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Edward A Willemin was born in 1886 in Rhode Island and listed as having an occupation in jewelry manufacturing in the 1940 censes. 1
He married Cecilia Farrell and they had ay least one son, Edward Jr 11 18
Tragically, Edward died at the young age of 18 on August 20, 1933 19
In 1908 E A Willemin is listed as making Diesinkers and Letter Cutters. 8 In 1915 there is a listing for a payment of $100 to the Rhode Island State Treasurer from the Willemin Manufacturing Company. 6 The 1908 Providence business directory lists the company as being located at 139 Eddy Street in Providence 8
In 1916 the Willemin Manufacturing Company was incorporated under the laws of Rhode Island with a capital of $100,000 to make rifles, tools, ammunition, etc. Partners were Thomas F Cooney, Daniel H Morrissey and John J A Cooney. It is listed in the incorporation that Mr Willemin had run a jewelry manufacturing plant for several years at 95 Pine St in Providence, RI. 2
Providence Journal April 19, 1916
In 1918 there is a listing in the New England Business Directory saying the Willemin Mfg Co Inc at 181 Eddy Street with a capital of $100,000 was incorporated in 1916, JOhn H Kurtz, president, Edward A Willemin, Treasure and Paul A Willemin, secretary. Their business was Machinery and they had 50 employees. 15
In 1919, Willemin Manufacturing Company Incorporated is listed at 181 Eddy St in Providence 3 It is also listed in the same directory as making machinery and having 50 employees. 5 Mr Willemin is listed as the former treasurer of the Willemin Manufacturing Company and is starting a mail order jobbing business handeling jewelry, novilities, toys and notions. 12
There are also a couple of confusing listings in 1919 for the company having a receiver already, Thomas Chantler as if it went out of business 13 and a listing for the company name being discontinued 14. It may have been all part of a re-organization of the business.
On April 2nd 1919, the company is fined for making 2 Women work more hours than allowed.
Providence Journal April 2, 1919
April 8, 1919
Then there was more receiver and creditor listings in the second half of 1919 for another receiver Michael J Houlihan.
Providence Journal June 25, 1919
Providence Journal September 12, 1919
Providence Journal December 24, 1919
Providence Journal December 24, 1919
In 1921 there is a report that The Lyons Manufacutring Company, 101 Sabin Street, Providence, aquired the Metal Products Manufacturing Company at 195 Eddy Street which will merge with its organization. E A Willemin, heretofore commected with the latter company, will be superintendent of the metal products department of the Lyons company. 9
Willemin Company made crystal sets in 1924 (See examples below). Their address at this time was 195 Eddie Street.
In 1925 the Boston Globe reported that C Warren De Motte with falsely representing himself in order to obtain a number of radio sets from Willemin. He claimed he was the manager of the Stafford Radio Company of Massachusetts. He was once the manager there but had been let go before he tried to obtain the crystal sets. He was fined $500 16.
The Providence House and Street Directory and Family Address Book, 1931-1932 have a listing for William E A Dental Mfg Co, 53 Clifford Ave in Providence, and Willemin Edward A dental supplies, 41 Woodman Ave in Providence. 7
All in all throughout the years the company made the following products:
Diesinkers and Letter Cutters. 8
Dental equipment 7
Rrifles, tools & ammunition 2
Crystal sets as seen from the examples I have found, as well as an optical applience and a folding knife fork and spoon set, as seen in their patents. It is interesting to note the patent for the Optical Appliance list Martin-Copland Company as the assignor.
Mr Willemin died in May 16, 1940. 10 17
HAND CRANK DENTAL CENTRIFUGE CASTING MACHINE EARLY 1900'S
Willemin Fur/Dress Clip
1 1940 US census
2 The Metal Industry, January to December 1916
3 Rhode Island Business Directory, 1919
5 Rhode Island Business Directory, 1919
6 Annual Report of the General Treasurer, 1915
7 The Providence House and Street Directory and Family Address Book, 1931-1932
8Providence Business Directory, 1908
9Iron Age, Volume 108, 1921
10 Willemin Family Tomb Stone
11 Sons death certificate with wifes maiden name listed
12The Jewelers' Circular, Volume 78, Issue 2, 1919
13Tax Book, City of Providence, 1919
14R. L. Polk & Co.'s Trow New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory, 1918-1919
15 The New England Business Directory & Gazetteer, 1918
16 Boston Daily Globe, February 5th, 1925
17 Providence Journal May 17, 1940
18 Providence Journal December 31, 1915
19 Providence Journal August 23, 1933