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Mass., and offices in Providence, R. I. He was also interested in other mill properties.
He was born at Cranston, R. I., June 5, 1828.
During his life he was a member of the Union Congregational Church of Providence, and several clubs. He became a member of this Association October 21, 1868, and was also a member of the Board of Directors, 1895-1898, and President, 1898–1899. He was a delegate at the first Conference of Cotton Growers and Manufacturers held at Washington, D. C., May, 1906, and took an active part in the proceedings.
He married ELLEN PARKER, May 5, 1851, by whom he is survived, and also by a daughter.
Mr. KNIGHT had a frank, forceful personality, which made his addresses before this Association objects of gratification and interest, the principal ones being, “ Baling of Cotton,” “ Direct Selling of Cotton," " Goods for Bleacheries,” “Government Cotton Crop Reports,” “ Handling and Transportation of Cotton,” "Importance of Discussing Topical Questions," "Methods of Packing Goods for Bleacheries," “ Prevention of Waste," " Relative Merits of Frame and Mule Yarns," " Reminiscences of Seventy-one Years in the Cotton Spinning Industry,” “ ReNecking Rolls,” “The Round Bale," “ Starch in Slashers," " Tare on Cotton," "Use of Ring Frames as a Substitute for Twisters,” " Valuation of Mill Property," and "Ventilation of Picker Rooms.” His paper on “ Reminiscences of Seventy-one Years in the Cotton Spinning Industry” was one of the most notable addresses ever given before this organization, attracting a great deal of attention both in America and abroad, not merely as recording the march of mechanical progress in manufacturing, but also the wonderful economic changes which have occurred to benefit the workers in the industry.
His addresses as President of the Association at the opening of each meeting were in like manner marked with a definite purpose.
As an instance of the maintenance of his youthful elasticity of mind, it may be noted that he took up the typewriter at the age of seventy-eight, and composed not merely his eorrespondence, but also some more elaborate articles, such as the paper on his reminiscences, which was prepared without any preliminary
ALVIN S. LYON.
ALVIN S. LYON, one of the most prominent members engaged in the worsted as well as the cotton manufactory, died at Swampscott, August 6, 1907, as the result of a short illness.
He was born in Methuen, Mass., March 1, 1839, his family being of English origin, the direct ancestors having settled in Connecticut in 1649.
He received his early education in Methuen and Lawrence, where he entered the employment of the Bay State Mills at the age of sixteen, becoming an expert operative in a large number of departments of different cotton and worsted mills. In 1867 he was in charge of the quilt room in the Beaman Mills, West Boylston, Mass. In 1873 he was superintendent of the Crescent Mills at Fall River, and afterwards took a similar position at the Durfee Mills in the same city. In 1883 he became superintendent of the Lowell Manufacturing Company, which later changed its name to the Bigelow Carpet Company. After a service of twenty-three years, he left this company to become agent for the Wood Worsted Mills of Lawrence, the largest establishment of its kind in the world.
He was survived by one son.
WILLIAN C. TABER.
WILLIAM C. TABER died at New Bedford, December 23, 1907, where he was born in 1837.
He was educated at the Friends' School at Providence, and the Friends' College at Haverford, Penn. He was in several commercial enterprises which were successful, and in 1897 became treasurer of the Whitman Mills. He had been a member of the City Council, and was treasurer of the New Bedford Institution for Savings, a bank director, and also a prominent stockholder in many of the New Bedford corporations.
He became a member of this Association, September 21, 1905.
OLIVER H. MOULTON.
OLIVER H. MOU'LTON died at Lowell, September 22, 1907, at the age of seventy-seven years.
He was born at Dover, N. H., October 31, 1829. He was educated at the Saco, Me., Academy, and assisted in starting the Pepperell Mills at Biddeford, Me., was overseer at the Pemberton Mills in Lawrence for several years, and in 1864 was with the Amoskeag Mills at Manchester, N. H. He had been, for many years, agent of the Hamilton Vanufacturing Company of Lowell, and was a director in other mechanical organizations. He was a member of the Congregational Church at Lowell, and one of the charter members of this Association, in which he took an intense interest, although never given to discussing matters from the floor.
FRANK P. VOGL.
FRANK P. VOGL died at Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 21, 1907. He was born at Cambridge, Mass., in 1854. He had been in the service of the Monadnock Mills of Claremont for many years, having succeeded to the agency in 1894. Failing health compelled him to resign from the mill a year before his death, and also from the Claremont Gas Company, of which he was treasurer. He was a director in the Concord and Claremont Railroad, and for many years, a vestryman in the Trinity Episcopal Church
Mr. Vogl contributed several addresses before this Association, on “Anchor Ice," "Card System in Mill Supply Accounts," "Economy of Using Turbines at Full Gate", “Effect of Humidity on Strength of Yarn,” “ Lug Straps for Broad Drop Box Looms,” and “Regulation of Water Wheels,” all of which were marked by his felicitous power of concentrated statement, by which he was able to give a practical paper of the utmost value in a very short space.
He became a member of this Association, September 27, 1894.
COLONEL SAMUEL WEBBER.
Colonel SAMUEL WEBBER died February 23, 1908, at Charlestown, N. H., where he was born, December 9, 1823.
His father was a physician, and his grandfather was a Doctor of Divinity, and President of Harvard College.
He was educated by his parents, and never attended any school. At eighteen he entered the employment of the Merrimac Manufacturing Company, Lowell, Mass., where he developed the etching process for engraving rolls. In 1847 he was draftsman and assistant engineer of the Bay State Mills, at Lawrence, Mass., where he was afterwards superintendent. In 1850 he was sent to Europe to study textile methods, and machinery, and was one of the jurors at the Exposition in London, in 1851. In 1853 he held a similar position in the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York. In 1854 he built the Indian Orchard Mills and operated it for four years. In 1858 he was manager of the Manchester Print Works, until 1864, when he took charge of the Portsmouth Steam Mill, manufacturing spool cotton.
While at Indian Orchard, in connection with J. S. DAVIS, he formed and was Secretary of the Hampden County Cotton Spinners' Association in 1854, which was the first name of the New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, which later became The National Association of Cotton Manufacturers.
During his life he did a large amount of experimental engineering work in water wheels and transmission of power by belting. He was one of the judges at the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876, and at the Atlanta Exposition in 1882, and at the Exposition in New Orleans in 1884.
His engineering writings have been numerous, and he was also very proficient in several literary subjects. He was extremely fond of nature, both in hunting and fishing. As a very young man he accompanied Daniel Webster on some of his fishing trips in New Hampshire.
When he ceased to be manager of the mill he also dropped his membership in this Association, but in recognition of his work as a pioneer in American Cotton Manufacturing and also as the first secretary of the Association, he was elected an honorary member.
He is survived by a daughter and three sons.