|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1874|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 1956|
Clarence Gregory Garrigus, 81, manufacturing executive and inventor, died today at his home in the Tylerville section of this town after a three-year illness.
With his wife, Mrs. Agnes Welch Garrigus, he developed the Universal Breadmixer in 1903. The couple used their kitchen as a laboratory.
During the World Fair in St. Louis, Mo., in 1904 he passed out bread samples made from the recipe of his wife, who used the new mixer.
Born April 12, 1874 in Waterville, son of the late Horace and Maria A. Garrigus, he became superintendent of the Tucker Manufacturing Co. before he was 20 years old. The Tucker firm is now called Berbecker and Rowland Co.
Mr. Garrigus started his own business in 1896 at the rear of his parents' home designing and building chain machines and special machinery. In 1902 he sold the business to the late George Rowbottom, who later built the present Rowbottom Machine Co.
He then became mechanical superintendent of Landers, Frary and Clark of New Britain. He changed the firm's methods of manufacturing and signed over several patents.
Moving from Waterville to Bristol in 1907, he organized the C. G. Garrigus Machine Co. He built engines for cars and planes in the early days of the airplane and automotive industries.
In 1918, he sold his interests in the company to the Wallace Barnes Co. The building now is the Bristol Technical High School.
He took charge of the William H. Bristol Laboratory in the early development of talking motion pictures designing and building special machinery.
After Mr. Bristol's death in 1930, he joined his son, Alfred C. Garrigus of Haddam in the C. G. Garrigus Co., organized in Haddam in 1921.
Mr. Garrigus originated the tube rolling machines to make curtain rods and rolled forms automatically.
He said that probably his greatest pleasure in later years was to meet men in responsible positions who were among the many boys he had trained to be machinists and mechanical designers in his Bristol plant.
As a young man he was active in the Waterville Methodist Church and later was a member of the Methodist Church in New Britain and the Methodist Church in Bristol. For the last 25 years, he was a member of the First Ecclesiastical Society of East Haddam, Congregational.
Besides his wife and son, he leaves a sister, Mrs. Honora Garrigus Lane of Waterville; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Ethel Garrigus Marsh, died in Bristol in 1954.
Agnes Welch Garrigus (1883 - 1958)*
Alfred Clarence Garrigus (1897 - 1991)*
Ethel Garrigus Marsh (1908 - 1954)*
Plot: 16 Lot 138
Created by: Susan Petersen
Record added: Apr 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51238814
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