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Posted by: Jacqueline Sleeper Russell (ID *****7892) Date: September 16, 2002 at 15:55:44
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Reseaching the brother of my great grandfather, Francis "Frank" H. Sleeper (1862-1937). Charles Wright Sleeper was born in Wisconsin in 1856, during a 9 year journey his mother and father made first to Wisconsin and later to Texas. This family returned to the Eastern Townships of Quebec around 1861. I know that Charles Sleeper was alive in 1937 because he is mentioned in my great grandfather's obituary (1937) as living in Lancaster, New Hampshire. He was married to Alice E. Lyman and they had at least one child, Doris Ernestine Sleeper who was born in Brighton, Vermont. The sister of Charles and Frank,Florence Alemeda Sleeper married Edward Akhurst of Coaticook.

I have the following from a book on these Inventor brothers.
A History of Canadian Invention

McClelland and Stewart Limited
Page 177-178
The Age of the Private Inventor
(1901 – 1920)

Miscellaneous Manufacturing Enterprises

In the 1880s, the brother Charles and Frank Sleeper of Coaticook, Quebec, were famed Canadian inventors. Charles invented, among many other mechanical devices, an inserted tooth gear, which used hardwood teeth. This was not in any sense a new idea, having been common in the Middle Ages, but apparently Sleeper’s method of anchoring the teeth was both novel and effective. The firm of SLEEPER AND AKHURST was founded to exploit this and other patents. Later, after he had moved to New Hampshire, Sleeper invented and sold on of the early can-making machines, which had an influence on the development of canning of food. His brother, Frank Sleeper is famous chiefly for a lifting jack, which is still in use, although the patents have long since expired. He sold the rights to A. O. Norton, a fellow citizen of Coaticook, who was very successful in manufacturing the jack both there and in Boston. The company prospered and is now DUFF NORTON COMPANY of Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Charles and Frank Sleeper were the sons of H. Wright Sleeper and Philinda Cole of Coaticook. Their line of descent from Thomas Sleeper the colonist and early settler of Hampton, Rockingham County, NH, is as follows:

Would love to be in touch with anyone researching the line of Charles Wright Sleeper.

Jacqueline Sleeper Russell

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