Joseph Clarence Bolt (1888-1968)
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Photo from 1920s period
Joseph Clarence Bolt
Born in 1889 in Akron Ohio to George Thomas Bolt & Ella Louis Barkwill
Graduated from Akron Central High School in 1904 . He was youngest kid
in class at 16. See photo of graduation class.
Married 1st in 1913 ? to Pearl Wagner
in Akron OH
Joseph had a daughter Josephine Carolyn (Bolt)
Dykeman who is still alive & resides in Waterloo, Iowa at
age of 89 in 2001. Josephine was married to Kenneth
Hamilton Dykeman & had child Charles
Kenneth Hamilton Dykeman. Josephine & Kenneth Sr. ran a
mortirary in Waterloo Iowa. Grandchildren were Kenneth
H. Dykeman II.
Married ( 2nd marriage) Dorothy Gertrude Clark
in 1931 in Reno NV and had one son Richard Barkwill Bolt born in 1939 by
Dorothy (Clark) Bolt
He held US patents for a bicycle tire valve & a punch card transmission
device for duplication over wires.
Told story of riding with Barney
Oldfield while working on rubber tire compounding at Firestone.He was
doing cost accounting for Firestone in Akron at the time. See management
org. chart in our archives from period with him as manager.
Founded J.C.Bolt Co. (Bolt Company) in 1931 in Worcester Mass. during
depression. Manufactured Guide Cards for the computer industry. Took in
partner Mr. Wright in 193?. Sold business to Mr. E. Stanley Wright in 1934
to allow him to take new job at Standard Register in Detroit. "The BOLT
Company" became "Bolt-Wright Co." and then became Wright
& Company and Wright Line which still is in operation in Worcester,
Mass. with 700 employees.
During depression Doroty & Joseph made & sold auto windshield wiper
blade bags (socks) with rock salt in them to de-ice the windshields.
Worked with SCORE ( retired executives) in Springfield,MA to help local
businesses after retirement in 1960s.
Worked 15 years for Springfield Armory ( US Gov) and retired again at 78
in 1964. He was a GS12.
Founded consulting firm Control Equipment Designers in 1964 to work
with hospitals on accounting methods and control.
Died in 1968 at age of 79 while living in Wilbraham, MA with wife Dorothy
& son Richard.
Joseph Clarence Bolt ,son of George Thomas Bolt
who was born in St. Catharines, Ont. in 1864.
b. April 10th, 1888 in Akron, Ohio
d. Dec.12th,1968 in Springfield, Mass / Wesson Memorial hospital. Was
living in Wilbraham, Mass with Dorothy & Son Richard (second family).
m. cia 1913? to Pearl (Wagner) Bolt in Akron, Ohio. divorced
in 1931 & m. Oct. 22nd,1931 to Dorothy Gertrude (Clark) Bolt
Joe's Sister: Fern L. (Bolt) Thorp b. 11 May 1890, d.2 July 1958
in Akron, Ohio. They had only an adopted daughter. She was buried in Rose
Joe's SS# was 577-05-3117 issued in Washington ,DC. Record listed in LDS
He had baby brother who died of whooping cough when an infant. This is
likely Charles Bolt age 1 18?? in Woodland Cem.
Lived in Worcester, Mass (19 30s ); Akron,Ohio (as child); Bound Brook,New
Jersey (1930s ); Grafton, MA (1944-1955); Great Falls Street ,Falls Church,
Va.(193?-1944); Wilbraham, Ma (1955-death in 68).
CHILDREN of Joseph
(1) Josephine Caroline Dykeman by Pearl (Wagner) Bolt-1st marriage.
Josephine born in 1911?
(2) Richard Barkwill Bolt by Dorothy Getrude (Clark) Bolt-2nd marriage.
born in Feb.24, 1939.
Second marriage was to Dorothy Bolt ( my mom) on Oct. 22, 1931 in Kansas
City, Kansas Baptist parsonage by Baptist minister Rev. Harbough.
PARENTS of Josdeph
Son of George Thomas and Ella Louise (Barkwill ) Bolt
Q-When did his parents move to Akron?
Joe lived in Akron, Ohio as boy.
His father George lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio as boy. Note one census
of Chagrin Falls OH has George listed as a BUDD. Note, he was only stepson
of Mr. Budd!
Father George Thomas Bolt died at 65 in July 26th,1929 in Philadelphia.
Physical Description of Joseph
Joe was Blond ( before he was bald) with blue eyes.
Joe had a clef chin/dimple-grandson Dean has a dimple there also!
He had abdominal scar where he had his appendix out.
He had most all his teeth, including several gold capped ones!
Shoe size was same as son Richard, mens 9 1/2 A ( narrow).
Wore glasses and was considerably bald, especially in later years/life.
Fantastic mind to end. He could add columns of numbers in his head. He
was taught accounting early in life as to how to trace back balances that
didn't match to source of error.
Had heart condition , angina requiring nitroglycerine in later life for
abt. 10 years. He would pass out on hot days from reaction to Nitro pills.
In 1951 he was 5'5" & 140 lbs.as listed on US gov / I-171 records
Had heart attack at age 72, and was out of work for Springfield . Armory
Dec61 to Feb.62 on this. The Springfield Armory was in Springfield,MA till
it closed in about 1970.
Smoked cigarettes and pipe and cigar in later life. Chewed Tabasco and
hid from 2nd wife in chewing gum.
The BOLTs lived on High Street address in Akron, Ohio. See
photo of House with Joe in front about age 4.
As boy, owned a Black Orient racing bicycle in Ohio. He was said to be
fond of stunting with bicycle.
Old story of going fishing alone at only age 2 yrs. wearing skirts, was
caught down street as he went by home of friends! Wrap around skirt likely
easy way to pee outdoors & make bathroom calls fast!
He told story of unloading watermelons as kid, and dropping one on purpose
so all the workers could eat!
Dad had story of when he was a kid, got in trouble for loaning a small
black powder canon he had built to a friend. Seems the kid blew a finger
off with it!
He told a story of a riot in town when young girl was killed accidentally.
His dad took him there where a prisoner was being held. There was a lynch
mob. A young girl on a buggy got shot & killed by accident. See
Akron Riot of 1900 write ups.
Graduated from Akron Central High School at 16 (youngest in class).
See class group photo still in family. See US Gov 171 form. Completed
12 yrs in 10 yrs. Joe had listed on resume accounting, Algebra, Geometry,
Commercial Math & German classes. Was "fair" in reading, speaking &
Notes say was office boy, book keeper & factory worker during school
vacations. At Firestone? His dads place of work?
A 1905 newspaper article on dad : Clarance Bolt & Fern Bolt, attending
a home party/recieption of sunday school teacher, Miss Mary Dice. Reference
Church was first M. E. church.
HOBBIES / INTERESTS
Joseph played Golf when younger. Letter of July 29, 1919 has a ref. to
Golf. Both Dorothy & Joe had their own golf clubs.
Fishing , especially for small mouth bass. Dad & I used to go where
I rowed or we used an electric motor we had. He once got a hook caught
in his hand that he had to go to a doctor in Sturbridge area to get removed.
He had his own minnow bucket and grass hopper box. See photo from company
Belonged to Candle Pin bowling leagues while living in Grafton, Mass. Bowled
in South Grafton. I have & still use his bowling shoes. Candle Pins
were only in New England.
Billards was another interest. During stay alone in 50s and some time afterward,
dad taught billiards to the Demolay in Springfield, Mass. I think he learned
in Bound Brook area.
While in Va, growing Roses was one of his hobbies.
Family had an English Springer Spaniel dog (Toby) in late 30s when son
Richard was born. The dog became jealous of new son and was sold or given
Related CENSUS INFO
Census of 1900 says Joseph was 12 years old and at school and his mother
and father were married for 13 years. Was listed as Clarence J.(not Joseph
C.) b. 1888.
Buried at Riverside Cem. Grafton in Grafton , Mass. He was cremated by
his wish ( with Masonic special bib) and placed in dual plot when his second
wife Dorothy ( my mother) is now also now buried there.
Took courses at Actuarial ( Actual?)Business College in Akron, Ohio-1906-1907
( 1/2 yr days & 1/2 Yr nights). degree in 1907. Poss. see info in city
Directory for this period? * Took correspondence cources from La Salle
Correspondance School. Accounting & Business (1920-1922).
Taught classes in Cost Accounting at YMCA in Akron & at Firestone Plant
Was member of NACA-National Association Cost Accounting ? Was pre 1950!
Q-Are they still in existance? Merged with other group?
Belonged to Masonic Temple in Boundbrook, NJ. Was burried with Masonic
Bib. From NJ Masonic Grand Lodge of Library & Museum ( file card):
Was member of NJ Lodge #105, Eastern Star Masonic Lodge in Boundbrook,
NJ. at Second & Church Streets.
Iniated March 4th, 1921; Passed April 1st; & Raised April? 1st. No
more info from local lodge was forth coming and they kept my $!. Joe contributed
to that lodge all his life just incase he need a old age home.
Grand Lodge: Ken Luckenbach; 902 Jacksonville Rd.; Burlington, NJ. 08016
NJ Grand Lodge--PO Box 460, Jacksonville Rd., Burlington 08016, 609-386-5115
US Patents held by Joseph Bolt
* Holder of three US patents including bicycle tire valve design and
computer punch card sending over wire and copying device ( held with another
(1) Invented electrical remote control of office machines for IBM.
Joseph C.Bolt of Boston & Curt I. Johnson; Worcester, Mass. assors
to the Tabulating Machine Co., Endicott, NY.
Distance Control Device (serial # 497236) Aug. 9, 1932: pat#
1,870,230. Pat. lawyer M.E. Keller; 270 Broadway, NY.-Called Electrical
Remote Control of Office Machines, was for IBM. See also letter from IBM
about filling in Canada in 9/15/1931.
* Draft letter to W.M. Wilson, Pat. Dep. IBM on Nov.9, 1931 at 270 Broadway,
NYC on expediting $ for he & Johnson.
(2) Method and apparatus for Vulcanizing inner tubes ( valve stem assembly
to rest of tube)
. Pat. # 1,583,520, May 4th, 1926 . See letter about filing in South
Africa dated _March 10, 1926___________. .
(3) For Standard Register Co. invented
dual paper feed for accounting machines now used by Internal Revenue (IRS)
for writing Tax Refunds. Note was not in US Pat. Office search by dads
name? Needs research? Search Standard Register Co. assignment? Check out
Kant-Slip forms, says 25 yrs in use in 1937 add. This would be 1912, to
early for dad to have likely be involved in !
Still have sample of eary camed
sprocket wheel in home collection & possible clue. Try STD Register
in Dayton, Ohio. 513-4431000 main #. 513-4433431@Hughes Skees in Pat. /
Legal Section? Another
view of wheel.
(4) Invented Semi Automatic payroll machine for Burroughs adding machines.
This needs to be researched. Note, not in dads name when patent was assigned
? When did he work for Burroughs? Where? See letter of Aug. 20, 1928 reference
to filing evidence of Conception for typewrighter to punch card encryptor?
AUTOs OWNED & Driven by
Joseph Bolt--WORK HISTORY
FIRESTONE TIRE & RUBBER
Co. ( 1907-1919)
For many years he was manager of the cost department of the Firestone Tire
& Rubber Co. at the Akron factory, having left the rubber center about
five years ago. See
organizational chart for about 1819? Gov. I-171 says: 1907-1919, Auditor
of Manufacturing Div., earned 900-5000$ / yr, Supervisor was J.W. Thomas-Gen'l
Supt / President /Chairman. managed 130 accountants & Clerks. Was then
a rubber, textile & steel, and Rim Mfg. I-171 says Dads work was: designed,
installed and operated accounting, production & inventory control systems.
Included time study, office methods, factory methods & payroll ,etc.
Was Chief cost Accountant and Cost Controller. Included many surveys, investigations
and cost analysis reports. Supervised many government & commercial
cost plus contracts. Think this kept him out of WWI, as working on war
of 1909 Firestone Office staff including my dad manager of cost accounting
office. Name listing to follow on other site.
Letter of April 8, 1918 to Chief Cost Accountant ( JC Bolt ) on costs of
producing shoes. This is assumed Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
Was in group photo at Firestone on Feb. 21, 1918.
Collection has old brown leatherette 3 small ring binder says in gold letters:
Firestone Homestead Outing; Colombian, Ohio; July 11th, 1914.; J. C. Bolt.
contents are missing!
Large written report/study done on operations at Co.
Firestone archives were given to U of Akron: 216-9726252. They went to
the old Polsky Bld. downtown Akron in 94!
Dad always claimed he had ridden with Barney Oldfield ( famous period auto
racer) during a Fireston tire test. Akron Ohio home. See
photo of likely my dad on far left.
Letter from Packared Motor Car Co. on April 30, 1918, was to dad at 53
Borton Ave.; Akron , Ohio
Joseph's BROADWAY OFFICE in
NY CITY ( 1919-1928)
He had company office at on 10011 Broadway New York in ? year. Business
card says :J.C, Bolt; telephone , Rector 8971; Management Engineering;
cost reduction; 111 broadway; new york City. Same period of living in Boundbrook,
NJ. Belonged to Masonic Temple in Boundbrook. Was burried with Masonic
Member of Masons in Boundbrook, NJ.? Started in 1921.
Assumed married & living with first wife. Mom said he built his own
house. Get address, go see / photo of house if still there, or ask for
someone else to do.
Bound Brook , NJ-- Home
Belonged to Presbyterian Church
Middlebrook Country Club-No tel listing in 94! Was Treasurer & Governor
Raritan Valley Country Club-Member
Old letter of Jan.18th, 1924 references fight with Board of Education in
Bound Brook over Fire Hazards at Lafayett School. Another unsigned letter
( likely not from dad) says he has son there now and daughter next fall.
Who lived at 2 E. maple ?
Received 1000$ loan from bank in Bound Brook, NJ on May 26, 1923. What
was this for? New home? Stock as collateral?
Owned stock in The American Speed-O-Feeder Co., Cleveland-July 16, 1921.
Moms notes say Joe helped organize Co. Went BUST!
119 E. Maple; Phone 497. Dads father sent letter to this address on Mar.
1, 1927 from Hospital in Campden, NJ.
Letter to dad at 524 Church St. in Bound Brook on July 27, 1922
Letter to dad at 118 East Maple Ave in BB Nov24, 1919.
Letter to dad in Aug. 19, 1920 was to 524 Church St. in Bound Brook, NJ.
Letter to dad at 119 East Maple Ave. Oct. 27, 1925.
Letter to dad of Aug.1, 1927 from First National bank of Bound Brook was
to 1049 Johnston St. in Akron, Ohio? Does say dads home was in BB!
Letter of June 7, 1921 was to dad in Voorhees Ave. in Bufallo??? Note Ap.14,
1921 letter to Madison Tire & Rubber Co. in Bufallo!
Letter of 7/1/1919 Ref. a Mrs. Bolt
HOWE RUBBER Co. ( 191?-1919
A letter from Packard Motor Co. on Mar.13.1919 indicates dad was working
Letter indicates dad resigned from Howe on Oct.23, 1919?
Letter head says New Brunswick, NJ.
Letter to dad from on June 24, 1922 ref. dad leaving Howe.
Letter to Joseph in care of Howe Rubber Co. in New Brunswick, NJ was dated
July 1st, 1919.
Internet information seems to indicate company was in existance from 1917-1925
MADISON TIRE & RUBBER Co.
Was Assistant to VP & General Manager of Madison Tire & Rubber
Address was 20 West 60th street; NYC.
Went to work there May 20, 1921, see offer letter of 500$/ Mo.
Note Ap.14, 1921 letter to Madison Tire & Rubber Co. in Buffalo!
Internet information seems to indicate company was in existance from 1920-1925
GLOBE RUBBER Co. (1922?-1926?)
IBM / BOSTON, MASS. (1928-1931)
Was put in as controller of The Globe Rubber Co. (NJ, see letter?) by a
bank when the company went into Bankruptcy. See letter head & letter
on this still in family . Letter from India Rubber Review publication has
attached news clipping that says: j.C. Bolt is now Secretary-Treasurer
and factory manager of the Globe Rubber Tire Manfacturing Co., Trenton,
Letter on July 13, 1922 addressed to Trenton , NJ talks about ways to save
the Globe Rubber Co.
Oct. 22, 1925 letter to dad at Globe would indicate the Coal & Iron
National Bank has an interest in Globe.
Understand the Governor of NJ had interest in bank & Globe.
Letter to dad there of Oct. 22, 1925 was to Trenton, NJ.
Letter from The Mechanics National bank on Mar.10, 1926 talks about Gov.
of NJ and Globe Rubber Co. phase out!
Rubber Co. web page
Internet information seems to indicate company was in existance from 1915-1930
Started as Junior Salesman?
Think this was the period Josephine would have been in College in Boston!
Which came first to Boston , the schooling or the job? What year did Josephine
start & finish? How did dad find mom in Worcestter, Mass ? Met her
at Shipmans Dentist in Worcester. Was he selling in Worc. with bad tooth?
No, had office near by!
IBM letter of Nov. 7, 1931 was to RM 602 in Duprey Bld. at 16 Norwich St.;
Worcester. Joseph Bolt
BOLT & Co./ BOLT & Wright
/Wright Line ( 1931-1933)
Founder of Wright Co., it first was Bolt Co, then was Bolt and Wright,
and now Wright Line in Worcester, Mass. Wright Co. for years claimed Mr.
Wright had founded it. Said so in all their pamphlets. Also in Worcester
Newspaper brown section! They finally came out to interview his widow who
produced many documents including bill of sale of company to Mr. Wright.
They now have changed their claim!
Was late 1933 when Stanley Wright was taken as partner. Nov. 1931 became
Bolt & Wright Co.
Address of dad was 16 Norwich St. in Worcester, Mass on July 15, 1932.
Likely Bolt Co. address?
Worcester , Mass Area Address
In October 1929 Joseph was living
at: 21 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA. His car purchase slip says "Salesman"
The old BUXTON Farm House at 498 Lincoln St.. Was address where mom &
dad first lived and ran the Bolt Co. after leaving the Worcester Office
of ? They lived / rented upstairs and part of down. This house was torn
down for big Lincoln Sheratin Hotel. This is where they lived during the
great depression. Joe & Dot also made salt bags to tie on auto windshield
wipers to melt ice during winter.
Info From 1934 Diary: Home tel # 2-2319. Likely when living in Worcester
From 1940 Worcester MA Directory: 498 Lincoln St. was home of Virginia
C. O'Brian who lived & worked at that address.
Joseph's office was at 16 Norwich St. & Duprey Building. If this is
correct, it should be in or close to where Dorothy worked for Dr. Shipman
? The 1940 directory does not have any company listed that Joseph would
likely worked for?
SOLD INSURANCE ( ?-?)
Sold insurance for "Penn Indemnity". When ? Where were/are they?
No records remain?
STANDARD REGISTER Co. / DAYTON
, OHIO ( 1933-1946)
Office manager of Sales Office in Dayton, Ohio.
taken in 1935 or 36 in companies office at Michigan in Stevenson building.
Office Manager for Akron office of Standard Register Co. in 193? Was special
sales rep. for Business Machines Forms Div. of Standard Register Co. of
Joseph's YMCA Membership card of 1st year, May 5th, 1934-Dayton, Ohio-
Was this where he stayed when first in Dayton? #34-172 on card. Was married
to Dorothy in 31, so they lived together in Dayton.
Business card says: J.C. Bolt; Business Machines Forms Division; The Standard
Register Co. ; Dayton, Ohio ( main office)
Office address on old letter ( Ap.23,1935) to dad from IBM was toThe Standard
Register Co.; 712 Stephenson Blvd.;West Grand Ave & Cass.; Detroit.
Business card of dads says Business Machine Forms Div. at 1080 National
Press Bld in Washington, DC. Tel was #3699. On 10th floor. another sheet
Indications are started Jan. 25, 1934? & Dayton July 15, 1935.
Card to dad on 6/5/1935 was to Standard Register Co.; Stevenson Blvd. in
Std Register is still in Dayton, try for archives. Dayton, Ohio Home
Magazine article in "The Pinehurst Outlook" says Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Bolt
of Dayton, Ohio were staying at The Berkshines in Pinehurst, N. C. Was
edition of March 16th, 1935. said staying there last weekend enjoying walks,
drives and golf course.
A 1936 valentine card from mom to dad at work would indicate home was 780
N. Summit St., Dayton, Ohio.
WASHINGTON,DC/ Standard Register
Co.( 1938??-1945 ) WAR War II YEARS /
Office at 1080 National Press Building; Washington, D.C.; National 3699
( phone # ?)
Telegram from home office to DC office would indicate April 18, 1945 was
last days. Moving to Mass.
Letter of July 22, 1938, indicates working in DC.
In 1942, was one of the 100 point men for Co. Mom got the diamonds or a
ring. Mr. W. O. Wolley was dads boss and board chairman.
Mr. W. D. Caton was Eastern Sales Mgr. & friend of dads.
1937 100 point club has dads picture and he was in DC.?
May 26, 1939 Stanreco bulletin shows luggage dad won for doing 39% sales.
Dads friend Mr. Hines was office mgr. in DC for many yrs. He is 82 and
in good health & mind in California.His wife Pearl ( moms friend) died
in 92. I talked to him on phone Dec. 94. Falls Church, Va . Home
Lived in Falls Church, Va on 751 Great Falls Street during WWII.
Purchased from Richard Feldman for 6250$ in 19??
Sold house to McCland/ on April 18, 1945 for 8000$.
Loan Doc. 3/13/1943 for 3.3K$ was from Second National Bank in Arlington,
Was in Civil Defense for Falls Church during WWII. See
hat photo #1. See
hat Photo #2 See Hard Hat Photo.
RETIREMENT #1 - to Grafton,
Mass ( 1945-1955)
* He sold "Rototillers" ( the original Swedish cultivators/garden tractor
with rotating tines) with Mr. Somerville in Grafton, Mass. Mr. Somerville
had a Henry J. Kiser dealership at time inc. show room . Letters of agreement
say Rototiller Sales Co. of Grafton, Mass with Harold Somerville. Dad sold
his part to Slim 6/30/1947. Start was 1/1/1947. Also mentions Rotoetts?
This same time he played the stock market in Worcester (Payne Webber).
He took his son there at least once. Also raised chickens & strawberries
* Lived at 16 ( renumbered to 10 in 1980s) Carroll Road. Moms mother
lived there after we moved up from Va. Gramma & grandpa had lived there
since dad bought house in 39?? Grampa Clark died while living there . Phone
# at house was 2482 in the early 50s.We owner two plots of 3.8 acres total.
* We raised chickens, strawberries, rabbits.
SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / US GOVERNMENT
/ Springfield, Mass (1951?-1967?)
* Worked for US government ( Springfield Armory) in Springfield, Mass.for
15 years before retiring at again age 78 . Was in Management Science Office.
Was offered another job at Rock Island Arsonal for US Army/Gov. He was
a grade 12. He was offered the job when he was 78 yrs old!!!!
* Lived in Wilbraham, Mass. !st @Delmore?( rental home) , 2nd @Decory
Drive (rental home)& 3rd @ ## Main street ( mom purchased home in ?
& was sold in 91?
* Offered Job: 12 Dec. 1951
* Form 3/18/1953 says GS303-11 from GS 303-9.
* Form 1/30/1956 says GS 303-12 from GS 303-11
* From 1962 or 1963 says GS 343-12? June 30, 1959 form says GS12.
Wilbraham, Mass-- Homes
6 Merrill Rd. was a rental
19 Delmore was a rental
Main St. was rental until Mom bought after dads death.
He was Charter member of Springfield Chapter of AIIE or American Institute
of Industrial Engineers. Dad was one of 5 Board of Directors in Mar. 1960.
He taught billiards to the Masonic Demolay boys at the Springfield MA temple
on State Street.
RETIREMENT #2 in Wilbraham,
* After retiring from US Gov., he volunteered for SCORE, the retired
executives helping businesses with start up and other problems.
* Later, Joseph and son Dick worked on Hospital Management ideas in
1964! The Company name was Control Equipment Designers. Was he retired?
Not till 68?
photos still exist in family showing him as baby, with sister, etc ---Click
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* Have only one very short super 8 movie sequence of dad shows him at
Shanks party in July 1968. Was converted to VHS Video in 95.
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