Quimby S. Backus - Inventor and Toolmaker




Quimby S. Backus, son of Gurdon and Wealthy Ann Backus, was born July 23, 1838 at Bridgewater, Vermont. His preliminary education was obtained in the public schools of his native town, and this was supplemented by attendance at the public schools of Brandon and the Brandon Seminary, from which institution he was graduated at the age of sixteen years.

He then removed to Woodstock, Vermont, where he learned the trade of machinist, which he followed with success for many years, being employed by the Howe Scale Company and having the distinction of making the first scales made in Brandon for the company.

In 1861 he was engaged as a tool-maker in a gun shop in Windsor, the firm having a contract for supplying guns to the United States government; later he was employed in the railroad shops at Rutland. Vermont, and subsequently engaged in the manufacture of all kinds of machinery at Winchendon, Massachusetts.

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