The artifacts pictured herein are property of various family members,
and are used by permission.
- Sales tools, including a wood model of a 9-J mill
- Various awards earned by employees over the years.
Including "E" production award and years of service pins.
- Promotional items given away by the company
Show giveaways, patriotic tributes, notepads, etc.
Not shown: Encyclopedias given away at Christmas, 1944 - lettering on
the back cover says "With Appreciation George Gorton Machine Co.
Christmas, 1944". A version of The New Modern Encyclopedia.
- Business cards
- Artwork inspired by, or about company products
- Stock Certificates of various ventures. Some of these
are from Gorton Fence, a side venture of George II; the shares in
the Comet Automobile Company were owned by the company.
- Things which fit into no other category such as Gorton Hall.
This is a set of photos of a wooden model of a 9-J mill which was used as
a sales tool. The man pivots on his base, and the arms also move.
An unknown number of these were made.
Here are 4 "E" Army-Navy production award pins, awarded during WW II.
The awards were given on a per-plant (not company) basis. The top one
is a bit larger than the others; the top three are sterling, while the
bottom one is some other metal (pewter?) All were acquired in antique
shops in Racine; no other provenance is known.
Here are 15 and 20 year service pins; they are not quite 1/2 inch in diameter.
This medal is about the size of a half dollar, date unknown. Presumably
given away as some sort of promotional item, possibly at a machine tool show.
Given its location and condition (on a bookshelf of a family member) this
was probably made prior to 1950.
A similar item, in plastic - given away at the National Machine Tool Builders
show of 1966. Again, about the size of a half dollar.
This tribute to Douglas MacArthur (for "General MacArthur Day" June 13, 1942) is
definitely unusual. It's 8.5x11 inches in size.
Large (promotional?) company logo - a 12" diameter plate, possibly made
for (at?) a machine tool trade show
A series of notepads with pinup cover art by Earl Moran. Daily calendars for
a month, with some blank pages as well. All are from 1955.
February, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
Each pad is about 3" x 6".
Other notepads with a nature theme (from 1970):
A 4x6 or so folding notepad in a box. Probably a marketing giveaway for shows.
A pen with the company info, and a pair of keyring ownership tags. The tags reference
Victor Heck, who was a machinist with the company. These were likely engraved with
one of the companies engraving machines.
Two business cards of Charles Gorton, son of George II (and my grandfather).
This is a sculpture of a P1-3, created in the 1970's by Jim Lewk.
A couple of clothing items, both for bowling.
This is a patch made out of felt (about 8" x 8"). The mill is a
9-J vertical; the patch was formerly owned by Edwin Frost (and thus the "Ed.")
Based upon company catalog contents, the 9-J vertical first appeared
between 1943 and 1950. This may have been a patch intended for a bowling shirt
or other company social/league activity. Edwin Frost had more than twenty years
of service with the company by 1957, based upon the first service award dinner
ceremony program of 1957. Unfortunately, the scan was truncated (it really is an
Charles Gorton's bowling shirt.
Here are scans of stock certificates numbers 3, 14, 16, and 19 for
Gorton Fence Co. (Waukegan, IL) and the Comet Automobile Co. (presumably the
one in Decatur, IL). Gorton Fence was a separate venture, while Gorton
Machine Co. owned the Comet stock. Joseph Tausch (George II's partner
in Gorton Fence) signed the certificate #3, while Cora Erlandson signed the
other Gorton Fence certificates. Cora seems to have been a business manager
for George II, as his name shows up in a variety of other places.
Gorton Hall in Racine, Wisconsin
George II and his first wife Sophy donated this building to their church during WW I.
The congregation named it 'Gorton Hall'.
This was funded by George and Sophy (an initial $50,000); eventual cost overruns
incurred an additional $80,000 which George and Sophy happily provided.
Facilities in the building included: seating capacity of 500, a gymnasium, two
bowling allies, a ladies parlor, and a gentlemen's lounging room. It was planned
that it would be torn down in 2004 to provide parking space for the church, but
as of May, 2005, the hall still exists. An older (1940s or 1950s) photo was also
in the gorton machine records, as was a sheet of Gorton Hall Stationery.
Customer note: Thomas Edison
In November, 2006, a couple of Thomas [Alva] Edison documents came up for sale
on http://www.ebay.com - one of which is a note from "E" to "Moore":
While you engraved Labels on Gorton Machine
Can you Engrave a full Diameter Disc Masters has it reach Enough --- E
The presumption is that the disc masters in question are phonograph masters.
George Gorton II's personal tool box
I do remember seeing this once or twice - I believe it had wood turning tools
in it, but am not positive
Early stationery (probably prior to 1905)
The guess on the date is due to the description of "special machinery" of
the era of Gorton & Graham.
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