I knew that my 2nd great-grandfather, Warren D. Huse (1836-1910), started a machine shop in Laconia, New Hampshire, in the 1870s.
And here they are in the 1870 census, living in Laconia, New Hampshire.
Yes, according to the census he was a machinist. His company manufactured knitting machines and related equipment as well as gas and steam pipe fittings.
I knew a lot about him and his son, Leon Huse (my great-grandfather), but I really did not know much about his brother Walter Leonard Huse (1863-1933) except that he worked in the family business.
Turning to GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, I quickly found these two articles that told me more about Walter.
This article tells me that in 1907 he and a group of investors started the Laconia Needle Company.
That’s interesting: I always thought that the W.D. Huse & Sons Machine Shop and the Laconia Needle Company were one company. I didn’t realize that they were two separate entities.
This is also interesting: in 1922 he was sworn in as a city councilman, representing Ward 5 in Laconia.