from The Webster Times, 5 Dec 1912, contributed by Mike Branniff
| Captain Amos Bartlett
Capt. Amos Bartlett, a native and life long resident of Webster , for many years prominently connected with the S. Slater & Sons Inc. manufacturing interest, acting as agent and general manager, and later as one of the trustees, died at his home at the junction of East, South and North Main streets, last Saturday night at ten o’clock. The immediate cause of death was heart failure, following a protracted period of general debility. He had been confined to the house about two weeks. Mrs. Bartlett and the three children, Spaulding, Lucia and Sidney, were present when he passed away. Capt. Bartlett was born in Webster in 1836, son of Asa and Matilda (Kingsbury) Bartlett, and if he had lived until the 9th day of next May he would have attained his 77th birthday.
On Oct. 14, 1863 Capt. Bartlett married Miss Emma Spaulding, daughter of Erastus and Lucy (Locke) Spaulding, and sister of the late Cyrus Spaulding, who with his father Erastus for a number of years conducted the leading hardware store in this vicinity, and who were prominent members and supporters of the Webster Methodist and Episcopal church.
After the Civil War, and previous to making his permanent home in Webster, Capt. Bartlett was for a time located in Rockville, Warehouse Point, Conn. and in 1870 was in Mapleville R. I. where he was superintendent of a mill. In 1859 Capt. Bartlett worked with Henry Bugbee making shoes. The same year they both went to St. Louis, and returned by Harper’s Ferry, where John Brown made his famous raid. Capt. Bartlett went to work at the age of nine years. His father was employed at the age of ten, and his grandfather, Zephaniah, as a blacksmith at Wilsonville, sharpened the drills made in building the first card room in this vicinity. Capt. Bartlett's education was obtained as a student in the district schools, and later he was a student at Nichols and Wilbraham Academies.
In the death of Capt. Bartlett this community has lost one of its foremost citizens. The family name, Bartlett, has been for more than half a century been identified and is synonymous with that which has pertained to manufacturing, educational and ethical progress in this community. The head has been taken by death, and the family and immediate relatives are only a small portion of those of whom may be classed as mourners. Mr. Bartlett's life has been one of progress in whatsoever direction he has turned his attention. As a student in school he was marked by his instructors as a scholar who would succeed in life on account of his constant diligence. To commit theoretically was only was only a part of his student endevors, all his learning must be proved and worked out from a practical standpoint. Thus it was that he was chosen from the student body of his classmates and made a success as a teacher. It was his through comprehension of what he obtained in school life that gave him the mannerly ability to impart his knowledge.
It was at this period that he heard the call of duty to go forth in the defense of his country and flag. He had been an earnest student, an earnest instructor, and these same characteristics made him a loyal patriotic and faithful soldier. From the ranks he soon was taken, and by steps attained the title of Captain, which he bore with dignity, reflecting credit upon his superior officers, and always retaining the respect of those in his command. Ripe for progressive duty as a civilian, he returned from the war of ’61-5 temporarily disabled and soon recovering, was able to take up the battle of civil life. After a temporary residence in Rockville, he came to Webster, enlisted his services with the S. Slater & Sons, Inc., and by diligence, faithfulness, ability and hard work attained the position of agent and manager. For a long number of years there was none who stood closer to the head of the Slater interests than Capt. Bartlett. He was a vestryman in the Church of the Reconciliation (Episcopal), was a past commander of the Nathaniel Lyon Post 61, G. A. R. and was noted for his kind acts and general benevolence. His business interests kept him from politics, although he had served on the board of selectmen and been many times mentioned for political positions he declined. The clock and chimes on the high school building was a present to the town from Capt. Bartlett in honor of his father Asa Bartlett.
For nearly half a century his business position at the head of one of the most famous manufacturing concerns in the east, gave him a wide and intimate acquaintence among not only men holding important executive positions, but also with common people and from all there comes universal expressions of regret at his death.
From official sources we copy Capt. Bartlett’s war record as follows:
Funeral services were held at the Church of the Reconciliation(Episcopal), on Tuesday at 2 o’clock, conducted by rev. Walcott S. Linsley, rector of the church, assisted by Rev. Marshall E. Mott, a former rector, of North Adams Mass. The regular burial service of the church was used, and the full vested male choir sang “ Lead Kindly Light” and “The Strife Is Over, The Battle Won.” the ushers were Nathaniel T. Hurlbut, Richard J. Murphy, Philip Pearle and Nicholas C. Gilles.
Among those present at the church service were: Dr. G. Fred Hart, Henry Drechael and Alexander Racicot of the Selectmen, Town Treasurer Oscar Schumway, Hon. Charles Haggerty, Town Counsel, Hon. Eben Stevens, Dudley, William H. Cassidy, James Neuman, and Joseph Hennault Overseers of the Poor; Superintendant of Schools F. W. Robinson, Postmaster William I. Marble, Harry E. Smith, F. I. Sears, Judge Henry J. Clarke, Eben Parsons, Joseph P. Love, Edward H. Hughes, Henry Brandes and Maurice F. Clare.
Out of town people present were Edwin Bartlett, Edwin N. Bartlett, Mr. and Mrs. William Bacon, Mrs. Allen L. Taft, Mrs. H. B. Hallowell, North Oxford; Miss Elizabeth Robinson, Putnam, Ct.; Miss Fannie M. Olmstead, Hartford; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar A. Bates, Montclair N. J.; Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Bradford, Jr., Edward S. Bradford, Springfield; Horatio Nelson Slater Bradford,…. James Peal, Philidelphia; Wilfred Smith, Matthew Luce, Fred w. Thompson, and F. A. Manning, Boston :Mrs. Fred Dixon, Mrs. A. M. Dixon, Roxbury, Dr. and Mrs. L. N. Wilson, Miss Sarah Wilson, Worcester; Mrs. F. S. Brown, Allston; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lang Worcester; Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Smith, Millbury; Thomas L. Livemore , Boston; Calvin Aldrich, Washington R. I.; Col. H. F. Smith, Capt P. F. Murry, W. F. Miller, George W. Ward, Dwight Wood, Frank Eaton, Worcester; Leonard E. Thayer, Oxford, and Henry H. Slayton, Charlton, members of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment association were present at the service Capt. Bartlett was a former president of the association.
The burial of Capt Amos Bartlett on Tuesday was doubtless what it was intended, it should be the burial of a chieftan by the Slater clan. Pomp and panopy could never produce the same feeling of deep, devout appreciation of the fact that the departed was a man in the community as did the march of the eight clansmen with their chieftan on their shoulders through the door of the church, through the nave to the chancel, where he was rested until the ritual of the church had been read, when the casket was again raised to the shoulders of those eight clansmen, reverently turned right about in the chancel, carried down the aisle and placed in the hearse which was to carry the gallant captain to his last resting place, where the committed ceremony of the Episcopal church was to be read, where some of the survivors of Company I, Fifteenth Massachusetts and other fellow soldiers paid military tribute. Where the Commander draped the little “Old Glory” on the lid of the coffin and one of the Sons of Veterans sounded “Light Out.”
The one of these bearers whose connection with the clan was the shortest had a co-service with Capt. Bartlett of over twenty years. He was the baby; others since attaining their working age had known only the one service, and the eight men represented about as many nationalities, yet not one of these men knows that he carried any load, but every one of them knows that he helped carry the captain, and knows that he is proud of what he did and is grateful for the opportunity afforded for the manifestation of the sentiments of the community towards Captain Bartlett. Some of those bearers and many of the congregation assembled in the church had at some period in their life most likely in their school or college life, shown their appreciation of a classmate or clubmate when he had added laurels to class or club history by winning out in competition, by carrying the victor “shoulder high” round the field or campus, and the total cessation of business in Webster during the hours used for the funerals sufficient evidence that the deceased had won out in his life battle in Webster and the proper place to rest the casket containing the remains of the deceased was certainly no less mean than if he had brought in a winning run or kicked a winning goal. Capt. Bartlett is a Webster man who won out, and he had earned his passage shoulder high in the sacred precincts of the church where he worshipped, and he got it on the shoulders of eight of his clansmen. It is a good old fashioned way of showing respect for dead who have particularly merited such respect; it was not limited to ant nationality, and the fitting occasion for its reusage is beyond question.
The bearers were; John Harbort, August Kisre, Chas. Gerber, Frank Keed, C. G. Winter, Arthur Mc Govern, Alex Arsenault, Paul Siegmund.
Capt Bartlett's first position as a school teacher was in connection with the Gore school. He walked to and from school each day and in the winter time attended to his own fires. When the snow was deep during those old fashioned New England winters the daily journey was a hard one and sometimes accompanied by severe exposure and peril.
He afterwards taught in the old Webster high school building, located near the corner of East Main and Slater Streets. From this position he went to the front in ’61, his prompt decision necessitating the hiring of another teacher to fill out a school term. for nearly one hundred years the family name had been on S. Slater & Sons payroll. Four generations had contributed their efforts to making this manufacturing concern the success that it was. Zephania Bartlett started in contributing the first building of the Slater'. Asa Bartlett was for about 50 years a boss carder. Capt. Bartlett followed by assisting his father in the card room and later went into the book keeping and executive department and finally Spaulding Bartlett in various capacities as superintendent. This is a continuity of family service that is most remarkable and in all probability cannot be surpassed in this community.
Capt Bartlett signed his resignation from all connections with S. Slater & Sons Inc. on April,1st, 1911, to take effect the following May 9th, which was his 75th birthday. for some time previous he had planned on such a decision and when the time arrived carried out his former intentions to the letter.
Members of Post 61 G. A. R. were conveyed by special electric car. The burial committal service was read by Rev. Walcott S. W. Linsley, and “Taps” sounded by Bugler Everett Grey.
There was a profusion of floral offerings, many coming from he common working people, who had been in Capt. Bartlett's service for years, and also from many who had been befriended by the deceased, and took this last means of showing their tender regard.
The Polish Cornet band volunteered their services, and at the cemetery rendered “Onward Christian soldiers” “Lead Kindly Light” and “Adeste Fideles”
Mills at the South, North, and East Villages were closed during the afternoon, the public schools were closed and business was generally suspended during the funeral services.
Capt Bartlett is survived by his wife and three children; Spaulding, Superintendent of the American Felt Co. Cambridge Mass, Sidney K., and Miss Lucia H. Bartlett, and a brother Edwin Bartlett of North Oxford; five grandchildren, George Hodges, Asa , Samuel Slater, Henry Craigen and Lucy Locke Bartlett, children of Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding Bartlett.