William Carter

William Carter

Birth
Derbyshire, England
Death 16 Jul 1918 (aged 87–88)
Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 87258611 · View Source
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From the History of Needham, Massachusetts by George Kuhn Clarke published in 1912:

THE WILLIAM CARTER COMPANY

The William Carter Company, formerly the firm of William Carter and Company, has long conducted the most important industry in town, and its development represents the results of more than thirty years of energy and enterprise. Mr. William Carter, the founder of this business, has made a great variety of knit-goods at different periods, but for years the children's underwear, and the union suits for all ages, have been extensively advertised, and favorably known throughout the United States. The treasurer of one of the largest mills in New England when asked what he knew of the William Carter Company replied: "I know that they [meaning the Carters] make as high a grade of goods as are made in this country, and that they keep up their standard. That is their reputation". The plant of this company has been repeatedly increased in size, and no expense has been spared to procure the best machinery that is made, even when it is necessary to import together with the machine a man to run it or to care for it. In 1880 Mr. Carter had machinery, and in the eighties and nineties manufactured "Hosiery and Fancy Knit Goods." The Lower Mill has been referred to, and in 1909 a further addition was made to the company's means of production by the purchase of the Springfield Knitting Mill, a four-story brick structure, in Springfield, Massachusetts. A portion of this mill had been used for the manufacture of yarn, and the rest of it for knit-goods of a coarser quality. It was equipped with two thousand spindles, and gave employment to about two hundred and fifty persons. William Carter has no less than five sons associated with him in making knit-goods, but William H. and Horace A. have the chief responsibility. The number of persons employed at the mills in Needham is between three and four hundred. In addition to much advertising, including some of the best magazines, the company have agents in different cities, and to some of them considerable salaries are paid. William Carter was born in Alfreton, Derbyshire, England, and arrived in America on January 28, 1857, the fiftieth anniversary of which event was duly observed by a large reception which he gave in the town hall. Mr. Carter often visits his birthplace in the summer season, and has appropriately named the new street on which his mansion in Needham Heights is located, Alfreton Road.


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  • Created by: family historian
  • Added: 23 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87258611
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Carter (1830–16 Jul 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87258611, citing Needham Cemetery, Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by family historian (contributor 46574868) .