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ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT
The subscribers hereto being manufacturers of Hardware,
hereby agree to associate for our mutual benefit and adopt the
name of the American Hardware Association.
The annexed classified list of prices and numbers for the
goods named shall be the lowest net cash prices at which they
shall be sold until the price shall be changed by a major vote
of the signers to this instrument.
All goods shall be sold for cash subject to draft at sight
after 30 days from date of shipment of goods. Goods may be
delivered in Boston, New York, Phila. and Baltimore, and no
where else, where it is the usual route for goods to pass
through either of the two first above named cities, they may be
delivered in the City through which they pass, but no cartage
All boxes and barrels shall be charged and a box of the
size of 30 inches long 18 inches wide and 14 inches deep, shall
be charged at one dollar each and all other boxes in this
proportion, but none less than twenty five cents each, barrels
shall be charged at thirty cents each.
New goods of any different design from those classified may
be made but not sold at any less price than classified list for
Any article named in the annexed list may be coppered, but
shall not be sold less than 10% above price of Jappanned.
On orders for any of the articles named in list amounting
to One hundred dollars or more given at one time for immediate
delivery, a discount of 5% may be allowed, but not to be
continued except for a new order of One hundred dollars in
No violation of these articles shall be allowed either
directly or indirectly, and any departure from the spirit of
this agreement by giving any advantage in any way, except in
superior quality, shall be deemed a violation.
Sworn certificates of no violation of this agreement to be
furnished by each member and to be deposited with the Secretary
monthly, and the sworn certificate of any employee of any member
shall be furnished on the demand of any member, and the failure
to furnish any sworn certificates on demand shall be deemed
positive evidence of violation.
Any member may cease to be bound to this agreement on
giving three months written notice before withdrawal to the
Any article named in the annexed list may be gold bronzed
at a price not less than 100 per ct. above the price of
Each party is at liberty to have one warehouse or agency
for the sale of their goods in the cities of Boston, New York,
Philadelphia, Baltimore and San Francisco and no where else.
J. & E. Stevens Co.
Hart Manfg, Co. by J. T. Hart
P. & F. Corbin by Chas. Peck, Secty.
Landers & Erwin Mfg. Co. by L. Woodruff, Secty.
(The annexed list covers an agreement of fixed prices for
Wardrobe Hooks, Hat and Coat Hooks, clothes line hooks, Ceiling
Hooks, Schoolhouse Hooks, Harness Hooks, Hanging Hooks).
February 26, 1866
This Memorandum of
Witnessed that Thomas McNeil has and does hereby agree to
and with J. & E. Stevens Co. located and doing business in
Cromwell, Middlesex County, Conn. that he will faithfully serve
and labor for said company in the capacity of an Apprentice as
may be required by them to learn the Art and Trade of a Bench
Moulder for the term of One year from and after the date of this
agreement upon terms and conditions hereinafter named, ten hours
per day being considered a days work.
That said J. & E. Stevens & Co. shall not be responsible
for any of the acts done by said Thomas McNeil as an apprentice,
nor be liable to any charges for his personal expenses of any
The Said J. & E. Stevens & Co. agree to pay to said Thos.
McNeil for the services rendered by him, if faithfully performed
the sum as per agreement.
The said J. & E, Stevens & Co. agree to instruct said
Thomas McNeil the Art and trade of Bench Moulding.
If the said Thomas McNeil shall leave the services of said
J. & E. Stevens & Co. without their consent before the
expiration of the contract, he shall forfeit to said Company one
Months wages due him from said Co.
In witness whereof he has hereunto set his hand and seal,
this Twenty sixth day of February 1866 at Cromwell, Conn.
presence of E. C. Phelps THOMAS MC NEIL L.S.
The Penny Press, Wednesday, November 24, 1886
Elisha Stevens, at one time one of the wealthiest residents
of this place, died in New Haven, Tuesday morning, after a
lingering illness. Deceased was the founder of the J. & E.
Stevens Mfg. Co. of this place, and aided several other new
enterprises, which were all for the good of the town. He was at
one time in prosperous financial condition, but financial
distress, coupled with other mishaps, brought on kindred other
mishaps, and his remaining days were spent with kind friends out
of town. He was a capable business man, and always took an
interest in any new enterprise. The residents of this place can
look back and say, one of our foremost citizens, in years gone
by, has gone to that land from whence no traveler has ever
returned. His age was about 70 years. His funeral will take
place Friday in this place.
The Penny Press, Thursday, November 25, 1886
The funeral of Elisha Stevens will take place at the M.E.
Church, Cromwell, at 10 A.M. Friday
The Penny Press, Friday, November 26, 1886
The funeral of the late Elisha Stevens took place this
afternoon at two o'clock. Numerous friends and relatives were in
The Penny Press, Saturday, November 27, 1886
Work was suspended in J. & E. Stevens factory yesterday on
account of the funeral of Elisha Stevens.
We the undersigned, manufacturers of Mechanical Toy Banks,
desiring to keep the prices of our goods so that all dealers
handling the same may be enabled to make a reasonable profit on
them, and thus encourage them to push the sales of such goods,
do hereby pledge ourselves to sustain the following agreement.
All banks heretofore sold by us ranging in price from $5.50 per
dozen and upwards, shall be sold at an advance of one dollar per
dozen from former prices, with the express understanding and
proviso that they are subject to a further rebate or discount of
one dollar per dozen, to be paid Jan. 15, 1887, to customers who
have purchased banks of us at the advanced prices, and have not
sold them either directly or indirectly (themselves or their
representatives) at prices lower than at which they were billed
to them. Said rebate to be paid on or before Jan. 15, 1887, to
all purchasers who will write to the manufacturers in question,
and over the signature of a member of the firm or company so
purchasing, state that the required sale prices have in no case
been undersold by them.
The J. & E. Stevens Co.
Shepard Hardware Co.
A. C. Rex & Co.
We, the undersigned, hereby pledge ourselves to carry out
the provisions of the above agreement.
We, the undersigned, agree to pay to
............................................ on or before Jan.
15, 1887, the rebate agreed upon, of one dollar per dozen on all
banks quoted @ $5.50 per dozen and upwards, and billed @ $6.50
per dozen and upwards, upon receipt of the written assurance of
a member of the firm or company that required sale prices have
in no case been undersold by them or their representatives.
The Penny Press, Friday, January 8th, 1892
Deacon John Stevens, who has been sick with pneumonia for
the past week died yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. Stevens
was one of the oldest and best known men in town as he had
always been in business, until within the last five years at
which time he retired. He was the assignator of the J. & E.
Stevens Co., which firm is known in all parts of the United
States, and a portion of Europe, and was President of the firm
at the time of his death. Deceased had been a resident of the
town for the last 30 years, and has done much for it during this
period. He leaves a wife and four children, two sons and two
daughters. The funeral will take place at the Congregational
Church, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Deceased was 85
Years and four Months old.
The Penny Press, Saturday, March 22, 1902
A NEW AUTOMOBILE
Tests for speed and hill climbing given the new wagon.
Russell Frisbie, of Cromwell, has just completed an
automobile on which he has been at work at his home in Cromwell
for the past three months. The first tests of the new machine
were given yesterday and today and it was found to work
satisfactorily. The wagon complete weighs 1000 pounds and is
built dos-a-dos for the accommodation of four people. The motive
power is gasoline. The engine develops from eight to ten
horsepower. It is capable of making 1500 revolutions a minute
and in the tests pulling the wagon it made 600 revolutions. Mr.
Frisbie has incorporated many new ideas in this wagon and it is
expected to be very speedy. He anticipated that it will be
capable of making 40 miles an hour on ordinary roads and more
miles on specially prepared tracks. The tests have included
speed and hill climbing and have met the expectations of the
builder and owner.
The Penny Press, Saturday, October 11, 1902
Russell Frisbie of Cromwell busy on large machines
Russell Frisbie of Cromwell, who has turned out one of the
most creditable autos in this part of the state for appearance
and general working qualities, is at work on special orders for
two large machines of the gasoline type, similar to the machine
owned by Mr. Allen of Hartford. Who the machines are for is not
known. Mr. Frisbie has a number of machinists at work with him
and is pushing the work along as fast as possible. Besides the
autos in the work, Mr. Frisbie is working on three motors of his
own special construction for the trade.