Hall Brothers File Works (John W. & Edward C.)
Hall, John W. & Co. (Wm S. Reynolds) Dissolved 1867.
Wm A. Clark replaced Reynolds.
Hall & West (A. N.)
Tools Made: Files and rasps.
Working Dates: 1865-1902+
Ref. 52 states the company was started in 1866 as the J. W. Hall & Co. In 1869 it was Hall & West, located at 4 S. Main Street. Map G. In 1872 E. C. Hall, a brother of John W., became a partner in the concern, under the present firm name. The works started in the old dye house of the Pameacha Manufacturing Company, 4 South Main Street part of Wilcox-Crittenden. Most of the files made here were sold directly to large shops or manufactories.
From Ref. 55:
J. W. Hall & Co. manufacturing files, of which they turn out 250 dozens per month, part of which are re-cut.
Use up 8100 worth of steel per month; employ 9 persons, and do a business of about 87,000 per year.
An 1877 map of Middletown by O. H. Bailey & Co. had an ad by Hall.
Hall Brothers manufactures of hand-cut cast-steel files. 4 South Main Street. Established 1866.
From Ref. 14 Page 103-4
"Hall Brothers' File Works.In 1865 J. W. Hall & Co. established this industry in the old dye house of
the Pameacha Manufacturing Company, now owned by Wilcox, Crittenden & Co. At first, but two hands were
engaged in the work, which was principally recutting files. The business increased, and in 1872 E. C. Hall, a
brother of J. W., became a partner in the concern, under the present firm name. The business has continued
gradually but steadily to increase, and the manufacture of new files has become a considerably large department of
the work. Twelve hands are now employed here, and a large amount of work is turned out. Most of the files
made here are sold directly to large shops or manufactories that use them. This firm has recently established a shop
in New Britain, Connecticut, with a capacity equal to the one here."
Ad from the 1898 Connecticut Business Directory.
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