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Earl R. Fenstermacher Hercules plant miscellany

1919-1955
 Collection
Accession: 1448

Abstract

Hercules Inc. was a manufacturer of chemicals and munitions based in Wilmington, Delaware. Earl R. Fenstermacher (1894-1984) was the superintendent of the Columbus plant in Kansas. This item is a bound volume containing two typescripts written by Fenstermacher describing the manufacture and operating procedures at the company.

Dates

  • 1919-1955

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

Physical Description

Includes 33 photographic prints.

Historical Note

Hercules Inc. was a manufacturer of chemicals and munitions based in Wilmington, Delaware. The company was established in 1912 by T.W. Bacchus (1862-1944) as the Hercules Powder Company. The Hercules Powder Company was one of the companies created from the break-up of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours "powder trust" in 1911 as ruled by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. During its early years as a separate company, it continued to produce explosives and dynamite. Hercules gradually evolved into a diversified chemical company and was renamed Hercules Incorporated on April 29, 1966.

Biographical Note

Earl R. Fenstermacher (1894-1984) was the superintendent of the Hercules Inc. Columbus plant in Kansas. He began at the plant as a bookkeeper in 1919, and was transferred to Hercules, California, prior to 1940. He retired in 1955.

Scope and Contents

This item is a bound volume containing two typescripts written by Fenstermacher describing the manufacture and opertating procedures at the company. The first one is titled "Hercules Plant - Description of Manufacture of Black Powder," dated May 31, 1955 (88 pages). The second is titled "Black Powder Operating Procedure Specifications, with related instructions 1919-1955." It contains thrity-three photographic prints (77 pages).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Earl R. Fenstermacher Hercules plant miscellany
Status:
Author:
John Beverley Riggs
Date:
1978
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400