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Manufacturers Index - Morrill & Allen
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The Boston firm of Allen & Endicott (Caleb C. Allen and Henry Endicott), established about 1856, made steam engines and boilers. In 1858 they moved the business to Cambridgeport. In 1873 they sold the business to Morrill & Hooker (Alfred Morrill and Henry Hooker), which continued until 1878 when Hooker sold his interest to Albert F. Allen's father on behalf of his son, and the business became Morrill & Allen (at some point the boiler business was sold off to Campbell Bros. & Co.). When A. F. Allen died the firm became Alfred Morrill & Co., which continued until 1890 when Morrill retired and sold the business to Barbour & Stockwell.

Ads in 1879 Sampson, Davenport & Co.'s Boston Directory

Information Sources

  • 1862 The Massachusetts Register lists Allen & Endicott under Boiler Makers and Machinery & Tools.
  • 1871 Sampson & Murdock Company's The Boston Directory lists "Allen & Endicott (Caleb C. Allen and H. Endicott), engine builders, 5 Liberty square".
  • 1896 book The Cambridge of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-six, by Arthur Gilman.

    The Barbour, Stockwell Co. is the result of the cousolidation of the business of three separate firms.

    The firm of Allen & Endicott was established about forty years ago by Caleb C. Allen and Henry Endicott. They were at first located in Boston on North Grove Street, where they built engines and boilers, and carried on a general machine-shop business.

    In 1858 they purchased property on Main Street, at the corner of Osborn Street, in this city, which had been for some time owned and occupied by Davenport & Bridges, car builders. Their works were moved out from Boston, and they remained at this place until 1873, when they disposed of the business but retained their ownership in the real estate. The new firm was known as Morrill & Hooker, and consisted of Alfred Morrill and Henry Hooker, both of Cambridge.

    In 1878 Mr. Allen purchased the interest of Mr. Hooker for his son, Albert F. Allen, and the firm became Morrill & Allen. On the death of Albert F. Allen, Mr. Morrill continued the business under the name of Alfred Morrill & Co., until 1890, when he retired from active business, and transferred the good-will, stock, tools, and fixtures to Barbour & Stockwell.

    The Cambridge Railroad was built while the business was in the hands of Allen & Endicott, and they were called upon to furnish a large part of the track material used. The building of other roads rapidly followed, and the activity in this field added a permanent and important branch to their already large and successful business.

  • 1911 Who's who in Finance, Banking, and Insurance has a biography of Henry Endicott. "Formerly (until 1871) member of firm of Allen & Endicott, manufacturers of steam boilerrs, engines, etc.; since then has had no active business interests. President Allen & Endicott Building Corporation, Cambridgeport Savings Bank,..."