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George Smith (1841-1918)

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George Smith (1841-1918) of Smith and Grace.

1841 Born the son of Nathaniel Smith

1861 Living at Bridge Street, Thrapston: Nathaniel Smith (age 47 born Kettering), Engine Manufacturer. With his wife Ann Smith (age 45 born Thrapston) and their nine children; George Smith (age 19 born Stamford), Engine Smith; Mary Smith (age 16 born Stamford); Edwin Smith (age 14 born Stamford); Harriett Smith (age 11 born Stamford); Emma Smith (age 9 born Stamford); Alfred Smith (age 7 born Kettering); Nathaniel Smith (age 4 born Thrapston); Fanny Smith (age 2 born Thrapston); and William Smith (age 7 months born Thrapston). Note: Three adjoining houses in Bridge Street with Robert Smith, Nathaniel Smith and Henry Smith[1]

Invented the screw boss pulley which proved to be the source of great development for the company.

1899 George Smith and Edwin Smith of Nene Side Iron Works, Thrapston, gained a patent for a combined fast and loose pulley which is self fixing and interchangeable.

1918 Obituary [2]

The death of Mr. George Smith, managing director of Smith and Grace Screw Boss Pulley Company, Limited, took place of December 17th, at Thrapston, Northamptonshire.

Mr Smith was born at Stamford in 1841, was the second son of the late Mr. Nathaniel Smith, one of the earliest agricultural implement makers, who carried on business at Thrapston, under the style of Smith and Grace, agricultural engineers.

In 1869 Mr. George and his brother, Mr. Edwin Smith, acquired Mr. Grace's interest in the business, the nature of which ultimately changed from the manufacture of agricultural implements to that of power transmission accessories, and about twenty years ago the present private limited company was formed.

Mr George Smith took an active part in public life. He was a Justice of the Peace, Vice-Chairman of the Guardians for nearly forty years, Alderman of the Northamptonshire County Council, and Chairman of the District Council, the Local War Tribunal, the Market Company, the Gas Company, etc.

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