FRANCIS "FRANK" H. SLEEPER, CANADIAN BORN INVENTOR
Updated October 11, 2006
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This web page is dedicated to my great grandfather, FRANCIS "FRANK" HENRY SLEEPER. I believe his story is an inspiration because he nearly lost the sight in both eyes from an accident at about the age of nineteen. After an eye operation in Montreal the partial sight of only one eye was saved. I am sure in our present time he would be considered legally blind. This disability didn't hold him back for at the time of his death he had over 500 registered patents to his name. Here is one item from the following book.
HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIES THEIR INCEPTION, GROWTH AND SUCCESS By ORRA L. STONE Volume 11 (Illustrated) Boston-Chicago - THE S. J. CLARKE PUBLISHING CO. 1930 Page 1800
SLEEPER & HARTLEY, INC.
In 1911 FRANK H. SLEEPER, one of the most versatile and prolific inventors of the present century, began the business of designing and building special automatic machinery, and two years later entered partnership with GEORGE D. HARTLEY, under the name of SLEEPER & HARTLEY, the firm being incorporated later as SLEEPER & HARTLEY, Inc. In less than two decades the business has experienced a remarkable growth, extending to practically every country on the globe. During the World War the number and variety of high-speed automatic machines furnished by the concern to the United States Government and to the allied nations to assist in the prosecution of the struggle was almost limitless. The arsenals and munitions factories of Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, Australia, Japan and China were equipped with high-speed spring-making machinery, and it is a safe assertion to make that scarcely a shell was fired in any battlefront that was not propelled by springs made on these machines. During his active working years, Mr. SLEEPER has invented, designed and built approximately 375 different machines, the boldness and originality of many of them being equaled only by the uncanny precision of the mechanical details. In every field he approached, he evolved new types of improved machinery, and demonstrated radical and revolutionary advances upon any device previously produced. The early nineties found Mr. SLEEPER pioneering in the development of electrical apparatus, including continuous current generators and motors with fields wound in series, shunt, and compound. He produced among other devices a series-wound constant-potential generator, and, in 1891, he built what was probably the first self–starting, single-phase, alternating current motor made in Canada, designing also both alternating current generators and motors of the induction type. Among his other electrical contributions were transformers and automatic voltage regulators for three-wire systems and for industrial generators subject to fluctuations of speed. He was the inventor of several lifting jacks, among them the one well-known as the “NORTON JACK.”
In the world of machine tools he evolved and patented new types of engine lathes, upright drills, punches and shears, and presses, and in the typographical field he invented and built printing presses and paper cutters, and other devices. He produced rotary steam engines remarkable for their high speeds and steam economies, as well as condensers and rotary pumps, but perhaps his most outstanding contributions to the industrial progress of the twentieth century were his special wire forming machines, wire rolling machinery of many types, spring coiling and spring winding devices, spring setting, spring grinding and spring hooking machinery. Among his important inventions was the flexible metallic tube-coiling machine, for producing Tungsten filament of the coiled type in incandescent lamps, which proved to be the keystone of the nitrogen lamp industry. He also produced a noiseless nail machine capable of attaining high speed and unusual productivity. See web address: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jacquelinesr&id=I0235
- FRANCIS "FRANK" H. SLEEPER born in Canada (23 KB)
FRANCIS 'FRANK' HENRY SLEEPER, was born in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, 26 November 1862. He was the son of WRIGHT SLEEPER, (a manufacturer and inventor) and PHILINDA COLE, and the grandson of HEZEKIAH SLEEPER and HANNAH BATCHELDER, the daughter of DANIEL BACHELDER and JUDITH JUDKINS, who came to the Eastern Townships in 1801 from Danville, Vermont. FRANK H. SLEEPER was married to LILLY ANN HOPKINSON on December 04, 1883, in Coaticook, Stanstead County, Quebec. LILLIE ANN "LILLA" was born on June 1, 1864 in Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke County, Quebec, and was the daughter of WILLIAM CUELL HOPKINSON and CLARINA HOWARD SMITH. FRANK SLEEPER's grandfather, HEZEKIAH SLEEPER was a captain in the militia in the war of 1812. The history of the family is written up in The History of Stanstead County, Province of Quebec, by B. F. HUBBARD.
- THE SLEEPER SISTERS 1965 (167 KB)
L-R VERNA LILLA SLEEPER (WELCH), LOTTA FRANCES SLEEPER (BLOUNT), ETHEL MAY SLEEPER (RUSSELL) at the Tides Bath Club at North Redington Beach, Florida in 1965.
The three children of FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER and LILLIE (LILLA) ANN HOPKINSON SLEEPER all born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.
- LILLIE ANN HOPKINSON b. 1864 in Sherbrooke, Que. (40 KB)
LILLIE ANN "LILLA" was the daughter of WILLIAM CUELL HOPKINSON b. January 13, 1830 London, England and CLARINA HOWARD SMITH b. March 08, 1829 Quebec, Canada. LILLIE ANN's siblings who survived to adulthood were: WILLIAM , BION, RICHARD ORION, ROSE and VIOLET.
- COUSINS HOPKINSON-JOHNSTON & HOPKINSON/SLEEPER (141 KB)
Cousins VEDA HOPKINSON JOHNSTON daughter of GEORGE & VIOLET HOPKINSON JOHNSTON of Sherbrooke,
and LOTTA, ETHEL & VERNA SLEEPER daughters of FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER & LILLIE (LILLA) ANN HOPKINSON.
- THREE GENERATIONS OF SLEEPER WOMEN (15 KB)
(L)ETHEL MAY SLEEPER (RUSSELL), SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL and LILLIE 'LILLA' ANN HOPKINSON (SLEEPER). Photo is circa 1919, Worcester, Massachusetts.
- DICK, FRANK & SALLY RUSSELL (504 KB)
Grandchildren of FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER and LILLA (LILLIE)ANN HOPKINSON and children of RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL and ETHEL MAY SLEEPER. By BENSON STUDIO - 24 Elm St., Worcester, Massachusetts.
- LILLA HOPKINSON SLEEPER - St. Petersburg, Florida (71 KB)
Mrs. FRANK H. SLEEPER taking a stroll down Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida (her winter residence) in 1942.
- FRANK SLEEPER RUSSELL (63 KB)
FRANK SLEEPER RUSSELL pictured in Army uniform circa 1944 date unknown.
WORCESTER TELEGRAM Obituary
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
FRANK SLEEPER RUSSELL, 77
NORTHBORO- FRANK SLEEPER RUSSELL, 77, of 346 Davis St., Northboro, died at UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus on Monday, May 3 after a long illness. He leaves his wife MARGUERITE (DALEY) RUSSELL and two daughters ANN SLEEPER RUSSELL and JOAN SLEEPER RUSSELL, wife of LEONARD F. SUPRISE. He was predeceased by his brother RICHARD SLEEPER RUSSELL and sister SALLY R. SCHNEIDER.
He was born in Worcester a son of RAYMOND F. and ETHEL (SLEEPER) RUSSELL and lived in Holden before moving to Northboro 26 years ago. He attended Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. Mr. RUSSELL was President and CEO of SLEEPER AND HARTLEY, Inc., a company founded by his grandfather FRANK H. SLEEPER. His brother RICHARD was Vice-President and Treasurer and together they owned and operated the business. The company merged recently with KINEFAC CORP. Mr. RUSSELL had been granted ten patents for his designs relating to spring making and wire forming machinery. He was a former member of Worcester Dartmouth Club, Sturbridge Village, Worcester Historical Society and was a former member of the Zoning Board of Northboro.
Mr. RUSSELL served in the Army during World War II and was in the European Theatre of Operations as an anti-tank gunner. Later he served as purchasing and contracting Sergeant for the 5th Infantry Division Quartermaster.
A private graveside service will be held. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Caswell-King Funeral Home, 474 Grove St., Worcester is directing arrangements.
Funeral Home: Caswell-King Funeral Home
474 Grove St., Worcester
Location: A private graveside service will be held.
- SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL at OAK GROVE Boarding School (330 KB)
This photo is from the 1935 Year book of OAK GROVE located in Vassalboro, Maine. SALLY is on the extreme right. She attended this school for what would have been Junior High School and later graduated High School from BANCROFT SCHOOL in Worcester, MA. This photo is found on page 35 and is a cropped version. Photo is entitled "EARLY ARRIVALS AT A RENDEZVOUS FEAST.
- ETHEL MAY SLEEPER, b. Cookshire, Quebec 1892 (12 KB)
From the WORCESTER TELEGRAM OBITUARY: Friday, August 29, 1986
ETHEL RUSSELL, 94; WAS SOPRANO SOLOIST
ETHEL (SLEEPER) RUSSELL, 94, of 6150 Gulfport Blvd., St. Petersburg, Fla., died yesterday in Central Park Lodge, Pinellas Park, Fla. Her husband, RAYMOND F. RUSSELL, died in 1949.
Her father was founder of SLEEPER & HARTLEY, Inc., wire machinery at 335 Chandler Street. He was also a noted inventor.
She leaves two sons, RICHARD S. RUSSELL of Holden and FRANK S. RUSSELL of Northboro; a sister, VERNA S. WELCH of Worcester, five grandchildren; a great grandchild, and a niece, SHIRLEY CLIFFORD, of Shrewsbury.
Born in Cookshire, Quebec, she lived in Worcester many years before moving to Florida in 1949.
She once lived on Otsego Road. Her mother was the late LILLY ANN (HOPKINSON)SLEEPER and her daughter the late SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL(SCHNEIDER) of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. RUSSELL graduated from Stanstead Academy in Canada (and Classical High School in Worcester) and attended New England conservatory of Music and Clark University.
She appeared in many concerts as a soprano soloist in Florida and New England, and also sang at Plymouth Congregational Church in Worcester and Leominister Unitarian Church.
While in Worcester, she was a member of the Music Student's Club of Worcester, Hall Club, Civic Music Club, Worcester Art Museum, was a volunteer at Worcester Memorial Hospital.
During World War 11, she served with the American Women's Voluntary Service Motor Corps.
Mrs. RUSSELL was a member of the Tides Bath Club of Redington Beach, St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, and her church choir.
Private funeral services will be Tuesday in St. Petersburg, with burial Thursday in Royal Palm Cemetery, St. Petersburg.
John S. Rhodes Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, is directing arrangements.
- RICHARD 'DICK' SLEEPER RUSSELL (1 KB)
Photo of DICK RUSSELL taken two days before he went into the Army. 1943
DARTMOUTH ALUMI MAGAZINE CLASS OF '49
RICHARD SLEEPER RUSSELL of Holden, MA, died July 24, 1995, following a long bout with cancer. He left his wife of 45 years, JANE, son MARK, daughter SUSAN, and three grandchildren. DICK, whose father RAYMOND was Dartmouth '15, was survived by his brother FRANK '51. An army veteran who served in Normandy, northern France and the Rhineland, DICK was a Phi Delt at Dartmouth. After graduation he joined SLEEPER & HARTLEY CORP., a manufacturer of spring-making machinery and wire-mill equipment founded by his grandfather. DICK became a vice president and co-owner, retiring in 1990.
WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
July 26, 1995
RICHARD S. RUSSELL, 70
HOLDEN - RICHARD S. RUSSELL, 70, of 54 Plymouth Road, retired vice president and co-owner of SLEEPER & HARTLEY CORP., died yesterday at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts - Memorial, Worcester, after a long illness.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, JANE (LUCE) RUSSELL, a son, MARK R. RUSSELL of Holden; a daughter SUSAN R. OGASIAN of New Braintree; a brother FRANK S. RUSSELL of Northboro; three grandchildren; nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of RAYMOND F. and ETHEL (SLEEPER) RUSSELL, and lived here since 1969. He graduated from Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. He was an Army veteran of World War 11, serving in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland.
Mr. RUSSELL was vice-president and co-ownder of SLEEPER & HARTLEY, CORP. in Worcester for 17 years, retiring in 1990. He had worked there for 40 years. He was a member of the Tatnuck Island Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Friday in Caswell-King Funderal Home, 1147 Main Street. Private burial will be in Rural Cemetery, Worcester.
There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial c
- First great grandchild of FRANK H. SLEEPER (946 KB)
FRANK H. SLEEPER and LILLIE 'LILLA' ANN HOPKINSON's first great grandchild, JACQUELINE, daughter of their granddaughter SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL. Photo taken by JACQUELINE's grandfather, RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL in the library of his home at 34 Otsego Road, Worcester, MA. Circa 1943-4.
- ETHEL MAY SLEEPER (107 KB)
Baby portrait of ETHEL MAY SLEEPER born Cookshire, Quebec, Canada (Eastern Townships of Quebec) ETHEL was the granddaughter of WRIGHT SLEEPER and PHILINDA COLE of Coaticook, Quebec, Canada. WRIGHT SLEEPER was the son of HEZEKIAH SLEEPER and HANNAH BATCHELDER early pioneers of Stanstead County, Quebec. HEZEKIAH was originally from Rockingham County, New Hampshire. HEZEKIAH descended from THOMAS SLEEPER and JOANNA LEE early settlers of Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. HANNAH BATCHELDER descended from the Rev. STEPHEN BACHILER, founder of Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. WRIGHT SLEEPER's wife, PHILINDA COLE was the daughter of ASA C. COLE and LOVISA DODGE. LOVISA's parents were NATHAN DODGE and PAMELIA POMEROY of Chesterfield, New Hampshire. PHILINDA COLE (SLEEPER's) paternal grandparents were SIMEON COLE of Watertown, Ct., and ELIZABETH SHERMAN of Woodbury, CT., who like the SLEEPER's were early settlers of Stanstead County, Quebec and both families are listed in The History of Stanstead County Province of Quebec by B. F. HUBBARD.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL Lyric Soprano (230 KB)
Announcing - - for the Season of 1932 - 1933, an augmented program, consisting of songs in costume under the following headings: Italian, Old English, Colonial, Mediaeval, French and Spanish.
ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL Soloist at Plymouth Congregational Church, Worcester. 122 Forest Street, Worcester, Mass.
Concert Programs have been fulfilled at the following Clubs and Organizations: Shrewsbury Woman's Club - Fitchburg Woman's Club - Southbridge Woman's Club - Winchendon Woman's Club - Clinton Woman's Club - North Brookfield Woman's Club - West Boylston Woman's Club - MIllbury Woman's Club - Holden Woman's Club - North Grafton Woman's Club - Auburn Woman's Club -
MARY MATTOON Chapter, D.A.R., at Amherst - Gardner Congregational Church - Boston Public Library - New England Conservatory of Music - Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs. WORCESTER CLUBS and ORGANIZATIONS:
Hall Club - Mount Holyoke College Club - Wheaton College Club - Congregational Club - Horticultural Society - Apalachian Mountain Club - First Unitarian Church - Plymouth Church - Tatnuck Congregational Church - Piedmont Church - Tatnuck Woman's Club.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL and daughter SALLY 1919 (429 KB)
Photo of ETHEL MAY SLEEPER RUSSELL and daughter SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL. Photo taken by ETHEL's uncle, Photographer, GEORGE JOHNSTON. Studio located corner Chatham & Main Streets, Worcester, Mass. Photo is signed by photographer and dated 1919.
- THE AKHURST SISTERS - Nieces of FRANK H. SLEEPER (27 KB)
From Left: MYRTA WINNIFRED AKHURST (MRS. HORACE J. McELROY), ELLA GERTRUDE AKHURST (MRS. BENJAMIN S. IRWIN), EDITH FLORENCE AKHURST (MRS. ALEXANDER J. CROMWELL). The daughters of FLORENCE ALMEDA SLEEPER and EDWARD W. AKHURST all born Coaticook, Quebec. They are the nieces of FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER.
- ETHEL MAY SLEEPER RUSSELL Newspaper Clippings (242 KB)
Left: Announcement of Engagement ETHEL MAY SLEEPER RUSSELL to RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL
ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL TAKES LEADING ROLE IN OPERA.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL & SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL (150 KB)
ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL and first child, SALLY, on a cold winter's day in Worcester, Massachusetts circa 1919-20.
- VERA MARGARET HOPKINSON on her wedding day. (351 KB)
VERA MARGARET HOPKINSON born August 06, 1892, Waterville, Quebec. She was the niece of FRANK H. SLEEPER and LILLIE 'LILLA' ANN HOPKINSON and the daughter of RICHARD ORION HOPKINSON and JANE 'JEANIE' WATT ROBERTSON of Waterville, Quebec. She married WARREN DOBSON GALE, son of ADELBERT H. GALE and KATHERINE MARGARET DOBSON of Waterville Quebec.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL in concert costume (354 KB)
ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL in costume for concert. date and event unknown.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL at 90 years of age (17 KB)
Photo of ETHEL MAY SLEEPER RUSSELL at her 90th birthday party on January 22, 1982 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Florida looking wonderful for her age as she did her entire life.
- ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL, LYRIC SOPRANO (111 KB)
ETHEL SLEEPER RUSSELL was a soloist at several churches in the Worcester area and performed many concerts throughout New England. She also designed and made her own Period costumes. She had artistic talent and was a very creative person.
- GRANDCHILDREN OF FRANK H. SLEEPER (42 KB)
1) SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL, 2) RICHARD 'DICK' SLEEPER RUSSELL and 3) FRANK SLEEPER RUSSELL. The children of RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL and ETHEL MAY SLEEPER. All born in Worcester, Massachusetts. All deceased.
- SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL CIRCA 1929 (26 KB)
SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL born May 29, 1919 Worcester, Massachusetts. D. St. Petersburg, Florida October 19, 1983.
- RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL b. 1891 Worcester, MA. (206 KB)
RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL, son in law of FRANK H. SLEEPER and husband of ETHEL MAY SLEEPER and father of SALLY, RICHARD and FRANK. He was an accountant by trade and was a DARTMOUTH (1915) grad as were both his sons. This photo was taken January 1, 1918.
- LOTTA FRANCES SLEEPER b. June 11, 1886 Canada (282 KB)
LOTTA FRANCES SLEEPER b. June 11, 1886 Coaticook, Stanstead County, Quebec was the first born child of FRANK and LILLIE 'LILLA' ANN HOPKINSON SLEEPER.
She was married to WILLIAM BLOUNT who also was born in the Townships of Quebec. His name is on early patents with FRANK SLEEPER for several inventions. They had no children and later divorced. She never remarried.
She had a wonderful antiques and gift shop in West Brookfield, Massachusetts for many years. She had excellent taste and was a wonderful cook. She moved to Florida in the 1950s and lived in St. Petersburg for years and later moved to Clearwater, Florida where she eventually died on December 12, 1969.
- SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL (1919-1983) ARTIST ca. 1938 (83 KB)
SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL was FRANK H. SLEEPER'S oldest grandchild. Born in 1919 in Worcester, Massachusetts she spent her youthful summers at Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She was the mother of the author of this page. A lifelong artist and creative non-conformist. She loved nature, art and literature. She was the oldest daughter of Raymond Field Russell and Ethel May Sleeper. She lived in St. Petersburg, Florida from Sept. 1949 until her death in October of 1983.
- MIRIAM and RAYMOND F. RUSSELL as children (283 KB)
RAYMOND FIELD RUSSELL son in law of FRANK H. SLEEPER and his older sister MIRIAM. Both born in Worcester, MA. and were the only children of HERBERT J. RUSSELL and KATHERINE ADELE FIELD.
- MISS SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL makes her debut. (426 KB)
Believed to be 1938. Newspaper article is undated.
Page 8 - Section One of the Worcester Daily Telegram, Worcester, Massachusetts.
- VERNA LILLA SLEEPER, b. Dec. 3, 1903, Montreal Que (249 KB)
WORCESTER TELEGRAM - From the Worcester Public Library.
VERNA WELCH, 87 (b. 6-13-1902 d. 9-28-1991)
VERNA (SLEEPER) WELCH, 87, of 10 Balder Road died yesterday in the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts-Hahnemann.
Her husband, WILLIAM H. WELCH, died in 1978. She leaves a daughter, SHIRLEY S. CLIFFORD, of Shrewsbury; a granddaughter; two nephews; and a niece. She was born in Canada, daughter of FRANK and LILLA (HOPKINSON) SLEEPER, and lived in Worcester 81 years.
Mrs. WELCH graduated from Bancroft School and the former Miss Potter's school.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Caswell-King Funeral Home, 474 Grove St., with the Rev. Fred W. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery, Holden. Calling hours at the funeral home are 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The family requests flowers be omitted.
- WILLIAM and VERNA LILLA WELCH of Worcester, MA. (27 KB)
WILLIAM WELCH was for many years President of SLEEPER & HARTLEY, Inc., the company started by his father-in-law, FRANK H. SLEEPER in 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts. This is a photo of WILLIAM and VERNA in 1965 at the Tides Bath Club of North Redington Beach, Florida. WILLIAM died October of 1978 and VERNA LILLA SLEEPER WELCH died September 28, 1991. Both died in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- FRANK H. SLEEPER in ad for S & H machine (654 KB)
(Special Thanks to NANCY J. HENNESSEY of Rutland, Massachusetts for this item) SLEEPER & HARTLEY Advertisement entitled "THE MACHINES THAT PUT THE 'RINGS' IN SPRINGS" FRANK H. SLEEPER is standing next to a large machine that is identified as No. 5, Series 326. Clutch Type Universal Spring Coiling Machine. Nos. 11/2 1/2, 3, 4, and 5. Ad gives specifications for these machines.
- LEWIS SLEEPER, b. Stanstead County Quebec 1807 (1 KB)
LEWIS SLEEPER was FRANK H. SLEEPER's uncle and brother of his father WRIGHT SLEEPER. He was mayor of Coaticook and an inventor and industrialist. LEWIS m. 1)ELIZABETH HOWARD CHILD
2)ADA EVELYN O'CONNOR.
Here is item from SLEEPER listing in HISTORY OF STANSTEAD COUNTY QUEBEC for LEWIS SLEEPER
The sixth, a son L. (Lewis) Sleeper, has taken a prominent position in the Province. He went early in life to Quebec for the purpose of obtaining a good education. He next commenced his travels in the United States, and, after visiting nearly all the great cities, spent two years in Oglethorpe University, Georgia. He then returned to Quebec and took an active part in organizing the High School of that city. After his connection with that institution ceased he joined the Quebec and Richmond Railway Co., and having contributed much valuable information to the Board he was appointed Treasurer. Operations being temporarily suspended, he left the Co., and commenced an investigation of the mineral resources of the province. The love of geological and mineralogical research had developed itself at a very early age, and he now fond an opportunity to gratify his tastes.
He soon decided that the deposits of gold were of comparatively little value, and turned his whole attention to copper. He organized a mining company in Quebec, purchased a large amount of property on Harvey Hill, directed the operations of the mine for a considerable time with most favorable results, and finally induced the stockholders to sell to an English Co. That being advantageously disposed of he at once undertook Without assistance to open and work the Acton Mine. The discovery and development of this extraordinary deposit astonished the world, and none the less than the Director of the Geological Survey of the Province. NOTE: Space limitation see rest of article in book. DATES ON PICTURE ARE DATES SLEEPER WAS MAYOR OF COATICOOK.
- SLEEPER & HARTLEY PLAQUE (388 KB)
(Special Thanks to NANCY J. HENNESSEY of Rutland, Massachusetts for this plaque) SLEEPER & HARTLEY PLAQUE. This plaque made of brass and painted black was placed on all machines made at SLEEPER & HARTLEY.
- FAMILY OF EDWARD W. AKHURST & FLORENCE A. SLEEPER (292 KB)
The AKHURST family of Coaticook Quebec Canada
(FLORENCE ALMEDA SLEEPER AKHURST was FRANK SLEEPER's sister)
Photo is from the WRIGHT SLEEPER Family Bible.
Standing from left to right:
MYRTA AKHURST, Dr. A. J. CROMWELL, EDITH AKHURST CROMWELL,
BENJAMIN S. IRWIN, GERTRUDE AKHURST IRWIN, EDWARD A. AKHURST.
Sitting from left to right:
EDWARD W. AKHURST, FLORENCE ALMEDA SLEEPER AKHURST, EDITH GRANT AKHURST and baby son.
Pictured children of FLORENCE A. SLEEPER and EDWARD W. AKHURST are:
MYRTA, EDITH, GERTRUDE and EDWARD ADOLPHUS.
- SLEEPER & HARTLEY, Incorporated ad brochure (801 KB)
SLEEPER & HARTLEY, Incorporated Worcester, Massachusetts, U. S. A. Advertising Brochure: UNIVERSAL SPRING COILER Series 651 Selective Type No. 2. I wish to thank NANCY J. HENNESSEY of Rutland, Massachusetts, for finding items related to FRANK H. SLEEPER, SLEEPER & HARTLEY and the RUSSELL family of Worcester, and mailing them to me. NANCY mailed me the most wonderful notebook she created filled with items. In her research NANCY even visited TATNUCK BOOKSELLERS now located at 335 Chandler St., Worcester, in the old SLEEPER & HARTLEY factory building and obtained great old items from the factory including many great old advertising brochures and the SLEEPER & HARTLEY brass plaque shown on this web page. She also visited HOPE & RURAL Cemeteries in Worcester and sent photos of RUSSELL graves and pictures of the old SLEEPER & HARTLEY Factory as it looks today. This beautiful notebook is a wonderful addition to our family genealogy project and I wish to thank her again for it.
THANK YOU NANCY FOR YOUR FABULOUS RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS.
- Old sign for SLEEPER & HARTLEY's office (231 KB)
(Special Thanks to NANCY J. HENNESSEY of Rutland, Massachusetts, for this photograph) TATNUCK BOOKSELLERS has left many old touches of SLEEPER & HARTLEY on the outside and inside of the building. SLEEPER & HARTLEY began in 1911 and closed its doors as a factory in 1991. It is now a corporate division of KINEFAC Corporation, (The SLEEPER DIVISION Spring & Wire Forming Technology) located at 156 Goddard Memorial Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts.
- PHOTO FROM WRIGHT SLEEPER FAMILY BIBLE (299 KB)
This photo from the WRIGHT SLEEPER Family Bible is believed to be FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER as a young man. FRANCIS 'FRANK' H. SLEEPER's 3 great grandparents were: PHILIP HUNTOON and ANN EASTMAN of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.