Wiley & Russell Views and Comparisons

Here are some comparison examples, from the historic record, against our virtual reality model. Below them are views of the site which may be historically accurate, but have no surviving photographs to compare. The main page for this project may be viewed HERE.

Wiley & Russell Tap & Die

A Green River Scene from the 1890s

A Green River Scene from the 1890s

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2 thoughts on “Wiley & Russell Views and Comparisons

  1. So I am looking for info about a case marked GT&D, c.1936, No. 1000 Tap Die and Drill Assortment, and I started studying the history of the Green River Industrial Legacy. Early on Wiley and Russell made taps and dies, and probably made the wood boxes the tools were shipped in as well.
    This company and others (Wells) were absorbed by GT&D in advance of WWI. They must have acquired the wood working shops from the earlier operators. Does anyone have information about the wood working portion of the business?

    • Hi Dave,
      GTD was organized in 1912 and combined a number of local companies which made similar products. The two largest of these were the Wells Bros. & Co., and the Wiley & Russell Mfg. Co. The Wells brothers made many tool products, which served the blacksmiths, wheelrights, etc., and W&R had other products besides thread cutting tools. I do not have first hand knowledge of any tools these pre-GTD companies made, which were specifically made for wood working, but it is certainly possible. Our museum mill site was certainly producing metal tools for woodworking, at least by the 1850s. This tool making activity is certainly part of the legacy which eventually made GTD possible, although not every company, which operated on our site, were to eventually merge into the thread cutting industry. One exciting discovery we made, did involve a company on our site which invented a production planer to manufacture clapboards. The photograph we show is our earliest photo record of industrial activity on our site! http://industrialhistory.org/histories/ambrotypes-reveal-forgotten-history-the-jones-thompson-patent-planar-1856/

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