1898 Collection of Letters, Business Correspondence, Bills & Receipts concerning the Norwalk Iron Works, South Norwalk Connecticut
(Americana - 19th Century - Connecticut - South Norwalk - Industry - Iron Works)

South Norwalk, Connecticut: Not Published, 1898. F Collection includes: Pennsylvania Railroad Company typed correspondence (19) pieces, concerning the purchase and use of Norwalk compressor systems; H.K. Porter & Co. Builders of Light Locomotives Pittsburgh PA, (11) pages, concerning the promotion, sales, pricing of Norwalk products to Porter clients - Porter often with a sense of urgency about the competition, shaving prices and with complex details of client requirements and arrangements, economic changes occurring and the uncertainty of the anthracite coal mining business; The Old Dominion Steamship Co. was often used for transport of the Norwalk Iron Works raw materials & productions, who in turn used the Collyer Brothers Lighterage and Transportation Co. services for the heavy pig iron shipments - with (8) items here; The New York Central & Hudson River R.R. Co. were also customers, with (3) detailed receipts for items; The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co. of Danbury Ct. with (5) pieces of correspondence, two of which are lengthy letters protesting the RR's innocence to the claim of local newspapers that they had obtained confidential information regarding Works shipments from the railroad's shipping agents; Other clients or prospective customers included the Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburgh; the Philadelphia Co., suppliers of natural gas with very detailed requirements for their needs (5) pages; The Royal Electric Co. of Montreal; the New Era Process Co. of Boston, MA (4) pages, handwritten notes; the Pennsylvania Co.; the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Co.; purchases by the Iron Works included from the General Electric Co. of Schenectady N.Y. (2); Miscellaneous office purchases from the Bundy Time Recorder Mfg. Co. of Binghamton NY; and another from the National Pipe Bending Co. of New Haven Ct.; (2) billings from the Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. recording company for communications with named Works clients in Denver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Washington DC; also advertising expenses, bills from the Western Directory Co. of Denver Co, the NY Railroad Club, the Western Soc. of Engineers journal, the Railway Age; In addition to the records of transactions concerning the sales of Norwalk Iron products, there are receipts for the running of the Iron Works, including a 3 -page very detailed list of expenses from the Norwalk Street R'y Co., for shovels, picks, wheelbarrows, wire, labor, wire, Edison wall sockets, lamp switches, cartage, dozens of items billed; Norwalk Gas Light Company bills (5) give an energy-use history for several months; (3) notes detailing motor & metering services from the Norwalk & South Norwalk Electric Light Co.; (3) billings from the Southern New England Telephone Co. - one for the iron works, one for Eben. Hill at 48 West Ave. and another for the First Methodist Church Society, premises on 22 West Ave. of A.J. Kavanagh; Most items are approx. 8 1/2"x 11" size; some receipts smaller, other items larger; old fold lines; mostly light wear; in very good condition, an interesting collection of documentation for this company's industrial activities at the end of the 19th century. Ebenezer J. Hill (1845 -1917) Hill was the owner of the works, inventor and patent-holder of many of its innovations in compressor technology, a Union civil war Army veteran & political office holder. For good in-depth background on the company, see Tod Bryant's Historic SoNo article on the Discover Norwalk site. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 24069)


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