DEATH OF CHARLES PARKER
Charles Parker, president of the Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., died at his home in that city Friday, January 31. He was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, from which he was buried on the Sunday following his death. Mr. Parker was in his ninety-fourth year, and until recently was in unusually good health for one of his advanced age. He retained his mental faculties in good condition until just before his death.
Charles Parker was born in Cheshire, Conn., January 2, 1809, and as early as 1828 was manufacturing coffee mills in Meriden, going in business on his own account in 1829. Mr. Parker’s business ability was constantly progressing, having had a number of experiences during the intervening year, when in 1844 he supplanted the water power of his factory by steam power, and largely increased his facilities thereby. He was the first manufacturer of plated spoons and forks and plated hollow ware in Meriden.
The Charles Parker Co., or corporation, was formed in 1877 and other plants, such as Parker Bros., manufacturers of the Parker shotgun; the Meriden Curtain Fixture Co., and the Parker Clock Co., were all controlled in the Parker interests. The Charles Parker Co. also manufacture at East Meriden cabinet locks, tea, table and basting spoons, and at Yalesville coffee mills, piano stools and packing boxes. Mr. Parker has long been noted for his liberality in charitable affairs, and in those connected with church advancement, contributing largely toward the erection of the church from which he was buried, having given the congregation the lot on which the church was built. With the exception of the office of mayor of Meriden, to which he was elected when the city was incorporated, Mr. Parker steadily declined to accept office.
Mr. Parker was married October 6, 1831, and had ten children, the youngest son, Dexter Wright Parker, graduating from West Point in 1870. He and his sister, Mrs. William H. Lyon, are the only children who survive.
William H. Lyon, Mr. Parker’s son-in-law, for several years past has borne the responsibilities of the business, arising from so many industries, and has been remarkably successful in his management, which has been a very prosperous one.
Source: Hardware - 10th February 1902