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Offline woody 73

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John Tibbets Slocomb
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:00:51 PM »
I am sure most of the members on the GG know about Mr. Slocomb, but I thought maybe for a few of you that do not know of Mr. Slocomb you might enjoy his story. Without Further Ado his story for you on this nice October night, I so hope you enjoy it.

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=432347

Offline jabberwoki

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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2019, 08:42:43 PM »
Woody, some people on here don`t have access to gg so I suggest you post up your story here instead of a link.
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Offline woody 73

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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2019, 09:06:08 PM »
Jabberwoki Hi,

Not in a million years could you ever get me to write two separate stories it takes everything out of me just to write one story...
I started with the GJ and for me it is 10,000 times easier to use then the GG (of which I still am in the dark for picture sending).

Maybe you are right I hear tell some of you that have been banned and can not see pictures on the GJ, (I was hoping you at least could see a few of the links).

I should stop with telling my stories on the GG because some of you can not see them; that makes me sad but I will stay with the GJ till they get sick of me...

Thanks again Woody


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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2019, 10:35:50 PM »
I am sure a name that most machinists are familiar with, but just in case a few of you might not have ever heard his name before, this is his story.

 For the most part I thought I found his date of birth in New Brunswick, Canada as most of the research points to July 21,1864; that is till I had to find his date of death and Ancestry.com decided it was July 21,1863. They said his date of death was in 1932 (aged 68-69) in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

 "It was said that the old Indian Sqaw who officiated on that occasion-July 21,1864-received a pound of salt pork for her compensation. Mr. Slocomb received a common school education and he received his first in the plant of Brown & Sharp Mfg. co., later he worked the shops of the Bangor Foundry & Machine Co. and the Brainerd Milling Machine Co., until he founded the J.T. Slocomb Co., in 1891 in Providence, RI." From American Machinist Who's Who Vol. 47 No. 26 Dec. 27th, 1917.

 His Company lasted for 23 years before he sold it to JH Drury in 1914. Drury was the sales Manager for the Union Twist Drill co.,which continued using the Slocomb name.

 In 1914 that must have been a very busy year because Mr. Slocomb was 50 years old when he married Sarah Esther Greenman on October the 6th, 1914. From what I found Sarah was only 20 years old at the time and she gave birth to a son three years later in 1917, to John T. Slocomb Jr. in Rhode Island.

 From 1914 till just after the second World War the Company fortunes began to go downhill. They entered receivership in 1952 and were sold in 1953 to E. John Gregory, the owner of Green Machine Company in Glastonbury, Connecticut. This lasted till about 1992, when the Company made a bounce from bankruptcy and they were able to hold on a little bit longer till they went under in the late 1990's.

 In the following tool set I picked it up in an old antique store, I so hope you will enjoy the pictures, the links, (I will post a few more in part two) and his story for you tonight on this nice October night.


https://wrenchwiki.com/j-t-slocomb/

https://archive.org/details/JTSlocombCoCatalogNo18

http://cofes.com/Portals/0/cofes_201...icrometers.pdf

http://www.datamp.org/patents/search...ny.php?id=1088

http://thesaltysailor.com/rhodeislan...mmercial47.htm

http://www.datamp.org/patents/displa...t.php?id=13016

http://www.datamp.org/patents/displa...t.php?id=13016

http://www.datamp.org/patents/search...ny.php?id=2358

http://waywiser.fas.harvard.edu/peop...6842748B6FCFB4

http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com...locomb-co.html
  Part 2
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1994-11-07-9411050033-story.html

« Last Edit: October 02, 2019, 12:41:30 PM by jabberwoki »
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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2019, 10:36:38 PM »
Copy and paste my friend, well for the dialog at least. You`ll have to re post the pixs though.
Keep these interesting stories coming mate.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2019, 12:43:01 PM by jabberwoki »
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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2019, 08:06:51 AM »
Thanks Jabber -- good work!  -- and thank you Woody for presenting that interesting write-up

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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2019, 02:53:35 AM »
Interesting read, woody and jabber.
I don't see many Slocomb tools.

I have one, a 0-1" mechanical digital micrometer that looks brand new. Despite that, while it will check accurately at both ends of travel, there are random spots in the middle of the range where it will be off a bit (like .0003") while that doesn't sound like much, that is unacceptable for precision use.

I've seen plenty of worn mics that have similar issues...repetitive checking of the same size part will wear the thread unevenly. But this mic looks new. It is marked Glastonbury CT so it's newer.

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Re: John Tibbets Slocomb
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2019, 02:53:35 AM »