Wednesday, April 22, 2015

page 92 -- C.A. Pitkin, Kellogg & Bulkeley Co.

updated 12 December 2015
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From Roots Web a little of C.A. Pitkin's story (details below the pictures):




published by The Kellogg & Bulkeley Co, Hartford CT


The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library features the White Leghorns print above in its gallery of lithographs by Kellog & Bulkeley. According to the Society,

"Kellogg & Bulkeley was founded in 1867 and was the successor to E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, which was in business from 1840 to 1867. In 1874, the business was incorporated as The Kellogg & Bulkeley Company."

Nancy Finlay has written the definitive work on the subject, Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut.
Charles A. Pitkin was a partner in Pitkin Brothers & Co., which made components for steam heating buildings. He was always interested in agricultural matters and eventually became one of the pioneer settlers of Santa Clara County CA as explained by The Valley of Heart's Delight:

"Mr. Pitkin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, in July, 1837, and reared on his father’s farm.  He was attending the East Hartford High School at the age of sixteen, when he left school and went to work in the Colt Pistol Factory in 1856, remaining there one year.  He was then employed in the firm of Bidwell, Pitkin & Co. as bookkeeper, in which his brother was interested.  In 1860 this firm changed its name to Pitkin Bros. & Co., the subject of this sketch being admitted to the firm, and their business the manufacture of steam, water, and gas apparatus.  He remained in the firm until the winter of 1877-78, over twenty years, when he came to California and bought twenty-two acres in the Willows, which he planted partially in orchard, and sold later, buying the place on the Meridian road.
"In 1862 he was married to Miss Henrietta Lockwood, daughter of James and Charlotte (Chamberlain) Lockwood, residents of Hartford, Connecticut.  Mr. Lockwood was a member of the firm of Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., extensive printers and publishers of Hartford, having engaged in that business with Case, Tiffany & Co. in 1836. "


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