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Worthington Hydraulic Pump Works

Between Van Brunt and Richards and Seabring and Rapelye streets (including Bowne st.)

H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Pump works was established on Van Brunt street in Red Hook Brooklyn in 1854. They build steam powered pumping engines.

The 1869 map of the area shows a large unlabeled structure on Van Brunt between Rapelye and Bowne. Worthington Hydraulic was listed at this location on the 1880 and 1886 maps.

Worthington Hydraulic Pump Works (AKA Worthington Pump Works, Henry R Worthington Co. & Brooklyn Hydraulic Works) was located between Van Brunt and Richards and Seabring and Rapelye streets. The major area of this complex (between Rapelye and Bowne, Van Brunt and Richards) has been cut away by the widening of Hamilton Ave and the entrance to the Battery Tunnel.

The company, which manufactured steam pumps, meters and other hydraulic machinery, was initially founded in 1845 by William H. Baker and Henry R Worthington under the name of Worthington and Baker. The original foundry was near the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the border with Williamsburg. In 1854 they moved to Van Brunt street. The partnership of Baker and Worthington lasted until 1860ish when William H Baker died.

A new partnership under the name Henry R. Worthington (or H. R. Worthington) was formed in 1862 and included Henry R. Worthington, William A. Perry and Daulphine S Hines.

Henry R Worthington died in 1880 on his birthday - age 63. In 1881 Henry's son Charles succeeded as a partner in the company.

The company advertised in the 1897 Brooklyn Eagle Almanac under Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, Van Brunt and Rapelyea Street, Brooklyn.

In 1899 the International Steam Pump Co. acquired Worthington Pump Works.

Henry R. Worthington also had a foundry in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

In 1904 the company left Brooklyn and moved their works to Harrison, N.J.

1844: The first Worthington Double Acting pump was built.

1845: The partnership of Henry R. Worthington and William H Baker was established in 1845.The shop was housed in a rented little old wooden building about 30 feet by 60 feet on the boundary of Williamsburg oposite the old navy yard.

1854: The shop was moved to Van Brunt and Rapelyea streets under the sole ownership of Worthington.

1856: HYDRAULIC WORKS - VAN BRUNT ST near Hamilton office 28 Broadway, New York. Steam pumping engines for water works. Steamers, for wrecking purposes, irrigation and draining land, deep mining shafts, quarries, and excavations, railroad stations, tanneries, factories, public institutions, hotels, gas works etc. "One of these Engines applied to the elevation of water for fountains and irrigation is in daily use at the Greenwood Cemetery."

1856: The Employees of the Hydraulic Works on Van Brunt street Brooklyn thanked Henry R Worthington who treated them to a "bountiful repast on the evening of 26th of December 1855, and also the distribution of beautiful and useful presents to each of the workmen and their families".

1859: H. R Worthington won a contract to "excavate, construct, and build, at its own proper cost, water pressure engine for pumping for high service reservoir (at Georgetown) of the Washington aqueduct" (House Documents, Otherwise Publ. as Executive Documents: 13th Congress, 2d ... By United States. Congress. House)

1860: Richard Hickey, an employee of the Hydraulic Works of Mr. Worthington, got caught in the belting of some machinery and was carried "round the drum with such violence as to break his arms. He was otherwise uninjured."

1862: H. R. Worthington and two partners, Dauphin S. Hines and William A. Perr, were admitted to the company and the business title became, H. R. Worthington.

1862: Water meters manufactured by H. R. Worthington were in use throughout the city of New York. "Many of these have been in operation more than three years; they were manufactured by H. R. Worthington, Esq., of this city. I have found them extremely accurate." (Annual Report of the Nassau Water Department By Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Water and Sewerage Commissioners Board)

1866: August 1 - Benjamin Johnson, an employee of the Worthing Hydraulic Works at "Bowen" and Van Brunt, "was engaged in breaking bomb shells for the purpose of melting them [when] one of the shells exploded, injuring the man severely. He received a dangerous wound in the groin and severe one on the wrist." He was reported to be doing as "well as can be expected".

1877: Brooklyn, Cor. Bowen (sic) and Richards sts, 1 shed for foundry 6-x100 1 story, gravel roof, H. R. Worthington (Sanitary and Heating Age, Volumes 7-8)

1878: H. R. Worthington advertised in Scientific American: 239 Broadway New York, Hydraulic works, Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn. Manufacturing Pumping Engines for Water Works. In daily use at 300 stations. Also Steam Pumps, Water Motors, and Water Meters.

1882: "Rapelye, Bowrie (sic), Richard, and Van Brunt sts, in centre of block, br blacksmith shop; cost $2,500; 0 and n. H. R. Worthington & Co. (Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer, Volume 6 edited by Edward J. Mehren, Henry Coddington Meyer, John M. Goodell)

1882: July - Gardner D. Child, for 11 years head book-keeper and General Manager of the South Brooklyn Hydraulic works owned by H. R. Worthington at Richards and Van Brunt, went missing in July 1882. With him went $10,00 to $14,000 in cash. Mr. Child was a middle aged man, much trusted by the firm. Every Monday he went to a bank in the city and drew out $10,000 to pay the 750 workers employed at Worthington. He traveled with a guard in a private carriage with the money in a locked valise chained to the side of the cab. He was armed with a pistol. On the day in question he went to the bank, withdrew the funds, and returned to Brooklyn, making a stop at a house on Henry street and taking the valise with him. He then returned in the carriage to the office. He got out of the carriage at the factory and told the driver to go to his house and take his wife and child for a drive. He went into the office and placed the valise in the safe, being observed by several office clerks. He then told the book-keeper he was going out and would be back in less than half an hour. He did not return. When pay time came a messenger went to Mr. Child's house at 44 Forth Place. He was not there. The men were dismissed without their pay. The next day Mrs. Child said her husband had not come home that night. The combination to the safe had been changed and no one else knew the new combination. Several attempts were made to open it. The men were paid with other funds and on Wednesday the save was broken open. The valise was empty and other funds were missing. Mrs. Child said her husband had not been in good health and had recently talked of "going away" but he never mentioned where. She claimed she had not heard from him. The case was given to private detectives. It was reported that Mr. Child had recently been gambling on the horses.

1880: 563 Henry street, Gardner D. Child 32, born Wisconsin, clerk in factory, Joanna B. Child 33, born New Jersey, Fred. H. Child 9, born New Jersey, Stanton Child 18, brother, born Wisconsin, Mary J. Bloomfield 53, mother-in-law


"A recent visit to the Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works at Brooklyn, impressed the representative of the American machinist that there is still considerable bottom left in the pump business in this country. They seem to be about as busy as ever in all branches, except it may be on water-works engines. In this direction some moderate sized engines were noticed in process of construction, one being of five million gallons capacity. They are building an additional shop, 40x100 feet, and are putting in many new tools, particularly special tools for cheapening the cost of production, and facilitating the maintenance of uniformity. Milling machines are, in many instances, being substituted for doing work formerly done on the planing machine. In one of the rooms in which new and heavy machinery was being placed, the Superintendent, Mr. Wm. Barr, had taken means to secure solidity, that might be employed to advantage in other instances where the floor is a few inches from the ground. He had two-inch holes bored through the floor a few feet apart, then using gas pipe eight or ten feet long, to get a head, filled under the flooring with cement. It appeared to be about as solid as a stone foundation. Mr. Barr has had made a complete set of dies for cutting packing - rubber and paper - in all the variety of forms and sizes in which it is used on work of this kind. This provides for doing this part of the work very quickly, and makes every piece an exact fit. As cast iron makes dies that are entirely satisfactory for the purpose, they might be advantageously used in many instances and for many purposes when tedious hand-cutting and tying is the rule."
"H. G. H. Tarr, of Yonkers, N. Y., has been offered the contract of laying the three hundred miles of pipe across the desert to supply water to the English soldiers in the Soudan. He has not decided whether he will accept the contract.

"The pumps are to be supplied by the H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, of New York, who have achieved such a signal success in the pumping of petroleum through long distances in America. There are to be six double pumps, with steam cylinders eighteen inch in diameter by eighteen-inch stroke.

Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York, Volume 17


1886: March: Over 200 hundred men were dismissed from the Worthington Hydraulic Works. Worthington was the largest business of it kind in the world with branches in Boston, St Louis, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Cincinnati and San Francisco. The works usually employed 700 to a 1,000 men and was one of the chief supporters old Red Hook Point. The alleged reason for the dismissals was that the men were members of various labor organizations. William M Barr the works superintendent listed 700 employees: 86 metershop, 5 copper shop, 17 blacksmith shop, 28 pattern shop, 140 iron foundry, 17 brass foundry, 6 stables, 4 storeroom, 9 drawing room, 1- office, 16 yard laborers, 31 miscellaneous, 14 carpenters 326 in the machinery shops. It was claimed that business had fallen off with nothing but small pump orders coming in. Only about 400 men were needed to to the work on order. It was further claimed that the wages of the men in the foundries had recently been increase. There were intentions to increase the wages of the men in the machine shops.

1886: 526 men were employed by the Hydraulic Pump Works on Van Brunt street in May 1886 but only 125 of them were at work. The majority of the workers were union members. Their demand was "for nine hours work with ten hours pay." The company stated that they were willing to reduce the hours worked per day but would also reduce the wages. They further stated that they would only deal with the striking worker as individuals and would not negotiate with them as a group. Worthington said he woud close down his works before he would concede to the demands of the workers. He stated that he did not "propose to be dictated to by them".

(New York Times and Brooklyn Eagle, May 1886)

Note: At the time of the strike in 1893 it was stated that the employees of the 1886 strike were idle for a month and then gave in.

1886: Worthington, Charles Campbell, Messrs. Henry R Worthington, Hydraulic Works, 145 Broadway, New York, United States, (or care of the Worthington Pump Engine co. 153 Queen Victoria street, London E. C. (Proceedings - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Parts 3-4)

1887: This is a very interesting "snippet". I cannot access the whole page:

"When this has been done, the second step is to drive both together through a filter bed, not two feet thick, merely. You can go into the Worthington Hydraulic Works today and see the refuse water at the works, filled with oil, filled with soap, filled with mud, filled with the urine of men at work there, put through an experimental plant on a small scale, to show the operation I speak of, and it comes out perfectly colorless and without any suspended matter whatsoever."

(Journal of the New England Water Works Association, Volume 2, 1887)

Does this represent a water purification system?

1888: Worthington was manufacturing steam pumps for oil pipe lines as well as water works pumps, fire pumps, brewery pumps, and steam pumps "for wreckage".

1888: September - Francis O'Neal a machinist, age 49, of 638 Hicks street was arrested on assault charges against Samuel Frey, age 50 of Wolcott street. Francis O'Neal kicked Samuel Frey breaking his leg. About two years previously Frey and O'Neal had both been employed by the Hydraulic Works on Van Brunt where they developed an animosity towards each other. After that, every time they saw one another they fought.

Francis "O'Neill" was listed as a machinist at 638 Hicks street in the 1887 Directory. In 1873 he was listed as a machinist at 63 Rapelye street.

Samuel Frey was a blacksmith born in Ireland circa 1837. See Samuel Frey below.

1889: February - The city proposed installing electric lights on Seabring and Bowne between Van Brunt and Richards.

1889: Peter Grover, age 25 of 591 18th street, had his fingers crushed while at work at the Hydraulic works at the corner of Van Brunt and Bowne.

1889: Henry Hansen, age 75, of 129 21st street, employed at the Hydraulic works at Seabring and Van Brunt caught his hand in a circular saw "lacerating two of his fingers."

1889: Real Estate Transactions:

  • Bowne st n s 60 w Richards one story brick extension, 25x75 asbestos roof cost $1,000, Henry R Worthington Hydraulic Works

  • Rapelye st s. s. 115 e Van Brunt to build a print room on roof of asbestos, cost $200, Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic works

1889: On Seabring Street, near Van Brunt, Mr. Henry R. Worthington will build a three story brick shop 60.6x100 to cost $18,000 (BE)

1889: December - Henry P. Worthington proposed to add a three story brick extension 97x49 to the machine shop of the Hydraulic works on Van Brunt cost $20,000.

1890: January 18, Rapelyea st n e s 150 n w Richards st runs northeast 40.1 x northeast 40.1 to Hamilton av x northwest 107.2 x southwest 51.7 x southeast 24.4 x southwest 56.8 to Rapelye st x southeast 83.4 Frances C Hill exc. & John S Hill to William A. Perry and Charles C. Worthington $11,750 Real Estate Record and Guide April 11, 1891 (Columbia University Library online)

1890: On February 12th, 1890 John McGuinnis (McGuiness), a young machinist employed by Worthington Hydraulics, shot his brother-in-law, Daniel (Danny) Lyons, in the abdomen. John McGuiness had married Maggie Lovett, a sister of Daniel Lyon's wife, Mary, only four months before the shooting. The two sides to this story were:

  1. John McGuinnis was jealous of the relationship between his wife, Maggie, and Daniel Lyons who had apparently been "good friends" before the marriage. McGuinness told Lyons to stay away from his wife. Lyons ignored him. McGuinnis fought with both Lyons and Maggie over the situation threatening to kill both of them and then to kill himself.

  2. Daniel Lyons had acted inappropriately towards Maggie Lovett McGuiness and had threatened and bullied John McGuiness. John McGuiness was scared for his own life and shot Lyons in "self defence".

John McGuinnis, his wife, Maggie, Mary Lovett (Maggie's mother), and Patrick Lovett (Maggie's brother), all accompanied John McGuinnis to Daniel Lyons' house at around nine o'clock at night on February 12th, 1890. There McGuinness confronted Lyons and then shot him twice in the abdomen. Also present was Mary Lovett Lyons, Daniel's wife and Maggie's sister. Afterwards John and Maggie walked to the Second Precinct Station where they gave themselves up and McGuinnis confessed to shooting Lyons.

Daniel Lyons, age 32, died of his wounds February 15, 1890.

An inquest was held on February 17th. Mary Lovett Lyons testified. Patrick Lovett, described as having a powerful frame and red hair, also testified as did Mrs. Lovett, the mother of Mary and Maggie. They all said pretty much the same thing. John McGuiness et al arrived at the Lyons' house together about 9 at night. McGuiness accused Lyons of having and intimate relationship with Maggie, Lyons demurred, Maggie accused, Lyons replied something along the lines of "If Maggie said so let it go at that" and then John McGuiness shot "Dan" Lyons. Maggie did not testify but a police office swore that Maggie had told him she had been forced by McGuinnes to accused Lyons, but the accusation were false. The "jury" found the death of Daniel Lyons was caused by the bullets fired by John McGuiness.

There were two trials: the first in May and the second in July 1890.

In the May trail it was stated that McGuiness bought a $5 revolver and ammunition on February 12th at a hardware store on Columbia street, with the intention of shooting himself. The testimony of the witnesses was virtually the same as at the inquest. Maggie did testify that she had never had a relationship with Lyons. The plea was temporary insanity. He was convicted.

John McQuiness, his friend and supporters had no financial reserve at the end of the first trial. I don't know on what grounds they were able to get a second trial but William J Gaynor and William N Dykeman "stepped forward as the the representatives of what should always be the trustworthy chivalry of their profession" and took the case pro bono. In the second trial in July 1890 the witnesses basically repeated what had been reported in the indictment and the first trail. Another Lovett sibling, Willie, was mentioned.

The defense lawyers stated that McGuinnis was hard working: had worked since the age of 14 when he was a waiter, made his way successfully as a machinist, earned $13.50 a week as such and an additional $4 a week with night work. The defense called several people as character witnesses including: George Foster, who had employed McGuinnis when he was a boy, August Nathing, who owned several restaurants and had also employed McGuinnis, John W. Meehan, the foreman of Empire Iron works in South Street, New York who had employed the defendant from 1887 to 1888, Thomas Malloy, Joseph Grimshaw and Fred Handley who all worked with McGuinnis at the South Brooklyn Hydraulic works and swore that he was hard working, sober and quite.

Thomas Malloy worked beside McGuinnis at the laths in the shop. Fred Handley said that on the day of the shooting McGuinnis had been late to work, and was preoccupied and testy. Hartow Harris, another employee of the hydraulic works, also testified. Several of the Hydraulic work employees had contributed to the legal defense fund for McGuinnis.

The defense was "justifiable homicide" on the basis that Lyons was a trouble maker, was too forward with Maggie McGuinnis and had threatened and bullied John McGuinnis.

In his closing remarks William Gaynor, called McGuiness as "unfortunate young man" but not a criminal. He called Dan Lyons a brute, ruffian, a desperado and a river thief with a sneering face.

The jury in the second trail of the case of John McGuiness, for the murder of Daniel Lyons, his brother-in-law, in Brooklyn, of Feb. 12, 1890 returned a verdict of not guilty after only 25 minutes. John McGuiness shot Daniel Lyons "in self defense" was acquitted on charges of murder.

In the recap of the trial and its aftermath the Brooklyn Eagle stated that Lyons was "a ruffian, a bruiser, a man who employed knives and pistols on those he did not like". He was portrayed as someone who abused Maggie Lovett McGuiness before her marriage and continued to threaten her after her marriage "under threats of his exposure of her conduct, if she refused compliance with his demands." He was also accused to threatening to kill John McGuniess on sight. John McGuiness, on the other hand, was a man of "humble circumstances". "He was a daily labourer and Lyons was a daily loafer."

William J. Gaynor became mayor of New York and served from 1910 to 1913. Mayor William Gaynor was shot in the throat by a disgruntled ex-city employee named James Gallagher. In response to the incident, New York State passes the Sullivan Law in 1911, requiring gun owners to get permits from the police department. The bullet remained lodged in Gaynor's throat because it was deemed safer than trying to remove it. In 1913, three years after he was shot, William Jay Gaynor, age 65, was a day out at sea aboard the ocean liner Baltic, when he collapsed and died during a coughing fit brought on by the bullet which was still lodged in his throat. He apparently had a heart attack.

1890: Arthur Zurber, age 33, of 221 Calyer street, an employee of the Hydralic Works at the corner of Van Brunt and Bowne streets, "while in the act of emptying a pail of water from a stoop at the factory lost his balance and fell to the sidewalk a distance of fifteen feet." He was unconscious and had a concussion.

1890: May - John Meehan, age 33, of 210 York street while at work at the Hydraulic works at Van Brunt and "Bowen" had his right leg and tight broken when some machinery fell on him.


Rapelye st s w s 60 n w Richards st, runs northwest 215 ft x southwest 200 to Bowne st x southeast 275 to Richards st x northeast 100 x northwest 60 x northeast 100

Bowne st south cor Van Brunt st 390 x 100 nom. Release dower Emma C wife William A Perry to William A. Perry and Charles C Worthington nom

Same property. Cyrus C Hines and ano. exrs Dauphine S. Hines to william A. Perry and Charles C Worthington. all Title $47,144

Same property Fletcher S. Hines and Mary A wife of Edward P. Simms and Maria L Hines widow and heirs of Dauphine S. Hines to same. all title C. a G. nom

Same property George W Wingate to William A. Perry and Cahrles C. Worthington, firm of Henry R Worthington. $100,000

Real Estate Record and Guide April 11, 1891 (Columbia University Library online)

Elizabeth, N. J. - The Worthington Hydraulic Pump Works Company, of South Brooklyn, began, April 1, the erection of the foundry branch of its plant in this city. There will be two foundries, 143x343 and 93X 200 feet, and a pattern storage shop 80xt80 feet. The contract for the mason work has been awarded to David Henry, of Paterson, and for the woodwork to J. Graff, of Newark.

(Engineering record, building record and sanitary engineer, Volume 23 By Charles Frederick Wingate)

1892: The new machine shop for Henry R Worthington Hydraulic Works in south Brooklyn was to be built of iron by the Berlin Iron Company of East Berlin Conn. The Berlin Iron works was also to provide the furnishings, foundation and brick work. (Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York, Volume 17, 1892)

1892: According to their ad Worthington pumps were used in almost all the large hotels, apartment houses, club houses, theaters, office buildings, business houses, and public institutions in New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston Chicago and "other Eastern cities" as well as hotels and other buildings in San Francisco.


The Henry R. Worthington Company filed articles of incorporation. January 20 at Elizabeth with a capital of $1,500,000, divided into -5,000 shares of $100 each. The company will engage in the manufacture of hydraulic pumps and pumping machinery at Elizabethport and Brooklyn. The incorporators and stockholders are Charles C. Worthington, of Irvington; William A. Perry, of Bay Ridge; Horace O. Tarr, of Montclair; Joephus F. Holloway of New York City; and Theodore F. Miller, of Brooklyn.
1892: Worthington Hydraulic was the maker of the worlds most powerful hydraulic pump.

"It consists of two twin steam pumps side by side; each pump has two plungers of 12 inches diameter working through stuffing boxes at the outer ends of the pump barrels, which have the same centre line and are connected in the middle. The plungers are connected by tie-rods, and are worked direct from the continuation of the piston-rod of the high-pressure cylinder. The steam engine is of the compound tandem type, with cylinders 41 and 82 inches in diameter. The stroke of both steam pistons and plungers is about 40 inches, but varies somewhat. The hydraulic pressure in the mains is about l,5001bs. per square inch, the steam boiler pressure l00 lbs. per square inch, and the engine exerts about S00 horse-power. The pump is used in America for forcing petroleum through long pipe-lines."

(Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Occasional ..., Volume 18 By Great Britain. Corps of Royal Engineers)

1892: October - James Bender, age 32 of 200 22nd street, and John Connors, age 28 of 229 Hoyt street, employees of the hydraulic works on Van Brunt street, both moulders, were badly burned when the bottom fell out of a ladle used for carrying molton brass.

1893: August 3 - A strike of workers at the Worthington Hydraulic works on Van Brunt street included: 162 mechanics, 25 pattern makers, 50 moulders, 75 coremakers, and 12 blacksmiths. The firm was said to employ over 1,300 men at the works on Van Brunt and another 500 in the foundry at Elizabethport, N. J. About 10 days before the management had posted notices of a 10 percent reduction in wages. The numbers of strikers was said to reflect all of the pattern makers and blacksmiths but only a small portion of the mechanics. for several weeks the men had been employed "only five days a week". The machinists were making $9 per week for six days. The hydraulic works covered two blocks: bounded by Van Brunt and Richards and "Rapelyea" and Seabring.

1892: December - Business men of South Brooklyn took a stand against Worthington Hydraulic Pump company in opposition to closing Bowne street between Van Brunt and Richards. For a long time Worthington had used the street as if it was their own property. It owned large buildings on either side of the block between Van Brunt and Richards and used the street for storing machinery and materials. The pump works had also laid tracks down the street to carry material two blocks from the water front to the factory. In 1892 they sought to stop anyone else from passing through the street.

"The block between Richards and Van Brunt streets is not paved or flagged and has the appearance of a junk yard." (BE)
The firms that would have been effected were: John A Casey, resin manufacturer, J. M. Williamson, [Williams] Drop Forge, Cheseboro (sic) Vaseline and P. H. Gills Machine works.

See: Casey Rosin Works, William Drop Forge , Chesebrough, Gill

1893: August 13, 1893 Henry R Worthington Hydraulic works shut down for a week after posting this notice:

"The money stringency refereed to at the time this company reduced wages a few days ago still continuing makes it as we feared impossible to secure currency with which to make up our payroll. This requires us to close the works from to-morrow (Friday) night for one week. At the end of that time the works will be reopened and as many men will be given employment as the conditions of the business warrants."


1893: Worthington Hydralic Works had a Yale and Towne electric traveling crane with a 120 ton capacity in its heavy machine shop (The Works, by Betsey Hunter Bradley, footnote 29 in Chapter 4)


"Of course, water works engines are only one department of pumping machinery, and as the firm of Henry R. Worthington has thousands of smaller pumps at work for all purposes, and also for serving petroleum pipe lines, working hydraulic elevators and feeding boilers, the variety offered can well be surmised.

In a building like The Central, at West and Liberty streets, the Worthington pumps supply enough water for the use of a town of 35,000 people. In Paris, the Worthington engines used in the Eiffel Tower during the Exposition, to carry the water to the high level of 918 feet for the hydraulic elevator service, permitted thousands to test the advantages of that wonderful tower and the capacity of American engines at the same time. The Worthington pump, the pioneer of its type, was invented and patented by the late Henry R. Worthington in 1844. When he first established the works Mr. Worthington had but one small factory, where he, with two or three machinists, constructed the few pumps that made up the limit of his sales.

Gradually, from this insignificant beginning, the works and force were enlarged, until to-day the buildings cover two city blocks and employment is given to a force of from 1,000 to 1,200 men, depending upon the condition of trade.

The uninterrupted growth of the business of the firm of Henry R. Worthington is due not only to the inherent excellence of the duplex type of engine, but to a continued effort on the part of those having control of the business to follow the conservative views and practice of the founder of the firm, and to combine with the best character of workmanship only such designs and methods of construction as have stood a thorough and practical test, believing that it is best to avoid such complications and refinements, either in construction or practice, as involve increased liability of derangement, and to keep upon a safe and easily maintainable plane of performance, rather than to seek for superlative results by introducing elements of uncertainty or danger. As an evidence of the wisdom of such a course is the fact that the pumps made by this firm are in use all the world over where steam and steam engines are built or used.

Although the present hydraulic works, which were originally established in 1845, occupy two city blocks in Brooklyn, and employ over 1,000 men, yet it has been found necessary to extend the plant, and a large branch foundry at Elizabethport, near the Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing Company, on the line of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, is being constructed. It will be complete with all the latest improvements."

Scientific American Building Monthly, Volumes 15-16

1894: February, Henry R Worthington planned to move its offices from Manhattan to Brooklyn building a new building at Van Brunt near Hamilton.

1894: Worthington Hydraulic pump was used to run an "extra large passenger elevator" in the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. (Official Journal of the proceedings of the Senate and House of ... By Louisiana. Legislature. Senate, 1894)


President of the Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works stated: "The crane we recently ordered of the Shaw Company is to be used in our loam foundry. The crane you built for us is at work in our green sand foundry, which is a separate building. Your crane is doing good work, and we have no complaints to make of its performance." (Electrical World, Volume 24)

1894: In 1894 the company employed 1,500 men in its factory and 60 in its offices. (Brooklyn Eagle, February 16, 1894).

"The Henry R. Worthington Company, which was the principal company acquired, was organized under the laws of New Jersey in 1893, to take over and carry on the extensive business of manufacturing steam pumps and pumping engines established in 1845 by Henry R. Worthington. This company has its "hydraulic works" in Brooklyn, and its foundry at Elizabethport, N. J. The foreign business of this company is large and is steadily growing, having increased from a nominal amount in 1884 to over $1,350,000 in 1899. This foreign business is conducted by the Worthington Pumping Engine Company, a New Jersey corporation, over eighty per cent, of the stock of which is owned by the Henry R. Worthington Company. In water works service the Worthington engine occupies the chief place among the engines of the world, and it is estimated that there are more Worthington pumping engines in use for this service than all other types combined."

American industrials: with special reference to the preferred shares as ... By J.S. Bache & Co, 1901

1894: Fire in the Elizabethport works:
Part of the plant of the Worthington Pump Works, at Elizabethport, N . J., was burned May 15, with an estimated loss of $100,000. The Elizabethport plant covers about six acres, and consists of a foundry, pattern shop, brass foundry and loam and dry-sand foundries. The latter were burned. They occupied a brick building two stories high, without floors. A number or expensive patterns had just been brought to the works from Brooklyn and were lost. The company has just completed a new pattern shop, 300 x 80 feet, and was turning the old pattern shop into a brass foundry. Scarcity of water at the outset badly hampered the firemen. The plant at present employs 300 men, but, with the improvements about to be made, will furnish work for double that number. Henry A. Worthington is the head of the firm, which is incorporated in New Jersey for $1,000,000.

The Engineer: With which is Incorporated Steam Engineering, Volumes 27-28

1895: July 3, John J. R. Clark of 277 47th street was employed as a timekeeper at the Hydraulic works on Rapelye street near Van Brunt. He said he had dinner at his mothers at Van Brunt and Williams streets on Monday. After dinner, around 7 o'clock, he headed to a meeting at the lodge room of the Knights of Honor at Court and Union streets where he was the financial secretary. He was carrying $118 in cash and two checks (for $3 and $4 dollars). He never showed up at his meeting. He did not remember what had happened to him. He woke up the next morning near a pond on 49th street, his clothes were all wet and the money was gone. He still had his silver watch and $2 of his own money. In the meantime his relatives had reported him missing. He claimed he had not had anything to drink and there were no "marks of violence" on him. He could remember nothing after he left his mother's house. He had been the financial secretary for 12 years and was bonded so the lodge did not lose any money. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

1899: A Steam Pump Trust. Nearly all the big steam pump companies planned to consolidate under the name International Steam Pump company. Included in this trust was the Henry R. Worthington corporation of of Brooklyn. Proposed directors were Charles C Worthington, William L Bull, and Theodore F Miller among others. The would controle 90 percent of the steam pump business in the United States. Henry R Worthington was said to have assets of $6,148,355.64. Pump manufacture in the US with net profits in 1898-99 at $550,000. In addition to offices in the US it had branches in London, Paris, Hamburg and Vienna.

1899: William Neufeldt, age 25, was accused of the robbery and murder of Mrs. Annie Kronman in Manhattan. There was a lot of circumstantial evidence and several witnesses identified him. Neufeldt had served a term in the Joliet penitentiary in Illinois for robbery. It was said that at one time he had been employed at the hydraulic works on Van Brunt and "Rapelye" street in Brooklyn.

1900: Bowne st, e s, 180 s Van Brunt st, interior alterations on machine shop; cost, $500; H R Worthington, Rapelye and Van Brunt sts. (Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, Volume 66)

1901: According to the Minneapolis Journal in May 1901 about 400 machinists employed by the Worthington Hydraulic Pump works of Brooklyn went on strike but immediately returned to work when the superintendent promised to review their requests. (May 1901, Minneapolis Journal). It looks like the strike went ahead as the New York Times reported that striking machinists denied they lost the strike in the Worthington Pump works, in Brooklyn. Representatives of the union announced that of the 400 men on strike only three returned. The rest of the men who worked there were carpenters and laborers but not machinist. (NYT, June 27, 1901)

1902: - August, Iron workers were threatening to strike in August 1902. The Worthing Hydraulic works at Van Brunt and Richards came to terms with it employees before anyone walked out. It was reported they had recently been though a "protracted" strike of machinists "which tied up the shops for along period".

1904: The company moved to Harrison, New Jersey around 1904.

The Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, at the corner of Rapelyea and Van Brunt streets, Brooklyn, are shortly to be removed to Harrison, N. J., to occupy the new $2,000,000 plant of the International Steam Pump Company, now nearly completed. The Brooklyn site consists of two city blocks, or about four and one-half acres, while the Harrison plant is located on a 35-acre tract and contains 18 acres of floor space. The Worthington Company is one of the oldest and largest manufacturing concerns of Brooklyn, having been founded in 1843 by Henry R. Worthington, the inventor of the duplex steam pump and other hydraulic devices. About 2,000 men are employed In the South Brooklyn works, and many will undoubtedly go to the new plant at Harrison, which will accommodate from 5,000 to 6,000 men. The Brooklyn works will probably be sold, the company having already disposed of its large foundries at Elizabethport, N. J.

(Modern Machinery, Volumes 15-16, 1904)

The firm of Henry R, Worthington, a branch of the International Steam Pump Co., is constructing an extensive pump-manufacturing plant at Harrison, N. J. The firm employs about 3,000 men in their present works, at South Brooklyn, L. I. and Elizabethport, N. J. The new plant at Harrison will accommodate from 4,000 to 5,000 men, and will cost in the neighborhood of $2,000,000. It consists of a main machine-shop, with side galleries over 1,006 ft. long; an erecting shop, 592 ft. long, and a high erecting shop 210 ft. in length, and four galleries in height in the side bays connecting the two shops. The main foundry is 600 ft. in length, and there is also a special foundry for small work 410 ft. in length, with a building 200 by 60 ft., for cleaning castings, connecting the two. The pattern building is four stories high and 550 ft. long, and divided by wire walls into four sections. The power house is 172 by 102 ft. Electric power distribution is to be employed throughout, and the grounds will be illuminoted by electric arc lights. The General Electric Co. has the contract. All buildings will be connected by a complete system of railroad tracks. The new plant will be devoted entirely to the manufacture of water-works machinery, water meters, cooling towers, condensers, feed-water heaters, centrifugal pumps, and steam pumps of all kinds. Twenty-seven cranes are called for, ranging from 5 to 50 tons capacity each and varying in span from 27 to 60 ft. The list includes one 50-ton, five 30-ton, six 20-ton, five 10-ton and ten 5-ton travelers. The engines will be of crosscompound condensing build of 1,000 b. p. The boilers - five units of 300 h. p. each will be furnished by the Babcuck & Wilcox Co. A Curtis steam turbine of 200-kw. capacity will be installed.

(EMJ, Engineering and Mining Journal, Volume 76)

Information on Henry R Worthington

Brooklyn Guardians 1887, Ad

Engineering Magazine, Volume 5, 1893

"The above illustration is taken direct from a photograph and shows the interior of a Machine shop designed and built for Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, N. Y. The building is 44 ft in width and 19 ft in length, with a Traveling Crane of 10 tons capacity. Light for the interior of the building is secured entirely from the skylight in the roof."

NEW YORK, MARCH 23, 1893.

HENRY R. WORTHINGTON. Henry Rossiter Worthiugton, whose name is inseparably connected with the history and development of modern pumping machinery, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on Dec. 17, 1816. His father was a New York merchant, and the son was without special training in the mechanical sciences; but an early predilection to studies of this nature, aided by natural aptitude and ability, led him on until he discovered a new method of using steam for raising water: and he lived long enough to see this discovery perfected and the industry he founded take high rank in extent and importance among the manufactures of his own and foreign countries.

Like many other important inventions, the direct-acting steam pump was the outcome of what was at the time considered a much more important line of investigation. In the year 1840 the young inventor, attracted by the honor and reward offered for success by his native State, designed a steam canal boat for use on the Erie Canal. Up to this time steam engines were made to pump their own feed-water into the boilers; and with uninterrupted action this was possible. But the service on the canal presented unexpected difficulties in this direction. The boat was liable to detention along the line of the canal, and especially at the many locks, and at first a hand-pump was brought into requisition for keeping up the boiler supply. The steam canal boat was not a commercial success; but the experience gained with the hand feed-pumps led Mr. Worthiugton to turn his attention to a device for accomplishing the same end without the aid of manual labor, and the result was an independent steam feed-pump, patented Sept. 7, 1841.

In the original machine this feedpump was automatic in its action; a float in the boiler cutting off the steam from the pump when the boiler was full. But though the device was very successful, its inventor appreciated the dangers incident to any contrivance for superseding the attention and responsibility of attendants, and ever after dreaded and condemned them.

This first direct-acting pump, of which further particulars are elsewhere given, is generally believed to have been the beginning of the numerous class of inventions which followed for storing power to act upon the steam-valve when the momentum of the moving parts was insufficient to throw it through its full distance of travel. But Mr. Worthington did not stop here. While the direct acting pump was well adapted to feeding boilers and for supplying moderate quantities of water under a moderate head, it still had some very objectionable features. The chief of these was that the action of the pump-plunger, or piston, was an intermittent one, as the column of water, started into motion at the beginning of each stroke, came to a stand at the end of the stroke. This caused an irregular flow of water and severely strained both the pumps and the pipes. Mr. Worthington devoted much time and study to correcting these evils, and in a few years, after perfecting many types of single cylinder pumps, he brought out the direct-acting duplex steam pump. In 1845 Mr. Worthington began the manufacture of steam pumping engines, and founded in South Brooklyn the very extensive works which still bear his name, and are conducted by his son and men who were early associated with him.

He perfected pumping engines for municipal water-supply, and in the face of hard-grounded prejudice and the opposition of engineers who still believed in older methods, he gradually but surely introduced these pumps to public notice and favor. At the present time Worthington pumps are found doing duty in every city of the United States; they are made in both England and France as well, and can be found almost everywhere in the world where pumping machinery of any sort is used. Specially designed high pressure pumps of this type are used for forcing crude oil to the seaboard, across Pennsylvania and New York States, and across the mountains of Asiatic Caucasia on the line from Baku to Batoum, on the Black Sea. The water meter invented by Mr. Worthiugton is also a most ingenious, successful and widely used device.

Mr. Worthiugton was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and vice-president and honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was an intimate friend of John Ericsson; and that famous engineer, in forwarding a history of his own inventions, said to Mr. Worthiugton: "In view of the insuperable difficulties to be overcome, I regard your hydraulic engine as one of the greatest triumphs in modern engineering." In this connection, and as showing the long existing friendship between these two men, it may be mentioned that Mr. Worthington sought and obtained the assistance of Mr. Ericsson in designing the hull of the steam canal boat mentioned above, and that eminent Swede took part in the trial trip in New York harbor and expressed his general satisfaction with its working.


Mr. Worthington died, after a brief illness, on Dec. 17, 1880, on the sixty-fourth anniversary of his birth.


Nearly half a century ago Henry R. Worthington started in what was then the open fields south of the city of Brooklyn a modest shop for building his patent steam pump. From that small beginning the industry has grown to the present vast establishment covering nearly the whole of two city blocks, and giving employment to over 1,700 men.

Years ago the demands for space in the works became so great that the foundry was transformed to a shop for heavy machinery and the erection of large engines. A new iron foundry was erected at Elizabethport, N. J., and all the iron castings for the works are made there. Two steam lighters are kept continually in service carrying castings from the foundry to the South Brooklyn works. Both establishments are close to the water, so that there is no expense for railway or truck transfer. The most important feature of the work at the foundry is the extensive use of molding machines, which were introduced several years ago, with most satisfactory results. Their advantage lies not only in cheapening the cost of the castings themselves, but even more in the improvement in the quality of the work. Machine molding produces so firm and smooth surface in the mold that the casting comes from the sand with much smoother surfaces and made more accurately to the proper size than a casting from a hand-tamped."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

The Heavy Machinery Shop

"The accompanying illustrations show interesting views in the interior of the works in South Brooklyn. In the first we have a view of the heavy machine shop, which is served by a Yale & Towne electric traveling crane of 20 tons capacity. The machine tools here are of the latest modern design. One Seller's planer is in the foreground at the right, and another is near the farther end of the shop. The radial drills in the middle distance are from Bement, Miles & Co. and the Pond Machine Tool Works. In the large lathe on the left the low-pressure steam cylinder of a 15,000,000-gallon pumping engine for the water-works at Cleveland, O., is being bored and faced. Part of the water end of the same engine, a casting weighing some 27,000 lbs., is being lifted by the crane. The overhead steam pipes by which the shop is heated are noticeable against the girders of the crane track. All the shops are heated in this manner, exhaust steam from the engines being used."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

Some Large Pumping Engins and Electric Jib Cranes in the Heavy Erecting Shop

"In the second view we have the heavy erecting shop adjoining the shop just described. This was formerly the iron foundry, and the heavy jib cranes seen there date back to the days when the foundry was in blast. The three cranes farthest from the point of view have recently been improved by the application of electric motors, greatly increasing their speed and efficiency. The first of these can swing a load of 15 tons, while the two in the background can handle 25 tons.

The large machine on the left about which several men are at work is a 20,000,000-gallon high duty pumping engine for the Spring Garden pumping station of Philadelphia's water-works, where it will soon be installed to hoist the muddy Schuylkill water into the Belmont reservoirs, 275 ft above the river. Further particulars of this powerful machine will soon be given in Engineering News.

In front of the Philadelphia engine, to the left, a triple-expansion engine which is to go to Spain is being erected. Its steam cylinders are 13y 2 ins., 21 ins., and 33% ins. in diameter respectively. In the right foreground, with the open ends of the steam cylinders gaping toward us, is a compound high pressure pump for the Penn Iron Mining Co. Two pumps of the same pattern have just been completed for the Cambria Iron Works."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

A View of the Testing Room

"View No. 3 shows the testing room, where all pumps, not too large to be readily portable, are brought after completion. The floor of the entire room is of concrete molded in channels, to permit the rapid draining off of water. The pumps to be tested are placed on low trucks and these are run onto a small transfer table, which runs in a shallow pit across the center of the room. Tracks extend at right angles to the pit on each side, and the truck with the pump mounted upon it may be run from the transfer table upon any track. The photograph shows a truck just being moved from the table to a testing track.

The pumps under test have the steam and exhaust, and the water supply and discharge connections made, and are run for a short time to determine that they will work satisfactorily under the required head and speed, and the valves and pistons are examined for tightness. The Moran flexible ball and socket joint, described in our issue of Aug. 20, 1801, has been used on the steam pipes for the past few mouths and gives excellent satisfaction."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

The Drying Out Room

"From the testing room the pumps are transferred to the room adjoining, shown in the fourth view, where cylinder heads and steam chest covers are taken off and the interior is thoroughly dried. The exterior is painted and bright parts are coated to protect them from corrosion. The pumps then ready to go to the storage room or to the packing room for shipment.

Some idea of the variety in sizes of the smaller pumps which the works turn out may be gained by examination of the views in the testing and drying-out rooms. The amount of machine work required on the great quantity of small pumps of moderate size which the works turn out is enormous, and shop after shop is devoted to various specialties. Among other labor-saving devices in use in the shops are small hydraulic cranes worked by a single movement of a lever. As some of these are located where the side strain on the building produced by a jib crane would be objectionable, the lifting trolley runs on a radial beam whose outer end is carried by a wheel running on a circular track suspended from the beams overhead."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

The Drafting Room

"Our final view is from a photograph taken in the drafting room. An idea of the extent of the works output in pumping engines of the larger class may be gained from the fact that 15 draftsmen are kept busy. Complete records are, of course, kept of every pump suit out, so that the duplication of a pump or of any part thereof at any time is attended with no difficulty or uncertainty. On the roof above the drafting room is the blue-printing department, where two tons of paper every month are coated and printed. The printing frames are mounted on small trolleys running on tracks which extend far enough out from the side of the building to place the glass in unobstructed light."

Engineering News, Volume 29, 1893 - November 2013

Henry R Worthington

In 1893 Mr. W. A. Perry was president. Mr. C. C. Worthington, son of the funder was Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Duty and capacity tests of Worthington high duty pumping engines on water ... By Henry R. Worthington, 1885, September 2012

Worthington High Duty Pumping Engine at Hyde Park, Ill.

Ad Brooklyn Eagle Almanac, 1897










Worthington Hydraulic Works 1886 - The Worthington Steam Pumping Engine: History of Its Invention and ... By Henry R. Worthington (Google Book)

The caption reads "Henry R Worthington Hydraulic Works Established 1845" and lists Machine and pattern shops, Erecting rooms, Testing and Painting, Iron Foundry, Blacksmith shop Pattern Loft, Cupola Room, Core room, Brass Foundry, Coppersmith shop, pattern shop, store house, stables, office and drafting room, repair shop, cleaning room, meter shop, truck and cart shed, and others.

This view is from the corner of Van Brunt and Rapelyea streets looking southeast.

The images is a little hard to read and many of the numbers that should identify the various buildings cannot be determined. That said, the building on the corner of Rapelyea and Van Brunt was labeled "machine shop". Next to it along Van Brunt was a machine and pattern shop. I cannot identify the buildings that are nestled up to those two buildings, but the taller building behind them is the blacksmith shop.

The two story building with the sky lights and a tall chimney at the end is the iron foundry.

The building running along the north side of Bowne street is the repair and boiler room.

The facades of the buildings along Rapelyea and van Brunt are in the American Round Arch style. The maps indicate that this is the oldest part of the complex.

A part of the building at the corner of Rapelyea and Van Brunt is still standing.

This complex relied heavily on side windows and skylights for lighting and ventilation. The use of monitor roofs appears minimal. See Industrial works in Red Hook

Water and Sewage Works, Volume 30, 1906

Kent Mill Company bought out Worthington Pump Works which covered "two city Blocks in Brooklyn".

"This great property is illustrated in the accompanying photographic view from which it ill be seen to comprise some twenty model factory buildings."

Rock products, Volume 19, Issue 12, 1916

Kent Mill Co grinding machine.

Kent Mill made grinding machinery for the fertilizer business. They were in Brooklyn as early as 1908.

KENT MILL COMPANY Brooklyn Borough, New York City, N. Y. The Kent Mill Co., of 10 Rapelyea Street. Brooklyn Borough, New York City, will exhibit their latest type of improved Kent mill, the "Maxecon," which embodies all of the good features of the old Kent, such as double feed, double drive and roll shafts equally supported by a bearing at each end and the newer improvements of removable babbitt linings, flexible link supported yokes, oil and grease lubrication, expansion washer, thrust collars and dust guards to keep dust within casing and out of bearings. Their improved trip-hammer type Perfectecon separator will also be shown. These gravity drop hammers keep the screen surface in constant vibration to assure clean cloth and maximum output.

H. G. Kimble, sales manager, and Ole Christensen, millwright, will be in attendance.

Farm chemicals, Volume 36, 1912

A 1916 advertisement lists Kent Mill co. makers of grinding machines at 10 Rapelyea Street, Borough of Brooklyn, as wells as London and Berlin.

(Credit JTL) View looking northeast at #1 high service pumping engine built in 1900 by Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works. This engine is a direct-acting, horizontal, triple expansion condensing engine with 12"x24", 19"x24" and 30"x24" cylinders and a pumping capacity of 3 to 4 mgd. Engine was in service until mid 1970's and remained on stand-by until August 1980. Doors behind engine lead to filter rooms. - McNeil Street Pumping Station, McNeil Street & Cross Bayou, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, LA Digital ID: (None) hhh la0164.photos.073662p http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.la0164/photos.073662p Reproduction Number: HAER LA,9-SHREV,2--49 Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Parts of Worthington Hydraulic Pump are still standing in 2013

Photo Maggie Land Blanck, August 2012

This remnant of the north west corner of the Worthington Pump Works is visible in the images of the works and on the maps. Although the corner is now designated as Van Brunt and Hamilton, it was once Rapelyea and Van Brunt.

Photo Maggie Land Blanck, September 2012

The grey building with the cider blocked windows is part of the old Worthington Pump Works. This building is between Van Brunt and Richards on Seabring. It is shown on the 1886 and 1898 maps. The red brick building on the corner is the old fire station on Van Brunt street.

Photo Maggie Land Blanck, September 2012

This green building on the SW corner of Seabring and Richards may be a remnant of The Worthington Pump Works. There was a building of this size at this location on the 1886 and 1898 maps. This building has the distinctively shaped facade of many of the late 19th century brick industrial structures in Red Hook. It has been stuccoed so any original doors and windows are not as obvious as some other buildings in the area.

Growth of Worthington Hydraulic Works as indicated on the South Brooklyn Maps

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1869, November 2013

The 1869 map shows an unlabeled building on Van Brunt between Rapelye and Bowne.

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1880, November 2013

In 1880 the main part of the Worthington Works is situated between Rapelyea and Bowne, Van Brunt and Richards Streets. Additional buildings are south of Bowne. These include two machine shops, a warehouse and a "steel works". "Engine No. 2" is the firehouse which still stands at the corner of Seabring and Van Brunt.

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1886, November 2013

By 1886 there were no major changes in the layout of the works between Rapelyea and Bowne, Van Brunt and Richards Streets. There is significant development in the block between Bowne, Seabring, Van Brunt and Richards - particularly along Seabring. The fire house was listed as Hook and Ladder -- and Engine No 2.

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1898-99, November 2013

Both blocks are now labeled Worthington Hydraulic Works and the "works" now cover almost all of these tow blocks.

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1903, November 2013

The building at the corner of Bowen and Richards is labeled Riley B Cowley Machinists. The building on the south side of Bowne are labeled Worthington Pumps. The buildings on the north side of Seabring are not labeled. The rest is labeled Worthington Pump.

A small building near the corner of Van Brunt and Rapelye is labeled "office".

New York Public Library Digital collection Map 1916, November 2013

By 1916 Worthing had been gone for 12 years.

Google map, November 2013

Most of the original buildings of Worthington Hydraulic are gone - large portions removed for the access and feeders to the Battery Tunnel. The red lines indicate the approximate old extensions of Rapelye and Richards.

The block between Bowne, Seabring Van Brunt and Richards is pretty solid but it is hard to tell if any of these buildings are originals dating to the time of Worthington Hydraulic Works.

The Worthingtons

Asa Worthington (born 1755 died 1822) - married Lavinia Kellogg. They had three children Anthony (b. 1875 died 1875) - Laura - (born 1786) - married Ralph Isham - and Asa - (born 1789 died 1875) - married Frances Meadowcroft. Asa (born 17809) and his son Henry R Worthington were the founders of the Worthington Hydraulic Pump works. Henry R.'s son Charles Campbell Worthing continued on in the family business.

Asa Worthington

Birth: 1789

Marriage: Frances Meadowcroft


  1. Henry Rossiter Worthington

    Born: 1817

    Henry R Worthington died December 17, 1880.

    Marriage: Sarah J. Newton daughter of Captian J. T. Newton, U. S. Navy. September 24 at Burlington, N. J. 1839


    1. Amelia

      WHITEHOUSE -- WORTHINGTON. -- On Wednesday, June 10, at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, by Rev. J.B. Flagg, D D., Rector. EDWARD M. WHITEHOUSE to AMELIA STUART, daughter of Henry R. Worthington, Esq. June 11, 1863

    2. Frances

    3. Henry Fraser Worthington AKA Harry

    4. Fanny

    5. Sarah Newton Worthington b. 1851 married William Lanman Bull

    6. Charles Campbell Worthington

      Marriage: 1879 Julia A Hedden daughter of Edward L Hedden.

      Children: Julia, H, Henry Rossiter, Charles Campbell 2nd, Edward H, Willoughby, Regibal

      1880: New York Long Edward Hedden 51, straw merchant, Elizebeth Hedden 48, Elizebeth Hedden 13, Mary Rainey 20, servant, Lizzie Lorden 36, servant, Charles Worthington 27, pump manufacturer, Julia Worthington 24

      1880: Listed twice - Henry R. Worthington 63, Sarah N. Worthington 60, Charles C. Worthington 27, son, Julia H. Worthington 25, daughter in law, Mary Worthington 50, servant, Katherine Johnson 40, servant, Hellen Drew 40, servant, Isabella Graham 38, servant Noah Taylor 28, servant

      1900: North Broadway, Charles C Worthington 47, no occupation given, Julia H Worthington 44, Julia Worthington 19, Henry R Worthington 17, Edward Worthington 12, Reginald Worthington 10, James Mc Farland 39, coach, David Hagberg 21, groom, Hedden, Elizabeth, widow, 69, Hedden, Elizabeth age 33, plus four servants and a laundress.

      Worthington State Forest - Delaware Water Gap: In 1903 millionaire businessman Charles C Worthington, president of Worthington Pump Corporation, bought about 8,000 acres on Delaware river. He had a farm on the Pennsylvania side of the river.

      Death: Charles Campbell Worthington died on October 21, 1944 in Washington. D. C.

      Charles Campbell Worthingon was born in 1854 in Brooklyn the son of Henry R Worthington and Sarah Newton. He took over Worthington Hydraulic Pump at his father's death in 1880. He sold his interests in the company in 1899 and served as president of the new corporation until 1900. He was fonder of the Worthington Automobile Company which manufactured several pleasure cars. He was an outdoorsman and a golfer who help develop early golf courses in the US. He also developed a commercial lawn mower for golf courses and was instrumental in the establishment of the PGA..

      Charles Campbell Worthington

    7. Julia

    1850: Brooklyn Ward 4, Henry R Worthington 30, machinist, Sarah Worthington 26, Amelia Worthington 10, Francis Worthington 8, Harry Worthington 5, Fanny Worthington 2, Amelia Newton 22, Margaret Collins 20, Ann Brennon 23,

    1860: Ward 3, Henry R Worthington 43, engineer, $15,000, $400, Sarah Worthington 40, Amelia Worthington 18, Henry F Worthington 14, Sarah Worthington 9, Chas Worthington 6, Rose Cook 43, servant, Ireland, Margaret Allen 20, servant, Agnus Obrien 21, servant

    1870: Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, Henry Worthington 51, civil engineer, $50,000, $5,000 Sarah Worthington 45, Sarah Worthington 19, Charles Worthington 16, Jane Alpine 30 Mary Gibbons 28 Rose Gibbons 35 Mary Bryon 27 Mary Bryon 30 Noah Taylor 20

    1880: Greenburgh, Westchester, New York, Henry R. Worthington 63, pump mfr., Sarah N. Worthington 60 Charles C. Worthington 27, pump mfr. Julia H. Worthington 25, Mary Worthington 50, sister, Katherine Johnson 40, servant, Hellen Drew 40, servant, Isabella Graham 38, servant, Noah Taylor 28, servant

    Estate dispute: William L Bull, Charles C Worthington, H. F. Worthington executors and Sara Worthington, executrix.

  2. Catherine J married John W Carrington

  3. Frances L married William S Ledyard

  4. Grace R married A. K. Thomson

  5. Marie F Worthington

    May 27, 1908 Brooklyn Eagle

    Marie Fraser Worthington, 83, the last but one surviving child of Asa Worthington died at the home of her nephew Worthing Whitehouse of Worthington Farms near Elmsford, New York, an estate bought by Asa Worthington for his children. Her death was the result of an accident that had occurred seven weeks before. Marie had been born at her father's farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The farm was sold in the mid 1850. Miss Worthington lived at 142 Hicks street in 1860. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. John W. Carrington and Mrs Frances J. Ledyard, and a brother, John R. She was survived by her sister, Mrs. Grace Thompson of Rye, N. Y. Her father was one time ambassador to Peru. Survived by six nephews and nieces. Buried Greenwood.

1850: Asa Worthington 63, born Connecticut, Grace Worthington 24, Maria Worthington 20, William Ledyard 35, Frances Ledyard 26, William Ledyard 1, Anthony Worthington 65, Eliza Bradley 22, Jane Frazier 19, Mary Brady 20, Maria Frazier 5

1870: near Henry R, Worthington, Sas age 84, retired, $5,000, born conn, Anthony, 87, $5,000 born conn, Marie age 33 keeps house and four others who may be servants.

Death: 1875

Asa Worthington died intestate November 25, 1875 leaving four daughters and a son. 1886: The Worthington Estate was in dispute over $180,000. Asa Worthington was listed as a senior partner of the Worthington Hydraulic works on Van Brunt Street in South Brooklyn. Asa was sent to Lima Peru in 1826 as Consul General to the West Coast of South America and remained there until 1835. Upon his return he ran a coffee and spice manufacturing company in New York. In 1845 he sold it an became involved with the Worthington Hydraulic works in south Brooklyn. He lived in a "handsome " residence on Hicks street near Montague. His son Henry R Worthington took over the business about 1860.

Employees of the Worthington Hydraulic Works, Red Hook

Baker, William H. (died 1863 or before)

William H Baker was the first partner of H. R. Worthington

There is some indication that William H Baker gave financial assistance to the partnership.

MACHINERY, MODELS AND NEW INVENTIONS. H. R. Worthington & W. H. Baker, for a steam fire engine and pump. Gold medal. H. R. Worthington &. W. H. Baker, Williamsburgh, L. I., for steam percussion gages. (Silver medal having been before awarded.) Diploma. Annual Report of the American Institute, on the Subject of Agriculture By American Institute in the City of New York, 1848, Annual Fair of the Armerica Institute of New York City.

William H. Baker and Samuel H Baldwin were the inventors of a rotary steam engine.

In 1845 William H. Baker and H. R. Worthington had a shop in Brooklyn near the old navy yard on the border with Williamsburg.

In 1848 William H Baker was described as "old Baker", a native of New England, an ingenious mechanic, having very little formal education, always in poor health, of cranky disposition, but with a heart of gold at bottom (American Machinist Vol 34)

In 1854 Worthington was the sole proprietor of the works which had moved to Van Brunt and Rapyelea streets in south Brooklyn.

William H Baker died before 1863. Adelia C. Miller of Fruit Hill, R. I., was the executrix of the estate of W. H. Baker on a request for the extension of the original patent of 1849.

1850: ???, Kings Williamsburg, Wm H Baker, age 40 machinist, born Ireland, Adela Baker, 40, born New York Elizabeth Jones ?? 73, born New York, Eliza Kirkland 30, born Ireland

Death: ?? Baker, William, age 62, March 1863, Kings, 1447

1875: ?? North Providence, R. I., James Miller 68, Scotland, physician, Adelia C Miller 65, wife born New York, Robert Miller 40, Hellen Miller 37, John Miller 35, Isabella Miller 29, Isabella W Miller, 72, sister, Scotland

Barr, William M, (1842-1920) Worthington Hydraulic superintendent in 1886

William M. Barr born in Pennsylvania in 1842. He was the superintendent at Worthington Pump in the late 1880s.

1880: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, William M. Barr 30, born Pa., book publisher, Eliza Barr 30, born Pa., James Barr 13, born Pa. Frank Barr 4, born Indiana, Florence Barr 10m, born Indiana Orion Robinson 19, servant

1885: William M Barr Residence Year: 1885 Street Address: 529 Henry Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Superintendent Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1885William M Barr

1887: Residence Year: 1887 Street Address: 689 Henry Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Superintendent Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1887


William M. Barr has resigned, as Superintendent of the Cummer Engine Company, Cleveland, O., to accept the position of Superintendent of the Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Barr will exercise his well-known ability in directing the employment of the seven hundred and fifty mechanics, who are working in that establishment.American Machinist, Volume 6

1885: A man called at the home of Mr. William M Barr of 529 Henry street and gave the servant a note for Mr. Barr. While the servant was gone to bring the note to Mr. Barr the man stole two chinchilla overcoats worth $30. (Brooklyn Union)

1886: William M Barr was the Superintendent of Worthington pumps.

1888: Reward for a lost lady's silver watch William M Barr 529 Henry st.

1908: Pumping Machinery A Practical Hand-Book, Relating to the Construction an Management by William M. Barr, 1908

1900: Richmond, Staten Island, Barr, William M boarder, age 58, m 37, born Penn, mechanical engineer, Ella, 56, born new York, Florence age 20 born Indiana

1920: William M Barr, age 77, born Pa., widowed, president publishing company, Florence Barr, age 40, daughter, born Indiana

William M. Barr died recently after a long illness. He was born in 1842, In Muncy, Pa. He received the degree of mechanical engineering, to which profession he devoted his life. He served in the Navy throughout the Spanish and Civil Wars. He was well known in the world of technical literature for his works on "Pumping Machinery," "Boilers and Furnaces," "Combustion of Coal," etc. His chief work Is "Barr's Industrial Engineering," a handbook of useful information for managers, engineers. superintendents. designers, draftsmen and others engaged in constructive work. Part I of which was recently issued. Part II is In preparation for early publication. Mr. Barr was a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (Power, Volume 52, 1920)

Boller, Alfred Pancoast, Jr. (c1869-19??), Testing Department 1891, Engineer 1894-??

Birth: New Jersey circa 1869 - He was the son of a well know civil engineer, Alfred Pancoast Boller, senior.

1880: East Orange, New Jersey, Prospect st. Alfred P. Boller 40, civil engineer, Katherine N. Boller 35 Margaretta B. Boller 15 William N. Boller 13 Alfred P. Boller, Jr. 11 Richard E. Boller 8 Mary N. Boller 4 Mary Brennan 25, servant, Mary A. Walsh 25, servant, Maggie Tansey 23, servant

1890: A P Boller Publication Year: 1890 Publication Place: Massachusetts School Name: Harvard University Residence Place: East Orange, New Jersey

1891: A P Boller School: The Stevens Institute of Technology School Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Year: 1891 Yearbook Title: The Link

Boller, A. P., Jr. class 1891 Stevens, Testing Department H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works Brooklyn, 1894, 1896, 1899, engineer,

1900: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Territory, A P Boller 31, born New Jersey, mechanical engineer, E W Husted 49, accountant, N G Campion 27, machinist, Sandford C Rose 20, overseer, G H Childs 42, carpenter


A. P. BOLLER, Jr., has recently returned from the Hawaiian Islands, where he has been for the past two and a half years in the interest of H. R. Worthington, in charge of installation, operation and testing of pumping plants used for the irrigation of sugar cane. He had charge of fifteen complete plants, the engines of which were nearly all of the high duty triple expansion type, the larger ones ranging in capacity from five to ten million gallons in 24 hours, and against heads from 300 to 600 feet. Mr. Boller will continue in the service of H. R. Worthington, with his business headquarters at the hydraulic works in Brooklyn, and his home address at East Orange, N. J."

Indicator, Volume 18

1910 Living at home with his parents on Prospect street, in East Orange, Mechanical engineer

1914: Patent #1144726A and #1160864

1920: 80 Prospect street, East Orange, renting, Alfred P, 50, engineer, and Anna Boller, 45,

1930: 148 Prospect st, East Orange, Alfred P Boller 61, married at 44, consultant, engineering, Anna H Boller 55

Alfred Pancoast Boller Sr. and Alfred Pancoast Boller Sr.

Bull, William Lanman (c1845-1914) married Sarah Newton Worthington (1851-??) daughter of Henry R Worthington

William Lanman Bull married, February 15, 1871, Sarah Newton Worthington (AKA Tasie), born March 28 , 1851, daughter of Henry Rossiter and Sarah (Newton) Worthington.


  1. Fredric[k] Henry Worthington Bull (1885)

    Married Helen Robinson October 1895 Children: Frederica married Edward Welch Clucas in 1917 and Helen married Henry T Richardson 2nd, in 1922.

    Henry T Richardson 2nd son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Rait Richardson married Miss Hellen Bull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Fredrick Bull of the city and Greenacre Farm Peapack, NJ. She was listed as a granddaughter of William Lanman Bull.

    Bull, Frederic, Engineer in Charge Testing Dept., Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, N. Y Jan. 7, 189? (Proceedings, Volumes 1-3, 1897)

    Home: Green Farms, Peapack, Farr Hill, New Hersey.

    Stevens Institute Chi Psi, '96. Frederic Bull is in the testing department of the Worthington Pump Co.'s Hydraulic Works in Brooklyn. He has recently returned from Buda Pesth, Hungary, where he assisted in furnishing the City Water Works with some large pumps. (Chi Psi Purple and Gold, Volumes 11-14)

    1910: Manhattan Ward 19, East Side 5th ave, Frederick Bull 38, roker, office, Helen R Bull 38, Frederica Bull 13, Helen Bull 9, Matila Constan 39, servant, Jennie Dosenbach 24, servant, Marie Monniasson 33, servant, Segrid Jakobson 25, servant, Dagna Peterson 30, servant, Jennie Benison 31, servant

    1925: Frederick Bull, 40, business ????, Frederica 19, Helen 14

  2. Henry Worthington Bull born Monclair N.J March 27, 1874 - married Maud Livingston - died 1958 Los Angeles - Fred Astaire's first wife was Phyllis Livingston. Her aunt was Maud Livingston Bull.
    Fred had known Henry Bull for several years before he met Phyllis, due to their mutual interest in horse racing, and the two couples remained close throughout their lives." http://www.cemeteryguide.com/astaire.html

  3. William Lanman jr

    Lanman Bull Gender: Male Birth Date: 16 Jul 1880 Birth Place: Montclair, Essex, New Jersey Father's Name: Wm Lanman Bull Father's Age: 36 Father's Birth Place: United States Mother's Name: Worthington Mother's Age: 28 Mother's Birth Place: United States FHL Film Number: 494191

    On All Saints' Day the Elmsford Church of St Joseph of Arimathea "was made the recipient of a magnificent processional cross, thus inscribed, - "In loving memory of William Lanman Bull, Jr., 1881-1912" - the gift of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Lanman Bull. William Lanman Bull jr. age 32 died June 23, 1912 in Belnord, NY. City. funeral Grace church.

    He was married and lived in Montclair, N. J. He had been ill for about 2 weeks when an operation was performed in NYC. There were complications resulting in his death.

"A new country club will be opened on the banks of the Hudson River early in the Spring, which, in point of elegance and magnificence, will undoubtedly exceed anything of its kind within the immediate vicinity of New-York. This will be the Ardsley Casino, situated midway between Dobbs Ferry and Irvington, where has been secured a plot of nearly 500 acres overlooking the Hudson River."

(New York Times, March 1, 1896) The club contained a "handsome club house", a golf course and a polo field. Membership was limited to 300. Charles C Worthington and William L. Bull were members.

1914: William Lanman Bull, born August 22, 1844, age 69 former president of the New York Stock Exchange died at his home on Fifth ave in January. Educated College of the City of New York. He was an art collector and "active" in club life. He was survived by his wife and a son.

(New York Tribune).

He was a member of the New York Yacht Club.

In 1899 he was a director of the Steam Pump Trust. See above.

1900: 803 Madison ave., William L Bull 55, banker, Tasie, Bull 49, Henry W Bull 26, banker, William L Bull 19, student

1920: Madison Ave, Manhattan, Bull, Sara, N?, 68 widow, Bull, Helen, grand daughter, age 19, and three servants

There was a social announcement in the New York Times that Miss Helen Bull of Far Hills, N. J., the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Fredric Bull would be spending the winter season with her grandmother at 500 Madison Ave.

Butler, Noble C. Jr. Mechanical Engineer, Worthington Hydraulic 1900

Birth: c 1875, Indiana

1880: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana North Deleware street Noble C. Butler 34, clerk US Court, Anna Lee Butler 34, John A. Butler 11, Mary B. Butler 9, Anna B. Butler 7, Noble C. Butler 5, Walter Butler 3, Baby Butler 7m, Patsy Hart 43, servant, Mary Young 22, servant

Education: Indiana University ?? - Delta Delta, 1893 Greek Letter Societies

1888: Listed as a clerk in Brooklyn

1905: Butler, Noble C age 30, lodger Manhattan, engineer

Marriage: Ruth


Test Results The official duty trials were made on September 1 and 2, 1910, the city of Providence being represented by Otis F. Clapp, city engineer, and Henry R. Worthing ton by Noble C. Butler, Jr., of its engineering staff.

Iron Age, Volume 88

From Tampico, Butler, Noble C Jr. born July 27, 1874 New Albany Ind. to 22 7th ave, New York

1914: From Havana cuba Noble C Butler age 40, born 1874 New Albany, Inda. to 31 Washington St East Orange, N. J.

' 1918: 1930: Manhattan Noble C Butler 55, engineer Standard Oil, born Indiana Ruth G Butler 41

Death: 1931, Steuben, Oneida, New York

Caldwell, Andrew J. (1825-) Draughtsman at Worthington 1885 General Manager Worthington 1900

Son of Samuel Brewster and Susan Elizabeth (Roe) Caldwell - married Rosanna Amelia McCarthy c 1890.

Children: Margaret Shapter Caldwell b. 15 Aug 1891, Rosaline Deering Caldwell b. 3 Aug 1895, Elizabeth Roe Caldwell b. 18 Jul 1899

1860: Ward 6, Saml Caldwell 35, merchant, Elizabeth Caldwell 35, Honorah Caldwell 9, Andrew Caldwell 3, Wm Caldwell 4/12, Eliza Murphy 30, servant, May Obrine 30, servant

1870: New Windsor, Orange, New York, Saml B Caldwell 48, farmer, Susan E Caldwell 44, Andrew J Caldwell 12, Susan W Caldwell 10, Flora B Caldwell 2, Jesse Atkinson 35, servant, Ellen Johnson 25, servant, Catharine Johnson 21, servant

1878: Class of 1878 - University of Maine Andrew J Caldwell, B. M. E., Draughtsman, Brooklyn, N. Y.

1879: Andrew Caldwell Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859 Estimated Age: 20 School Location: Ithaca, New York, USA Year: 1879 Yearbook Title: Cornellian

1888: listed as working for Worthington.

Caldwell, Andrew J General Manager Worthington Hydraulic Works Brookly October 9, 1896 Brooklyn Engineers club member

1885: Andrew J Caldwell Residence Year: 1885 Street Address: 781 Union Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Draughtsman Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1885

1898: Listed as working for Worthington.

1900: Listed as "general manager" at Worthington.


Andrew J. Caldwell, first President of the Brooklyn Engineers' Club, passed away May 10th, 1909. He has gone to take his place among the distinguished dead in his profession. Possessing a will and spirit far beyond his physical strength, a man of rare ability and talent as an hydraulic engineer, devoted to his profession, an unremitting worker, untiring in his efforts to reach results, he acquired a knowledge by close application to business which distinguished him in his profession far above the ordinary. With this he was a man of kind and lovable nature, generous to a fault. Mr. Caldwell was born in Brooklyn, N. T., May 1st, 1858, and was graduated from the University of Maine in 1878 with a degree of B. M. E., after which he took a graduate course at Cornell University.

After leaving college he entered the employ of the Delamater Iron Works, and later entered the service of the New York & New Orleans Steamship Company as operating engineer. In 1880 he connected himself with the firm of Henry R. Worthington as draftsman in the designing department of that company. This field being congenial to his taste and talent he contributed much to the development of the Worthington high-duty pumping engine. He was soon made chief of the erecting department, which dealt with water-works pumping engines. Later he became assistant to the president, Mr. Charles C. Worthington; and finally general manager of the Hydraulic Works.

After the organization of the International Steam Pump Company he resigned to take a similar position with the R. D. Crane Company, Chicago. Later he took the management of the Eaton, Cole & Burnham Plant at Bridgeport, Conn., controlled by the Crane Company. After a successful management there he resigned in 1902, accepting a position with the National Foundry Association. Later he entered the service of the National Transit Company as constructing engineer, with which he was identified at the time of his death. Mr. Caldwell was one of the principal organizers of the Brooklyn Engineers' Club and was a member of the New York Engineers' Club, and manager of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the time of his death.

Proceedings ... Constitution and By-laws, Volume 13 By Brooklyn Engineers' Club

Short obit in New York Post said he lived in Newburgh and died of pneumonia after a short illness.

He received several patents while employed at Worthington.

Cronise, Ernest S (1861-1896) H. R. Worthington Hydraulic

Ernest S Cronise H. R. Worthington Hydraulic, So. Brooklyn 1885

1894: Mr. Ernest S. Cronise, recently with Henry R. Worthington, has opened an oflice as a commission dealer in machinery and railway supplies

Ernest S. Cronise born October 16, 1861 a Stevens graduate of the class of 1881, died in Ridgewood N J September 14, 1896 of malarial fever. He went to work for Worthington in 1881 where he was superintendent for erections of various pumping engins for water works. In 1894 he established his own consulting firm an had a reputation as a railway expert. Ernest S Cronise, Birth Date: abt 1861, Birth Place: United States, Death Date: 14 Sep 1896, Death Place: Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey, Death Age: 35 years, Occupation: Mechanical Eng, Marital Status: Single, Father Birth Place: United States Mother Birth Place: United States FHL Film Number: 589804

1880: Westchester, James S. Cronice 54, broker, Anna R. Cronice 26, daughter, Frank Cronice 24, son broker, Grace Cronice 20, daughter, Ernest Cronice 18, son, at college, Titus Cronice 48, brother, Mary Cambell 30, servant, Mary Mccabe 19, servant, Sarah Calahan 30, housekeeper

Cremer (Creamer) , James M, (1854-1923) H. R. Worthington Hydraulic, So. Brooklyn 1885

Cremer, James Mortimer, H. R. Worthington Hydraulic, So. Brooklyn 1885

James Mortimer Cremer Birth Date: 26 Sep 1854 Event Type: Baptism Baptism Date: 4 Dec 1858 Baptism Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Father Name: James Cremer Mother Name: Mary Cremer Organization Name: St Andrew┬┤s Episcopal Church

1876: Class of 1876 Stevens

1888: James M Cremer Residence Year: 1888 Street Address: 320 8th Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Engineer Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1888

1892: Listed in the 1892 census age 37, "buyer"

1900: Gates ?? Ave, Bklyn, Ward 7, James M Cremer 45, engineer, Charlotte E Cremer 44, James M Cremer 16, Cecil A Cremer 14, George S Cremer 10, Emily R Cremer 8, Marie V Cremer 7, Charles M Cremer 3

1904: James M Cremer Residence Year: 1904 Street Address: 170 Gates av Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Engineer Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1904

1909: Purchasing agent "Shows the advantages of engineering experience in the purchasing of supplies." Several periodicals.

1920: Mechanical engineer pumping machinery

1920: Queens, James M Cremer 65, no occupation, Charlotte E Cremer 63, George S Cremer 31, Emily R Cremer 28, Marie B Cremer 26, Charles M Cremer 23

1923: James Mortimer Cremer, age 68, 141 Beech St Flushing. He had moved to flushing from Richmond Hill the previous November. He had been in Richmond Hill seven years. Mechanical engineer, graduate Stevens. Left widow, Catherine E. and four sons, James M. jr. of Northport Cecil of Pittsburg, George and Charles of Flushing and two daughters Emily and Marie. Buried Flushing Cemetery.

Crocker, James M.

Crocker, James M., H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works so, Brooklyn, May 14, 1885 Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Volume 11

1880: Crocker J. M. age 30, civil engineer, born Conn. appears to be a lodger.

Demarest, Henry Samuel (1867-1937)

Bron Feb 1, 1867 per passport application in 1904.

Education: Public Schools.

Marriage: Ida

Children: Gladys and Donald

1900: Brooklyn Ward 7, Henry S Demarest 33, steam pumps, Ida R Demarest 33, Gladis Demarest 10, Donald De Grey Demarest 5, Ida Jetter 21, servant, married 1888.

1910: Henry S Demarest 43, sales manager, steam packing, Ida R Demarest 43, Gladys R Demarest 19, Donald E Demarest 15, Ida Demarest 38, sister, Anna B Scheller 22, servant

Death: Henry S Demarest Death Date: Jul 1937 Burial Place: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA, Greenwood

Listed at Worthington in 1899 in member of Brooklyn Engineer's Club 1879.

1900 at International Steam Pump.

Death 1937: President of Greene Tweed and Co. makers of mill supplies. Died after a long illness. Home address 164 Fulton. Buried Greenwood. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Married twice - first wife, Ida Read of Brooklyn died in 1926. elder of the Presbyterian church. Survived by second wife, Frieda J., a daughter Mrs. Gladys Read Seymour and a son Donald DeGray Demarest.

Henry S Demarest was a self educated engineer. He became familiar with Palmetto, an asbestos yarn used as packing material, while working as a purchasing agent for Henry R. Worthington. He went to work for Greene, Tweed and Co the makers of Palmetto and turned their sales of the produce around in the early 1900s.

Greenwood: DEMAREST HENRY S.1937-07-13 9855 171 - DEMAREST IDA READ1926-07-09 9855 171 - DEMAREST RUTH C.1891-12-15 9855 171

Donald D. Demarest went to Yale 1914-1917. Family home 164 Fulton Street, Hempstead, L. I.

Drew, John A., Engineer, sales manager 1897, historian - born Ireland c 1846 died Brooklyn 1932

Drew, John A Engineer and Sales Manager of Worthington Hydraulic 1897

Birth: C 1845 Ireland


Marriage: Eleanor


1897 Recent Improvement in Marine Pumping Machinery - a paper read at meeting of Marine Engineers.

1898 John A Drew at Henry R Worthington, New York

Master Steam and Hot Water Fitters Association, member 1891

1870: Brooklyn Ward 10, John Drew 24, journeyman mechanic, Ellen Drew 23, Thos Drew 2, Mary Drew 1, Cornelius Drew 27, journeyman mechanic, Margaret Drew 7, Norah Drew 28, Margaret Drew 5, Michael Mcmath 24, journeyman mechanic

1880: East 4th Street, John A. Drew 36, salesman, Eleanor Drew 32, Thomas Drew 12, Mary Drew 10, Sarah Drew 9, William Drew 7, Catherine Drew 5, Margaret Drew 4, Cornelius Drew 2, John Drew 10m

1888-89: John A. Drew Location 2: 17 4th place Occupation: engineer Year: 1888, 1889 City: Brooklyn State: NY

1891: John A Drew Residence Year: 1891 Street Address: 19 4th pi B'klyn Residence Place: New York, New York Occupation: Mech, Eng Publication Title: New York, New York, City Directory, 1891

1900: 4th place, John A Drew 50, manager factory, Elnor Drew 49, Sarah Drew 21, Kathrine Drew 19, Leonta Drew 13

1902: John A Drew Residence Year: 1902 Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Manager Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1902

1904 He gave a lecture on the history of pumps ancient to modern to the Brooklyn Engineers club.

1909: He prepared the memoir at the death of Andrew J Caldwell. See above.

1913: John A. Drew, for over 25 years the New York sales manager for Henry R. Worthington and the International Steam Pump Co., has accepted the position of specific sales agent with the Epping-Carpenter Pump Co. (Power, Volume 38)

1930: St John's Place, Drew, John A Own $10,000, 84, widowed, born Ireland, immigrated 1850, retired engineer.

1932: John A Drew 86, Civil Was veteran (23rd Regt.) and steam pump expert was connected for more than 60 years with Worthington pump died at his home at St John Place. John A Drew known as "Colonel" was the historian and librarian for the company. He was born in Ireland. He entered the Worthington company as a machinist with the original founders, Henry R Worthington, Wil--- Hiines and William Perry. He a was a salesman and later an manager of the company. Survived by two sons, Thomas A and William A, and thre daughters six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Buried Holy Cross.

Ducommun, Edward (1868- )

Ducommun, Edward, Worthington since July 1892, Stevens class of 1888 (Stevens Indicator, Volumes 9-10)

1870: Union City, Julius Ducommun 42, optician, Henrietta Ducommun 37, Emily Ducommun 16, Leon Ducommun 9, Edward Ducommun 2, Francis Albert 58, works watch store, Eugnie Albert 61

1910: Jersey City, Harrison Ave., Edward Ducommun 42, mechanical, Amelia Ducommun 40 Marguerite Ducommun 15 Mary Soderstrom 19, maid

1940: Rutherford, N. J. no occupation, age 71 wife Amelia, plus a maid

Flinn, Thomas C (circa 1872-1945) and Thomas F. ( -1928)

Thomas F Flinn: birth c 1841 Drogeda, Ireland

Siblings: Brothers, Richard and Patrick.


Marriage: Eva

Children: Thomas, Richard, James, John, Francis, Gerald, Valentine Dermod Flinn Mary, sister Mary Ulrica, O. S. J. and sister Mary Francis of Assisi.

Valentine P Flinn, age 30, born September 29, 1877, the son to Thomas Flinn of 72 second Place chief machinist's mate on board the U. S. S. Huron, formerly the German steamship Friedrich der Grosse, died October 10, 1917, at the U. S. Naval Hospital Brooklyn, after and operation for mastoidities. He was educated at St. James High School. Valentine P. beloved husband of Beatrice A. Reynolds, buried from the residence of his father, Thomas F Flinn 72 Second Place, funeral St Stephens buried Holy Cross. Survived by his father, his wife, brothers: John in the U. S. Navy, Richard, superintendent of the New York State Employment Bureau in Brooklyn,Thomas C., James, Francis, Gerald, and Dermod.

1910: Death of Eva Flinn wife of Thomas F Flinn, formerly consulting engineer Henry R Worthington Pump Company at her home 72 Second Place in her 53rd year, She was the daughter of Professor James William Kavanagh of the Catholic University of Dublin, Ireland. Buerid Holy Cross.

Thomas F Flinn civil War vet, died at his home at 86 79th street after a brief illness. Born Drogheda, Ireland in 1841. He came to the US just before the Civil War. When his father in Ireland heard of his plans to join the Union Army he was begged to return to Ireland. Which he did. Before the war was over, however, he returned to the US and joined the Irish-American Regiment where he attained the rank of lieutenant. He resided in Brooklyn for more than 65 years. He had been a long time resident of the 6th ward. He was a consulting mechanical engineer associated with Worthington pump for 37 years. He invented a steam engine for the automobile. He was a pioneer member of the Automobile Club of America. He conduced experiments with airplane motors during WWI. He was survived by seven sons: Thomas, Richard, James, John, Francis, Gerald and the Rev. Dermod Flinn of the Shrine of Our Lady of Solace Coney Island. He as also survived by three daughters, Mary, sister Mary Ulrica, O. S. J. and sister Mary Francis of Assisi. He was also survived by two brothers, Richard and Patrick. Buried Holy Cross.

Flinn, Thomas, H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works Jan 7, 1897 Brooklyn Engineers club member, 1898, 1899

1888: Thomas Carrol Flinn graduated St. James. 1888: Thomas F. Flinn (Cal. N0. 58). Rescission of resolution adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the former City of Brooklyn on January 9, 1888, authorizing Thomas F. Flinn to lay a temporary track across B'owne street between Richards and Van Brunt" (Snippet) 1921 Journal of Proceedings

1892: Thomas F Flinn, age 45, Ireland, High Pump (word???), Eva 35, Thomas, 19, Mary 11, Alice, 8, Richard, 6, Vallie, 4, James 3 John 1

1899: Thos C Flinn, Residence Year: 1899, Street Address: 71 2nd Pl., Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York, Occupation: Mechanical Engineer, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1899 - also Thomas F engineer at the same address.

Mr. Thomas P. Flinn, General Superintendent of the H. R. Worthington Co. has adopted a commendable plan for disposing of the many papers that collect in his office and most of which he does not keep on file. He has them placed at the doors of the shop just before "quitting time" and the men help themselves as they go out. In this way much useful information is disseminated and the result is sure to be beneficial otherwise. It is much better than destroying or selling them, or using them to pack goods as is sometimes done.

Machinery, Volume 2 edited by Lester Gray French, 1895

Three years later he moved to Chicago to become a Research Engineer for Commonwealth Edison Co., where he remained until the ... "Dick's grandfather, Thomas Flinn, served his time as a molder in this foundry and also as a machinist in its adjacent machine shop. ... He subsequently was employed by the Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, New York, now known as the Worthington."

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1903: Action by Thomas Flinn against Henry R. Worthington. No opinion. Judgement and order unanimously affirmed, with costs. (The New York Supplement)

1911: Thomas Carroll Flinn married in Falmouth Head, Mass.- honeymooned in Washington., D. c. and HOts Springs, Va.

1920: 72 Second Place, Thomas F Flinn 77, widowed, Mary F Flinn 36, James A Flinn 31, John J Flinn 29, Francis J Flinn 22, Guala C Flinn 22, Dennod C Flinn 21, Eva M Flinn 20

1930: Thomas, age 58, engineer, Anna E. wife, age 42, Joseph son 8, servant.

1945: Thomas Carroll Flinn, Expert Engineer, born Brooklyn son of the late Thomas P. and Ellen Flinn - educated at St. James High School and Pratt Institute - worked Worthington Hydraulic for several years and then became superintendent at Kennedy Valve Company in Coxsackel, New York and Elmira, New York. Survived by: sister Mary Flinn, brother, the Rev. Dermond C Flinn, wife, Anna Smith Flinn, son Joseph and five other brothers, Richard, James, John, Francis, and Gerald, and two sisters (both nuns). Died in New Bedford, Mass., buried Holy Cross.

Thomas F Flinn was awarded: a patent for a anti friction bearing 1886 and 1888, a patent for a steam pump 1900, compound engine 1901, internal combustion engine, 1917

Thomas F Linnn Mechanical Engineering, Volume 28, Issues 5-11, 1907
Thomas F Flinn (Google book, The Horseless Age:), Steam Carriage of Thos. F Flinn, Brooklyn, compound engine invented by Thos. F . Flinn

Foster, Ernest H., and his cousin, Pell Foster (1862-1947)

Erners H Foster, Class on 1884, Stevens Hoboken

Ernest H Foster, Birth Date: 5 May 1865, Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, Age: 32, Passport Issue Date: 26 Feb 1898, Passport Includes a Photo: No, Residence: New York, New York

Listed at Henry R Worthington in 1896, 1898, 1901 Foster, Ernest H., Mechanical Engineer Worthington Hydraulic Works Jan 7, 1897, Brooklyn Engineers club member.

Mr. E. H. Foster, M. E. Engineer, represented the H. R. Worthington pump co at the Paris exposition.

Recipient of many patents including the superheater for steam boilers.

1897: Ernest H. Foster, for many months in Montreal, Canada, for Henry R. Worthington, in connection with the new high duty pumping engines at the waterworks ot that city, has now returned (Indicator, Volumes 4-5).

1898: Ernest H. Foster, who has been with Henry R. Worthington, Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, X. Y., for the past fourteen years, has been transferred to the London office, 153 Queen Victoria Street, which is the headquarters for foreign business conducted under the name of "Worthington Pumping Engine Company," Mr. Foster sailed from New York early in March. (Stevens Indicator, Volumes 15-16)

1900: ERNEST H. FOSTER, for sixteen years connected with Henry R. Worthington, has become vice-president and engineer of the Power Specialty Company, 126 Liberty Street, New York. Mr. Foster's specialty will be the construction or remodeling of steam or water-power plants. (Indicator, Volume 17)

1901: Ernest H Foster presented a paper on Acetylene lighting to the Brooklyn Engineers.

Ernest H Foster and his cousin, Pell W. Foster were in the employ of the Worthington Co. founded the Power Speciality company (latter Foster Wheeler company). They each but up $5,000. They were joned by John Primrose who had also worked for Worthington.

1910: Richarmond, Ernest H Foster 40, "manager print goods" Margaret Foster 32, Margaret Foster 7, Mary Foster 4, Lillian Foster 0 [2/12], Ichiro Gemski 30, servant, Mary Yamski 30, servant

1915: Dogan Hill, Richmond, Staten Island, Ernest H Foster 50, mechanical engineer, Daisy W Foster 40, wife, Margaret Foster 12, daughter, Mary Foster 8, daughter, Eleaner Foster 5 daughter, Emily Young 46, servant, Algot Johnson 33, servant, Teressa Johnson 27, servant

1931: Ernest H Foster of Florence, Italy, has sold his former residence a three story dwelling on about two acres on four Corners Road and St. James Place Dongan, Hills, S. I. 1940: Sabino Canyon Road, Pell W Foster 78 Bertha M Gardner 32, employee, Donald Gardner 4, employee's son, Theodore Ranta 43, servant, Olga Ranta 36, servant

Pell and his wife were also listed in Tucson in 1930.

1947: Pell W. Foster, 85, retired industrial engineer executive died in his sleep on a train on the way from his home in Tucson Arizona to New York city. Born in Washington Heights, NY the son of William Foster Jr. who was president of the first elevator railway company in NYC. Attended the Browning School and Columbia University. Graduated from the School of Mines in 1883. Later was engaged in the salt business. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Irving S Olds, and a son Pell W. Foster, Jr. His wife, Anne Williams of Danville died in 1938.

1948: El Sabino Ranch sold for $150,000, property of the late Pell Foster near lower Sabino Canyon, extending for the top of the Catalina mountains to the Tucson City limits. It had been purchase by Pell Foster circa 1833.

1949: Died Ernest H Foster 83 director of Foster Wheeler cousin of the late Pell W Foster they developed the Foster superheater which introduced steam heating into the United States in Daytona Beach, Florida, born Springfield Mass.

Pell W. Foster

Frey, Samuel (1837 Ireland - )

In an article in 1888 it was mentioned that Samuel Frey had worked for Worthington pump.

1884: Samuel Frey 43 Wolcott Occupation: Blacksmith Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1884

1880: Saml Fry, at 43 Wolcott street was listed in the 1880 census - two family. Saml. Fry 43, blacksmith, born Ireland, Mary Fry 41, George Fry 18, blacksmiths's helper, Danil. Fry 16, in tin shop, Richd. Fry 8, John Fry 6, Jas. Fry 4, Joseph Fry 1

1892: Census 12th Ward Brooklyn, Samuel Frey, 53, Ireland, blacksmith, Mary 28, Ireland, Edward, 13, Agnes 10 months.

1900: Ward 12, 36- Van Brunt, Samuel Frye 62, married 10 years born Ireland, immigrated 1869, blacksmith, Mary A Frye 37, wife, 4 children 3 living, born Ireland, immigrated 1881, Albert C Frye 6, Aleshea Frye 4, Sarah Frye 2, John Kelly 49, boarder, ship caulker

1910: The family was at 451 6th ave. At age 73, Samuel was still listed as a blacksmith in a shop. Mary, age 43, was listed as having 5 children with 4 living. Son, Albert age 16, was an apprentice in a machine shop. The youngest son was William, age 9. They had two boarders.

Gabel, Jacob (1842-1919) Iron molder

Born 1842, Haddlyme, Connecticut

Marriage: Mary

Children: Sophia, Anne, Grace

JACOB GABEL. Bro. Gabel has been conspicuous as an officer of Sanctorum Lodge for many years past, and has filled nearly every position in the Lodge except that of the East. He is faithful and conscientious in the discharge of his duties, regular in his attendance, and has been unremitting in his efforts to build up the Lodge. He was made a Master Mason in Sanctorum Lodge in 1874. He served as Junior Master of Ceremonies, Junior Deacon; was Junior Warden in 1882; Senior Warden in 1883-4, and was again elected Junior Warden in 1887. While holding no position at the present time, he is ever ready to assist the brethren in the work, and is competent to fill any position in the Lodge. He was appointed one of the historical committee for compiling a history of the Lodge.

Bro. Gabel was born in Hadlyme, on the banks of the Connecticut river, April 8, 1842. He received a good common school education, and afterwards learned the trade of moulder in the shops at Chester, Conn. At the breaking out of the war he was among the first to volunteer under President Lincoln's proclamation calling for troops to put down the rebellion. He enlisted in Company A, 2d Conn. Regiment, known as the Mansfield Guards, and took part in the first battle of Bull Run. He came to New York on January 2, 1865, and continued to work at his trade. For the past eighteen years he has been connected with Worthington's Hydraulic Works, of Brooklyn. By his perseverance, industry and economy, he was enabled to lay by a snug little sum and purchase for himself a home in Brooklyn, where, surrounded by an interesting family of a wife and three grown daughters, he enjoys the comforts of life far more than many possessed of affluence and riches. (Free Masonry in North America from the Colonial Period to the Beginning of ..., 1889)

1880: 16th street, Jacob Gabel 36, iron molder, German father, Mary Gabel 29, Sophia Gabel 10, Annie Gabel 8, Grace A. Gabel 4

1882: Masonic elections, SANCTORUM LODGE Henry ENDNER, Master; Jacob GABEL, S.W.,

1889: Jacob Gabel 1887 Elected Officer Sanctorum Lodge 747

1891 Master Masonic Sanctorum Lodge.

1900: Iron Moulder (Iron Molder's Journal)

1900: Garden Street, Hoboken, Jacob Gabel 56, born Conn., livery stable keeper, Mary Gabel 49, New York, Annie Gabel 28, New York, Grace A Gabel 23, New York

1910: Garden Street, Gabel, Jacob, 72, proprietor livery stable, Mary, 3 children 2 living

Death: 1919 Jacob Gabel age "82", formerly a residen fo Brooklyn, died at his home 912 Park Ave Hoboken, He lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years and was active in the Masonic fraternities in Brooklyn. Member of Sanctorum Lodge No. 747. He was also a member of the iron molders union Local 96. Survived by his widow, Mary.

Death of Mary Gabel, 1925, Presbyterian Hospital in Newark, wife of late Jacob Gabel, of Hoboken, age 7-? mother of Mrs. Char Mrs. John H Clark, of New Haven, Conn. Buried Lutheran Cemetery Brooklyn.

Grace, John Francis (1880-1959)

1900: Ward 10, 108 3rd Place , Mary A Grace 52, born Ireland, Richard J Grace 21, born Ireland, draughtsman John F Grace 19, born England, student apprentice Hydraulics, James A Grace 16, born England, law student, clerk William R Grace 13, born NY, Katherine Hughe 52, servant, born Ireland, all immigrated 1885

1910: Brooklyn Ward 22, Mary A Grace 62, New York, John F Grace 29, England, engineer mechanical, James J Grace 26, England, salesman automobiles, William R Grace 23, New York, engineer mechanical, Katharine Hughes 65, servant,


GRACE, John Francis, care Henry R. Worthington, Harrison; res. 76 Quincy Av., Arlington, N. J.

Mech. Engr; b. Liverpool, England, Dec. 17, 1880; s. Richard R. and Mary A. (Fitzpatrick) Grace; scientific course, Brooklyn Boys' High School; m. Brooklyn, April 26, 1913, Adele M. Hague; children: Adele. Jr., Marion. Richard. With Henry R. Worthington, Brooklyn, New York, N. Y., Harrison, N. J., since 1897, as storekeeper, machinist, machine pattern maker, tool maker, asst foreman and foreman of tool room, dftsman, mech. and designing engr; specialties, condensing apparatus for large power plants, and water works pumping station layout. Twelve patents on surface and jet condensers, air pumps, cooling towers. Mem. A.S.M.E., since 1915.

(Who's who in Engineering, Volume 1 edited by John William Leonard, Winfield Scott Downs, M. M. Lewis, 1922) 1959: John Francis Grace (1880-1959), condenser engineer, Worthington Pump and Machinery Corp., Harrison, N. J., died. Jan. 31, 1959. Born Liverpool England December 17, 1880. Parents Richard Raleigh and Mary A. (Fitzpatrick) Grace.

In 1898, he went with Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works in Brooklyn. N. Y., becoming chief becoming chief draftsman, and two years later became assistant superintendent of J. H. Williams and Co. Brooklyn.

Griffiths, Charles H. (1831-1896)

Birth: C 1831 England

Marriage: Jane

Child: Elizabeth circa 1864 married James Cross

Griffiths, Charles H., 18 East 7th Windsor Terrace, died, 1896, born England, near Birmingham in 1831. Immigrated to Boston. In 1862 came to Brooklyn where he worked for 30 years for Worthington Hydraulic. Later went into real estate. Left a widow and one daughter Mrs. James H Cross and and adopted daughter - buried Greenwood.

1866: Charles H Griffiths Residence Year: 1866 Street Address: Atlantic av n S Oxford Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1866

1870: Ward 20, Griffiths, Chas, 39 machinist, born England, Jane 34, born Penn., Lizzie age 6 born New York

1874: Charles H Griffiths Residence Year: 1874 Street Address: 331 S 1st Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Superintendent Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1874

1875: 2 family frame house, Chas H Griffiths M 43, England, machinist, Wife Jane Ann Griffiths F 38, Daughter Elizabeth Griffiths F 11

1880: East 7th Street, Charles Griffiths 40, works at Hydraulics, born England, Jane A. Griffiths 35, Elizabeth Griffiths 16

1892: Charles H Griffiths 57, real estate, born England, Jane A 53 born US

1900: East 7th street, Head Jane "E" Griffiths F 60 Pennsylvania, widow, Daughter Florence Griffiths F 18 New Jersey, Son-in-law James Cross M 36 New York, clerk city clerks office, Daughter Elizebeth Cross F 30 New York, Granddaughter Ethel E Cross F 5 New York, Granddaughter Hazel A Cross F 2 New York, Granddaughter Jane Cross F 0 New York

1908: Death of Jane A Griffiths: Probate- 16 East 17th street, Elizabeth G Cross sole daughter of Jane A Griffiths, who died 1 April 1908. $350 personal property, $5,000 real property subject to mortgage of $2,000.

Greenwood Cemetery - GRIFFITH CHARLES H.1896-09-0425225199 - GRIFFITHS JANE A.1908-04-0525225199

Grimshaw, Joseph (1864-)

Joseph Grimshaw a Worthington Hydraulic employee who testified as a character witness at the murder trial of John McGuiness (McGuinnis) in 1890.

1870: Brooklyn Ward 8, Grimshaw, James age 38, iron pump maker, Ellen -7, Emma 10, Joseph 6, Maggie 4, Walter J, 2

1875: Ward 22, James Grimshaw 42, machinist, born England, Ellen Grimshaw 41, Emma J Grimshaw 15, Joseph Grimshaw 11, Margret Grimshaw 9. They were listed twice - they must have moved very close to census time.

1880: Sterling Morris co. New Jersey: James Grimshaw 48, machinist, Ellen Grimshaw 47, Joseph Grimshaw 16, in factory, Emma Grimshaw 20, in factory, Margaret Grimshaw 14, in factor and six boarders

1886: Death, James Grimshaw age 53, April 30, 1886

1886 Death, Ellen Grimshaw 26 october Kings, buried Greenwood

1901: Joseph Grimshaw 190 West A Ins h 260 66th Occupation: Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1901

GRIMSHAW JAMES 1886-05-021724517
GRIMSHAW ELLEN 1886-10-281724517

Handley, Frederick George (1856-1911)

Fred Handley a Worthington Hydraulic employee who testified as a character witness at the murder trial of John McGuiness (McGuinnis) in 1890.

1883: Frederick Handley 99 Bergen Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Occupation: Steamfitter Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1883

1900: Ward 10, 91 Bergen Street, single family, Fred Handley, 42, married 22 years 8 children 7 living, born England, immigrated 1883, Machinist. Jane Handley 40, immigrated 1883, Annie Handley 22, immigrated 1883, servant, George Handley 19, immigrated 1883, machinist, Samuel Handley 17, factory, Charles Handley 14, factory, Minnie Handley 12, Harry Handley 10, Albert Handley 5, children all born NY., Nellie Phillips 26, boarder, Vencent Phillips 9, boarder,

1910: Brooklyn Ward 20, Frederick G Handley 54, lathe hand machine shop, Jane S. 53, Anna M Handley 28, sewer elastic garments, Clara Handley 21, sewer elastic garments, James A Handley 16, confectioner retail shop

1911: born October 16, 1856 died 30 November 1911 buried Greenwood.

See Fredrick George Handley with images and family information.

Albert Handley died in August 1914 son of the late, Fred Handley, and Jane. He left his mother, four brothers(George, Harry, Samuel and Charles) and two sisters (Minnie and Annie).

Harris, John H. (1838 - 1893)

Born 1838, Troy New York

Marriage: Frances (Fanny) Seamans


  1. Nettie Seamans Harris Event Type: Birth Birth Date: 19 Jul 1864 Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts Father Name: John H Harris Mother Name: Fanny E Seamore

  2. Isabel W. circa 1868

  3. Francis (Frank) c. 1870-1914

    Birth: Jul. 5, 1870 Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA Death: Jan. 26, 1914 Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA, St Michaels Cemetery, find a grave

1870: Aquackanonk, Passaic, New Jersey John H Harris 32, agent for pumps, $1,000, New York, Fanny E Harris 31, Mass. Netty C Harris 6, Mass. Isabel Harris 2, Mass. Mary Tarpey 22, servant,

1880: St James Place Brooklyn, John H. Harris 42, machinery, born New York, Fanny E. Harris 40, born Mass. Nettie S. Harris 15, born Mass. Isabel W. Harris 12, born Mass. Frank J. Harris 9, born New Jersey, Kate Eagan 36 servant

1891 Passport application; born Troy NY January 4, 1838, merchant, wife and two daughters, unnamed.


John H. Harris, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Henry R. Worthington Company, of New York City, and Vice-President and General Manager of the Worthington Pumping Engine Company, of London, died in New York City January 22. Mr. Harris was born at Troy, N. Y., January 4, 1838; the family soon after moved to Springfield, Mass., where his early boyhood was spent and where he received his early education. While living at Springfield the war broke out and his patriotism and love of the sea prompted him to enlist in the volunteer naval service, in which he remained until the war was over, when be was honorably discharged January 18, 1866, having in the meantime been promoted up to the position of Acting Master. Coming back to Worcester, Mass., he decided to adopt the profession of the law, and to that end entered the office of Senator George F. Hoar, of Massachusetts, but later on finding that the confinement of the office and the routine work of a new beginner both uncongenial and irksome, he left to engage in more active work. After filling several positions with more or less success he was engaged by the George F. Blake Company, of Boston, to take charge of their New York office for the sale of steam pumps, and the great success that attended his efforts indicated clearly that his progressive views as a business man, and his energetic, pushing manner had found a suitable and congenial held for future action. After remaining with the above-named firm for several years he became connected with the firm of Henry R. Worthington, of New York, manufacturers of steam pumps and pumping machinery. Desiring to enlarge their export business Mr. Harris was sent to London, England, to establish a branch business there that should not only supply England and her colonies, but also the continent of Europe. While living in London, as he did for a few years, he established the Worthington Pumping Engine Company, Limited. Mr. Harris was personally a very popular man and enjoyed a wide and numerous acquaintance among engineers and engineering works in England and on the Continent. Ill health later on compelled him to return to the United States, but he still retained the general management of the English company he had formed, in addition to his duties as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Henry R. Worthington, Incorporated, New York. He was for several years a great sufferer, but in spite of a pain that no skill could eradicate, and for which no hope could promise relief, he bore himself manfully and with a courage that showed no faltering even at the last.

(Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer, Volumes 29-30 By Charles Frederick Wingate, 1893)

He had been in poor health for about two years prior to his death. He left a widow, two daughters and a son. Residence at his death 56 East 57th street.

1900: West 58th Street, Frances E Harris 62, Mass., widow, Antoinette Harris 35, Mass. Francis Harris 30, New Jersey, Nelly Murphy 23, servant, Mary Hogan 22, servant

1914: Fanny Seamans Harris, wife of John H Harris, 13 Jun 1839 75 11 Nov 1914 Burial Place: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA

Hewitt, James (1840-1913) Machinist & Manager

1870: Brooklyn Ward 10: Hewitt, James, age 29, machinist, $200, Montreal, Mary 25, M J Hewitt 3 Chas Hewitt 8/12

1881: James Hewitt Residence Year: 1881 Street Address: 206 Smith Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1881

1892: Ward 6, Hewitt, James, Canada, machinist, age 50, Mary 46, Charles 24, Wm J 19, James 13, Mary I 23

1900: Ward 10, Hoyt street, widowed, immigrated 1865, machinist, James Hewitt 57, Canada, Mary I Hewitt 29, "wife", Char A Hewitt 27, son, Wm J Hewitt 25, son James E Hewitt 21, son

1913: James Hewitt former manager of Henry R. Worthington hydraulic works, died at home in Brooklyn in July 1913 age 73.

Hines, Dauphine Simmons (1829-1886)

DAUPHINE S. HINES. Born at Stillwater, N. Y., January 28th, 1829. For several years after the family removed to Lonsdale, R. I., he worked in the cotton factories; had but nine months of continuous school opportunities; he learned the machinist trade with Thomas Hill in Providence, R. I., building cotton machinery, and showed his talent by pointing out the incorrectness of the cone on the Hill spindles of that time. In 1849 he came to Williamsburgh, N. Y., and entered the shop of Worthington & Baker as journeyman. This shop was then building the Worthington pump, and he remained there four or five years, working part of the time on outside jobs in steamship work. When Mr. Worthington, in 1854, started the Hydraulic Works in South Brooklyn, Mr. Hines was selected to have charge of the office, drawing room and buying department, and after two or three years became general manager and superintendent. In 1865 he was taken into the firm of H. R. Worthington, and was a member of that firm in its reorganization after the death of the senior member. His health began to fail over three years ago and he was obliged to relinquish active participation and control in the business, and absent himself in pursuit of relief from pain. He died at his home in South Brooklyn, N. Y., on November 10th, 1885.

Mr. Hines was one of the founders of the Society, and attended its preliminary re-union on February 16th, 1880. He acted as member of the Finance Committee during the critical times of the first years of its life. (Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Volume 7)

After several years of failing health, the subject of this sketch died at his home, No. 72 Second Place, Brooklyn, N. Y., on Tuesday, November 10, 1885. Born at Stillwater, N. Y., January 28, 1829, Mr. Hines was therefore 56 years of age at the time of his death.

On the death of his father in 1835, the family removed from Stillwater to Rhode Island, locating at Lonsdale. Young Dauphine worked in the Lonsdale cotton factories more or less continuously for several years. Later on he attended school at Fruit Hill, R. I., for nine months, and this short term comprised the only opportunity he ever had to attend school. From an early age he was especially fond of mathematical studies, and was a diligent student in that direction, though with but scanty opportunities of indulging his tastes.

Entering the large shop of Thomas Hill in Providence (then and now building cotton machinery), young Hines learned the machinist trade, distinguishing himself, among other ways, by mathematically demonstrating the incorrect inclination of the cone then used on the spindles manufactured by Mr. Hill. After some examination of the subject, his views were adopted, and embodied in practical results. In 1849, at the age of 20, young Hines came to Wllliamsburgh (now a part of Brooklyn), and obtained employment as a working machinist in the shop of Worthington & Baker, then building the Worthington pumps. He remained with Worthington & Baker about four or five years, working part of the time in the shop under a foreman, and part of the time on ocean steamship work outside the shop.

On the removal of Henry R. Worthington to the present "Hydraulic Works" in South Brooklyn, in 1854, Mr. Hines took charge of the office, drafting room, and buying department, becoming within two or three years, general manager and superintendent, which position he occupied up to the time his health began to fail in 1880.

In 1865 he entered into partnership with Mr. Worthington and W. A. Perry, the firm retaining the same title, Henry R. Worthington.

That partnership being dissolved in 1880 by the death of Mr. Worthington, a new partnership was formed, under the same title, by Mr. Hines, Mr. Perry and Charles C. Worthington, a son of Henry R. Worthington, though for the past three or four years failing health has prevented Mr. Hines from taking any active part in the business.

Mr. Hines was one of the thirty engineers who took part in organizing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the preliminary meeting held in the otllce of the Aiuaniozm Mscnmisr, February 16, 1880.

Possessed of a remarkable memory, he was a persistent reader, being especially familiar with a wide range of literature, including poetry, of which he was notably fond. He was also an expert microscopist.

While usually reserved in manner, of a peculiar gravity of demeanor, and a man whose words were few, but always to the point, Mr. Hines was fond of a joke, and very social and agreeable among those who knew him intimately. That to be just was a ruling trait of his character, is attested by the fact, that during all the 30 years he was manager of the Hydraulic Works, a large number of workmen, foremen and others, found continuous and pleasant employment under his direction. Of a generous disposition, he was unostentatious.

American Machinist, Volume 8

1857: Dauphine S Hines Residence Year: 1857 Street Address: 8 Garden B'klyn Residence Place: New York, New York Publication Title: New York, New York, City Directory, 1857

1859: Dauphine Simmons Hines Birth Date: 1829 Age: 30 Spouse's Name: Maria Louisa Voorhees Spouse's Birth Date: 1826 Spouse's Age: 33 Event Date: 30 Aug 1859 Event Place: Trinity Church Parish,New York,New York,New York Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51059-1 System Origin: New_York-ODM GS Film number: 974.7 B2N V. 69-72

1860: Ward 10, Duphin S Hines 35, machinist, Louisa M Hines 34, Charles Schenck 21, bookkeeper, Julia Schenck 18, Anna Flannigan 22, servant

1864: Dauphine S Hines Residence Year: 1864 Street Address: 40 Douglass Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: MacHinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1864

1870: Dauphine Hines M 41 New York, mechanical engineer, $10,000, Maria Hines F 41 New York, $15,000, Abby B Hines F 70 Rhode Island Mary W Hines F 9 New York, attending school, Mary Jane Murphy F 18 Ireland, servant, Mary Geason F 26 Ireland , servant,

1880: 72 2nd place, Dolphin S. Hines 51, engine, -----, born "NY" M. Louiza Hines 60, wife, born NY, Abbie B. Hines 67, mother, born R. I. Bridget Flanigan 45, servant, John Arrington 21, servant, Kate Kavanagh 51, servant

1885: Death Dauphine S. Hines Burial Date: 13 Nov 1885 Burial Place: Kings, NY USA, Greenwood

Holloway, Josephus Flavius (1825-1896)

Holloway, Josephus Flavius, born Uniontown, Stark Co. Ohio, Jan 18, 1825, died Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Sept 1, 1896.

Consulting Engineer worthington Hydraulic (among other positions).

1866: Josephus Holloway Residence Year: 1866 Street Address: Birch House Residence Place: Cleveland, Ohio Occupation: Chief Engineer Publication Title: Cleveland, Ohio, City Directory, 1866

1870: Josephus F Holloway 45, mechanical engineer, $10,000, $800, Anna C Holloway 27, Babara Gerlach 18 domestic servant

Josephus F. Holloway 58, no occupation, Anna C. Holloway 37 Florence Holloway 9, daughter, Carl Holloway 6, son, Thersia Dechin 23, servant, Lena Hiry 22, servant

1890: Pumping machinery, ancient and modern: A lecture delivered before the class of mechanical engineering of Sibley... by Josephus Flavius Holloway (1890)

1894: Josephus F Holloway Residence Year: 1894 Street Address: 330 W 69th Residence Place: New York, New York Occupation: MacHinery Publication Title: New York, New York, City Directory, 1894

1896: Josephus F Holloway Birth Date: 1825 Age at Death: 71 Death Date: 1896 Burial Place: Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio, USA


MR. Josephus FLAVIUS HOLLOWAY was born in Uniontown, Stark County, Ohio, January 18, 1825, and he died at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, September 1, 1896.

It is impossible for the Civil Engineers' Club of Cleveland to express its sense of loss, in words that will appear other than trite and commonplace, at the death of Josephus Flavius Halloway, for his death is not only a great loss to this Club, but much more so to its individual members. He was our friend and our adviser; he knew our names, our work, our circumstances, and was ever ready with congratulations and praise for our individual successes, as well as with encouragement and sympathy when we were cast down. It is exceedingly difficult to come together as a Club, and express in words, that which is more plainly told by the moistened eye and saddened brow, for our memory pictures before us his ever gentle and genial personality whenever we hear the mention of his name.

We are proud to speak of his achievements, for he devoted his life to the field of engineering at a time when there were almost no technical schools and very few books of reference; when it was necessary to solve great problems by personal experiment, such as now can be put upon the board in a few minutes by the use of simple formulae; at a time, too, when progress (which necessarily involves change) was forced upon this country because of the necessities of utilizing our great lakes and rivers as means of transportation; of building our railways, opening our mines, and meeting the demands of urban life. It certainly was not easy then for this simple country boy to achieve a reputation which is wider than the continent. He was one of the founders of this Club, for three successive terms its President and one of its honorary members; he was chosen President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vice President of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and President of the Engineers' Club of New York. He held the position of President and Engineer of the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Company of Cleveland, Vice-President and Consulting Engineer of the Worthington Hydraulic Works, and after that, until the time of his death, Consulting Engineer for the Snow Steam Pump Works. But we need not proclaim his standing as an engineer, so we pass his eminent professional career to note other characteristics and accomplishments just as prominent.

First was his high standing as a Christian gentleman. No question of- morals or ethics but found Mr. Holloway on the right side, and all his life long its ardent champion. He was possessed of intense desire to promote the universal brotherhood of man, and was especially full of sympathy for the artisan; as is indicated by his address to the workmen of the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Company after the sale of that plant, one of the most pathetic bits of literature ever written in that line.

In his domestic life he was perhaps seen at his best, and to his sorrowing widow and to his son and daughter, the sympathy of those who had the good fortune to share his hospitality, is instinctively tendered. Happily his son bids fair to emulate his father's example and standing.

Mr. Holloway was especially noted for his literary accomplishments. His contributions to the engineering literature of the day were of the highest order, and always interesting and instructive. Very early in life he conceived a warm admiration for Dickens' works, and he accumulated later a noteworthy library of volumes bearing upon this author and his works. It is doubtful whether any man in the United States had a better knowledge than he of the works of Dickens, of the characters he created, or of the motives and sympathies which inspired the author in formulating the plots of his books.

Socially, Mr. Holloway was one of the most lovable and enjoyable of men. His quiet and even disposition, his ready and clear wit never sharpened by pointed or ill-natured remarks left nothing but pleasant memories behind. His thorough appreciation of others, and his consideration for them, made him a prince of entertainers; and those who remember him as speaker or as toast-master at our banquets, know how much we owe to this gentle, quiet, and sympathetic character. To the younger and more retiring members of the profession, he was especially encouraging and helpful, being ever a welcome counselor among them, and so it was with all with whom he was associated.

Indeed, the following words spoken by him in memory of his beloved friend, Alexander Lyman Holley, are equally true of Josephus Flavius Holloway: "When his biography shall be truly written, it will be found, that while his accomplished work and deeds as an engineer will give him a place among the ablest in the profession he so well adorned, his highest and best monument will be found in the loving memory of him, that will ever linger in the hearts of his friends.""

(Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies, Volume 17 By Association of Engineering Societies (U.S.))

Josephus F Holloway was a "county boy" and the proverbial "self made man". Josephus F Holloway's father was Joseph T Holloway, a cabinet maker, born in 1796 in Sunbury, Pa. As a young man Joseph T. Holloway backpacked to "the West". He traveled by flat boat on the Ohio River to the Missouri River. He returned to Sunbury where he married. The young couple loaded a one horse wagon and headed west to Uniontown, Ohio. They subsequently moved to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Josephus Flavius was born in Uniontown 1825. At age 14 he went to work as a clerk in a drug store. At sixteen he apprenticed to a machinist. At twenty he went to Massachusetts to work for a year as a machinist. In 1846 he retuned to his home town and went to work for the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Company. Subsequently he went to Pittsburgh to work for the as a draughtsman, to Brooklyn as a consulting engineer for H. R. Worthington and to Buffalo, New York for Snow Pump company in a similar capacity.

Johnson, Carl A. (Charles),

Johnsen, Carl A Chf. D'ftsnian, H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, So. Brooklyn, N. T. May 14, 1890

Johnsen, Charles (Carl A.), Worthington Hydraulic Works Oct 9, 1896 Brooklyn Engineers club member

Johnsen, Carl, chief draughtsman, H. R. Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn, 1890, 1897, 1898, 1899

1897: Carl A Johnsen Residence Year: 1897 Street Address: 169 Remsen Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Hydraulicworks Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1897

Katte, Edwin Britton

Edwin Britton Katte was employed at Worthington Hyraulic Works from 1894 to 1896. He started as a mechanics helper. He then worked in the testing department and finally became foreman of the erection shop.

Katte, Edwin Britton, Worthington Hydraulic Works, Brooklyn. N. Y. June 1896, ASBE Yearbook

Edwin Britton Katte was born in St. Louis, Mo., October 16, 1871. In 1881 he entered the Cutler School in New York City and eight years later Sibley College, Cornell University, from where he was graduated in June 1894, with the degree of M.E. During the summer of 1893 Mr. Katte traveled abroad, studying electro-hydraulic plants. Returning to Cornell University, he took up special work in the design of vertical marine type engines and in mechanical and electrical testing, and received the degree of M.M.E. in 1894. He then entered the establishment of Henry R. Worthington, where he began as a mechanic's helper, later passing to the testing department, and finally becoming a foreman in charge of erection. In the early part of 1896 he became assistant engineer in charge of the erection of the superstructure of the Park Avenue viaduct of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company. Two years later he was placed in the drafting room in the chief engineer's department whence he was later advanced to the position of assistant engineer in charge of water supply, and in 1898 was appointed mechanical engineer in charge of the design and construction of heat, light and power plants, coaling stations and water supply. In December 1902 Mr. Katte was appointed electrical engineer and secretary of the Electric Traction Commission of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, under whose direction he had immediate charge of the electrical and mechanical engineering corps engaged upon the work of electrification of the various lines of that company in New York City and its vicinity.

Mr. Katte is also a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Journal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Volume 33, Issues 1-6, 1911

1920: Irvington, Westchester, New York Edwin Britton Katte 48, electrical engineer, Elva King Katte 42 Elizabeth Katte 10 Edwin B J Katte 6 Bridie Healy 24, servant, Fannie Mcginnes 31, servant, Mary Loughnan 40, servant, Madge Odonnell 27, servant

KATTE, Walter (1830- ). An American civil engineer, the father of Edwin Britton Katte. He was born and educated in England, coming to the United States in 1850. In 1857 he was resident engineer of the State canals of Pennsylvania and from that time until the outbreak of the Civil War held responsible positions as an engineer of various railroads. During 1861-62 he was in the service of the Federal government in military railway engineering. During 1865-75, while connected with the Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, he superintended the building of the St. Louis steel arch bridge and afterward, until his retirement in 1899, was chief engineer of several railroads, including the Manhattan Elevated in New York City and the New York Central system. (New International Encyclopedia, Volume 13)

Edwin Britton Katte, Railroad Men, Volume 23, 1909

1928: Edwin Britten Katte, chief engineer of electrical traction on the New York Central Railroad from 1906 died at his home in Lane's End, Irvington on Hudson July 20, 1928. His father Col Walter Katee was an engineer for many years on the New York Central. His mother Elizabeth Britton was the daughter of a former mayor of St. Louis. Edwin Britten Katte was born in St. Louis. He was educated in New York and graduated Sibley college Cornell University in 1893. He was in the Erecting and Testing shops of Henry R. Worthington for three years and gained a lot of experience in the testing of electric pumps and water works engines.

Koller, Winfield R

Koller, Winfield R Worthington Hydraulic Works April 1, 1897 Brooklyn Engineers club member

Patent 1895.

Lawrence, F. W.

Lawrence, F. W., Stevens class of 95 with Worthington Hydraulic Brooklyn, Chi Psi Purple and Gold, Volume 16, 1895

Maltby, Edward L.

Maltby, Edward L., Worthington Hydraulic Pump 1896. Charter member of the Brooklyn Engineer's Cub. Member 1906, 1908.

Sheffield Scientific School, Yale Graduate 1887: Edward Linsley Maltby was born in Northford, Conn., January 14, 1868 , the son of Henry Maltby Jr. and Sophia Eliza Linsley - siblings, Morris and William both deceased by 1913. Edward attended the Hillhouse High School in New Haven. He majored in mechanical engineering at Yale. He was unmarried in 1913. From December 1887 to December 1900 he worked for Henry R Worthington in Brooklyn. His work was primarily in the erecting and testing departments. He was responsible for starting and tested several large water pumping engines in various parts of the country. He resigned in 1900 and went into business in general engineering work for himself. In 1915 he developed Tuberculosis and returned to Connecticut to live. He was unmarried. He died September 12, 1916.

Edward L Maltby Birth Date: abt 1867 Age at Death: 49 Death Date: 11 Sep 1916 Death Place: Connecticut Gender: Male Father: Henry Mother: Sophia FHL Film Number: 3354

Buried in the family plot Old Northford Cemetery.

McClelland, John James (1865-)

In April 2015 John Rawden a decedent of John James McClelland wrote to say his ancestor had worked at Worthington Pump for two years. "My great grandfather was born in Bobcagon, Canada in 1865, and lived and worked in your neck of the woods from around 1887 to 1898."

According to his 1904 application to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers John James McClelland, an engineering works manager at The Safety Tread Syn Ltd Dace Rd. Old London, was born February 5, 1865 in Bobcagon sic [Bobcaygeon], Canada. He went to elementary school in Rochester NY, USA and studied Technical Mechanical Drawing at Scranton, USA and Drawing & Machine design at Peoples Palace earning a first class certificate. He apprenticed with Rye sons & Ogden (3 and a half years) and Ashworth Brothers (3 and a half years) both in Manchester (1879-1887). He was subsequently: 7 years at S. L. Moore and sons, Ship Builders and Engineers in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1887 10 1894), 2 years at Worthington Pump, Brooklyn (1894-1896) as a charge hand [site forman], 2 years as foreman at P. H. Skidmore & sons Bridgeport (1896-1898) and 5 years as a works manager for the Safety Tread Syndicate Ltd Engineering (1898-. ) Plus short periods of about 9 months each at Britannia Co. Colchester and Hewes & Phillips of Newark, NJ.

1881: Manchester, Mary McClelland 38, wid, shirt maker, born Manchester, John James McClelland 16, molders apprentice, born Canada, Emma Jane McClelland 14, born Canada, Will. Henry Mc Clelland 10, born New York, Robert P. McClelland 8, born New York

1895: New Jersey State Census, Township of Elizabeth, Union county, John J McClellean, Eliza, Lillian, Fanny and Etherl (This census does not give occupations and only gives an age range.)

1898: From Liverpool, to New York, July 1898, on the Campania, John J McClelland, 32, iron molder, "Anne age 27 wife, "William" age 11 child, Fanny age 9 and Ethel age 6.

1901: St Mary Stratford Bow, London, John J McClelland 36, born Canada, manager engineering, Eliza McClelland 33, Manchester, Lillian McClelland 14, Manchester, Fanny McClelland 11, America, Ethel McClelland 9, America, William Bulter 31, boarder

1911: London John James McClelland 46, born Bobcagon, Canada, cunsulting, mechanical engineering, Eliza McClelland 43, Manchester, Lillian McClelland 24, Manchester, Fanny McClelland 22, Elizabeth, NJ, USA, clerk, lumber sawing, worker, Ethel McClelland 19, Elizabeth, NJ USA, clerk, machinery ---, worker, Albert Magee 23, nephew, born Manchester

John James McClelland was granted several patents after he left Worthington: for a sand molding machine in 1904 and 1908, an improved rotary engine in 1910 and improved stair treads in 1912.

Miller, Theodore Frelinghuysen (1850 - 1913)

Miller, Theodore Frelinghuysen secretary and treasurer of Worthington Hydraulic in 1894. Born in NY 1850. Moved to Brooklyn in 1870. Graduated public Grammar school No. 35 in 1864. Graduaged College of the city of New York in 1869. Graduated Columbia Law in 1871. Became treasurer of the Henry R Worthington Hydraulic. Retired in 1899 and sold his shares in the company. Later he was at the Park Avenue Improvement Commission, and the New York Central and Hudson River Railroads.

Theodore Frelinghuysen Miller - The City College Quarterly, Volume 9, 1913

1875: brick house one family $9,000 Brooklyn, Humphrys Miller born Ireland, age 65, wife Jane, age 62, Theodore F son, 25, Lawyer, Ella, wife 26

1880: Brooklyn Bergen Street: Theodore F. Miller 29, lawyer, Ella L. Miller 29, wife, George F. Miller 1, son, Samuel S. More 51 boarder, Catharine J. More 50, boarder, Mary Carney 26, servant, Catharine Kelley 22, servant

THEODORE FRELINGHUYSEN MILLER was a prominent and useful citizen of Brooklyn; but his financial influence and services in the cause of public education extended over our whole community. His was a marked career in law, in business, and in finance. At the time of his death, he was president of the Brooklyn Trust Company, and a director in a number of financial and public service corporations. He was also chairman of the Committee on Commercial Education of the New York Chamber of Conmerce and president of the Board of Trustees of the College of the City of New York, and a director in a number of charities. (The Century Association Year-book, Volume 1913 By Century Association (New York, N.Y.))

Theodore F Miller, bornSeptember 4, 1850, died at his home at 126 Willow Street, Brooklyn in May 1913 following a nervous breakdown. At the time of his death he was President of the Brooklyn Trust Company and Director of the New York Telephone Company. He attended public school. Graduated City College in 1869 and Columbia Law in 1871. He was survived by his wife, Ella L. Moore Miller, who he marred in 1875 and by a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Westcott of Yonkers.

1913: Probate: Charles C Worthington of Dunnfield, New Jersey executor, Heirs: his widow Ella Louise Miller and Elizabeth J Westcott, sister of sound mind. Ella Louise Miller was said to be mentally incapable to protect her rights and was in a sanatarium in Kingston, New York.No value of estate listed. 1860: New York, Ward 17 District 9, Hmphery Miller 50, bookstore, $9,000, born Ireland, Jane H Miller 47, Elisabeth Miller 18, Theodore F Miller 9

1850: New York Ward 15 Eastern half, New York, New York, Humphry Miller 40, book binder, Jane Miller 37, Eliza Miller 8, George Miller 54, Isabella Miller 30, Anna Miller 7, Humphry Miller 5, John Miller 2, Mary McCall 23, Deborah Little 20

1855: Humphreys Mill, 45, Ireland, bookseller, Jane H 42, wife, Ireland, Eliza J a3, daughter, Theodore, age 4 son.

Mungle, Alexander (1850 - 1938)

Alexander Mungle worked in the machine shop of Thomas A. Edison at Menlo Park, New Jersey. Mungle had been apprenticed to engine builders in Schotland.

Patent 1877 Newark New Jersey - improvement on combined umbrella and cane.

I can only get snippets from (The Story of Electricity, Volume 2, Thomas Commerford Martin, Stephen Leidy Coles Story of electricity Company, M.M. Marcy, 1919)

Thence, Mr. Mungle went to the South Brooklyn Engine Works at Brooklyn, N. Y. ; next, to the Henry R. Worthington Hydraulic Works; and next again to the old Delamater Iron Works, at the foot of West Thirteenth Street, New York. (The Story of Electricity, Volume 2, Thomas Commerford Martin, Stephen Leidy Coles Story of electricity Company, M.M. Marcy, 1919)

One of the phenomena of mechanical and engineering development in America has been the prominent and successful part played by Scottish engineers, particularly those from the shipbuilding field and from ALEXANDER MUNGLE the great (The Story of Electricity, Volume 2, Thomas Commerford Martin, Stephen Leidy Coles Story of electricity Company, M.M. Marcy, 1919)

1889, 1890, 1891: Alexander Mungle Residence Year: 1890 Street Address: Glenmore av Berriman I Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1890

1900: Queens: Alexander A Mungle 50, machinist, Mary E Mungle 47, Edna A Mungle 18, James A Mungle 15

1920: Queens, Alexander Mungle 70, machinist own place Mary E Mungle 69 Edna Mungle 36 - Next to them was James and his family.

1930: Queens, James A Mungle 44, machinist, Katherine E Mungle 40, Muriel M Mungle 15, Alexander J Mungle 80, Scotland, macjinst

Death: January 1938 - Alexander Mungle died at Long Island College Hospital. He was 88 years old. His address was 91-22 109th Street Richmond Hill. He had worked as a machinist at Menlo Park with Thomas Edison, when Edison was perfecting the electric light. He had immigrated from Scotland in 1868 and spent 16 years in New Jersey before moving to Brooklyn. He was active in the Masons. Survived by a son James with whom he had been in business as Mungle Engineering Company. Also survived by a daughter Mrs. S. F. Trubright.

Perry, William A. (1835-1916)

Birth: 22 April 1835 (22 Apr 1835) - Kings Marriage: 1865 - New York Death: 6 February 1916 (6 Feb 1916) - New York Spouse: Emma,
Father Joseph Alfred Perry mother, Emily Constable Pierrepont

1860: New Ultrecht, Josh A Perry 50, gentleman, $30,000, Emily Perry 45, William A Perry 24, Anna M Perry 16, Fanny Perry 14, Charles M Perry 12, Frederick W Perry 10, Mary P Perry 5, Mary G Perry 30, Kate Baldwin 35, servant, Mary Hurst 50, servant, Ann Burrs 50, servant, Ann Baya 35, servant

1870: Joseph Perry age 63 was listed as the comptroller of Greenwood cemetery.

William Perry age 35 was not listed with an occupation.

Joseph Alfred Perry was comptroller of Greenwood for 40 years from 1842 until his death in 1881. He was born in 1807.

1880: Joseph A. Perry 73, con green cem, Emily C. Perry 70, wife, Anna M. Perry 36, daughter, Fanny M. Perry 34, daughter, Charles M. Perry 32, son, with father, Fredric W. Perry 29, stock broker, Mary P. Perry 25, daughter, William A. Perry 45, civil engineer, Emma C. Perry 30, daughter in law, Bertha C. Perry 6, daughter, Henry P. Perry 1, son, Mary Healy 31, servant, Catherine Rodgers 34, servant, Harriet Chalker 32, servant, Margret Parry 23, servant, Sarah A. Sparrey 58, servant, Harr. Stubberfield 32, servant, Catherine Mcman 38, servant, Ann Gilmor 35, servant, Agnes Geullen 23, servant

In 1893 Mr. W. A. Perry was president of Worthington.

1900: Brooklyn Ward 30, William A Perry 64, retired, Emma C Perry 52, wife, Henry P Perry 22, son, Hattie Stubbefield 42, servant, Annie Mccall 45, servant, Marcy Mccall 48, servant, Kate Mcmahon 25, servant, Hilma Broma 22, servant, Mine Hexter 40, servant



William Alfred Perry, whose death occurred at his home in New York City on February 16, 1916, was born in Brooklyn on April 22, 1835. He received his early education at Mr. Howard's Day School in Brooklyn and was graduated from Columbia College in 1855. The following year he became a clerk in the firm of Henry R. Worthington, and 13 years later became first a partner and later vice-president of the same firm. He was also a director in the Union Ferry Co.

The first propeller ferry boat with guards that ran in New York Bay was built under his direction by the firm of Pusey, Jones & Co., of Philadelphia, in 1867.

Mr. Perry was a member of the University, Century and Engineers' Clubs. He became a member of this Society in 1880. Various publications



William Alfred Perry was born April 22, 1835, in Brooklyn, N. Y. He graduated from Columbia College, New York, Class of '55, and entered the firm of Henry R. Worthington in March, 1856. After thirteen years he became a partner and later vice-president of the company.

Mr. Perry was always interested in mechanical engineering, suggested improvements of value in the development of the Worthington pumping engine, and was instrumental in its introduction into foreign countries. The first propeller ferryboat with guards that ran in New York Bay was built under his direction by Percy Jones of Philadelphia. The boat was run as a ferryboat between Bay Ridge and New York.

Mr. Perry was also a director in the Union Ferry Company, belonged to the University, Century and Engineer Clubs, and was a member of the Colonial Wars. He was a member of this Society from its inception. He died on February 16, 1916.

Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Volume 24 By Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (U.S.)

WILLIAM ALFRED PERRY was elected to the Society on December 26, 1912, as a descendant of Reverend Thomas Hooker (1 585-1647) of Hartford, the recognized leader of the expedition which founded the Colony of Connecticut in 1635.

Mr. Perry was born on April 22, 1835, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph Alfred and Emily Constable (Pierrepont) Perry. Graduating from Columbia College in 1855 as an engineer, he entered the following year the employ of Henry R. Worthington and Company, manufacturers of steam pumps, and remained with this firm until his retirement from active business in 1893. At that time he was the senior partner and for a few years later he remained as Vice-President.

He was a member of the University and Engineers Clubs of New York, the Century Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Museum of Natural History, and American Geographical Society.

On October 7, 1868, Mr. Perry married Miss Emma Constance Frink. His death came on February 16, 1916, at his residence in the City of New York. Mrs. Perry is still living and a son, Henry Pierrepont Perry, is a member of the Society of Colonial Wars.

Year Book By General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.) New York

Preston, Thomas

Born 1820 Stoke Hampshire, England

1850: Williamsburg Brooklyn, Thomas Preston M 30 England, moulder, Mary Preston F 32 England, George Preston M 5 New York, Thomas Preston M 3 New York, Charles Preston M 1 New York, Martha Preston F 13 New York

1860: Thomas Preston 39, England, moulder, $1,800, $600, Mary Preston 39, Thomas Preston 13, Adelaide Preston 6, Mary Preston 8, Elizabeth Preston 3

1870: Thomas Preston 47, iron molder $5,000, Mary A Preston 53, Mary A Preston 19, Addie Preston 16, Elizabeth Preston 13, Thomas 23, iron molder, Sarah 22, Alanzo 4, Martha 4 months,

1872: Preston Thomas molder h 551 3rd ave

1876: Preston Thomas molder

1880: 3rd Ave., Thomas Preston 60, forman iron works, born England, Mary Ann Preston 64, wife, Elizebeth T. Preston 24, daughter

1892: Preston, Thomas, 70 England, forman, Mary 77, Eliza 35

1900: Bayonne, New Jersey, Thomas Preston, age 80, widow, born England, mechanists, Lizzie, daughter born New York

Worthington Honors Thomas Preston June 1900:

Thomas Preston. One of the oldest foundrymen in the country, and probably the oldest, when length of service is considered, is Thomas Preston, who a couple of weeks ago celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as foreman for Henry R. Worthingfon Hydraulic Works, of Elizabethport, N. J. Although in advanced years, he is to-day one of the most progressive men in the business, eager to adopt all new methods which appear to him practicable. His eyes are keen, and he needs no glasses to see the imperfections of molds or eastings. He is very active and strong, is at his post every day, on his feet from morning till night, walking from one end of the shop to the other, giving to his men such instructions and advice as can only he given by a man with his experience and fund of knowledge such as has been accumulated for the past fifty years.

Mr. Preston was born in Stoke, Hampshire, England, the 12th of June 1820. He came to this country at the age of 21, and started to work for Boathouse & Abendroth, Port Chester, New York, what was then known as Saw Pits. He started as an apprentice on stove and hollow ware. After working there for three years, he next connected himself with Renwick & Ballar, making ship castings and windlass work, also large kettles for whaling purposes. We next find him in charge of a foundry for Loftus, Wood & Co., Brooklyn, doing a jobbing business. He next connected himself with the firm of Henry R. Worthington, as foreman of their foundry department, in which capacity he had acted for fifty years the 12th day of June 1900.

Mr. Preston relates a great many stories of his career with the Henry R. Worthington Co. He started with them when they only had two molders in the shop, and loves to tell of the old, crude methods and appliances they had in the earlier stages of his foundry career, one in particular, where they had a large water cylinder to cast, one of the first large castings to be used on a Worthington pump. He did not have brains strong enough to lift the ladle filled with iron, so a large ladle was horsed up alongside the mold, and as he did not have labor enough in the foundry to cast such a piece, he called upon help from the outside and the machine shop to aid in the pouring of this casting. It was a casting that a great deal of interest had been taken in, and its progress was watched by all the officials. As the mold was about half filled with iron the gas exploded and went off like a gun, and away jumped all the laborers and help and ran for their lives, leaving the mold half oiled with iron, and of course the casting was a failure. Mr. Preston relates a great many such instances, and can entertain a modern foundryman for hours explaining his old, crude methods and appliances.

Mr. Preston was one of the first to appreciate and see the advantages of the new and modern ideas, and has been instrumental in developing a great many himself. He was one of the first to see the advantages of coke in melting. He also very early adopted the molding machine, and by the help of his varied knowledge the Henry R. Worthington foundry has become one of the leading users of the molding machine, and considering the variety of work there done on the machine of both large and small castings, it has probably no peer anywhere.

On Monday evening, June 11. Mr. Preston was tendered a banquet by his fellow-workmen and old associates to celebrate his 80th birthday and fiftieth anniversary with the firm of Henry R. Worthington. About 150 were present, and among this number were Mr. A. J. Caldwell, general manager, who cited Mr. Preston's foundry career for the past fifty years and paid a high tribute to the ability of Mr. Preston's foundry management and gave expression to the esteem in which Mr. Preston was held by all the officials of the company. Mr. W. F. Prince. superintendent of the foundry department, explained the difference between the modern foundry of to-day and the crude condition in which Mr. Preston found the foundry business over fifty-five years ago. At the close of Mr. Prince's remarks the committee of arrangements presented Mr. Preston with a solid gold watch, chain and charm, suitably engraved, and bearing the inscription. "Presented to Thomas Preston, to commemorate his 80th birthday and 50th anniversary with the Henry R. Worthington Co."

1904: "Thomas A. Preston, who has been for twenty-five years superintendent of the foundry of Henry R. Worthington, pump manufacturer, will assume charge of the new foundry of the Reeves Foundry in Trenton, N. J. (American Machinist, 1904, Vol 27)

Thomas Preston

Primrose, John

JOHN PRIMROSE, New York. Born: Nova Scotia, May, 1873. Education: Four years McGill University, B. A. Sc., 1895. Apprentice: Carlton Place, Ontario. Canadian Pacific Ry., Repair shop, 1893-1894. Drafting room: Henry R. Worthington, water-works and layouts, 1895. Shop experience: Erecting and testing pumps and pumping engines, Henry R. Worthington. Other engineering works: In charge installing pumping engines, irrigation plants in Louisiana, Indiana. Present position: Since 1901 developing steam superheaters and their application to various types of boilers, and development of hydraulic dams. Chief Engineer, Power Specialty Company. References: E. H. Foster, A. J. Caldwell, J. J . Brown, A. P. Boiler, Jr., Kenneth Torrance. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Volume 28, Issue 2 By American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1907

1891: Pictou Town, Nova Scotia, Howard Primrose 58, born Scotland, cannot read occupation, Olivia Primrose 57, Mary C Primrose 32, John Primrose 18, Annie Bayers 34, Olive M Bayers 7, Mary Mcneil 28, Isabelle Mclean 20

John Primrose married Charity Steers. The lived at "Roadside Cottage" in Dongan Hill, Staten Island in 1920.

1892: Employed by H. R. Worthington, Brooklyn

1901: "John Primrose turned down an offer to go to Europe as a resident engineer and resigned from the Worthington to become a member of the Powere Speciality team." He was made chief engineer of Power3e Speciality.

1910: John Primrose was the chief engineer for the Power Specialty Company, he was subsequently vice president in charge of oil refinery activities.

1910: North Danville, Livingston, N. Y. John Primrose 36, mechanical Engineer, Canada, Charity M Primrose 34, Canada, Elizabeth Gobel 21, servant, Mary Law 48, servant

1918: WWI DR, Engineer, Power Specialty Co. wife, Charity Primrose, Dongan Hills, Staten Island, tall, medium build blue eyes, brown hair.

1920: Staten Island, John Primrose 45, no occupation, Charity Primrose 39, Charity Primrose 9, Elizebeth Primrose 6, Christine Kirkwood 53, servant, Katie Gray 25, servant

1930: Richmond, Staten Island, John Primrose 56, engineer, born Canada, Charity Primrose 52, Charity Primrose 19, Margaret Messer 40, nurse, Charlotte Mc Ann 26, (cannot read) Mary Kranstadt 52, cook

1935: John Primrose was made Vice chairman of the Board of Foster Wheeler. 1940: Staten Island

The Power Speciality Company were the makers of superheaters. 1925: patent for cracking petroleum oil Powere Speciality Co.

Numerous patents.

Prince, Walter Farr (Fan)

1880: Andover Mass, iron moulder, born New Hampshire.

1884: History of Bristol

Nettie May White, b. Bristol, May 26, 1863; m. Oct. 23. 1884, Walter Farr Prince, son of Francis L., b. Amherst, June 10, 1861; was an iron and brass founder in Bristol in 1889: now superintendent of the International Pump Company, Elizabeth, N. J., at a large salary. Children: a. Helen Louise, b. North Andover, Mass., June 10, 1886. b. Frank White, b. Lynn, Mass., Apr. 10, 1891. c. Marion, b. Elizabeth, N. J., Sept. 3, 1897.

1900: Elizabeth, N. J. Walter Prince 38, New Hampshire, foundry, Nettie M Prince 37, Hellen L Prince 13, Frank W Prince 9, Marrian Prince 3

1910: Walter Prince 47, iron foundry, Annette, M Prince 45, Frank Prince 19, foundry, Marian Prince 12

In 1930 they were in New Hampshire

1901 and 1902: Walter F Prince of H. R. Worthington co., was an officer of theAmerican Foundrymen's Society. (The Foundry, 1901)

1909: Patent

1909: Walter F Prince (1905) Supt. Fdy. Dept. Henry R. Worthington.

Mr. W. F. Prince. superintendent of the foundry department, in 1900 at the retirement of Thomas Preston.

W. F. Prince was the factory superintendent at Worthington in Harrison, N. J. in 1913 when he was granted a patent.

In 1914 he was called a "former" superintendent and he lived on North Ave. in Elizabeth New Jersey. 1914: A process for removing sulphur from molten cast iron recently patented by W. F. Prince, foundry superintendent, Henry R. Worthington Company.

1915: Walter F Prince for some years general superintendent of the foundry Department of Henry R. Worthington Harrison, N. J. has recently opened an office at 30 Church street, New York as a consulting mechanical engineer in foundry work." (Steam, Volumes 15-16) 1925: Watler Farr Prince bought lakefront property on Newfound, Lake in Bristol, N.H.. Prince's Place was famous for ist sandy beaches, "cozy" bungalows, and amazing lake and mountain views.

Death: 1938: Walter Fan Prince, born May 9, 1861, Amherst, New Hampshire, Father: Francis Fan Prince, worker iron foundry, Mother: Louise Durgin, Death Date: 2 Mar 1938, Death Place: Bristol, New Hampshire, USA, Age at Death: 76, camp manager, over night camps, wife, Annette May Prince, born Amherst, New Hampshire,

Professional Baseball Players: Walter Prince Walter "Farr" Prince Birth Place: New Hampshire, United States Birth Year: 1861 Death Place: New Hampshire, United States Death Date: 2 Mar 1938 Height: 5'9" Weight: 150 lbs. First game date: 07 Aug 1883 Final game date: 04 Aug 1884 Bats: Left Throws: Right Draft: Not Applicable

Roe, Joseph, Wickham.

Born c 1871 died 1960. Parents Alfred Cox Roe and Emma Wickman. married Mary Sherwood.

1880: Alfred C. Roe 57, school teacher, Emma W. Roe 48 Caroline P. Roe 20, consumptive, Elizabeth Roe 18 Mary W. Roe 17 Joseph W. Roe 8

Roe, Joseph W., Worthington Hydraulic 1898

Listed in several publication s as employed by Henry R. Worthington in 1898

Joseph W. Roe graduated Yale class of 1895, as a mechanical engineer. He first worked as a draftsman for Winchester Repeating Arms company. He was a chief draftsman for Henry R. Worthington and an assistant superintendent for J. H. William & Co. (J. H. Williams was another Red Hook manufacturer. See J. H. Williams )

He was later a engineer and designer for the Crane Company. Still later he was an instructor and professor in mechanical engineering at the Sheffeld Scientific School, Yale University. He as a major in air service during WWI.

1918: Military Service Record Connecticut: Roe, Joseph Wickham born October 3, 1871 Geneva, New York, father alfred C Roe, mother Emma Wickham, Congregationalist, married at Bryn Mawr, Pa, Mary Sherwookd Nov 15, 1915. no children. Yale University, entered Signal Corp August 1917 until 1918.

residence Southport Conn.

In 1920 he was secretary of the Railway Car Manufacturers Association. 1927, April 22 returning from Roe, Joseph W age 55, born Geneva, N. Y. 1871 october 3rd, and Mary L Row age 56, born Omaha Neb. Aug 29, 1870 to Southport, Conn.

Joseph W Roe was a machine tool historian. He wrote "English and American Tool Builders" and "Connecticut Inventors"

1940: Westway Rd, Fairfield, Conn retired professor, JOseph W age 68 and Mary L age 69

He traveled extensively.

Roe Papers, Yale University

Root, W. J.

1883 Civil Engineers club of Philadelphia member W. J. Root with Henry R Worthington, New York

Root, W. J. chief engineer of Worthington 1886, 1887

Schwanhausser, William (1854-1928

In May 1895 the employees of Section B of the Worthington Hydraulic Works in Bowne street, between Van Brunt and Richards presented their superintendent with a loving cup. Mr. Schwanhausser was scheduled to go to Germany to take over the Berlin office of the firm.

According to his obits he was born in Wurtzburg Germany in 1854. He became a mechanical engineer in Germany before immigrating to the United States. He worked as a draughtsman for Osterheld and Eichmeyer in Yonkers and for Otis Elevator before moving to Worthington in 1885. In 1895 he became head of the Worthington interests in Germany. He returned to the states in 1901 to become General Manager of Worthington. He was survived by his wife, Alice Barrington, two sisters and a brother.

He died January 15, 1928.

His 1895 passport application indicates that: he was a US citizen, he was married to Alice, had a 10 year old daughter, had immigrated in 1873 of the Mosel from Bremen.

He was awarded several patents.

1910: Brooklyn Ward 9, 387 Sterling place, Wm "Schwanhouner" 55, mechanical engineer, pumps and machinery, Alice F "Schwanhouner" 50 Grace F "Schwanhouner" 25 Mary Coyne 28, servant, Delia M Coyne 24, servant

1920: 387 Sterling place, William Schwanhauser 65, mechanical engineer, pump, Alice Schwanhauser 67, Grace Schwanhauser 34

Grace was not mentioned in the obits but she was still alive and living with her mother in 1930. Grace was listed: single, lodger in the 1940 census in Brooklyn.

Smith, Harry T. (1871-1940) Traffic Manager

Mr. Harry T. Smith, Worthington traffic manager, died in his home in Metuchen N. J. on July 3rd, 1940. He had been associated with H. R. Worthington since 1886 (54 years). He was a native of Brooklyn and was educated in public schools and at the Pratt Institute. He was a member of the "Traffic Club". He was honorer with a luncheon in 1938 at the 50th anniversary of his employment with Worthington.

1905: Brooklyn, Smith, Harry T, 34, salesman pumps, Elizabeth 34, born England, "Irene" L daughter age 7, Lester son age 3, Langan, Edward, father in law born England

1910: Metuchen, Harry T S Smith 38, traffic manager pumping machines, Bessie A Smith 40, Irma L Smith 12, daughter, Lester W Smith 8, son, Edward A Langan 80, father in law

An assistant traffic manager since 1915 he was appointed traffic manager in 1930.

1930: Metuchen N. J., Harry T Smith 59, own $10,000 traffic manager machinery corp. born NY, Elizabeth A Smith 60, wife, born England, Irma S Lampartaro 32, daughter, born NY, William S Lampartaro 3, [3 8/12] , grandson

He was born in the Erie Basin section of Brooklyn.

Stevens, Francis Bowes Jr.

Birth: April 1867 son of Francis Bowes Stevens and Elizabeth Callendar Harrison

1880: Castle Point Hoboken, Francis B. Stevens 65, engineer mechanical general, Elizabeth C. Stevens 40, Alexander Stevens 13, Francis B. Stevens 11, Elizabeth C. Stevens 10, Thedosius Stevens 7m, Alice Sommers 22, servant, Mary Duffy 22, servant, Ellen Ryan 27, servant, N. Sayre Harris 75, boarder, Ediana Harris 67, boarder

1892: Ward 6 Brooklyn, Francis B Stevens age 25, machinist listed near or with, Royal P Lowery, 28, John Cochrane 25, C. Bingham 20 all machinists.

Marriage: Adele Horowitz

Francis B Stevens Jr, the great grandson of Col. John Stevens, graduated Stevens in 1890 with a degree in Mechanical engineering,. The same day the institute conferred and honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering on his father, Francis, B. Stevens, Sr.

Stevens, Francis B. Jr., Stevens class of 1890 at Worthigton in 1890, 1892

Francis B. Stevens Jr. left the employ of Worthington Hydraulics in 1892

1902: Francis B. Stevens, Jr. class of 1890 joined the Grafton Mica Company and subsequently moved to Granger & company.

Francis B Stevens committed suicide by shooting himself in September 1905.

Francis Bowes Stevens, Jr., a grandson of the late Commodore Stevens of Hoboken, N.J., founder of the Stevens Institute, killed himself at his home near Westbury, L.I., on Tuesday night. He leaves a widow, who was Miss Adele Horowitz of Baltimore. Their only child, a daughter, died some years ago.

(New York Times)

At the time of his death Francis B. Stevens' Jr was employed by Crosby & co. Brokers. He was 37 at the time of his death. He had married Adele Horowitz of Baltimore in 1898.

It was said that he was depressed over mounting bills and had been drinking heavily.

Travis, Cornelius W. (1821-)

In 1914 when William T. Travis retired after 44 years as the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Park Department of Brooklyn it was stated that he had been born and brought up in the 6th Ward and his father had been superintendent of the Hydraulic works in South Brooklyn for thirty years. His father was Cornelius Travis and his mother was Mary Pearsall Thomas who "were both descendants of pioneer families in the Green point section" of Brooklyn.

According to the censuses and his death record William T. Travis was born circa 1844.

1855: Ward 12, brick, $4,000, three family, Cornes Travis 33, machinist, Mary Travis 30, Chas Travis 12, Wm Travis 11, Franklin Travis 9, Norton Travis 5

1866: Cornelius Travis, 248 Sackett, Occupation: Foreman, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1866

1866: Tax assessment, Travis, Cornelius, 248 Sackett, income (number in abstract) 241, rate of tax 5%, taxed on income and a gold watch.

1870: Brooklyn Ward 6, William Travis 25, engineer, Susan Travis 23, Mary Travis 9/12

1880: East 5th street, William T. Travis 36, machinist, Susan Travis 33 Mamie Travis 11 William Travis 5 Norton Travis 2

Also listed Cornelius Travis, age 29, machinist, father, widower. Both LDS and Ancestry list him but He is NOT on the page.

1891: Cornelius W Travis 251 Ewen Occupation: Machinist Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1891

1910 Census: William T Travis 66, engineer, police department, Susan N Travis 63, Myrtle E Travis 33, Mildred S Travis 20

William T. Travis died in November 1915. He was survived by his wife, Susan A Weldon, a son and three daughters.

Civil War Draft Registration: Ward 12, Cornelius Travis, Liquer street, machinist, New York, Class: 2, Congressional District: 2nd, Age on 1 July 1863: 42, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1821, Race: White, Place of Birth: New York

Civil War Draft Registration: William Travis, age 20, machinist, born New York, and Edward Travis age 25, tailor, married, born Cape Cod, both at Liquer Street

It is easy enough to find Worthington employees who were on the managerial level. What I was hoping to find were the common laborers. They are harder to come by and usually get mentioned in the press when they are in trouble. One or two have show up when their obits mentioned that the worked at Worthington.
  1. 1865: Louis Dozeirers and William Ford both worked at the Worthington Hydraulics works in 1865 when they got into a row. Ford was stabbed with a knife.

  2. 1889: James Reilly died on pnenmonia and was buried Holy Cross. He lived all his live in the 6th ward and was employed by Worthington Hydraulic works for 20 years. He was also a volunteer Fireman.

  3. 1890: John Kiltz, of 305 Columbia st fatally injured when a pulley block fell on his head, age 14, died St. Peter's Hospital. Ruled an acidental death.

  4. 1894: John W Maitland 31 a moulder from Newark N. J., employed by the Worthington Pump Works in Elizabethport died when a heavy casting being hoisted several feet with a derrick fell when the chain broke. The bulk of the casting fell on Mailand crushing him. Several others escaped injury

  5. 1895: John J. R. Clarke, timekeeper, Worthington Hydraulic lost $118 he was carrying for the Knights of Honor Club. See 1895 above. His mother lived at Van Brunt and Williams in 1895.

    1890: John J R Clark, 299 Van Brunt, Occupation: Clerk, Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1890

  6. 1892: James Bender age 32 and John Connor age 28, molders were badly burned by molten brass. See 1892 above.

  7. 1897: Matthew Sampson, pay clerk at Worthington Pump, was accused of falsifying the pay rolls. It was said that he made good the alleged deficiency which was small. He received a suspended sentence.

  8. 1901: George McLaughlin 33 in 1901 took carbolic acid in an attempted to kill himself. 97 Huntington ave - he was an operator of a drill machine at Worthington. He had been harassed by strikers who urged him to quit his job and join them in a strike. He had a wife and three children. He had been employed at Worthington for at least 6 years. He had a brother and a sister.

Henry Rossiter Worthington, wikipedia

Worthington History 1840 to 1940

Thanks to Walt Stevens, May 2020

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Liquor Stores Red Hood mid to late 1800s
Red Hood Industry mid to late 1800s
Life in Red Hood mid to late 1800s

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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