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Biography of Oliver P. Redington

Oliver P. Redington subsequently engaged in manufacturing in the town of Andover, this county, two years later locating at Roby’s Corner. He started a water-power factory on the Warner River, about three miles above Waterloo, where he continued the manufacture of wooden bowls, adding that of excelsior. Subsequently, after enlarging his premises, he began making hubs and clothes-pins on a very small scale. Within a few years he acquired such a large trade in hubs that he confined his attention entirely to their manufacture. For these he uses elm timber, cut in New Hampshire, made into blocks, and seasoned by a special process, a large stock being constantly kept on hand. Abbott, Downing & Co., of Concord, use the hubs exclusively. However, seventy-five per cent. of the factory’s output is exported on orders received from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and other distant places. During the last five years, in spite of the depressing financial condition of the country, the business has increased fifty per cent. Oliver P. Redington was a well-read and intelligent man, though not college-bred. Both he and his brother, John S. Redington, were anxious for a college education; but Oliver, the elder, realizing that it would be impossible Oliver also assisted his brother pecuniarily, so that John was enabled to enter Dartmouth, of which he was a student when his death occurred, in the first flush of manhood, with most flattering prospects of a brilliant career before him. Subsequently by close attention to business Oliver acquired a competency. He was a man of positive opinions, clear and courageous in his convictions, and a valued member...

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