THE STILES & PARKER PRESS
Norman C. Stiles and Charles Parker
Tools Made: Machinery, presses, lathes, soldering irons, tongs and clamps.
Working Dates: 1857-1890. In December 1890 the company was bought by the E. W. Bliss & Co. Brooklyn, NY. I don't have any information on how long the company stayed in Middletown after the purchase. The company was not listed in the Inspector of Factories Report of 1902.
The company was established in Middletown in 1871. Two firms, the N.C. Stiles company started in 1857 and the Charles Parker company in 1832 both in Meriden. The catalog (ref. #8) has the established date as 1857, the same as N.C. Stiles. I have two locations for them. One was on Mill Street and the other on Walnut Street. Map L & O. N.C Stiles succeeded William Stroud whos factory was located on Mill Street. Ref# 14 has them on Walnut Street. The 1890 catalog has a drawing of the factory. It shows it as being near the Connecticut river. Probably in the area where the Omo Manufacturing Company was. They bought the I. K. Penfield factory in South Farms in 1878. Some time before 1885 they moved. The catalog stated the factory burned and was rebuilt but it did not give any location.
The company was bought by the E. W. Bliss Company and moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1890. The Bliss company is still in operation.
They made presses, drop-hammers, shears, dies and special machinery. Their manufactured products were for industrial use. Also, see N.C. Stiles.
From Ref. 14 Page 103.
"The Stiles & Parker Press Company.On Walnut street, near the Connecticut Valley Railroad, are the extensive
works of the Stiles & Parker Press Company, for the manufacture of drop hammers, presses, dies, and
other tools for the manufacture of sheet metal goods, drop forgings, etc. The company was organized in 1871, under
the general law, with a capital of $90,000. The incorporators were: Charles Parker, Henry G. Hubbard, C. F.
Browning, N. C. Stiles. The officers were: H. G. Hubbard, president; N. C. Stiles, treasurer; C. F. Browning,
secretary. The present officers are: D. A. Stiles, president; N. C. Stiles, treasurer; Howard R. Clark, secretary.
The buildings are of brick. The main building is 35 by 175 feet, 3 stories high; blacksmith shop, 30 by 75 feet,
1 story high; foundry, 80 by 100, 1 story high; and three other small buildings. A 60-horse power engine is used,
and from 75 to 100 hands employed. The sales amount to about $150,000 annually, and the goods are shipped to
every part of the country."
Also, see N.C. Stiles and Stiles and Pollard.
This tin is 3 ½ inches in diameter. It has a nickel finish, mostly gone. I think it was a sample of the work for display at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876. The inscription reads: "MADE IN ONE OPERATION ON A STILES & PARKER PRESS. MAKERS OF PRESSES DROP HAMMERS & DIES. MIDDLETOWN, CONN. CENTENNIAL YEAR".
This is a watchmakers punch press C1880. This photo is from the web site of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. http://www.nawcc.org
The plate below is probably from a piece of machinery. Approximately 3 ¼ X 2 ½ inches, made from brass.
Patents issued or assigned to this company or one of its owners. See ref. 24 for more
Middletown patents. Name Pat. No Item Issue Date
Stiles, Norman C. 41403 Metal punching machine 6/21/1864
Stiles, Norman C. 52335 Power Press Clutch 1/30/1866
Stiles, Norman C. 53499 Foot Press 3/27/1866
Stiles, Norman C. 56631 Adjustable press pitman 7/24/1866
Stiles, Norman C. 71080 Drop press Stiles 11/19/1867
Stiles, Norman C. 82042 Turning shafting 9/8/1868 Stiles, Norman C. 84313 Adjustable metal press 11/24/1868 Stiles, Norman C. 130877 Drop hammer 8/27/1872 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 130878 Metal punching machine 8/27/1872 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 135380 Pitmen length adjusting method
1/28/1873 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 160483 Drop hammer 3/2/1875 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 161572 Sheet metal raising die 3/30/1875
Stiles, Norman C. 250996 Power press 12/13/1881 Stiles, Norman C. 260251 Press copy dampening bath
Stiles, Norman C. 270146 Drop Hammer 1/02/1883
Stiles, Norman C. 294698 Pulley center forming 3/4/1884 Assigned to Indianapolis Machine & Bolt Works Stiles Stiles, Norman C. 297090 Punching machine 4/15/1884 Stiles, Norman C. 299290 Sheet metal press 5/27/1884 Stiles, Norman C. 306972 Mechanical adjustment 10/21/1884 Fladd, F. 311738 Sprue cutter 2/3/1885 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 329236 Power press 10/27/1885 Stiles, Norman C. 343505 Copying apparatus 6/8/1886 Homan W. 358269 Sheet metal table top 2/22/1887 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, Norman C. 364142 Power press 5/31/1887 Stiles, Norman C. 366897 Tool grinder 7/19/1887 Stiles, Norman C. 369970 Sheet metal press & cutter
9/13/1887 Stiles, Norman C. 377583 Copying letters & documents
2/7/1888 Stiles, Norman C. 410746 Die press 9/10/1889 Stiles, Norman C. 421327 Drop hammer 2/11/1890 Stiles, Norman C. 428969 Fountain pen 5/27/1890
The pictures below are the factory buildings located on Walnut street. These buildings became the OMO Co.
The picture below is from ref. 69, C1896.
Below is the 1889 Sanborn Insurance Map of the factory.
References: 3, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 43, 69. Back Home
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