Hassett & Hodge - 1887-1910 - Amesbury, Massachusetts
|John B, Richards, (born March, 1861, New Haven, Connecticut) foreman of
construction and draftsman for Hassett & Hodge, Amesbury, Massachusetts, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in
March, 1861, and learned his trade in that city. He was employed on heavy work from 1879 to 1886, when he became
foreman and draftsman for the Moore & Watson Carriage Wood Works, which position he held until the plant
consolidated with Seabrook & Smith as the Seabrook & Smith Carriage Co.
Mr. Richards became a partner in this company and held the position of superintendent and draftsman until 1900, when he accepted the position of superintendent of the Automobile Co. of America, Jersey City, New Jersey. Later on he engaged with the Fisher Motor Vehicle Co., Hoboken, New Jersey, and lastly with Hassett & Hodge, Amesbury, Massachusetts, with whom he is now engaged.
Hassett & Hodge is known to have built or trimmed wood and composite metal bodies for their larger Amesbury neighbors.
The firm of Hassett & Hodge is composed of James and John Hassett, brothers, and George C. Hodge. Mr. James Hassett, senior member, embraked in the carriage business in 1887. In 1890 associated George E. Hodge as a partner. In 1893 John Hassett was admitted to the firm. They manufacture a varied line of pleasure carriages, and notwithstanding the great depression in the business world, during the last four years, report a continual yearly increase of sales.
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