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Old 05-29-2019, 05:18:09 PM
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My ancestor, Henry Ashton founded the Ashton Valve company back in 1871 based on the popularity of his patented "lock safety valve". It was a game changer in the age of boiler explosions. I've been researching the history of the company over the last few years and I'm wondering what the steamers of this group might know about the company.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:22:49 PM
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you must be very proud....
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It has been a lot of fun. Nobody in the family knew anything about the company and I've been able to tell them a little history and show them pictures of relatives that they have never seen before. I think the people I've met at museums and steam shows have been incredible, telling me how some of the products work and stories about their experiences working with Ashton and other valves.
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A few of the items the company produced:
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And a little more info about the company.
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A few of the turn of the century ads I've found in old trade journals.
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Here's a copy of a talk given about the Ashton Valve company at a Boston Museum.
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oops, here's the story...
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Here are a few more items manufactured by Ashton Valve
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Many factories were purchased by the War Department during WWII and used to manufactures materials for the war effort. The Ashton Valve company was one of those. The continued to make gauges and safety valves, but now exclusively for Naval ships.

The Defense Plant Corporation was the branch of the government assigned to this task. Here's a link to more information about them and a couple of letters that show the Ashton Valve's involvement.

http://what-when-how.com/the-america...rporation-dpc/
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The final foundry site was built in Cambridge ,Ma in 1907. Here are some sheets on the building.
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The company was also very involved with the rise of steam driven automobiles. They made gauges for the Stanley steamers, Wintons, White Steamers,and Pope-Toledo autos.Possibly others.
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Is building still there?
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Yes it is. It is currently being renovated for office space. I drive by it all the time and was given a quick tour by the site manager once. Nothing really old inside as it has been used as office space for many years. I did grab a brick though!
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