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The Ashton Valve Company 1871

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    #61
    The company had many patents over the years. Here are a few of them Click image for larger version

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      #62
      And a few more patents. Click image for larger version

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        #63
        The last few.



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          #64
          An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date Click image for larger version

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            #65
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ID:	73032 It's time to meet some of the company's employees.

            Henry Ashton, founder of the company(first 2 pictures, with full beard)

            Albert C Ashton Henry's oldest son who took over running the business after Henry's passing in 1895. Click image for larger version

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              #66
              Albert C Ashton

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                #67
                Harry Ashton Another son of Henry, he started out in sales but after Albert died moved into administration also.

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                  #68
                  Columbus Dill He was in the sales department and according to many journal reports he was a real character.

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                    #69
                    Fred Casey A vice president and long serving employee.

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                      #70
                      J.R. Motherwell Another VP of the company.

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                        #71
                        Frank Corbert Another sales associate who, according to journal reports was an excellent singer!

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                          #72
                          W.H. Foster In sales also.

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                            #73
                            The Trade journals of the day often featured various sales people at conventions and meetings and the attachment below is a great caricature.

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                              #74
                              The last picture shows two Ashton employees participating in a baseball game at one of the conventions. Taken in 1909.

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                                #75
                                In 1900 The US was negotiating trade treaties with other countries, including France, to reduce the tariffs and sell more US goods overseas. Many US firms contacted the President, McKinley, to express their support for a new treaty. Ashton Valve was one of them.


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