News Articles

Some of the local newspaper articles related to the Meriden Fire Arms Company or it’s employees.

 

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jul 19, 1904
(Deal off with Eastern – Malleable Iron plant back on the market)

Meriden Morning Record – Dec 20, 1904
(Taxes cleared on old factory)

The Day – Dec 21, 1904
(Lack of large building shuts out large company)

This article outlines that Sears evaluated New London, CT as a possible location for the new company.

Meriden Morning Record – Dec 28, 1904
(Building Boom Expected)

The Day – Dec 30, 1904
(Plant announcement)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 3, 1905
(Deed signed today)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 4, 1905
(Deal closed)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 7, 1905
(Story of the MMI Deal)

Meriden Morning Record – Jan 10 1905
(Machinery here)

Article indicates that the first machine arrived on Saturday afternoon which was January 7th.

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 13, 1905
(List of Tenements for Meriden Fire Arms Company Employees)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 14, 1905
(100 working 600 expected by fall)

Meriden Morning Record – Jan 18 1905
(125 men at MFA plant)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Feb 3, 1905
(Whistle was blown today) (pistols being made already)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Feb 10, 1905
(Singed deed received came in yesterday, deal complete)

The Hartford Courant – Feb 11, 1905
(Incorporation Certificate Filed — Chicago and Meriden Men In It)

Meriden Morning Record – Mar 11, 1905
(Business is Booming – 225 hands)

Meriden Morning Record – Jun 20, 1905
(Firearms Co. Very Busy – Shipping 1800 Guns and 1200 Pistols Weekly)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jul 10, 1905
(They will have the new power plant ready in the fall (and a incandescent lighting plant))

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jul 28 1905
(Plant Fire)
The night of the fire Stephani and to telephone his dispatch in New York City and have it telegraphed to Aubrey (who was in upstate New York) from there. This was because there was no night telegraph service in Meriden.

The Meriden Daily Journal – Aug 1, 1905
(Insurance Adjusters arrive)

Meriden Morning Record – Aug 4, 1905
(Losses Adjusted)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Aug 5, 1905
(Western Union Night Service and details about the fire)

Meriden Morning Record – Oct 13, 1905
(Biffar comes to inspect factory)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jan 30, 1906
(Atlas Gun Co aquired by Meriden. First shipment of Atlas rifles reaches Meriden)

This article provides evidence that the Atlas rifles were produced at the Meriden factory.

The Meriden Daily Journal – Feb 6, 1906
(Alfred J Aubrey takes over pistol department)

Boston Evening Transcript – Apr 6, 1906
(Expansion planned)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Apr 7, 1906
(Steel work contract awarded)

The Meriden Daily Journal – April 13, 1906
(Band Being Formed)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Apr 21, 1906
(Attorney Aubrey serenaded by the band)

Meriden Morning Record – Apr 26, 1906
(Sears info)

The Meriden Daily Journal – May 12 1906
(New Italian band)

The Meriden Daily Journal – May 14, 1906
(Work being pushed, hope three departments up by July 1st)

The Hartford Courant – May 18, 1906
(Rapid Growth of Meriden Fire Arms Co.)

Meriden Morning Record – Jul 28, 1906
(Aubrey had a car)

The Meriden Daily Journal – August 21 1906
(R.W. Sears and Biffar Visited the factory)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Sep 10, 1906
(August Missik is an engraver at Meriden)

Meriden Morning Record – Oct 17, 1906
(Own fire department)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Nov 7, 1906
(Five resigned) FA Stephani and his brother HO

Meriden Weekly Republican – Nov 8 1906
(Stephani resigns)

The Meriden Daily Journal Nov 14, 1906
(Plant engine started by Miss Aubrey)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Aril 5 1907
(Band Performs at Italian fair)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Apr 16, 1907
(Small fire)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Apr 18, 1907
(Thumb Trigger)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jul 22 1907
(Eric John the marksman)

Meriden Morning Record – August 12 1907
(Band plays at the park)

Meriden Morning Record – August 17 1907
(Factory’s Fire Department’s First Test)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Dec 2, 1907
(Workers walk out) market opens in spring and not full time

The Hartford Courant – Mar 18, 1908
(General Manager Aubrey Promoted to Presidency)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Jul 30, 1908
(Fulltime output – Between 500 and 600 men working)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Sep 3, 1908
(plant working overtime – large double gun order placed)

The Hartford Courant – Apr 8, 1909
(Albert J Aubrey Retires)

The Meriden Daily Journal – May 20, 1909
(Albert J Aubrey Selling Home)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jun 21, 1910
(No summer shutdown other than July 4th)

Meriden Morning Record – Jan 7, 1911
(New single barrel hammerless gun will br place on the market within months amd repeating rifle in the works)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Apr 23, 1911
(Board of Trade raised money to lure Sears – Atwater’s company gave $500)

Meriden Weekly Republican – May 30, 1912
(Meriden going to a 55 hour week)

Meriden Morning Record – Jun 19, 1912
(Small Fire)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Jun 20, 1912
(Small Fire)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Aug 15, 1912
(Working two shifts to fulfill Model 15 orders)

Meriden Morning Record – Sep 2, 1912
(Gun Expert Jack Fannon coming here – $40 gun)

Meriden Morning Record – Oct 2, 1912
(Nickel a week contributors)

Meriden Morning Record – Oct 2, 1912
(Savage gun prompting night shift)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Oct 3, 1912
(Nickel a week contributors)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Oct 26, 1912
(John K. Williams)

The Day – Jan 22, 1913
(Meriden fighting tariffs)

Meriden Morning Record – Dec 3, 1913
(27 new members of the Meriden Public Health associations)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Jun 18, 1914
(No July shutdown – business is good)

Meriden Morning Record – July 29, 1914
(Socialists name Heck for Senator)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Sep 16, 1914
(Raymond M. Brewer is foreman at Meriden)

Meriden Weekly Republican – Dec 31, 1914
(Meriden considered a ‘foreign corporation’)

Meriden Morning Record – Feb 7, 1914
(Meriden Rifles not marketable for Mexican revolution)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Feb 25, 1915
(Horne lives at 45 Kensington Ave)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Mar 9, 1915
(Clarence B. Perkins leaves)

Meriden Morning Record – Mar 10, 1915
(Clarence B. Perkins leaves)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jun 10, 1915
(Meriden not interested in war munitions contracts)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Jul 24, 1915
(Horne gets patents)

The Meriden Daily Journal- Aug 4, 1915
(Westinghouse Co buys fire arms factory)

The Meriden Daily Journal- Aug 5, 1915
(Westinghouse Co buys fire arms factory)

Meriden Morning Record – Aug 5, 1915
(Westinghouse Has Bought Fire Arms – May Employ 1000 Men)

The Meriden Daily Journal- Aug 6, 1915
(Deeds Passed Fire Arms Co.)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Oct 13, 1916
(Quitting business till after the war)
Lyman is the superintendent and the plant is primarily engaged in repair work. Business is in the Bergen plant on Center Street and lease is up April 1st.

Meriden Weekly Republican – Jul 5, 1917
(Horne resigns 8/1)

Meriden Morning Record – Nov 6, 1918
(John K. Williams appointed to the charter revision committee)

Meriden Record – Sep 26 1927
(Eric Johnson wins Silver City Gun Club Trap Shoot)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Aug 2, 1935
(Horne obituary)

The Meriden Daily Journal – Sep 8, 1947
(Michael Salmandra Obit – inspector and then foreman of rifle department)

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