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Helen S. Garret vs. Edge Moor Iron Co. suit

1941
 Collection
Identifier: 1216

Abstract

Helen Sellers Garrett (1857-1946) was one of Wilmington's pioneer businesswomen and served as president of the Labor Commission of Delaware. She was the daughter of one of the Edge Moor Iron Company's founders and granddaughter of abolitionist Thomas Garrett (1789-1871). The collection contains a carbon typescript report of the lawsuit of Helen S. Garrett vs. Edge Moor Iron Company, including financial statements.

Dates

  • 1941

Creator

Extent

1 item(s)

Biographical Note

Helen Sellers Garrett (1857-1946) was one of Wilmington's pioneer businesswomen and served as president of the Labor Commission of Delaware. She was the daughter of one of the Edge Moor Iron Company's founders and granddaughter of abolitionist Thomas Garrett (1789-1871).

Garrett was born March 7, 1857, to Eli Garrett (1830-1886) and Frances Sellers (1833-1918). Eli Garrett, and his brothers-in-law William and Johns Sellers, started the Edge Moor Iron Company in 1869. Helen S. Garrett became a clerk in 1886 at the Edgemoor Bridge Company until 1900, when American Bridge Company bought the Edgemoor Bridge Company. The following year, she became company secretary with Edge Moor Iron Company and continued there until her retirement in 1928.

In 1915, Garrett was appointed a member of the Labor Commission of Delaware and, in 1928, became its president. In 1938, she resigned. She was the founder of Thomas Garrett Settlement, named for her grandfather. Garrett died in 1946, after several years of failing health.

Historical Note

The Edge Moor Iron Company engaged in the manufacture of iron and steel bridges at a plant located on the Delaware River north of Wilmington. The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1869 by brothers-in-law Eli Garrett (1830-1886), John Sellers (1826-1906), and William Sellers (1824-1905), a noted Philadelphia mechanical engineer. Among its more important projects were the Brooklyn Bridge deck, the second Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River, and the Kentucky River Bridge of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad.

The company began enlarging its works and adding a rolling mill in 1882, but the financial upheavals of the 1880s and 1890s delayed completion until 1897. By this time, the firm was in financial difficulty, and in 1900 it sold its bridge works to the newly-organized American Bridge Company, which became a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in 1901. The Edge Moor rolling mill was dismantled, and the plant was closed in 1925. The Edge Moor Iron Company was placed in receivership and liquidated in 1936.

The boiler works continued in operation under a new owner, the Edge Moor Iron Works, Inc., incorporated on August 11, 1936.

Scope and Contents

Carbon typescript report of the lawsuit of Helen S. Garrett, as a stockholder of Edge Moor Iron Company, complainant, vs. Edge Moor Iron Company, a dissolved corporation of the State of Delaware, respondant. Includes financial statements of Edge Moor Iron Company.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Edge Moor Iron Company records (Accession 1064), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Helen S. Garret vs. Edge Moor Iron Co. suit
Status:
Author:
John Beverley Riggs
Date:
1978
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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