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Eugene H Clapp
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1843
Scituate
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1892

EUGENE H. CLAPP, founder of the
E. H. Clapp Rubber Works at Hanover,
Mass., was one of the representative
business men of New England. He was born
in South Scituate, now Norwell, Plymouth
County, Mass., October 14, 1843, son of
Allen and Deborah (Clapp) Clapp, and was
the eldest of five children, the others being:
Erstine (deceased); George A., now president
of the E. H. Clapp Rubber Company; Arthur
W. , treasurer of the same; and Antoinette,
who resides in Boston,Mass. The father was
a respectable farmer, and both he and his wife
traced their ancestry back to early members of the Plymouth colony.

Eugene H. Clapp was educated in the
schools of his native town and at Hanover
Academy, being graduated from the latter
institution in his sixteenth year. He made
a study of civil engineering, but never fol-
lowed it as a profession. His first money was
earned as clerk in the wholesale and retail
varnish house of Stimson, Valentine & Co., in
Boston. He was subsequently employed for
a number of years as book-keeper for Henry
Campbell, a dealer in old and new metals,
who at his death in May, 1865, was succeeded by A. E. Morey, with whom Mr. Clapp remained two years. On leaving Mr. Morey's employ, Mr. Clapp started in business for himself on Broad Street, Boston, dealing in old
and new metals.

Gradually becoming interested in the rubber
business, he became identified with the Boston Belting Company and other rubber concerns.
In 1871 he invented a method for removing
the fibre from old rubber and preparing it so
that it could be used again in the manufacture
of new goods; and shortly after he started in
the manufacture of reclaimed rubber, leasing
a building in Roxbury, Mass. From a very
small beginning, employing two machines and
two men. he evolved the large and prosperous
enterprise which hears his name today. Two
3 after he established his plant in Roxbury
he moved to Hanover, where there were better facilities for water-power, and bought the right on the Indian Head Stream and the George Curtis Anchor Works. The anchor works
buildings he remodeled to suit his purposes,
and soon had a modest factory in operation,
run by water-power. His partner at this time
was his cousin, Frederick W. Clapp.

For a number of years the water-power answered all requirements; but, finally, by the addition of one boiler and an engine of seventy five horse-power, steam was introduced.

Business increased so rapidly that it soon
became necessary to operate the works day and night. The force of twenty-five men now employed was found inadequate, and Mr. Clapp increased the equipment of the plant to two
boilers and a Corliss engine of two hundred
and fifty horse-power. As the enterprise
prospered, he erected another mill at Pembroke, eighty by forty feet, and two stories in height,with a commodious basement; and this he subsequently enlarged to twice its original size, besides adding a one-story addition, sixty by forty feet in dimension. The original Hanover works were one hundred and eight by sixty feet. On September 9, 1881, they were destroyed by fire; but they were shortly rebuilt on a much larger scale, and equipped with the most improved modern machinery, including a one hundred and seventy - five horse-power Brown engine, four boilers being required to run the Corliss and Brown engines. Two large storehouses have since been added.

Mr. Clapp was a Director of the Mechanics'
Bank of Boston; treasurer, director, and
largest stockholder of the Penobscot Chemical
Fibre Company at Great Works, Me. ; treasurer and director of the Piscataquis Falls Pulp and Paper Company of Enfield, Me. ; originator, manager, and member of the Board of
Directors of the Boston Rubber Mutual Fire
Insurance Company; a large stockholder and
director in the Whittier Machine Company
of Boston ; treasurer of the Gaunt Evaporator
Company; director of the Boston Suburban
Light and Power Company ; and president of
the Roxbury Central Wharf Company.

Mr. Clapp was twice married. His first
wife, whose maiden name was Sarah R.
Graves, bore him three children Eugene H.,
William (deceased), and Sarah L. His sec-
ond wife, who was Mary W. Caffrey, of Rox-
bury, before marriage, was the mother of two
children: Mary, who is still living; and Rob-
ert, deceased. Mr. Clapp was a member in
high standing of various fraternal organiza-
tions. He was a thirty-second degree
Mason, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Ma-
sonic Lodge until his decease; belonged to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; was Grand
Worthy Chief Templar of the Independent
Order of Good Templars; Grand Worthy
Patriarch in the Sons of Temperance; and a
member of the Ancient and Honorable Artil-
lery Company of Boston. His home for some
time previous to his death, which occurred
March 12, 1892, was at Boston Highlands.

After Mr. Clapp's decease a stock company
was organized to continue the manufacture of
rubber goods at the Hanover and Pembroke
plants, under the name of the E. H. Clapp
Rubber Company, his brother, George A.
Clapp, being chosen treasurer. This
gentleman was born in South Scituate, now Norwell,
January II, 1S49. He acquired his education
in the common schools of Xorwell, and at the
age of eighteen began to learn in Charlestown,
Mass., the machinist's trade, to which he g
three years' apprenticeship. He then went to
work with his brother in the metal store in
Boston, and was afterward associated with him
in the management of the Roxbury and Hanover factories. He was superintendent of the rubber business until the stock company was formed, when he was chosen president. He
is an able business man, thoroughly qualified
for his responsible position, and possesses a
wide mechanical knowledge. In politics he is
a Republican. Like his brother, he is a Mason
and an Odd Fellow. He was married in 1880
to Miss Abbie A. Stetson, a native of Pem-
broke, this county, and they have three
children George Allen, John S., and Antoinette W.

Source:
Biographical review ... containing life sketches of leading citizens of Plymouth County, Massachusetts
 
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Mattapan
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 03, 2012
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Eugene H Clapp
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