Friday, December 23, 2011

Third in a series about Dueber-Hampden Watch Works from the Ward Francillon Time Symposium

In this blog and those upcoming, I want to share my presentation from the NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium in Hebron, Kentucky. 

John Dueber moved his residence back and forth between Cincinnati, Ohio and Newport Kentucky.  He was friendly to the citizens of Newport.  But about 1886 John Dueber’s trouble began that changed the fate of the workers and the case company in Newport.
Image: Dueber Watch Case Factory in Newport, Kentucky.  Image used by permission from the  Northern Kentucky Views

In Newport, Kentucky, John Dueber recognized the benefits of having natural gas piped directly into his factories and began laying the foundation and gas lines to make natural gas available to his company, as well as the citizen of Newport, his eagerness was however, not met with approval or the city council, or the citizens of Newport.  They felt that Dueber was getting Newport to pay for his gas lines.
Another difficulty for John Dueber was that he had been in the watch manufacturing business since 1863, when he was in partnership with Francis Doll.   Around 1886, Dueber's difficulties began with the watch case cartel. In was during the mid-1880s that 19 watch case manufacturers formed a cartel. The cartel members agreed to only make so many cases, and to charge a specific price for those cases. Any case manufacturer who refused to join the cartel, or who made more cases, or lowered the price below the floor price would be punished. The cartel refused to sell cases to any watch distributor who also did business with the John Dueber, or the non-members. History isn't clear on whether John Dueber refused to join the cartel, or if he defected, but the cartel agreed on November 16, 1887, in New York City, that the members of the cartel would not sell, or do business with any distributor who would buy or sell goods from the Dueber Watch Case Company (Troesken, pg. 285-286).

The Hampden Watch Factory in Springfield, Massachusetts; Abbott, Henry G.  The Watch Factories of America, Past and Present.   A Complete History of Watchmaking in America, from 1806 to 1888 inclusive.

At this same time Dueber was also having difficulties with three of his best customers, Elgin, Waltham, and Illinois, and he lost all their business.  Because Dueber was having a difficult time selling his cases, he went to Springfield, MA and discovered the Hampden Watch works and Dueber decided to buy the Hampden Watch Works of Springfield, Massachusetts. Because Dueber couldn't expand his factories in Newport, Kentucky, nor in Springfield, he made it known that any city willing to put up $100, 000 would get his Dueber Case Company of Newport, and the newly purchased Hampden Watch Works of Springfield along with 2,000 employees, and their families.

This image (above) shows a new model 1890 movement, 16 size,from the Hampden Watch Company (used with permission of the Edward Thouvenin collection).

Click this link to take  A look back to our Spending Time with Dueber-Hampden Event  August 10, 2010.

Thanks for supporting my blog. The purpose of this blog is to share the history of the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, if you use the photographs, graphics or the research, please cite my collectors who have generously shared their collections with this blog and the public, and cite the research.

Troesken, Werner. "The Letters of John Sherman and the Origins of Antitrust." Review of Austrian Economics. 15.4 (2002): 275-295. Print.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

John C. Dueber, Master craftsman and watchmaker

In this blog and those upcoming, I want to share my presentation from the NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium in Hebron, Kentucky. 

It seems that the logical question to begin this blog post with is,  just who was John C. Dueber?

John C. Dueber

• According to Greg Farino, our geneologist working on the Dueber Family tree, he tells us that John Dueber was born in Netphen, Germany in 1841 (Farino).

• John Dueber was the oldest of 6 children—three of his siblings all died in infancy in Prussia (Farino).

• Arriving aboard the steamer Herder along with John Dueber were his parents Johannes and Katharina (Schmitt ) Dueber and his sister Pauline (his brother Hermann is believed to have died in Germany before the family came to America. They arrived in New York on October 20, 1853 (Farino).

• Ship records indicate the family's final destination was Cincinnati, Ohio. It is unknown why the family chose that city.

I didn't find out why John C. Dueber and his family originally migrated to Cincinnati, but some have told me it was the large German settlement in Cincinnati, and they had relatives already there. I also heard it was the large hills that reminded the Dueber Family of their homeland in Germany.

• The ship record with the family's name (Farino).

• About one year after coming to America, on August 17, 1854, John Dueber’s father died. It is believed but not certain that he is buried in Cincinnati (Farino).

• For five years, Dueber spent his days making watch cases in a small room in Cincinnati as an apprentice watch maker. At night, he crafted wedding rings.  He saved the money that would one day fund his own watch factory. (Heald,v2., pg.170)

• In 1863, after his apprenticeship ended, Dueber with partner Francis Doll, rented a one-room office and workshop on the third floor of the Carlisle Building in Cincinnati (Gibbs).

The Dueber Watch Case Factory--
(used by permission from The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio)

One guest at the Symposium who is also researching watches and has written about Dueber-Hampden and John Dueber said he has yet to find anything about John Dueber that was negative.  The source said although there were bigger watch and case companies, John Dueber's reputation was pretty impecable. 

Farino, Greg. "Dueber webfile." Message to the author. 16 May 2011. E-mail.

Gibbs, James W. From Springfield to Moscow: The Complete Dueber-Hampden Story. Revised Edition--supplement to the 1954 Dueber-Hampden Story. Philadelphia, PA: Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., 1986. Print.

Heald, Edward T. The Stark County Story. 3rd ed. Vol. 4. Canton, OH: The Stark County Historical Society, 1958. 262-275. Print.

Graphic images: 

John C. Dueber--used by permission from Edward Thouvenin, private collection

The Ship record with the family's name--used by permission from Greg Farino, private collection

The Dueber Watch Case Factory--used by permission from The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sharing more of the project

Over the next several blog posts, I would like to share with you what I spoke about at the Ward Francillon Time Symposium.  This year's symposium featured an overview of Ohio's watch and clock history and was held in Hebron, Kentucky, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott.  

How it started...
I am not an historian nor am I a watch aficionado, so you are probably wondering how I became involved in the Dueber-Hampden story. I am a college professor at a small Catholic co-educational university in north- east Ohio.  To keep current in my field, my primary goal was I wanted to learn more about social media—specifically blogging.  I wasn’t sure what to blog about, and someone suggested the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works.  I really didn’t know much about it, other than I did know there was a Dueber Avenue, so I was intrigued.  I did some preliminary research and found there wasn’t much on the internet about Dueber-Hampden, most of what I found was e-bay listings.  So to learn about Dueber-Hampden Watch Works I would need to make a trip to McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton to learn more.  I wondered how much information can I collect about a company that was more than a hundred years old, and has been out of business since the 1930s. 

My initial thought was to create a digital story interviewing people connected with The Works and incorporate that into my blog. To continue with my project I was able to write an Arts in Stark grant that would fund my project. Part of the requirements for the grant was to have a public exhibit. What is more interesting is that by creating a digital cache so to speak on line, I find there is a growing interest in collecting Dueber-Hampden Watches, and learning more about the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works and its history. In addition to blogging, I created a small community of interested fans on a Dueber-Hampden Face Book page.  One of the interesting and an exciting part of the research has been uncovering some of the lost pieces that many people were not aware of.

Like I said, I am not a collector, nor am I an historian.  The success of this project lays primarily with the collaboration of some key Dueber-Hampden collectors, Bob Dasko, Bob Arnold, Bob Kerr, Bob Capastrain, and Edward Thouvenin. Thanks goes to UK blogger Alan Garrett for sharing his information, and Geneologist Greg Farino who is documenting the Dueber Family tree.  I must also add a special thanks to Dave Miller of Michigan and Ralph Goodenberger, both of whose grandfathers were part of the move of Dueber Hampden to Russia.

How I came to speak at the Ward Francillon Time Symposium, was that when we held our Spending time with Dueber-Hampdenevent,  Patti Moore came to Canton, and invited me to speak to at the Symposium about my project. Thank you to Patti Moore and the NAWCC who allowed me to share my project and my research. 

The Beginnings...
No one could have predicted the future for twelve-year-old John C. Dueber when he immigrated with his parents to America from Germany (about 1851). An early apprenticeship as a watch maker put Dueber on the road to a future in the watch making industry that would span several decades, touch many lives, and change the makeup of several cities.

In the upcoming blogs I would like to share with you an overview of my research into Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, its beginnings at Canton, Ohio and the dispersion of the factory to Russia. Some of the research I have blogged about already, but as I continue to research and talk with different people who know more about the "Watch Works,"  I continue to uncover more interesting stories. 

Wishing all my blog readers a blessed holiday season.  

This copy of the original painting by Tom Franta, was commissioned by the Canton Rotary Club of Canton to be placed on Christmas cards.  The painting shows the Dueber Watch Case building of the Dueber Hampden Watch Company circa 1925. The great Watch Works was sold to Russia and the buildings were torn down.  The clock from the clock tower can be seen in operation at the McKinley Museum in Canton. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Taking Dueber-Hampden Watch Works Project to the NAWCC Ward Francillon Symposium is a good experience

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) organized the Ward Francillon Time Symposium to present the art and science of time keeping. This year’s symposium featured an overview of Ohio’s watch and clock history and was held in Hebron Kentucky, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott.

Patrick Loftus prepares his clock display at the 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium
in Hebron, Kentucky running October 20-22, 2011

Patti Moore, chairman, and the Buckeye Chapter 23 sponsored this year’s event. Patti came to our “Spending Time with Dueber-Hampden,” in Canton, Ohio on August 10, 2010 and she invited me to speak to this group. I have to admit I was nervous; most of these speakers have spent years, if not decades researching their specialty, whether it is clocks or watches. My research into Dueber-Hampden Watch Works is in its infancy and my real intention was studying social media.  I am not a watch expert or as steeped in the watch history, but Patti assured me I did have something to contribute. The group was very welcoming and it helped me to evaluate where my own Dueber-Hampden project fit in the larger context of watches and clocks, especially Ohio’s.

Phillip Morris explained the Connecticut influence on Ohio wooden tall clocks. He said that after Connecticut, Ohio was the second largest producer of tall clocks, even though most of the clocks produced stayed in Ohio. Tom Spittler continued the discussion of tall clocks, and included mention of Hiram Power in his lecture. Power, one of America’s premier sculptors, worked in Luman Watson’s clock shop in Cincinnati from 1822-28. Power’s best known work is the Greek Slave. Some of his other sculptures include the Fisher Boy and The Last of Her Tribe. This is definitely another area to research and read about.

Kris Klingemier’s project—Clock Dials of Trumbel County—centered on north east Ohio clock dials and how to identify their makers.

Lehr Dircks covered the Columbus Watches. He said a railroad watch would have cost a railroad employee a month of his salary, which was his responsibility to secure a watch, not the railroads. Mr. Dircks touched on the American Watch Case Company in Mansfield, Ohio. Originally started as the Bell Watch Case Company in Cincinnati in 1892, it was moved to Mansfield by 1899. The watchmakers went on strike because they didn’t want to move. I found this interesting because this was about 10 years after John C. Dueber moved his combined Hampden Watch Company of Springfield, Massachusetts and his Newport, Kentucky Case Company to Canton, Ohio. One of the guests told me that many of the workers from Springfield were homesick and didn’t want to be in Canton.

I didn't find out why John C. Dueber and his family originally migrated to Cincinnati, but some have told me it was the large German settlement in Cincinnati, and they had relatives all ready there. I also heard it was the large hills that reminded the Dueber Family of their homeland in Germany. That’s easy for me to understand. With the sun coming up I was heading home from Kentucky and driving down past the hills into Cincinnati, it’s hard to say goodbye to this beautiful area.

Symposium attendees were treated to a tour of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) training facility, research library and museum.
Thanks to all the speakers at the symposium: Philip Morris, Lehr Dircks, Chris Klingemier, Patti Moore, Rebecca Rogers, Fortunat Mueller-Maerki and Tom Spittler, and all my new friends in the NAWCC who made me feel welcome. Special thanks to Patrick Loftus for sharing some of his images of the symposium.  I hope you enjoyed this snapshot report of the symposium. The event helped me to refine my research.

Enjoy a look at the video NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium and Visiting the AWCI on the left-side of this blog for a look at some of the clocks and watches we saw at this event.

More to come.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ward Francillon Time Symposium--Ohio Horology, October 20-22, 2011

The Ward Francillon Time Symposium will be held October 20-22, 2011 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, Hebron, Kentucky. The Symposium will focus on the activities of the clock and watch industries in Ohio.  The Symposium opens on Thursday evening, October 20, with the James Arthur Lecture by Philip Morris, titled: "Tracing the Origins of Ohio Wooden Clockmaking".

Philip began a serious study of wooden movement tall clocks about 8-9 years ago. With the encouragement of a friend he began research which ultimately culminated with the recent publication of his book, "American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835". This volume documents the work of over 625 clockmakers, cabinetmakers, dial painters, suppliers and peddlers working in the wooden clock industry and was drawn from the study of hundreds of wooden clocks, account books, diaries, genealogical records, family histories, town histories, probate records and period newspapers.

Philip is a leading authority on wooden tall clocks and has lectured widely on this subject.

Friday, and Saturday's lectures will feature various topics related to Ohio clocks and watches.  Speakers featured for the symposium include: 

Tom Spittler:
After a brief history of early Ohio concentrating on its explosive settlement in the very early 19th century, the program discusses the early Ohio brass movement grandfather clocks and their makers.  The program will discuss the discovery of a here-to-now unknown Ohio maker and significant documentation about him and his clock making.  Just as rapid as the coming of the brass movement tall clocks to Ohio was their decline with the introduction of the wooden movement tall clock.

The wooden movement tall clock killed the brass movement clocks.  There were two major centers of wooden movement clocks in Ohio, one in the north east and one in the south west.  This program centers on the wooden movement clocks manufactured by Luman Watson and some of his associates who went on to manufacture clocks on their own. 

The two talks are related in that they will discuss the vast differences in the making of bespoke, hand made clocks and the manufacturing and peddling of the mass produced clocks.

Chris Klingemier:
An analysis of the Trumbull County clock industry based on the objects, not the documents.  Part material culture, part industrial archeology, the study seeks to enhance the understanding of the industry by analyzing clock dials for similarities and variations in construction, layout and decoration. 

Rebecca Rogers:
The Trumbull County Clock Industry and its Peddlers.  A look at the clock peddlers who traveled the countryside with clock movements to sell.

Lehr Dircks:
Columbus Watch Company history and special features.  Also the discovery of a new Ohio watch making company.

Randy Thatcher:
A look at the Herschede Hall Clock Co. of Cincinnati.  Randy knows a lot about Herschede.  In 1992 he bought the Herschede company's inventory and trademark.  He collects Herschede clock movements, and Revere clocks, and he has around 100 Herschede movements and Revere clocks.

Lee Horrisberger:
"Spending Time with Dueber-Hampden."  This session will include exploration of the historic Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, primarily the history of the watch works,  the early years in Canton, and the company's dispersion to Russia.   

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki:
The title of his talk is: "Exploring the World's Preeminent Concentration of High grade Horological Artifacts.  The 2011 Horological Study Tour of the AHS - USA Section in and around London."   AHS stands for Antiquarian Horological Society which is an international organization with a Section in the U.S.

Patti Moore:
Ohio was very important in the neon clock industry.  Neon Products Incorporated in Lima, Ohio, received huge orders for neon clocks from national companies wishing to advertise their products at the consumer level.  Electric Neon Clock Company out of Cleveland, Ohio, produced a large variety of neon clock styles.  Cincinnati, Ohio, was a hot bed of advertising clock manufacture including The Lackner Co., The Ohio Advertising Display Co., and many others.   

The Symposium will conclude with a banquet on Saturday evening.  Program details are available on line at

Hebron is located in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Marriott Hotel  is 5 miles off I-75, on I-275, exit 4A.  Air service is available through the Greater Cincinnati International Airport.  A free shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to local shopping and dining.  

Direction help from  the symposium organizers:  Watch out for traffic on I-75S and on the bridge going south.  Right now they have lane closures that may be backed up significantly at rush hour (4-6pm).  You may want to check Map Quest for an alternate route which requires getting on I-275W very far north of Cincinnati (north of Glendale, Ohio).  This is a very long detour (it goes all the way out to Indiana and then back into Ohio and then into Kentucky), so don't take this detour lightly.

For more information on the symposium please contact Patti Moore:

Hope we see you in Kentucky!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Guest blogger, Greg Farino and The Dueber Family Genealogy

Greg Farino's great grandfather, Phillip Klaus and his family.  Mr. Klaus started working for Dueber-Hampden Watch Works shortly after its inception in Newport, Kentucky and stayed with the company after it had moved to Canton, Ohio. He worked there until his death in 1909.

This month’s blog walks us through John C. Dueber’s family history and is written by Greg Farino. Greg is from Michigan and is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his own personal genealogy for 17 years.

His interest in Dueber Hampden all started after learning that his maternal great grandfather, Philipp Klaus worked for the company as a watch case maker and later a watch inspector (image above). Mr. Klaus started working for the company shortly after its inception in Newport, Kentucky and stayed with the company after it had moved to Canton, Ohio. He worked there until his death in 1909.

In addition, Greg is also helping with questions on the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works Facebook. He has been quite successful in uncovering information about the Dueber Family Tree.

Thanks Greg for this blog edition.

John Carl Dueber comes to America
John Carl Dueber was born in Netphen, Kreis Siegen, Prussia, Germany on January 25, 1841, was baptized, January 27, 1841 in Netphen, Westfahlen, Prussia  (Family History Library).

John was the oldest of six children born to Johannes and Katharina Schmitt Dueber. Three of his siblings (names unknown) all died in infancy in Prussia. His sister Maria Paulina (Pauline), born October 12, 1843, and his brother Hermann, born March 4, 1848. Hermann is believed to have died in Germany prior to the family leaving for the United States.

John arrived in New York with his parents and sister aboard a ship called the Herder which departed from Bremen, Germany and arrived in New York on October 20, 1853 (See ship log below). The date of departure from Germany is unknown as all of the records were destroyed. The ship record indicates that their final destination was Cincinnati, Ohio. It is unknown as to why the family picked Cincinnati as their destination.

There have been several articles written about John which stated that he was 9 years old when he arrived in the United States. This is not true; he was 12 years old as the ship record indicates. This information is easily verified by the fact that he was born in 1841 and arrived in the USA in 1853.
John arrived in New York with his parents and sister aboard a ship called the Herder which departed from Bremen, Germany and arrived in New York on October 20, 1853.  The ship record indicates that their final destination was Cincinnati, Ohio.

Maria Paulina (Pauline) Dueber --Sister of John C. Dueber
Maria Paulina (Pauline) Dueber was born October 13, 1843 in Netphen, Westfahlen, Prussia. She married Henry Hoffman on August 11, 1874 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. They had 5 children, all of which died young. Maria Paulina (Pauline)died on Nov 2, 1906 in Canton Stark County, Ohio and was buried in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Place of burial is unknown.

Dueber's father and mother pass away
Records of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio indicate that on August 17, 1854, Johannes Dueber (John's father) died. The cause of death or burial location is not listed. Cemetery records of the cemeteries I have contacted in the Cincinnati area has revealed nothing. This does not conclusively mean he isn't buried in one of those cemeteries. It's not unusual for cemetery records from that time period to not reflect burials. I do however believe that he is buried in an unmarked grave in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio as this is the same cemetery his wife Katharina is buried in.

In 1860 John, his mother Katherine and sister Paulina were living in the household of Mr. Joseph Jones and his family. According to the 1860 U.S. census, John's occupation is listed as a 'goldsmith'. The surname is shown as Dower, not Dueber. Misspellings of names, especially surnames on census records was/is very common as the census takers rarely (if ever) asked how the name was spelled. They simply wrote it down as it sounded to them. This type of thing is how the Soundex System (sounds like) came to be. (Source: 1860 United States Census, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, 15th Ward).

On September 13, 1867, John's mother, Katharina Schmitt Dueber passed away. Her funeral services were held at Saint Clement Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. A death notice for Katharina was published on page 4 in a German newspaper called the Cincinnati Volksfreund on September 14, 1867. (Image below). She was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.
A death notice for Katharina was published on page 4 in a German newspaper called the Cincinnati Volksfreund on September 14, 1867.

John Dueber marries Mary A. Daller
On May 23, 1865 John married Mary A. Daller, daughter of John and Teresa Keihl Daller at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral,Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

The Duebers begin a Family

On April 4, 1866 their first child, Pauline Josephine Dueber was born in Cincinnati. Pauline died on September 22, 1947 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio and was buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She never married.

In 1867 their second child, Helen Dueber was born. Helen died at the age of 3 of unknown causes in 1870 and was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.

In 1869 their third child, John Dueber was born but died as an infant in 1870. He was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.

On March 5, 1871 their fourth child, Joseph C. Dueber was born in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. It is believed that Joseph was to eventually become the President of the company after his father's passing. However, on December 31, 1899 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, Joseph passed away from complications of pneumonia which he had suffered from for many years. He was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio. He never married.

John became a naturalized American citizen on July 21, 1871 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

In 1873 their fifth child, Eleanor Dueber was born but died as an infant in 1873. She was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.

On July 21, 1874 their sixth child, Albert Miles Dueber was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Albert became president of the Dueber/Hampden Watch Company after the death of his father. On October 15, 1907, Albert married Jane H. Hollinshead in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. They had 2 children, Mary Jane, 1908‐2003 and Estella Josephine, 1911‐2010. Their marriage ended in divorce. Albert died on April 20, 1945 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio and was buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

On December 21, 1876 their seventh child, John C. Dueber Jr. was born. He died as an infant in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky on July 15, 1877 from congestion of the brain. He was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.

In 1881 their eighth child, Clarence Dueber was born but died as an infant in 1881. He was buried in St John's German Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Township (Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio.

On December 8, 1885 their ninth and final child, Estella Marie Dueber was born in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. Estella married Albert L. Joliet at St. John's Catholic Church in Canton, Stark County, Ohio on February 6, 1912. They had 3 children, Pauline Marie, John Charles and Albert Louis. Estella died November 26, 1976 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio and was buried in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.

The Dueber family tree shows John Dueber's  ancestors back to his 2nd great grandparents and descendants up to the children of his youngest daughter. It does not show any of his aunts and uncles.

Don't miss
the NAWCC 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium
The NAWCC 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium, is on October 20 – 22, 2011, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott at Hebron, Kentucky. If you happened to be in the area, we hope to see you there.

For more information on the symposium please contact Patti Moore:


Family History Library, Geburten, Heiraten, Tote 1841-1853 Geburten 1854 Film #: 995291

Graphics & images:  Greg Farino, owner.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

The National Watch and Clock Museum and NAWCC 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium

In our last entry our guest blogger was Alan Garratt. An Englishman who has traveled from Britain to India to the United States for his career with the tire industry, Alan shared how the Mozart Watch Company was an important part of the early beginnings of the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works. Alan's own blog is interesting, and filled with Dueber-Hampden facts and visuals, it definitely is worth a visit. Thanks again Alan for guest blogging for my site.

Please join our Dueber-Hampden Watch Work Facebook
While I have been on a self-imposed hiatus from my blog, Greg Farino from Michigan is researching the Dueber family tree and we hope to get something put together on the family history. Currently, Greg is helping out with the Dueber Hampden FACEBOOK answering questions from fans and new collectors, and all the time adding new information about the Dueber Family and its history.

So if you have a question do feel free to drop over to our FACEBOOK page. Click the link on the top right-hand side of our blog to become a friend.
I know Greg will be happy to help answer your questions.

Dueber-Hampden Watch Works Canton, Ohio

National Watch and Clock Museum
In the meantime, some items of interest are the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania. The museum was nice enough to handout my Dueber-Hampden postcards. Check out its website:

Another up and coming event is The NAWCC 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium, on October 20 – 22, 2011, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriot at Hebron, Kentucky. If you happened to be in the area, we hope to see you there.

The James Arthur Lecture Series and symposium will include:

Tours at the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Training Facility, Harrison, Ohio.
Tour includes the training facility, research library, and museum.

Philip Morris
Tallcase Wood Works Clocks
An exploration of tallcase wood works clocks, their unique history, how they are produced and manufactured, and how they fit into the horological landscape.

Lehr Dircks
History of Columbus Watches
A discussion of watches produced in the Columbus area of Ohio.

Lee Horrisberger
The Story of the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works
An exploration of the history of the historic Dueber-Hampden Watch Works.

Chris Klingemier
Clock Dials of Trumbull County (Northeast Ohio)
A discussion of the various styles and types of clock dials common to Trumbull County in NE Ohio.

Patti Moore
Neon Clocks: The Ohio Connection
Neon clocks, and how they directly relate to the horological industries common to the state of Ohio.

Rebecca Rogers
Peddlers of Trumbull County
Presentation on the clock trade in Trumbull County, Ohio.

Tom Spittler
Early Brass Movement Tall Clocks of Ohio
Wood Movement Tall Clocks of Southwest Ohio
These presentations cover various topics related to the role of Ohio in the developmental history of horology.

Randy Thatcher
Herschede Hall Clock Co. of Cincinnati

ONE MORE THING... Image to Image exhibit.
This is an exhibit  my students photographed and created last spring (April 2011)--Once on the site you will need to click on the links to take a look:  Image to Image exhibit

Friday, March 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Alan Garratt shares about Hampden Origins

Our guest blogger this month is Alan Garratt from England.  

About Alan Garratt... I’m an Englishman living about 75 miles north of London. For many years I worked for a UK company called Hampden (no connection to the watch concern) and was involved in the Rubber Industry. This inevitably led me to Ohio, the centre of the US Rubber Industry, where I often visited the Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Cincinnati area. At this time I was unaware of Hampden watches, but then one day, whilst visiting India I had cause to put Hampden into Google; the results opened up a fascinating and completely new world to me. Now that I have more time on my hands I am enjoying gathering as much information as I can and forming a small collection of Hampden watches from the Dueber, Clinton and Russian era’s. I am an avid reader of Lee’s Blog, which continues to provide new and exciting information about Canton’s contribution to the history of the Hampden Watch Co.

1820 – 1877 HAMPDEN ORIGINS 

We have to go back in time to 1820 to discover the origin of Hampden watches. A man who, in the end, would not have any actual association with Hampden sowed the seeds; his name was Donald J. Mozart.

According to Mozart enthusiast Jon Hanson, Mozart’s father was an Italian watchmaker who immigrated with his family to Boston MA in 1823 where he continued with his trade. Donald Mozart had been born in 1820 and was three years old at the time his family went to America.

Hanson says, young Donald was mysteriously kidnapped to sea at the very early age of nine and spent three years aboard ship before he finally escaped. After four years he eventually found his way back to the US. He never located his parents after searching the eastern US states and Italy.

Little was recorded about his life between the ages of sixteen and thirty-four, but we know he married in 1854 and settled in Xenia OH where he established a jewellery business. Mozart obviously inherited a genius for fixing watches and gained a very good reputation. A decade later he surfaces in Bristol CT with a plan to manufacture a clock of his own invention. This turned out to be a failure but he managed to attract the backing of George Rice and some New York businessmen and jewellers. He modified his clock design into a three-wheel watch and that paved the way, in 1864, for the formation of the Mozart Watch Co., in Providence RI.

The watch was touted as a mechanical marvel. To quote a contemporary report ‘with its self-compensating level, the watch had no stopping place, thus once wound up, it is bound to run until it runs down... Screw the same (watch) to the side of a locomotive, and it will run with the most perfect regularity’.

Things didn’t work out for him personally and in 1866, after just two years, there was a falling out and Donald left the Mozart Watch Company by mutual consent.

He moved to Ann Arbor MI and set up another Mozart watch company but it failed and eventually ceased operation when the factory was destroyed by fire in October 1875. In the end the company’s failure also brought down the Rock Island Watch Co. and the Freeport Watch Company.

Shortly after the demise of his company Mozart was committed to the county mental hospital in Kalamazoo MI. He had had a breakdown from which he was deemed incurable.

Finally he was moved to the state hospital where he died in 1877, ironically the same year the Hampden Watch Co., was formed in Springfield MA (Springfield is situated in Hampden County) from the remnants of the original Mozart Watch Company.

Mozart watch made in Ann Arbor used with  permission of Jon Hanson

Special Thanks:  Thanks Alan for sharing with us about the Hampden origins.  If you would like to read more about Alan’s writings, stop by his blog:   

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hoover Company Rising as Dueber-Hampden Watch Works begins to fade away

Progressive or not…this photographic image taken in 1919 shows women learning how to use vacuum cleaners from the Hoover Company. This is just one image that is part of 500 images found and never before seen and that were taken by the Hoover Company between 1880’s and 1970’s. The photographs are part of the exhibit, From the Factory Floor. The Exhibit will open on Sunday, March 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Canton Public Library, and will be installed until April 15.

 Lectures will be given each Sunday over the course of the exhibit.

Lecture Topics:

• March 27: Communism and a Company Town: Labor Turbulence at Hoover in the 1940s, Dr. Will Cooley, Walsh University Assistant Professor will share history about the strike at the Hoover Company.

• April 3: Kathy Fernandez, director of the North Canton Heritage Society will lead a discussion with hourly workers from the Hoover Company who will discuss the exhibit photographs and reminisce about their work experience.

• April 10: Musing on the Past by Nancy Stewart Matin, the former assistant to the President of the Hoover Company.

This exhibit is part of a collaboration service learning project between the Walsh University public relations writing class and the North Canton Heritage Society.

Turning off Dueber-Hampden's Beacon
How does this photograph relate to John C. Dueber and the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works? While Hoover was beginning its assent into history with its manufacturing success, by 1919, the Dueber Watch Works' beacon was dimming. By 1926 the Watch Works was in receivership and the machinery and tools were sold to Amtorg.

This post card was sent by John Miller, Dueber-Hampden superintendent and in charge of the Russian move, to his son Richard Miller "Dickie boy" who was still stateside in Canton, Ohio.  Written from Russia on March, 27, 1930. 

Carrying John C. Dueber's name and legacy to Russia
Corresponding with Dave Miller of Michigan, Dave said his great-grandfather John Miller was the superintendent  of the Watch Works. John Miller started with the Works about 1889 when he was only 14-years-old, and spent 41 years working for Dueber-Hampden Watch Works moving up through the ranks. Both of Dave Miller’s great-grandparents, John and Stella Miller were part of the move of the Watch Works to Russia.

When the Works move to Russia it was Dave’s grandfather who was in charge. Dave has generously shared some of the 1930’s images.

More information about the Russian Era will follow as I continue to research Dueber-Hampden Watch Works.

John Miller who started with Dueber-Hampden Watch Works in about 1889 when John Dueber moved his Watch Works to Canton, Ohio.  Mr. Miller started with the Watch Works when he was 14-years-old, and spent 41 years working at Dueber-Hampden.

Selected to go to Russia
This group of workers board the ship in New York to carry John Dueber's name to Moscow.

 Newport, Kentucky Research up to this time

As I continue my research on the Kentucky period of John C. Dueber, blog reader, Teresa Hall from Kentucky, tells me that the building that was John C. Dueber’s was torn down and is now an empty lot.  She has sent me several emails that helps detail the buildings and added that her grandfather was a night watchman there in the 1970's This will take more investigation and I appreciate all her comments so that I can keep the blog accurate.  I will explore this further in another blog. 

Special thanks:
Thanks Teresa Hall for helping with the Newport research.  Special thanks to Dave Miller of Michigan for sharing his family's photographs with us. 

Hall, Teresa. "Newport Kentucky." Message to the author. Jan. 2011. E-mail.

Miller, Dave. "Dueber-Hampden, John Miller." Message to the author. Feb. 2011. E-mail. 

Hall, Teresa. John Dueber Building, Kentucky. 2011. Private collection. By Teresa Hall. N.p.: same, 2011. Print.

Goodenberger, Ralph. Photographs of Dueber Workers bound for Russia aboard ship. 1930. digital file. private collection.

Miller, Dave. Photographs of John Miller, post card of Russia. 1930. digital file.