Aikman 31, Dorthey Aikman 3, Margurete Aikman 1, Josie Baumgardt 20, servant

1910: Ward 32, East 19th street, Hugh Aikman 39, manufacturer drop forge, Eugenia Aikman 39, Dorothy Aikman 12, Margaret Aikman 11, Edgerton Aikman 9, Agnes Sheehan 46, servant.

1920: East 18th street, Hugh Aikman 50, advertising manager, drop forge, Eugenia M Aikman 50, Dorothy M Aikman 23, Margaret Aikman 21, Edgerton L Aikman 19

1930: Buffalo, Hugh Aikman 60, secretary, forge company, Eugenia M Aikman 61, Margaret Aikman 31, Munemore Mimami 27, servant, born Japan

Death of Hugh Aikman 1942:

Hugh Aikman was born and educated in Brooklyn. He originally trained as an architect. He joined J. H. Williams in 1892, becoming its sales manager in 1900. In 1918 he was promoted to advertising manager. In 1920 he became secretary and publicity manager. He was survived by his widow, Eugenia, two daughters, Mrs. A Douglas Murphy of Bayonne, N. J., and Margaret Aikman of Buffalo, and a son, Edgerton L Aikman of Long Island City,
Edgerton Aikman:
1940: 47th street Queens, Edgerton Aikman 39, born Brooklyn, clerk, building contractor, Helen Aikman 37, born Brooklyn Beverley Aikman 6, born Brooklyn

Edgerton Aikman 1918 graduate of Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, NY

George Amborn (c 1857-1937) Superintendent and Assignor for patents, President

George Amborn was born circa 1857 in Massachusetts.

1880: Lincoln, Providence, Rhode Island George Amborn 56, born Germany, Baden, shoemaker, Barbary Amborn 46, born Baden Germany, George Amborn 23, born Massachusetts, machinist, Emily Amborn 14, worker in wollen mill, Karl Blackmer 16, nephew worker in wollen mill Emily Simpson 4, granddaughter

1887: George Amborn Jr Gender: Male Residence Year: 1887 Street Address: 28 Illinois C F Residence Place: Pawtucket, Rhode Island Occupation: Superintendent Publication Title: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1887

1895: George Amborn Residence Year: 1895 Street Address: 417 Clinton Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1895

1905: George Amborn was listed in an article in the Brooklyn Eagle as "superintendent" for the Williams company.

George Amborn succeeded William C. Redfield as president of J. H. Williams &Co and was listed as president of J. H. Williams 150 Hamilton Ave Brooklyn in 1907.

George Amborn of Chapinville, Conn was granted many patents as an assignor for J. H. Williams & Co., including patents for chain pipe vices up (but not exclusively) until 1916.

1910: Litchfield Connecticut, Chapinville, Amborn, George, boarder with the Adolf Nussbaummer family, born Massachusetts to German parents, machinist drop forge

In 1917 George M Amborn listed himself as a retired manufacturer at Toconie, Conn. and Florida, age 60, height 5 ft 10 inches, 175 pounds, no entry under, married, singel or widowed,

1930: Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island Raymond A Hern 36 Mae G Hern 40 George Amborn 73, single, uncle, no occupation

1937: Died - George Amborn Death Date: 1937 Death Place: North Attleborough, Massachusetts, USA Volume Number: 70 Page Number: 73 Index Volume Number: 110. George Amborn Birth Date: 1857 Age at Death: 80 Death Date: 11 Aug 1937 Burial Place: Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA, REF;1 (CAUSE OF DEATH - ANGINA PECTORIS. CREMATED.) died: NO. ATTLEBORO, MA

Other Amborns buried at Moshassuck Cemetery: Charles Xavier b. 1854 died 1885, Sarah Rebecca (Crocker) b Dec 26, 1851 died May 15, 1885, and Willard R born Dec 12, 1880 died June 18, 1883

William Cox Redfield (1858-1932) Bookkeeper, President

William Cox Redford was born in Albany in 1858. He was educated in the public schools in Pittsfield, Mass. where his parents moved in 1867.

He moved to New York City when he was 19. After a few years working for a stationary manufacturer he went to work as a bookkeeper and shipping clerk for J. H. Williams. He was with the company for 22 years, eventually rising to president of the company. He resigned in 1907.

William C Redfield June 1893 passport application, wife Elise born Newark, N. J. 1857, daughter Elise born Brooklyn 1887, manufacturer, 5 feet 11 inches, blue eyes, light hair.

He married in 1885. 1910: Tennis Court Brooklyn Ward 29, William C Redfield 51, manufacturer, machinery, Elise M Redfield 52, Humphrey F Redfield 15, Anna Scherlock 32, servant

He was listed in 1920 and 1930 as a banker.

He was Secretary of Commerce in the Wilson Cabinet from 1913 to 1919.

He died in 1932 in his sleep at age 73. He was survived by his wife and two children Humphrey Redfield and Elise Redfield Drury (Mrs. Charles K Drury)

William Cox Redfield was born in Albany, N. Y., June 18, 1858. He was educated In the public schools of Pittsfleld, Mass., whither his parents removed in 1867. In 1877 Mr. Redfield removed to New York, and six years later to Brooklyn, where he engaged in the manufacture of iron and steel forcings, tools, etc., with the corporation of J. H. Williams and Company. Mr. Redfield has held the offices of treasurer and president in this concern, of vice-president in the Warp Twisting-In Machine Company, and of president of the Sirocco Engineering Company, manufacturers of heating and ventilating apparatus. At the time of his appointment to the Cabinet he was vice-president of the American Blower Company, of Detroit, manufacturers of fans, blowers, engines, etc., and a director of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He has been president of the American Manufacturers' Export Association since its organization in 1910. Mr. Redfield was Commissioner of Public Works of Brooklyn in 1902-03. In 1896 he range for Congress unsuccessfully as nominee of the National Democratic party, but was elected to the 62nd Congress (1911-1913) from the Fifth District of New York as candidate of the Democratic and Independence League parties.

(The American year book, Volume 4 By Simon Newton Dexter North, Francis Graham Wickware, Albert Bushnell Hart)

James Dugan
January 28, 1888, James Dugan of 27 Luquer street was run over by a truck while working in the machine shop of Williams & co. at Bowne and Richards streets. He received a contusion of the leg.

James Dugan 1890, 73 Bridge street, boiler maker

James Murray
James Murray of 200 Hamilton while at work at Williams & Co foundry corner of Richards and Bowen had his finger lacerated in a machine. July 24, 1890.

Charles L Stahl (circa 1869-1944) machinist

Charles L Stahl and his wife, Gertrude, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on July 3, 1918. Charles Stahl worked for J. H. Williams & Co. drop forge for 30 years. They had seven boys and 5 girls. In 1943 they had 23 grandchildren. (Brooklyn Eagle, 1943)

Chales L Stahl was born circa 1869. He married Gertrude Ahmieler.

1900: Brooklyn Ward 12, 97 Williams street, Charles L Stahl 31, machinist, Gertrude Stahl 28, Johanna Stahl 6, Charles Stahl 4, Harry Stahl 3, Gertrude Stahl 1, Walter Stahl 9/12

1905: Listed in Brooklyn as a machinist.

1910: 43rd street, machinist, iron works

1920: Brooklyn 53rd street, Charles L Stahl 51, machinist, manufacturer, Gertrude Stahl 49, Charles A Stahl 24, tool maker, manufacturer, Walter J Stahl 20, clerk bank, Elsie M Stahl 18, stenographier and bookkeeper, wholesale drug co, Grace E Stahl 16, stenographer, auto selling (illegible word) Irene J Stahl 13, Arthur E Stahl 12, William Stahl 9, Franklin P Stahl 8, Raymond Stahl 5

Also listed 1925 state census as a machinist.

1930 Census: 53rd street, Brooklyn, Charles L Stahl 60, own $7,000, born NY, no occupation, Gertrude Stahl 58, born Germany, Charles A Stahl 34, auto mechanic, auto repair, William Stahl 20, chauffer, taxie cab, Frank Stahl 18 Raymond Stahl 15 Grace C Mccarthy 26, daughter, stenographer, John P Mccarthy 2 [2 1/12] grandson

1944 Kings death: Charles Stahl age 75 March 1977 #6698

William G Dotten (1850 - ), charpenter and William C Dotton (1893-), machinist

1900: Listed in charge of fire pails on platform in the J. H. Williams fire prevention program.

1900: Ward 22 10th ave, Wm G Dotten 50, born Canada, immigrated 1867, millwright, Catharine A Dotten 41, born Ireland, married 13 years, Wm C Dotten 7

1910: William G Dotten 64, carpenter, drop forging, Catharine A Dotten 51, born Delaware, William C Dotten 17, apprentice, drop forging

1920: William Dotten 74, carpenter shop, Catherine Dotten 59 William C Dotten 27, machinist cabinet shop

1930: William G Dotten 85, retired, Catherine Dotten 70 William C Dotten 37, manager paper boxes

1930: Willaim G Dotton died September 21, 1930

George J McCann (c 1863-) unknown position, drop forge

Listed in charge of the monitor nozzle, power house roof in the 1900 J. H. Williams fire prevention plan.

1889: George McCann, 27 of 70 Woodhull street had a finger of his right hand crushed under a steam hammer in the forging shop of J. H. Williams & co.

1892: Ward 6, George McCann, 29, drop forging, Rebecca 35, Florence 3, Stephen 1 John Dunning 9

1900: George J McCann age 37 born Connecticut, drop forge, married 11 years 7 children 4 living, Rebecca 43, Stephan 9, Gertrude 8, George 4, John Dunning age 16 step son, day laborer

1908: Death, George J. Mccann Death Date: 06 Dec 1908, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Age: 45 Birthplace: U. S., Occupation: Drop forger, Race: White, Marital Status: Married, Spouse's Name: Rebecca McCann, Father's Name: Father's Birthplace: Mother's Name: Mother's Birthplace: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B05636-0 System Origin: New York-EASy GS Film number: 1255736 Reference ID: cn 3245

1915: Stephen McCann, age 24, drop forger, on Van Brunt street, Mary McCann age 15, sister.

1915: Stephen McCann age 24, 251 (?) Van Brunt, married Emma Turner age 18, --- clinton St.

1918: WWI DR, Stephen McCann 32 Garnet Street, dob May 9, 1891, Brooklyn, employment, Drop Forge, J. H. Williams, 150 Hamilton, dependents, wife and 2 children.

1924: John Joseph Dunning died. He was an employee of the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. He was survived by his widow, Catherine, a daughter, Muriel, a step brother Stephen McCann a step sister, Mary McCann. buried Holy Cross.

John F Corbett (1878-1940), engineer
1910: Brooklyn Ward 10, Kings, New York 101 Third street, John F Corbett 30, engineer, factory, Marie R Corbett 28, 6 children 5 living, Gerard Corbett 9, John Corbett 5, Adel Corbett 3, Augustine Corbett 2, Leo Corbett 0 [10/12], all born New York

1915: John Corbett 36, engineer J. H. Williams, Maria Corbett 35, Jerode Corbett 14, office boy, John Corbett 10, Adel Corbett 8, Gustin Corbett 7, Leo Corbett 5, Mary Corbett 4, Winford Corbett 2, daughter,

1918: Death: June 23, 1918, John F. CORBETT

John F. CORBETT, who died on Thursday at St. Anthony's Hospital, Woodhaven, was born in Brooklyn forty years ago. He was employed as an engineer by the J. H. Williams Drop Forging Company. He was a member of the R.C. Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, and is survived by his widow and seven children. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from his late residence, 49 Fourth street. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery under direction of M. McMAHON, of 124 Summitt street.
Theodore Griemsman (1865 - 1929), machinist
Listed as responsible for "small hose on platform front" and "close widows and doors overhead" on the 1900 J. H. Williams fire prevention plan.

1900: Brooklyn Ward 22, 18th street, Theo "Griemsmenn" M 36 Germany, immigrated 1884, drop forger, Wife Lizzie Griemsmenn F 35 Germany Son Charles Griemsmenn M 11 New York Daughter May Griemsmenn F 6 New York

1905: Head Theodore Griemsman M 40y Germany, machinist, Wife Lizzie Griemsman F 39y Germany Son Charles Griemsman M 16y United States Daughter Mary Griemsman F 11y United States Daughter Mamie Griemsman F 5y United States Son Theodore Griemsman M 3y United States

1919: Theodore Griemsman age 54 of 337 15th street and William Beach 30 of 748 50th street were accused of failing to give their names to the police after injuring a 4 year old boy as Beach was trying to teach Griemsman how to drive a car.

1920: Head Theodore Griemsman M 55 Germany, cannot read occupation, Wife Lizzie Griemsman F 54 Germany, Daughter Melina Griemsman F 19 New York, Son Theodore Griemsman Jr. M ??, New York

1929 death: Suddenly on October 10, beloved husband of Elizabeth, father of Charles F. and Theodore H Jr. Marie Maley and Wilma Krauss. Buried Greenwood.

James T. Prindeville (c1862- ), blacksmith
Mr. J. Prindeville listed as "assistant" Main Forge on the 1900 J. H. Williams fire prevention plan.

1892: Ward 6, James Prindeville 30, blacksmith, Annie age 28, Mary age 2, Margaret 17, on same page as George McCann

1905: 10 4th place, Household Gender Age Birthplace Head James F Prindeville M 42y United States, blacksmith, Wife Annie Prindeville F 42y United States Daughter Mary Prindeville F 15y United States Son Thomas Prindeville M 13y United States Daughter Cathelene Prindeville F 11y United States Son Joseph Prindeville M 9y United States Son James D Prindeville M 6y United States Boarder Patrick Maguire M 37y Ireland, boarder, fireman

1910: Third ave., James T Prindeville M 47 Connecticut, drop forge blacksmith, Wife Anna Prindeville F 47 New Jersey, 5 children 5 living, Daughter Mary A Prindeville F 20 New Jersey, milliner, millenary shop, Son Thomas G Prindeville M 18 New York, trimmer maker factory, Daughter Catherine M Prindeville F 16 New York, Son John J Prindeville M 14 New York, Son James D Prindeville M 11 New York

1919: "Prindeville" was maligned in an article in The Blacksmith Journal in 1919 when he was in charge of the shop in Buffalo. See above.

1920: Plainfield New Jersey, James Prindeville 55, born Connecticut, drop forge, universal joints, Annie Prindeville 57, born New Jersey, Mary Prindeville 29, born New Jersey, John J Prindeville 23, born Brooklyn, die sinker, universal joints, James D Prindeville 21, born Brookly, machinist factory

1930: James and Annie were living in Plainfield New Jersey, renting at 28 dollars a month. James was an inspector in a forge shop.

Wesley Reeve[s] (1845-), engineer
1879: Wesley Reeve of Brooklyn was the chief engineer on the steamer Champion when it collided with the ship Octavia off Cape May. The Champion sank within a few mintes of the collision. Thirty people were lost and twenty four were saved.

1880: Oakland street, Brooklyn, Reeve, Wesley, age 35, engineer, born NY, Antoinette wife, age 33, born New Jersey.

1906: Sanitary Company Boiler Squad, issued an engineering license first class to Wesley Reeve of 9 Richards street.

1892: Listed in 1892 no occupation

1900: Ward 6, Head Wesley Reeve M 57 New York, stationary engineer, Wife A Sarah Reeve F 53 New Jersey Boarder Charles Morehouse M 19 New Jersey, machinist

1905: 28? Clinton street, Reeve, Wesley, age 60 chief engineer, Reeve, Antoinette age 55

Death of Wesley Reeve: 1909 Wesley "Reeves" a "well known resident of Greenpoint" died at his home at -6 Oak street, Richmond Hill, on October 30, 1909. He had suffered from paralysis for several years. He was 58 and an engineer. He was survived by his widow. Funeral in East Orange, N. J.

1910: Queens, Ward 4, Clara J Woodward 56 Clara L Woodward 30 Antoinette Reeve 63, widowed, sister, born New Jersey

Cranson W. Shelly, die maker (1879-)
C. W. Shelly was born at Berlin, Ontario, Canada, 1879, and received a Canadian high school education. He served an apprenticeship with the Canadian General Electric Co. at Peterboro, Ont., and has since worked for the General Electric Co., In Lynn, Mass.; the Richmond Electric Co., the Stanley Electric Co.. the Hope Mfg. Co.. J. H. Williams & Co., etc. He is a tool, die and jig maker, and is now working as a die-sinker on ornamental work.

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1906: Born Jan 15, 1879, he was naturalized in New Haven Conn in August 1906.

1910: De Witt, Onondaga, New York Cranson W Shelly 31, forn French Canada, die sinker, silver plate factory, Edna E Shelly 29 Marion B Shelly 1 [1 6/12]

1917: Military Registration; die sinker, tool maker, Remington, married.

1918: Cranson W Shelly born Jan 15, 1879 die maker Rem Arms. co. wife Edna Brown Shelly Herikmer co., New York.

George H Maloney (circa 186-? - ) foremen in 1896

Mr. George H. Maloney was Grand Marshall in a parade of support of William C Redfield in 1896.

1900: George Maloney drop forger home 67 2nd place, City directory

1904, 1906, 1907: George Maloney, 608 Henry, Mechanic, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1906

1900: 67 2nd place, Geo Moloney M 38 New York, January 1862, (word) drop hammer in a drop forge, Wife Annie Moloney F 43 New York Daughter Adele Moloney F 10 New York, born 1890.

1910: 608 Henry Street, age 42, widow, foreman drop forge, brother in law to Jerome Nolan

Jerome Nolan M 62 Ireland, Wife Mary Nolan F 50 New York, Niece Adel M J Moloney F 18 New York, Brother-in-law George H Moloney M 42 New York, Servant Gunnilla Jacobsen F 25 Norway, Lodger David F Daley M 40 New York, Lodger William J Drumgoole M 40 New York, Lodger Hugh J Byrnes M 27 Pennsylvania, Lodger Michael J Mccarthy M 35 Pennsylvania

1925: 2 23 st, Maloney, George H. head age 58 no occupation, Adele J McLaughlan "wife" age 26, Alice McLaughlen "daughter" age 1

Paul Michael Wade (c 1873-) advertising in 1896 and Frank N. Wade, machinist (1877 - )
Paul M Wade was listed as a supporter of william C Redfield in his run for congress. F. N. Wade was listed as a member of the entertainment committee for the 1905 Williams Co Mutual Aid Society Benefit dance.

Nicholas Francis Wade Birth Date: 04 Oct 1877 Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings, New York Father's Name: Nicholas Wade Mother's Name: Kate Fitzgerald Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C71519-6 System Origin: New_York-ODM GS Film number: 1324363

1892: Paul and "Frank" were listed in Brooklyn, Ward 23 in 1892 with their family. Paul as a bookkeeper and Frank age 14 no notation.

Mr. P. M. Wade was part of a parade in support of Mr. Redfield when he was running for congress in 1896.

1899: Mr. Paul M. Wade has resigned his position as Advertising Manager of J. H. Williams & Co., Brooklyn, New York, and will establish an independent advertising agency (Several publication)

1899: Mr. Paul M. Wade, who has for some time been attending to the advertising business of J. H. Williams & Co., of Brooklyn, N. Y., and has made a great success of it, will henceforth devote his entire time to similar work for other firms in addition to the one named. His address for the present will be in care of J. H. Williams & Co., 9-31 Richards street, Brooklyn, N. Y.

American Machinist, Volume 22, 1899.

1900: Head Nicholas N Wade M 55 Ireland, immigrated 1850, no occupation, Wife Katherine Wade F 52 Ireland, immigrated 1871 Son Paul M Wade M 27 New York, stenographer, Son John J Wade M 25 New York, no occupation, Daughter Mary Wade F 24 New York, Son Frank N Wade M 23 New York, machinist, Daughter Katherine Wade F 19 New York

1901: The Advertising Department of ______ was headed by Paul M. Wade, whose specialty is common-sense advertising.

1903: He was the head of the advertising department at The Standart Paint Company in South Bound Brook, New Jersey

1905: With his parents advertiser, his brother Frank was listed as a machinist.

1910: 108 Second Place Head Nicholas Wade M 68 Ireland, engineer steam dredge, Wife Catherine Wade F 58 Ireland, Son Paul M Wade M 29 New York, traveling salesman, Daughter Marie J Wade F 27 New York, stenographer, office Daughter Kathryn A Wade F 24 New York, none

1917: Incorporated Paul M Wade & co. Manhattan, stock, bonds, and securities, $50,000, P. M., K. A., Me. E. Wade 449 1st St.

1918: Paul Michael Wade, born May 8, 1873, manager president of Paul M. Wade and Co.

1917: Francis Nicholas Was born October 4, 1877, Electrical Contractor in business for himself, North Main Street, Springfield, Mass

1942: WWII DR, Frank Nicholas Wade born Oct 4, 1877 Springfield Mass., married, born Brooklyn

1938: Paul M Wade former managing director of the Towers Hotel, Brooklyn and owner of Summer resort hotels, was the manager of the Hotel Wyandotte, on Great South Bay, Bellport, N. Y.

1940: Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, Paul M Wade 65, manager, hotel, single, Marie J Wade 63, single, sister, stenographier, Catherine Wade 59,single, sister, dressmaker

1920: Beckett, Massachusetts, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Frank Wade 43, farmer own farm, Della Wade 39

1940: Beckett, Massachusetts, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Frank Wade 62, Propietor Summer Lodging House Della Wade 63

John C Booth (1859-) , machinist
John C Booth inventor, machinist, born c 1859 in England, received patents as an assignor for J. H. Williams.

Nothing for John C Booth in Brooklyn papers.

1892: age 32, machinist

Patents for J H. Williams and Co: 1893, 1895, 1896, 1898, for pipe wrenches.

1900: 36 3rd place, born 1859, England, no occupation, sister, Ann, born 1867

1905: 3rd place, John C Booth, 42y England, Sister, Annie Booth, 35y England (Wrong page comes up on Ancestry)

Joseph Tibball (1855-) machinist
Joseph Tibball born circa 1855, machinist

1892: Ward 25, Jos. Tiball age 37 machinist with M A Goodale age 57

1900 Census: Ward 25, Joseph Tibball, born 1855, machinist, widowed, Herkimer street, son in law of Margaret Goodale born 1835.

1913: Joseph Tibball, married 24 Mar 1913, Kings, New York, USA Spouse: Bertha Hungerford Trum Certificate Number: 2464

1915: Tibball, Joseph, 48, forgeman, Bertha, wife, age 36, housewife.

1925: listed as retired.

1930: Sterling Street, own $10,000, Joseph Tibbell 76, retired, Bertha Tibbell 51

1940: Joseph Tibball beloved husband of Bertha died May 8, 1940, 37 Sterling street, Brooklyn, age 86, "long active in Masonic affairs". He was born in Brooklyn and was associated for many years with J. H. Williams & co. makers of drop forgings.

George W. Bufford (1861-1922) machinist, die sinker
1902, 1904 to 1920s George W Bufford of Brooklyn, assignor for J. H. Williams patents for chain wrenches.

He was the son of Josphina (Lavina) Bufford born in Ireland. He had three brothers, Fred C. Bufford (of Waterville in 1922), Charles and Nelson.

1870: Sangerfield, Oneida, New York, $100, Josephine Bufford 33, George Bufford 9, Freddie Bufford 2, Charles Bufford 5, Nelson Bufford 3

1880: Lavina Bufford 40, George L. Bufford 19, laborer, Fred Bufford 17, Charles Bufford 15, Nelson Bufford 13

George Bufford was listed as a machinist in Brooklyn in an 1887 article in the Waterville New York Times.

1892: Ithaca, N. Y. George W. Bufford, dye sinker, age 30, Martina Buddord, age 30 In 1893 George W. Bufford of Ithaca, New York applied for a patent for a wrench.

1897: Geo W Bufford, 1897, 618 Hicks, Brooklyn, New York, Machinist, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1897.

1889: 96 President street, machinist.

1901: Geo W Bufford, 134 Nelson, Brooklyn, New York, Machinist, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory.

1904, 1906, and 1907, Bufford, George, foreman, h 25 2nd place.

1910: Brooklyn Ward 6, 25 Second place, George W Bufford 49, foreman factory, 47, Emma Bufford 32, wife, Blanche A Bufford 14.

1920: East 10th Street, Bufford, George, head age 57 born NY, die sinker, drop forging, Emma, wife age 41.

1922: George W Bufford died in Old Forge New York.

1924 Emma was listed in Buffalo as the widow of Geo. W. Bufford.

1930: Buffalo, New York K Henry "Monk" 41, electrical engineer, H Blanche "Monk", 34, wife, ast chemist, Larkin co., Emma Bufford 52, widowed, mother.

1940 listed as mother in law, "Morck".

James E Ledwith (1865-) engineer

1880: Baltic, Ed Ledwith 48, engineer, Bridget Ledwith 40, Mary Ledwith 23, Ellen Ledwith 20, James Ledwith 15, Agnes Ledwith 13, Charles Ledwith 11, Thomas Ledwith 9

1892: Bridget, born Ireland, Ellen 26, dressmaker, James 25, clerk, Charles, 22 clerk, Thomas 19

1905: Head Mary A Mortell F 43y United States, Daughter Josephine Mortell F 16y United States, Daughter Agnes Mortell F 15y United States, Son Edward J Mortell M 13y United States, Son Vincent P Mortell M 11y United States, Brother James E Ledwith M 40y United States, Sister Ellen C Ledwith F 41y United States, Brother Charles J Ledwith M 35y United States, Servant Annie Anderson F 20y Sweden (Wrong page comes up, LDS)

1915: 4th street, Mary Mortell 56, head, Mary J Mortell 24, daughter, Edward J Mortell 22, son, Vincent P Mortell 20, son, James E Ledwith 49, brother, mech, draftsman

Edward W Clark

1905: Head Edward W Clark M 41y United States, Wife Nettie J Clark F 40y United States, Niece Mable E Burnham F 20y United States (Wrong page comes up LDS)

Benjamin Whittaker (1870-) vice president

Benjamin Whittaker was vice president of J. H. Williams in 1907 and treasurer in 1909. He was the London representative of the company in 1920.

Son of John Barnard Whittaker, a recognized oil painter and head of the Adelphi College Art Department.(born Ireland 1836 died 1926), Benjamin was born in Brooklyn April 21, 1870. He was granted many passeports for travel 1909 and 1923.

1875: Brooklyn, frame $5,000, $480, John B Whittaker M 39, artist oil painting, Wife Delia F Whittaker F 32, Son John G Whittaker M 11, Daughter Mary F Whittaker F 7, Son Alexander Whittaker M 6, Son Benj J Whittaker M 5, Son Joseph S Whittaker M 3, Son William W Whittaker M 1

1892: Whittaker, John B Ireland, 51, Artist, Benjamine 21, paymaster, Joseph S, 19, carpenter, William W 16 clerk, Marie F 22 artist, Margaret 12, and a servant.

1900: Benjamin Whittaker nephew of Earl King, born 1870, asst treasurer forge

Benjamin Whittaker donated several of his father's paintings to the Brooklyn Museum.

Born at Templemore, County Tipperary, in Ireland, Whittaker was the first of eleven children of Benjamin Whittaker. Whittaker died just months after the death of his wife and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. (American Painting 2006)

William Baker (1870-) England, machinist

1900: Tompkins ave, William Baker M 30 England, immigrated 1880, machinist, Wife Henrietta Baker F 24 England, 0 children, Servant Jennie Rowe F 14 Pennsylvania, servant,

1905: Pacific Street, Baker, William, born England, machinist, Henrietta, wife, age -8

Edward Hague (1877-) drop forge, and Joseph Hague (1879-) drop forge

1880: Hamilton ave, Amos Hague M 34 New York, United States, color maker, Wife Eliza Hague F 30 New York, United States Daughter Kate Hague F 12 New York, United States Son Amos Hague M 10 New York, United States Son Albert Hague M 7 Massachusetts, United States Son Edward Hague M 3 Massachusetts, United States Son Joseph Hague M 1 New York, United States

1905: Hicks Street, Hague, Edward, age 28, machinist, Minnie wife, 27, Marion 6, Edmund 4, Walter 2

1910: 10th street, Edward J S Hague M 33 Massachusetts, drop forger, machine shop, Wife Minnie A Hague F 32 New York, Daughter Marion T Hague F 11 New York, Son Edmud J Hague M 9 New York, Son Walter S Hague M 5 New York, Daughter Annett Hague F 1 New York, Father-in-law Patrick Kean M 64 Ireland

1910: Richards Street, Jospeh Hague, age 31, drop forge iron works, Wife Maud F Hague F 31 New York, Daughter Irene F Hague F 0 New York, Stepson Edward J Erickson M 10 New York, Sister-in-law Martha A Erickson F 20 New Jersey

William A Watson (1864-1946) secretary teasurer

Listed as "secretary 1906 and 1912 city directories.

1880: Dean Street, Jas. L. Watson 58, paper caver, Scotland, Rebecca Watson 50, Scotland, Agnes H. Watson 23, dressmaker, New York, William A. Watson 16, clerk, New York

1892: Watson, James 69, Scotland, newsdealer, Rebecca 62, Scotland, Agnes 34, US, William 28, US (no occupation listed)

1900: Dean Street, William A, son, born Aug 1863, New York, cashier, steel works, father, James born 1822, landlord, mother Rebecca born 1830, both born Scotland.

1910: Marlborough Rd., William A Watson 46, parents born Scotland, secretary treasurer, drop forge, Anna A Watson 43, wife, William J Logan 18, step son, born New Jersey, Kenneth B Logan 14, step son, born NY, Annie B Mulligan 45, servant, Maggie Hogan 20, servant

1920: Marlborough Rd., William A Watson 56, parents born Scotland, vice president drop forge, Anna A Watson 52, wife, Mary Ferkan 51, servant

1930: Marlborough Rd. own $75,000, William A Watson 66, parents born Scotland, no occupation, Anna A Watson 63, wife, Katherine Flood 29, maid

1946: Died Brooklyn, New York. According to the obit he joined J. H. Williams in 1891, resigned in 1892 and returned to the company in 1900 and remained there until his retirement in 1924. However, he remained on the board of directors. He was survived by his wife, Anna Ackerston Watson and a stepson, W. John Logan.

George M Russell (1866-1915) treasurer

1907: George M Russell was treasurer.

1892: Ward 6, George Russell clerk age 30, Josephine 22

1900: 117 First Place, Geo M Russel 39, clerk Iron Foundry, Josephine Russel 30, Eugene F Russel 4, Marion Russel 2, Anna Mayer 60, mother in law

1910: Beverly road, George M Russell 44, born Pa., publicity manager drop forge, parents born Germany, Josephine F Russell 41, Jean F Russell 14, Marion Russell 12, Anna F Mayer 72, mother in law

1915: George M Russel age 54, advertising agent for J. H. Williams, died at his home in Flatbush Brooklyn. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa. He had been a resident of Brooklyn for 24 years. He was survived by his wife, Josephine a son, Jean, and a daughter, Marie.

1915: Beverly road, Josephine Russell 46, widow, Jean F Russell 19, clerk advertising company, Marion Russell 17, Mayer, Anna, mother, born Germany age 79

1925: 353 E 5th Street, Josephine Russell 50, Jean Russell 29, advertising

1930: E 5th street, Josephine Russell 59, widow, own, $12,000

1930: Jean F Russell 34, advertising newspaper, rent $50, Gertrude K Russell 30

1918 Jean Fiske Russell 353 E 5th Street Brooklyn born January 9, 1896, single, wholesale paper house. Canadian soldiers of WWI, Jean Fiske Russell Residence: 353 E 5ht Brooklyn, New York, US Birth Date: 9 Jan "1898", Birth Location: "Greenland, Care, Farewell" Relative: Josephine Russell, mother, Relationship: Mother Regiment Number: 2365739 1940: 211 Ladbroke Road, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, Jean Fiske Russell 44, college 2 years, publicity magazine, born New York, Jean B Russell 35, wife, Bruce T Russell 10, son, Peter F Russell 3, son Maeozie Colley 31, servant

Jean Fiske Russell, Brooklyn, Beta Theta Pi 1918, Colgate University.

George F Hickman (1872-) machinist,

1904 George F Hickman assignor for J. H. Williams patent.

1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 City Directory machinist.

1892: George Hickman age 20 born England, machinist.

1905: George Hickman, age 33, born England, machinist, wife, Flora 19.

John F Carlson, machinist (1845) Sweden,

1894: Brooklyn directory 416 Prospect, machinist

1892: Ward 12 John Carlson, 45, machinist, Cecilia, 36, Frank, 10, Lena 9 Lizzie, 7

1900: John F Carlson M 55 Sweden, machinist, Wife Cecilia Carlson F 44 Sweden, 10 children 4 living, Son Frank Carlson M 20 New York, machinist, Daughter Signe Carlson F 17 New York, Daughter Emma Carlson F 13 New York, Son John Carlson M 10 New York

1907: Cecelia Carlson, age 55, died at her home at 142 22nd street. She was survived by her husband, John F Carlson and two sons and two daughters. She had been active in the Swedish church. Buried greenwood. Another entry said she was 60 years old and born in Norway.

1915: John Carlson 69, machinist, Sadie Carlson 30, "wife" (I believe this was his daughter), Frank Carlson 33, machinist, John Carlson 25, machinist, Willie Carlson 5, son Emma Carlson 27, daughter

1920: 73rd street, John Carlson 75, widow, immigrated 1874, naturalized 1879, machinist, foundry, Frank Carlson 38, machinist, foundry, John Carlson 28, machinist, foundry, Sadie Carlson 33

Charles Doremus, (1847-) shipping clerk and his son, Alonso Doremus (1873 - 1935) machinist

1880: Boonton, N. J. Chas. H. Doremus 33, selling sewing machines, Charlotte A. Doremus 27, Emaratta Doremus 7, Alonzo E. Doremus 6

1900: Brooklyn Ward 6, 69 3rd place, Chas Doremus 53, shipping clerk, Charlotte A Doremus 47, Emma Doremus 28, Alonzo E Doremus 26, die sinker, Jennie M Doremus 16, Bernard Perez 29, die and forge maker

1902: Alonzo E Doremus, 312 48th, MacHinist, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1902

1905: Alonzo Doremus M 32y United States, machinist, Wife Jemenia Doremus F 27y United States, Son Alonzo Doremus M 4y United States, Son David Doremus M 3y United States

1910: Jersey City Ward 7, Hudson, New Jersey Alonzo Doremus 36, foreman, die sinker, Jemina Doremus 34, Alonzo Doremus 8, David Doremus 6, Edward Doremus 1 [1 9/12]

1915: 5th street, Brooklyn, Alonzo Doremus 41, die sinker, Jemima Doremus 38, Alonzo Doremus 13, David Doremus 11, Edward Doremus 6, Robert Doremus 4, Dorothy Doremus 1

1918 WWI DR: Alonzo E---- doremus, 795 Gravesend Ave, Brooklyn born August 7, 1873, die sinker, J. H. Williams Co 9 Richard street, wife Jemina, medium height, s-- build (the largest), brown eyes grey hair,

1919: Alonzo Doremus was in some fraternal organization, like the masons. 1920: Gravesend Ave., Alonzo E Doremus M 46 New Jersey, die sinker, Forging, Wife Jemina Doremus F 43 New York, Son Alonzo L Doremus M 18 New York, cashier office, Son David C Doremus M 16 New York, clerk office, Son Edward E Doremus M 11 New York, Son Robert G Doremus M 9 New Jersey, Daughter Dorothy M Doremus F 5 New York

1929: Mr and Mrs Alonzo Doremus of 402 E 8th street were motoring for two week in Massachusetts, in August.

1930: 402 E 8th street, Brooklyn, Alonzo Doremus M 55 New Jersey, own $17,000, machinist, forging, Wife Jeranina Doremus F 53 New York, Son David Doremus M 25 New York, manager, hotel, Son Edward Doremus M 21 New York, none, Son Robert Doremus M 19 New Jersey, agent life insurance, Daughter Dorothy Doremus F 16 New York

1935: Alonzo Doremus Birth Year: abt 1873 Age: 62 Death Date: 6 Dec 1935 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 24150

Charlotte Ann Doremus (nee Kitchell) 1768 E 29th street, died on May 8, 1929. wife of Charles H mother of Alonzo, Mrs Bernard Perez and Jane Doremus. Buried Boonton, N. J.

1932: Charles H Doremus died in February 1932 age 85 home 1768 E. 29th street, born Seneca Fall, N. Y., lived in Brooklyn for 35 years. Member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics. survived by daughters, Emma, and Jane and son Alonzo. Buried Boonton, N. J.

Bernard Perez (1871 -) machinist, foreman

Bernard Perez was born circa 1871 in New York to a Spanish father and a German mother.

1875: Joseph Perez M 46, spain, cegar maker, Wife Francis Perez F 40, Germany, Son Joseph Perez M 15 ---- maker, Son Frederick Perez M 6, Son Bernard Perez M 4, Son Frank Perez M 2

Bernard Perez, machinist was a boarder with the Doremus family in 1900. See Doremus. 1905: 14th street, Emma Doremus, 33, and Bernard Perez 35, machinist

1910: 333 Eight street, Head Chas H Doremus M 62 New York, shipping clerk drop forge Wife Charlotte A Doremus F 57 New Jersey, Daughter Emmaretta Perez F 38 New Jersey, Son-in-law Bernard T Perez M 39 New York, foreman steel works, Grandson Clyde L Perez M 7 New York, Daughter Jennie M Doremus F 25 New Jersey, bookkeeper,

1920: Head Charles H Doremus M 76 New York, shipper, steel, Wife Charlotte Doremus F 67 New Jersey Son-in-law Bernard T Perez M 49 New York, superintendent, ????? co, Daughter Emeretta Perez F 48 New Jersey Daughter Jennie Doremus F 36 New Jersey, stenographer, Grandson Clyde L Perez M 17 New York

1925: Wenthrop, Perez, Bernard T age 53, vice president, steel tool company, Emma E wife 51, Dormeus, Charlotte, mother in law, 74, Doremus, charles father in law 78, Doremus Jennie, sister in law, 40, Perez, Clyde, son, 22 general office clerk stenographer,

1930: East 29th street, own $15,000, Head Bernard T Perez M 58 New York, foreman, composition goods, Wife Emmarettis Perez F 54 New Jersey, none, Sister-in-law Jennie Doremus F 35 New Jersey, stenographer, whole flower seeds, Father-in-law Charles H Doremus M 83 New York, packing drop forge, Son Clyde L Perez M 25 New York, clerk stock broker, Daughter-in-law Gladys Perez F 22 New York [grand] Son Raymond C Perez M 1 New York

1940: E 48th street, Bernard T Perez M 69 New York, tool and die maker machine shop, Wife Emmaretta Perez F 68 New Jersey Sister-in-law Jane Doremus F 55 New Jersey, stenographer wholesale seeds

Edmund Burke (1859-1917)

1875: King street, Ward 12, John Burke 46, laborer, Ireland, Ellen Burke 45, wife, Ireland, Joseph Burke 22, Va. Mary Anne Burke 20 Edmund Burke 17 Peter Burke 15 Thomas Burke 9 John Burke 7 Richard Burke 4, all children born Virginia.

1880: Sullivan street, John Burke 44, laborer, Ireland, Ellen Burke 40, Ireland, Edmund Burke 21, blacksmith, Peter Burke 19, printer ??, Thomas Burke 13, John Burke 9, Richard Burke 8, Mary Burke 23

1900: Luquer street, John Burke 60, Ireland, immigrated 1850, watchman, Mary A Burke 39, Virginia, Edmund Burke 27, Virginia, blacksmith, Richard Burke 26, Virginia, reporter, Mary Joyce 13, adopted daughter, born New York

1910: Fourth Place, Brooklyn Ward 12, Kings, New York John Burke 75, born Ireland, laborer, widowed, Marsa Burke 45, daughter, Va. Edmund F Burke 48, Va. blacksmith, iron works, Richard J Burke 39, born Va., clerk office, Mary J Joyce 21, born NY, stenographer

1917 Edmund Burke age 58 of 32 4th place resident of Brooklyn for 45 years and for many years an employee of J. H. Williams drop forge died after a short illness. Born Portsmouth. Va. Survived by his father, John, a brother Richard J (a newspaperman) and a sister, Mary A. Funeral St. Mary Star of the Sea - buried Holy Cross.

Edmund Burke Birth Year: abt 1859 Age: 58 Death Date: 26 Apr 1917 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 9268

1930: President street, Richard J Burke 59, examiner City Record, Mary A Burke 49, wife, Mary A Burke 74, sister

Dexter E. Hull (1862-1914) die sinker

1891: Dexter S Hull, 1891, 74 Woodhull, Die Sinker, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1891

1897, Dexter Hull, diesinker 267 Carroll, City Directory

1900: Ward 6, Third Place, Dexter E Hull 38, born Ohio, die sinker, Sarah Hull 34, born NY, parents born Ireland.

1901: Dexter Hull, 68 3rd Place, Dyesinker Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1901

1902: Dexter E Hull, 68 3rd Place, Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1902

Dexter Hull, 436 46th, Die sinker, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1906

1910: 72nd street, Ward 30, Hull, Dexter, age 51 dye sinker from forge, Sarah, wife 41 no children, 1914 Dexter E. Hull, Feb 16, 1914, age 53, 362 72nd street, funeral Our Lady of Angels, bried Holy Cross. Born Warren Ohio, worked for J. H. Williams on Richards street, Brooklyn, for twenty five years.

He was foreman of the dye department. Resident of Brooklyn for 30 years. Survived by his widow, Sarah Harrett Hull and a brother, Hamilton.

1920: 362 72nd street, Sarah Hull 58, widow, born NY, parents born Ireland, no occupation, Paul Connor 28, lodger, paymaster, Edward Sutterly 56, lodger, bookkeeper

1927: His widow Sarah died in 1927, resident of Brooklyn for many years, widow of Dexter, mass Our Lady of Angels, buried Holy Cross.

Harry L Herley (1862-1908)

1908 Harry L Herley about 46 years old, died in Bowman, Mass . He was a traveling salesman for Rucker, Calder & co and had held a similar position for J. H. Williams & co., In 1906 he married Leah C Bowen. He was survived by two sisters and his wife.

1908: Death Certificate, Harry L Herley dob, abt 1862, Hyde Park, dod 18 Apr 1908, occupation "drummer", married, acute lobar pneumonia, 7 days, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Age 46, Father: Herley, Mother: Elizabeth Gleason, born Ireland, Buried Utica, N Y Forest Hills,

Joseph F Cleveland (1867-1938)

1870: Utica, Charles Cleveland 25, marble cutter, Catharine Cleveland 24, Joseph Cleveland 3,

1880: Utica, New York, Chas. F. Cleveland 34, policeman, Catharine Cleveland 33, Joseph Cleveland 13, James Cleveland 5

1892: ???? Brooklyn, Joseph Cleveland age 24 salesman

1900: Utica, Joseph F Cleveland 33, bookkeeper, Lillian V Cleveland 27, Mary L Cleveland 2 months, Adelaid S Jones 30, sister in law

1910: J T Cleveland 43, traveling salesman, coal, Lillian Cleveland 36, Mary L Cleveland 10

1915: traveling salesman

1920: Joseph F Cleveland 53, salesman, coal co., Lillian Victoria Cleveland 51, Mary Louise Cleveland 19, Pauline Coonel 19, maid

1925: asst county treasurer

1926: Lillian V Cleveland 1926 Utica, New York Spouse: Joseph F Cleveland Publication Title: Utica, New York, City Directory, 1926

1930: Summit Place, rent $65, Jos Cleveland 63, asst treasurer, county, Lillian Cleveland 57, Mary L Cleveland 29

1933: Lillian V Cleveland Joseph F Cleveland Publication Title: Utica, New York, City Directory, 1933

1937: Mary Louise Cleveland and George Tremaine Mortimer Jr. broker, of NYC, married. She was the daughter of Joseph Francis and Lillian Jones Cleveland.

1938: Joseph F Cleveland died at age 71 on August 14, 1938 in Utica, New York. Son of Charles F and Catherine Byrne Cleveland. He worked for J. H. Williams from 1889 until 1905 becoming a stock holder and assistant treasurer. Address 1436 Kemble. Funeral St. Francis De Sales.

John J Riley (1897 - 1913)

1913, March 3, 1913, John J Riley son of John and Mary Riley of 737 Manhattan ave born Greenpoint, cannot read age, attended and graduated from St. Ann's school, employed by the Williams Drop Forge of south Brooklyn, member of the Knights of St. Anthony and the Holy Name Society.

Death: John Riley age 16 March 3, 1913

William S. Mid[e]nter (1868-1924), machinist

1871: Wells Somerset England, John Midenter 31, "baker", Sarah Midenter 33, Bessie Midenter 6, Alice Sarah Midenter 5, Wm S H Midenter 4, Ann Midenter 2, James Earnest Midenter 11 Months Mrs. Cottle 60, lodger, charwoman

1872: William Midenter Arrival Date: 3 Apr 1872 Birth Date: abt 1868 Age: 4 Gender: Male Ethnicity/ Nationality: English Place of Origin: England Port of Departure: Bristol, England Destination: United States of America Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Arragon. with Sarah age 33, Elizabeth age 7, William age 4 Annie age 3 and James age 1.

1875: John Midenter 34, tin smith, Sarah Midenter 34, Bessie Midenter 10, William Midenter 8, Annie Midenter 7, James Midenter 5

1880: 3rd ave, John Midenter 41, tin smith, Sarah Midenter 42, Elizabeth Midenter 15, apprentice to dress maker, William Midenter 13, apprentice to optician, Annie Midenter 11, James Midenter 10, Helen Midenter 2

1910: Brooklyn Ward 8, 33rd street, William S Midenter 42, born England, machinist machine shop, Johanna F Midenter 36, born Ireland, John S Midenter 15, Jane S Midenter 13, Sarah S Midenter 11, William S Midenter 7, children all born NY

1913: John Midenter was on the committee of the Crescent Society Ball held at Acme Hall.

1914 John Midenter and Frank Cope attended the Crescent Society Second Annual Ball at Acme Hall.

1920: 4th ave, Brooklyn, William S Midenter 52, born England, machinist, machine shop Josephine Midenter 46, none, John Midenter 25, machinist machine shop, Jane Midenter 23, operator leather goods, Sarah Midenter 21, filing piano company, William Midenter 17, operator leather goods, Vincent Midenter

1924 William Midnter 4906 4th ave., Bay Ridge. Born in England 56 years before, resident of Brooklyn for 50 years. Machinist for 33 years at Williams Drop Forge. Survived by his widow, Josephine, three sons, John, William and Vincent and two daughters, Mrs Frank Cope and Mrs. Frank Weber. Buried "Evergreen" according to the obit, Greenwood according to Greenwood records.

1924: William Midenter, Birth Year: abt 1867, Age: 57, Death Date: 31 Mar 1924, Death Place: Kings, New York, USA, Certificate Number: 6945

Buried Greenwood:

MIDENTER JAMES 1897-02-22 21025 3+
MIDENTER JOHN 1886-12-19 21025 3+
MIDENTER SARAH 1909-04-25 21025 3+
MIDENTER WILLIAM J. 1967-02-03 39000 YARD+
MIDENTER WILLIAM S. 1924-04-03 21025 3-

1886: John Midenter Birth Year: abt 1838 Age: 48 Death Date: 15 Dec 1886 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 15042

1925: Josephine Midenter 51, housewife, Ireland, John Midenter 31, machinist, William Midenter 23, leather cutter, Vincent Midenter 11, school

1930: Kings Highway, Josephine Midenter 54, John Midenter 36, bookkeeper store, William Midenter 26, cutter factory

1940: 6th ave., John Midenter 46, machinist pump manufacturer, Josephine Midenter 67, widowed, 6th grade education, William Midenter 38, loader warehouse

1965: John Midenter SSN: 098-10-3245 Last Residence: 11220 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Born: 13 Feb 1894 Died: Dec 1965

1967: William Midenter SSN: 101-05-9507 Last Residence: 11220 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Born: 3 Feb 1902 Died: Mar 1967

1979: Vincent Midenter SSN: 063-54-4714 Last Residence: 10984 Thiells, Rockland, New York, USA Born: 20 Apr 1914 Died: Feb 1979

Francis F Dooley, tool inspector, (1890 - 1922)

1892: Dooley, William born Ireland, caulker, 44, Mary 44 born US, Hugh 18, Edward, 14, Elizabeth 11, Mary 7, Bertha 5, Francis 2

1918: WWIDR, 230 Pacific st, Francis Fredrick Dooley, born 18 May 1890, shipping clerk, P. F. Farr--, wife, tall, slender, brown eyes, black hair.

1920: Woodhull street, Francis Dooley 29, inspector, manufacturer, Mary Dooley 29

1922: August 15, Tool inspector for J. H. Williams lifetime resident of Brooklyn died at his home at --- Pacific street, age 32, survived by his widow, Mary, his father, William two sisters Elizabeth Fay and Mazzie M----, and a brother, Edward.

1922: Francis F Dooley Birth Year: abt 1890 Age: 32 Death Date: 15 Aug 1922 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 15715

1910: Edward Dooley M 32 New York, steam fitter, power house, Wife Locathiega Dooley F 27 Germany Son Edward J Dooley M 5 New York Daughter Ethal L M Dooley F 2 New York Father William Dooley M 62 Ireland, none

1920: Head Edward Dooley M 42 New York, clerk fire house, Wife Lovatheiha Dooley F 36 France Father William Dooley M 72 Ireland, ship caulker

1930: Edward Dooley 52, mechanic US Rubber, Locathiega Dooley 47 Edward R Dooley 25 Ethel Dooley 21

1955: July Edward Dooley, died

James H. Fox (1857-1920), blacksmith
1900: Brooklyn Ward 10, Baltic street, James Fox 43, blacksmith, born Connecticut, Margaret Fox 32, born England, Marie Fox 70, boarder, born Ireland,

1905: Head H James Fox M 48y United States, Wife Margret Fox F 36y United States, Mother Maria Fox F 80y United States (wrong page comes up)

1910: Brooklyn Ward 22, 6th street, James H Fox 53, blacksmith, repair shop, Margaret Fox 41

1915: listed as drop forger.

1920: James Fox died in St Anthony's Hospital Woodhaven. Born in Brooklyn age 63 year, employed by J. H. Williams Drop Forge. Home 36 First street, member of St. May Star of the Sea. Survived by his widow, Margaret.

William Harry McKimm (1866-1914)

1900: Ward 28, Brooklyn, William H Mc Kinn 34, tool maker, born NY, Margaret Mc Kinn 30, Gertrude Mc Kinn 7, Edna Mc Kinn 9, George Mckimm 11

1914: William H. McKimm, age 48, master mechanic for J. H. Williams died from paralysis at his home 452 55 street. Born Nyack, NY., resident of Brooklyn 17 years. survived by a widow and three children. Buried Greenwood.

1914: Greenwood, MCKIMM WILLIAM H. 1915-03-02 1894 112

1914: Probate: Died at Middletown, New York resident of Brooklyn, widow, Margaret Levina McKimm 452 51st street Brooklyn, children, George A. McKimm, Buffalo, New York, Edna Deegan 51 st street Brooklyn, Gertrude McKimm 51st street Brooklyn

1915: 51st street, Deegan, Maurice, J. 31, salesman, Edna wife 24, Maurice Jr son 63 days. McKimm, Margaret head, Gertrude, daughter 23, filling

1917: Gertrude E. McKimm Burial Date: 4 Jan 1917 Burial Place: Kings, NY USA Greenwood:

MCKIMM GERTRUDE E. 1917-01-04 1894 112+
MCKIMM ADELADE 1915-03-02 1894 112+
MCKIMM GEORGE ABRAMS 1916-03-10 1894 112+ (George A McKimm Birth Year: abt 1889 Age: 27 Death Date: 7 Mar 1916 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 5594)

George A McKimm Residence Year: 1913 Street Address: 281 Niagara Residence Place: Buffalo, New York Occupation: Musician Publication Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1913
Thomas McGuire (1865-1914)

1900: Ward 12, Conover street, Head Thomas F Mcguire M 35, 1865, 1882 immigration, Ireland, shipwright, Wife Frances Mcguire F 24 England, no children, Sister-in-law Catharine Hardigan F 16 England, Nephew John F Whalen M 7 New York

1910: Richards Street, Head Thomas Mcguire M 48 Ireland, immigrated 1882, blacksmith drop forge, Wife Frances A Mcguire F 34 England, immigrated 1890,

1914 Thomas McGuire age 57 [?], 59 Woodhull street died suddenly. Born County Longford Ireland, resident of Brooklyn 20 years. Member of the church of the Visitation. Survived by his widow, Frances, two sisters, and a brother John. He had been employed as a expert mechanic at J. H. Williams. Buried Holy Cross.

Charles J Bradbury, position unknown, (1886 - 1911) and his brother George Bradbury machinist, (1877-)

1880: Charles Bradbury 31, carpenter, Mary Bradbury 26, George Bradbury 3, Peter Bradbury 9m

1892: Ward 6, Bradbury, Charles, 42, carpenter, Mary age 38, charles, 6, Nest to James Prindeville who worked for J. H. Williams

1900: 2nd street, Charles H Bradbury M 51 New York, carpenter, Wife Mary E Bradbury F 46 New York, Son George Bradbury M 23 New York, machinist, Daughter Mary Bradbury F 19 New York, Son Charles Bradbury M 14 New York, Son Edward Bradbury M 7 New York, Daughter Jeannette Bradbury F 5 New York (listed by Ancestry under Bradburn)

1905: 1st street Head Charles H Bradbury M 56y United States, charpenter, Wife Mary Bradbury F 51y United States, Son George Bradbury M 27y United States, machinist, Daughter Mary Bradbury F 22y United States, Son Charles Bradbury M 19y United States, day laborer, Son Edward Bradbury M 12y United States, Daughter Jeanette Bradbury F 10y United States

1908: Charles H Bradbury Birth Year: abt 1850 Age: 58 Death Date: 31 Jan 1908 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 2434

1910: Ward 22, Mary E Bradbury 56, widow, Charles Bradbury 24, drop forge manufacturer, Irene, C Bradbury 25, daughter in law, Edward Bradbury 17, messenger, broker office Jeannetta A Bradbury 15

1911: No age given, connected with Williams Drop Forge, died at his home 293 5th ave. Born in Brooklyn, member of the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas, widow, Irene, a child, his mother, Mary, two brothers George and Edward, two sisters, Jeanette and Mrs Mary O'Conner.

1910: Brooklyn Ward 22, George E Bradbury 33, drop forge manufacturing tools, Mary M Bradbury 36 [30] Ziba C Bradbury 2, son, Clara H Bradbury 1 Helen Bradbury 0 [2/12] John Manion 27, boarder, in the same building with his mother and siblings.

1920, 1930 and 1940 George Bradbury was married with a family living in North Plainfield, New Jersey and working in a forge. Note: George Bradbury may be the person listed as G "Gradbury" in the 1905 liste of J. H. Williams employees. See Other below 2002: The times Scotch Plaines

Clara Miller, 93, Clara Bradbury Miller, 93, of Raritan Township died on Monday, January 7, at her home.

Born in Brooklyn on September 8, 1908 to George E. and Mary Herson Bradbury, she had lived in South Plainfield, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Scotch Plains and in Fanwood for 25 years before moving to Raritan Township three years ago.

A graduate of St. Mary's Commercial School in Plainfield, Mrs. Miller had worked for the New York Telephone Company and later the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, prior to retiring in February of 1969.

She was a communicant of St. Magdalen's Roman Catholic Church in Raritan Township and previously had been a communicant of several other Roman Catholic churches, including St. Bartholomew the Apostle in Scotch Plains, St. Mary's in Plainfield and St. Joseph's in North Plainfield.

She was a member of the St. Mary's and St. Magdalen's Rosary Societies and was a volunteer at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield for more than 50 years.

A member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, she bowled on various teams in the Plainfield area, including Eber's Furniture Company, Driers Sporting Goods and AJ Marino, all of Plainfield; the Edison Diner of Edison, and Stacher Insurance of Newark.

She was predeceased by her husband, William M. Miller, in August of 1953.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Ziba Bradbury, Charles Bradbury and O. Joseph Bouton, and three sisters, Ellen B. May, Mary B. Buehler and Jeannette Bradbury.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Bellone of Raritan Township; three grandchildren and seven great-grand- children.

ZIBA BRADBURY, 89, of New Port Richey died Sunday at Columbia New Port Richey Hospital. A native of New York City, he moved to this area 23 years ago from Manahawkin, N.J. He was a retired repair supervisor for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. in Plainfield, N.J., a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Telephone Pioneers of America both in Plainfield. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Donald of Dunellen, N.J., and Daniel of Indianapolis; three daughters, Dolores Zanga of Largo, Diane Sliker of Milford, N.J., and Della Anderson of Quakake, Pa.; three sisters, Clara Miller of Scotch Plains, N.J., Ellen May of New Port Richey and Mary Buehler of North Plainfield, N.J.; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. George B. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey. (From November 1996)


1896: In support of the candidacy of William C Redfield for congress employees of J. H. Williams & Co. and their friends (about 300 in total) met at the factory at 9 Richards street and marched through the neighborhood. Led by the 47th regiment band the wended their way from Red Hook to Brooklyn Heights passed the residence of J. H. Williams at 293 Henry street and ended at the Carroll Hall corner of Carroll and Columbia. Mr. George H. Maloney* was Grand Marshall. Mr. P. M. Wade* was his assistant. Committee members were: Joseph Tibball*, J. McCann, and J Gately. I found those marked *.

1900: An article about fire safety at J. H. Williams listed the following as responsible for certain stations: Redfield*, Amborn*, Reeve*, Conner, Prindeville*, Ellis, Roller, Hamilton, Head, Begg, Frank, Geo. McCann*, Darrell, Griemsman*, Gullickson, Howe, Schaffer, McCarty, W. Dotten*, Hanley, MacLure, and Quinn. Except where noted, no first names or initials were given. Most of the names are extremely common in Red Hook during the period in question. I found those marked *.

1904, 1905 H. C. Chase assignor for patent for J. H. Williams.

1905: April - A dance sponsored by the Mutual Aid society was held at the new factory building at 9 Richards for the employees and the employers of the company. The party was held on the third floor. A string orchestra played, there was dancing, the space was decorated with Americans flags. James E Ledwith*, Albert Gerard-Thiers* (He was not an employee of J. H. Williams - but a noted tenor of the times), W. S. Mygrant,* Louise Mygrant* (William Mygrant and his daughter, Louise were professional musicians) and Edith Hynes provided musical entertainment. Officers of the association were: J. P. Shannon, Edward W Clark*, Benjamin Whittaker*, J. J. Murphy. In charge of entertainment were: J. F. Brower (James Frank Brower?), F. N. Wade,* William Baker*, E Schurer, J Hague*, D. Walsh, L Hoffman, G. Gradbury, L. Russell, E. Hague*, T. Hogan, P. J Ewen, T. Dever, A Doremus*, F Siveter, M. Kane, C. Miller, J. Carlson*, J. Caufield, F. Datton and J. Grieser.

1905: An article listed the following officers of J. H. Williams: Secretary, William A Watson*, Treasurer, Benjamin Whittaker*, Superintendent, George Amborn*, Directors Hugh Aikman* and Ambro M. Tilten. Benjamin Whittaker resigned his position in 1909. Hugh Aikman was also publicity director. Hugh Aikman died in 1942 in Buffalo age 72.

Jobs and Machinery at J. H. Williams

Die sinker, drop forger, trimmer, hammerman, machinist, blacksmith.

WANTED - First-class die sinkers on drop forging work J. H. WILLIAMS & CO. 9 Richards Street, Brooklyn near Hamilton ferry.

A die sinker was a skilled craftsman who make dies - a special tool used to cut or shape material in a press. See Tool and die maker From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 1917 J. H. Williams was advertising a 9 hours a day of steady work and high wages for die sinkers at their drop forge works.

1889: For Sale - One Horizontal Slide Valve Engine 12 inches by 18 inches, one Horizontal Boiler, 48 inches by 15 feet; one iron smokestack, 24 inches by 50 feet; can be seen in operation at the Drop Forge Forks ofH. H. Williams & Co, corner of Richards and Bowne sts, (near Hamilton ferry) Brooklyn

1900: Departments included: Die room, shipping room, trimming room, finishing room, forge, and power house.

To see some of the tools manufactured by J. H. Williams go to Vanished Tool Makers: J.H. Williams & Company, Brooklyn & Buffalo, New York

A fabulous source of information from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955) and Brooklyn NY Daily Star (1898-1933) and other New York newspapers is Tom Tryniski's Old Fulton Postcards

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