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David Gilmore Fales
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1806
Attleboro
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1875

DAVID GILMORE FALES, manufacturer, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, June 4th, 1806. His father was a farmer, which occupation he followed himself till 18 years of age. At that time he came to Central Falls and learned the machinist's trade in the shop of David Jenks & Co. He was a natural mechanic, and his whole life was devoted to his special calling. In some other respects he was remarkable also. He was a natural bone-setter and could set a limb with as much readiness as a skilled physician. David G. Fales began the manufacturing of cotton machinery with Alvin Jenks in 1830 and continued operations at Central Falls till 1866, and then in Pawtucket until succeeded by the firm of Fales & Jenks, an establishment that gives employment now to a force of some 500 hands. Mr. David G. Fales, the original proprietor of the firm, began business in Central Falls first in a hired shop. The first piece of work was a spooler, made for a firm in Richmond, Virginia, for which they received $60. In 1833 the firm began the manufacture of Hubbard's patent pump. In 1845 this firm began to manufacture ring spinning frames, and in 1846 they began the manufacture of ring twisters, being among the first to manufacture these machines in this country, for thread, worsted, and silk. The machines were made for Benjamin Greene. The firm afterward manufactured twisters, dressers, and winders for J. & P. Coats, the celebrated manufacturers of sewing thread at Paisley, Scotland. Business was so successful that in 1860 a furnace was built for castings, and the year after it was considerably enlarged. In 1862 and 1863 their brick shop, three stories high, 300 by 63 feet, with an ell 70 by 60 feet (afterward sold to the American Linen Company) , was erected, and in 1866 the removal to Pawtucket was made, soon after which Mr. Fales retired from business. Mr. Fales was married, May 3rd, 1829, to Miss Parthana Sprague, and died in 1875. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Fales (1768 - 1847)
  Rhobe Gilmore Fales (1773 - 1816)
 
 Spouse:
  Parthana Cartier Sprague Fales (1807 - 1883)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth King Fales (1830 - 1895)*
  John Richmond Fales (1833 - 1891)*
 
 Siblings:
  Avis Bicknell Fales Bacon (1792 - 1833)*
  Sarah Fales Jenks (1803 - 1888)*
  David Gilmore Fales (1806 - 1875)
  James Gilmore Fales (1814 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Oct 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60404434
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