Friday, October 26, 2012
J.A. Montgomery and the Sandusky Tool Company
Joseph Albert Montgomery was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on April 1, 1820. After working for a few years in Boston, in 1847 he moved to Columbus, Ohio. From 1847 to 1861, Mr. Montgomery was associated with the Ohio Tool Company. In 1869, he came to Sandusky, Ohio to become the superintendent of the Sandusky Tool Company. He remained with the company for thirty years. Wilbert Schwer wrote in The Sandusky Tool Company Story that Joseph A. Montgomery designed woodworking machinery that was used throughout the life of the company. In 1890 Mr. Montgomery was issued several patents for machinery used in the manufacturing of planes.
On March 3, 1899, Joseph A. Montgomery passed away a lengthy illness. An obituary which appeared in the March 4, 1899 issue of the Sandusky Star stated that Mr. Montgomery was universally respected and loved. He was survived by his wife, four sons, and a daughter. Mr. Montgomery can be seen in the picture below, taken about 1870. He is sixth from the left in the front row.