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tlay there have l)ecn a number of material changes in the iiersuniu-l of the

The plant has been increased in floor space from time tn time since the found-
ing of the l)usiness. imtil today it comjirises a \ery large two->tory and a half
frame liuilding, two story brick office building of mo(k-rn construction and several
small buildings for the accommodation of the machinerv-, boiler, engine, etc.
The factory is built on strictly sanitary lines and the operatives, who vary in
number from lOO to 150, find every comfort found in other modern factories.
The business is capitalized at .'^i 50,000. It is admitted by the tr;iile that no
company produces a higher grade of silk thread and embroidery silk than the
Winsteci Silk Co.

The Morgan Silver I'late Com]);iny, manufacturers of casket hardware, was
incorporated in iS8,S under the Connecticut laws, with a capital of $25.0(X). The
companv bought the old Clifton mill ]>ro])crty on t'lifton and Willow street^ .and
has made mam- important and substantial improvements from time to lime.

The main factory building is a three-story structure, 33x10.', in addition to
wiiich there are storage rooms, boiler rooms, etc. I'.very modern facility is in-
cluded in llie e(|uipment of the plant. The chief trade lies with undertakers direct,
for whom llu' comp.aiiy manuf.ictnres casket hardware of a high order.

In i()00 the com])any accpiired the business of making chamjiagne taps from
T. S. Carroll, and this is a dt']>arlnient now carried on. In moj tlie company
added a section to the Iniilding for the m.amifacture of tin lubes for the tr.ide, as
well as for their own use.

The first officers of the comp;in\' were j.imes T. Morgan, aulding was president of the company
from iS()i until his death in ii)io. He was succeeded by George E. Drake,
treasurer and general manager of the Xew England Pin Co.

There had been lumber concerns established in Winsted before the Bronson
brothers founded, in 18115, the business, now known as the Tiffany & Pickett
Co., but none ever attained such large proportions or importance. The latter
succeeded the founders in April, 1905. The Imsiness was incorporated under the
laws of Connecticut in Septemlier, 1900.

The ])lant is located in the eastern part of Winsted, on Rowlev Street, at
the junction of the New ^'ork & New- Haven and the Central New England
railways. Here the Tiffany & Pickett Co. controls eight acres of land equipped
with 2,500 feet of sidetracks, thus possessing splendid facilities for receiving
lumber, masons' materials, etc., in carload lots. The accommodations as they
exist today represent at least double the facilities controlled in the beginning,
which goes to illustrate the fimi's growth. The business comprises the wholesaling
and retailing of lumber, coal and masons' materials, also tlie manufacture of box
shocks, house trim, etc. Everv modern machine is installed in the way of wood-
working machinerv. .Another story v\'as recentiv added to the lumber mill,
40x100, doubling the capacitv. There are modem engine and boiler houses, be-


sides a box factory with a 200 horse-power engine as the propeller. There is a log-
sawing mill, substantially built on cement footings and having a capacity for
10,000 feet of lumber daily. There is a 40 horse-power engine in conjunction
with this dei)artment. The plant is the largest in the line in town.

The coal handling facilities embrace fine pockets, the best in Winsted, with a
cai)acity for 2,000 tons, all under cover and possessing devices for lilling and dis-
charging by gravity. Thirty-five skilled men are employed by the firm.

The Carter & Hakes Machine Co. shows a steady growth since it was estab-
lished in 1899 by F. P. Carter; and this in spite of the fact that the plant was
bumed down in 1905, w^hen located on Main Street, opposite the Y. M. C. A.
W'th the s])irit of enterprise worthy of note, the company literally picked itself
up out of the ashes and opened a plant in the old Kellogg & Wakefield factory
on Lake Street. After a sojourn of two years at the Lake Street factory, the large
tract of real estate now occupied by the laundry, grist mill, yarn mill, carpenter
shop and other buildings, was purchased of Henry Gay, a new factory was
erected, and the business moved to its present location. Here every modern
facility is afiforded for the production of general and special machiner)'. This
is practically the only machine shop in the town where this particular kind of
business is carried on, the specialties manufactured comprising machines for
milling jjarts for automobiles, bicycles, sewing machines, typewriters, guns, etc.
The company also manufactures special machinery of almost any description,
and has built up quite a trade in this line. The plant occupies an area of about
18,000 square feet, this being distributed throughout three stories. On an average
thirty-five hands are employed.

The Winsted Hardware Mfg. Co., one of Winsled's youngest enterprises,
was incorporated in June. 1910, with a capital stock of $100,000.

The company purchased the Kellogg & Wakefield plant on Lake Street and a
few months later was manufacturing and shipping goods. The business has con-
tinued to grow, as it is bound to do, under the present able management, those
in charge being practical men and thoroughly acquainted with their lines of
business. About fifty hands are employed, and it is expected that in time the
number \v\\\ exceed one hundred.

The Goodwin & Kintz Co. was incorporated under Connecticut laws on March
8th, i8q7, with a capital of $12,000. The business was established at Shelton,
with George Lamping as president, Clemens Kintz, secretary, and Winslow
Goodwin, treasurer. In 1899 the business was removed to Winsted and the capital
was increased to $24,000. A purchase was made of the Winsted Clock Co.'s
factory on North Main Street. On June 12. 1900. President Lamping died and
James G. Woodruff was elected president. The business was removed to the
Winsted Shoe Co.'s factory on Rowley Street in 1903 by an exchange of prop-
erties. Two new brick buildings were erected for a plating room and casting
shop. The capital stock was again increased in 1903, this time to $50,000. The
present plant comprises about 33,000 square feet of space. Two acres of land
adjoining the premises have been acquired recently for the purpose of extending
the plant and the erection of another building is contemplated. The number of
employees averages 133. many being skilled in their respective branches.

The factory buildings of the T. C. Richards Hardware Co., manufacturers of
upholster)', fancy and general hardware and brass goods and one of the leading
industries of Winsted, were rebuilt promptly after the disa.strous fire of Jan. 5,
1910. which almost totally destroyed the plant. The new buildings are all con-
structed of brick, and another stoiy. making five in all. has been added to the
main building, which is 35x200 feet and graced with a high castellated square


tower. These works are located directly on the line of the Central New England
Railway and have one of the finest water power privileges in Winsted and an
excellent steam plant, used mostly for heating, lacquering, etc. The business was
established in 1863 in New York City by Thomas C. Richards and was removed
to Winsted in 1874 and the present corporation formed.

The founding of the enterprising chair manufacturing concern now conducted
under the style of the B. J. Harrison Son Co. goes back to the year 1840, when
B. J. Harrison established the business in New York City. The founder died
about twenty-five years ago. About that time the present name of the firm was
adopted. The business was brought to Winsted in 1005 by E, P. Jones, who still
carries it on under the name of the B. J. Harrison Son Co.

There are ten different kinds of chairs made here, all folding chairs, in natural,
mahogany, rosewood, grain and other linishes. In addition to chairs the com-
pany turns out hardwood step-ladders and knock-down card tables. These goods
have a great vogue and, like the folding chairs, their market is over the United
States, in retail and wholesale (|uantities ; that is, from one chair to lots of thou-

Another branch of business is conducted, namely, the manufacture of cement
vaults, used for burial pur])0ses. These comprise three difTerent models and they
are sold to the undertakers' trade. This l>ranch was added in April, iQCxi, and
it has already proved a successful enterprise.

In every department of the factory, with its J.OOO square feet of floor s]iacc
and the annexes, the perfection bestowed upon the work is noticealile. The
products are first-class and the business has developed materially within the past
ten years, since Mr. Jones removed it to Winsted.

The growth of the piano and organ trade in this countrv is making it r)ne of
the great industries of America. Contemporarv with the expansion of the piano
trade is the natural increase of stools and duet l)enches. It is a unique industry.

The John W. Roe Piano Stool Mfg. Co. is located at Boyd and Lake streets.
Mr. Roe, who came to an untimely death .^pril 16, 191 1. was a practical cabinet-
maker and first engaged in the manufacture of high-grade piano stools and duet
benches in 1902. The trade has grown until goods are now shipped to all parts
of the LInited States. The factor)' coiuprises a main building, 60x80 feet, and
another structure, 22x80 feet, these netting 13.500 square feet of floor space,
besides a boiler house, dry kiln and other buildings. The water privilege is one
of the finest in town. The plant is equipped with the latest improved wood-
turning machinery and every facility is afforded for turning out high grade piano
stools and duet benches in dififercnt woods and of various artistic designs. From
ten to twenty qualified hands are employed. The quality and beauty of the
products are unquestioned.


The first meeting in the movement to organize the Winsted Business Men's
-Association was held December 4. 1903. and was addressed by Messrs. Holcomb
and Temple of Torrington and IMr. .MHs of Derby. Arthur L. Clark was chair-
man of the meeting, and Daniel Colt secretary. A committee was appointed to
draft a constitution and by-laws. Two days later the association was formallv
organized. J. H. Alvord was elected president, George W. Gage, vice president,
and Daniel Colt, secretary and treasurer.

During its nearly fourteen years of existence the association has accom-
plished many things of importance to the civic life of the borough, especially


in the way of agitating vital public questions, among these being the matter of
the installation of water meters, disposal of sewage and garbage, medical inspec-
tion of schools, besides questions of general interest throughout the state, the
association being a branch of, and affiliated with, the State Business Men's Asso-

The organization of the Winsted' Club to unite the various interests of town
and borough more closely was due to the Business Men's association. The
objects of the Winsted Business Men's Association are to "protect its members
from bad debts and frauds, to promote by common action the business and social
interests of Winsted and its citizens and to co-operate with similiar societies and
otler cities and the State Business Men's Association."

It is now known as The Winsted Chamber of Commerce, and its officers are:
President, George F. Drake ; secretary, Wm. C. Kemp ; treasurer, Charles V.


The first movement in Winsted having as its avowed purpose the uniting of
the various sections and interests of the town for civic betterment, industrial im-
provement and the cultivation of a higher degree of sociability among the resi-
dents, took form in the organization of the Winsted Club in 1910.

The articles of incorporation state that the purpose for which the club was
formed is "to inculcate the s])irit of civic pride and co-operation, to promote
the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members." A lot on Fairview
Heights was purchased, and an artistic and commodious cltibhouse was occupied
in IQI.3. Its officers for 1917 are: President, Charles K. Hunt; secretary, Wm.
R. Buck; treasurer, James Hart.


The present organization of the Winchester Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion dates from April 11, 1887. Prior to that time, however, the work had been
maintained at different times, but not on a permanent basis. Rooms were secured
in the Wetmore block, over where the postoffice is now located, and friends sub-
scribed $1,500 to maintain the work for a year. The permanence of the move-
ment in Winsted was largely due to the work of Edward B. Phillips of Phila-
dcljihia. who became the first general secretary. Mr. Phillips proved the right
man in the right place. He was a hard, persistent worker and a champion of
every good cause and a tower of strength to the churches. Pie labored here for
thirteen years and his efTorts were ably sustained by a group of loyal men and
women, many of whom still stand by the association in all its endeavors. The
officers and directors at the time of organization were: President, David Strong;
vice president, R. E. Holmes ; recording secretary, L. M. Blake ; treasurer. George
H. Alvord : directors, H. L. Roberts. David Strong, C. J. York. Gilbert L. Hart.
L. C. Colt, I. B. W^oodruflf, J. A. Smith and George Richards.

At the same time a w^omen's auxiliary was organized and became a strong
support to the organization and at critical periods has aided the association with
generous gifts. The first officers were: President, Mrs. C. J. Camp; vice presi-
dents. Mrs. David Strong. Mrs. E. P. Wetmore. Mrs. John Rippere. Mrs. R. E.
Holmes; treasurer, Mrs. Henry Gay; secretar)'. Miss E. Barrett; church rep-
resentatives, IMiss Olive Barber. Mrs. Emily Steele, Mrs. Clark Strong and Miss
Nettie Dean. The work of this noble band of women, many of whom are today




supporting the association, has had much to do with the progress and developing
of the Y. M. C. A. With the strong, aggressive work well maintained, the rooms
in the VVetniore hlock were soon outgrown and the present property on Main
Street secured.

W hen Secretary I'hillips left in 1900 to enter mission work in Philadelphia,
the association had erected a gymnasium in the rear of the home and had built up
a strong work for body, mind and spirit.

W. A. Wells, an experienced secretary in Y. M. C. A. work in Connecticut,
was called to the local held and met the critical conditions wisely and sucessfully.
During his term of service Cl. L. Listman was called to devote his time to the
work of the gymnasium and became the first physical director.

The three years of service by Mr. Wells were years of progress, and when he
resigned to enter business in Ilartford, Erwin K. Smith of Attleboro was called to
the secretaryship. During his three jears of service the linal payment on the debt
of the property was made and a fund for the new building started. Physical
Director Philip H. Slocum was called to be jjhysical director to succeed Mr. List-
man, who went to Brooklyn. J, I'Yank Leonard of Rutland, Vt., followed Mr.
Smith in 1906, and during his term of office summer work was carried on for
the lirst time and the all around character of the work maintained. Both Mr.
Leonard and Mr. Slocum, after less than two years of service, went to Meriden,
and W. J. Maylott of Owcnsboro, Ky., and A. J. Pitt of Ansonia succeeded them
as general secretary and physical director respectively. Mr. Pitt was succeeded
by L. J. Denning of Taunton, Mass., who resigned to go to Alton, 111.

Work on the new $45,000 Y. M. C. A. building was completed late in 191 5.

The present officers (T917) of the Y. M. C. A. are: President, Darwin S.
Moore: vice president, Fred Strong; recording secretary, II. L. Slawson ; treas-
urer, Raljili W. Holmes.

The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Y. M. C. A. organized in 1SS7, has as its officers
now (1917): Mrs. C. J. Canij). president: Mrs. J. j. Lawkr. secretary; Mrs.
Alice D. Vaill, treasurer.


Winsted is particularly fortunate in its strong financial institutions. The

following, which are the reports on file January i. IQ17, give an idea of the
stability of the town's banks:

Capital -Surplus Deposits

Hurlbut National Bank .$205,000 $205,770 ^^2.46o

First National Bank 100,000 35.9fp 250,000

Mechanics Savings Biank 221.780 1.0^4,210

W'insted Savings Bank 334,260 2,455,770

The Hurllnit Xatinnal Rank of Winsted was founded in 1S84. Its officers are:
President, A. L. Clark: vice president, L. W. Tiffany; cashier, W. II. Phelps; as-
sistant cashier, George L. Smith. Its directors are E. B. Gavlord. D. L. \^Till.
L. W Tiffany, E. R. Holmes, W. H. Phelps, James G. Woodruff, and G. L. Clark.

The Winsted Savings Bank was established in i860. Its officers are: Dudley
L. \'aill, president; S. Landon Alvord, vice president; J- Albert Smith, treasurer;
Harold N. Goodwin, assistant treasurer.

The Mechanics Savings Bank of Winsted was organized in 1875. Its offices
are as follows : IT. L. Roberts, president, and Charles .S. Jopp. treasurer.

The officers and directors of the First National Bank, which was founded m


1879, are Lorenzo M. Blake, president; Joseph A. Norton, vice president; I'Vank
D. Ilallett, cashier; Charles P. Hallett, assistant cashier. The directors are
Edward H. Persons, Lorenzo M. Blake, Joseph A. Norton, Henry L. Roberts,
Luman C. Colt, James G. Woodruff, Frank D. Hallett, Frank Sackett, Dwight B.

Winsted has shown a steady growth, particularly in the past few years. j

According to the Government figures, it had a population of 7,760 in 1900. On |

July I, 1917, the estimated population, as given by the U. S. census authorities, '

is 9,345. State health board figures place the population at nearly 11,000 in the
fall of 1917.



Abagadasset Club, The, 290

Acids and heavy chemicals, 239

Aldermen, Board of, takes place of select-
men, 6; from 1893-1920, 14

Algonquin Club, The, 291

Almshouse. The City's, 29

Amateur dramatics and theaters, 301

American Brass Company. 197- 199; constab-
ulary of, 17

American Uiain Co., 234

American Fastener Co., 19(), 222

American Indian Collection, 87

A. M. K. Zion Cluirch, Winsteil, 423

American Mills Co., 192, 238

American Pin Co., 191, 227

American King Co., 19.5, 215

A. (>. Foresters, 259

Ancient (3rder of Hibernians, 258

A. O. U. W., 259

Ansonio Brass & Copper Co.. 199

Anti-Tuberculosis Leajjue, ITil

Arcliitccfure, Civic, I'.ir,

Associated fharitics, 1(;7

Athletic and .Sporting Organizations. 293

Atlas JIacliine Co., 236

Auditorium. The tlity Hall. 42

Automatic Macliinerv. 230

Autoyre Co., Tlie, 241

Babv Welfare Station, 17,S

Baird Machine Co., 196, 243

Ball Heading Machines, 234

Bank Hotel, 156

Bank, Seymour's. 308

Bank Street Bridge, 32

Banking and Insurance. 140

Banks. Savings, 147

Banks of Naugatuck, 3."i9; of Torrington,

398; of Winstcd. 435
Bannatyne Watch Co.. 226
Bar Association, Waterbury. 291
Barge Canal Project, 30. 40; Mr. Preston's

report, 40; tidewater and distances, 40;

appropriation of congress for survey, 40;

Kstimated cost

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