Bio: Eggett, Alfred (1876 - 1937)

 

Contact: janet@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

 

Surnames: Eggett, Volk

 

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wisconsin) 26 Nov 1908

 

CONCRETE BLOCK TESTED KNOCKERS SCORED


To those who are not already acquainted with the facts governing this test, I wish. to explain as briefly as possible how this test came to be made.

 

I was requested by Volk Bros. to figure on the cost of the veneer for their remodeled building, which I did.  We agreed upon the cost, I was told to make the blocks no mention being made at this time as to what proportion of sand, gravel or cement to be used, or that they would be subject to any test, other than to sustain their own weight to the height of 26 ft.

 

Some 60 days later as the building was nearly ready for me to commence work, I hauled up three loads of these blocks, when the soreheads, knockers, backbiters, kickers and wise men of which Greenwood is noted, got in their work on them with such remarks as "he didn't put any cement in them, " "they will never stand," "they will crush right down," "I would not have them put on a building of mine if he would put them on for nothing," etc.  To all of those I wish to say never fear, I was never known to do something for nothing, but I will prove to you beyond any reasonable doubt that I was doing as I agreed and was giving Volk Bros. their money's worth.  I am writing this to protect my business, to explain this unnecessary delay in finishing up my work and to show how ignorant some people are that think they know it all especially regarding concrete.

 

The outcome of all this knocking was I was forbidden to haul any more blocks until a test could be made.  After the usual amount of red tape was gone through I took a block from the pile not the best or the poorest sent it to Madison where the government testing machine is located and this is the report in brief:  The maximum load sustained by the block was 44, 000 pounds and the stress 475 lbs. per square inch and the factor of safety in crushing would be in the neighborhood of 15 or 15 time the height of the proposed building or 390 ft. and the maximum load 488 ft. in height.  This is according to government test.  I do not ask you to take my word for it, if you are interested I will show you the original report which is positive proof.  Think of these business men (I mean these men that have no business of their own but are always minding other people's business) with their green goggles on looking up 400 ft. waiting to see my veneer crush.

 

I thank you one and all for reading over this explanation and report, and if you don't see around town occasionally you will know I have been crated up and shipped to Madison to be examined as to my proficiency to lay up this veneer. --A. (Alfred) Eggett

 

Family Notes

 

1900 Federal Census, ED 18 Eaton town Greenwood city, Clark, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 9, family 170

 

Alfred Eggett, white, married, male

Years Married: 0
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1900
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Immigration Year: 1884

Household Members
Head Peter E Simmons M 52 (Jan 1848) Canada Eng., immigration 1870, farmer
Wife Margaret A Simmons F 49 (Feb 1851) Canada Eng., 2 childern - 2 living; parents b. Ireland
Son Sammie A Simmons M 29 (Jun 1871) Canada Eng., farm laborer
Daughter May Eggett F 28 (May 1872) Canada Eng
Son-in-law Alfred Eggett M 24 (May 1876) England, farm laborer
Boarder Evalena M Arms F 31 (Apr 1869) Wisconsin, school teacher

 

Wisconsin Marriage Records

 

Alfred Egget
Birthplace: Kelk, Yorkshire, Eng.
Spouse's Name: May Simmons
Spouse's Birthplace: Trenton, Hastings, Ontario
Event Date: 16 May 1900
Event Place: Clark, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Robert Egget
Mother's Name: Ann Egget
Spouse's Father's Name: Peter F. Simmons
Spouse's Mother's Name: Margaret Ann Simmons
Race: White
Spouse's Race: White

 

Wisconsin Birth Records

 

Eggett (Claude V. Eggett)
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 21 Apr 1904
Birthplace: Town of Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin
Race: White
Father's Name: Alfred Eggett
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Name: Mary Simmons
Mother's Birthplace: Canada

 

Wisconsin Death Records

 

Claude V. Eggett (buried in the Greenwood City Cemetery, Greenwood, Wisconsin)

Male
Burial Date: 1905
Burial Place: Greenwood, Clark, Wi
Death Date: 21 Apr 1904
Death Place: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin
Age: 0
Birth Date: 21 Apr 1904
Birthplace: Eaton, Clark, Wi
Race: White
Father's Name: Alfred Eggett
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Name: Mary Simmons
Mother's Birthplace: Canada

 

Texas Death Records

 

Alfred Eggett
Event Date: 19 Aug 1937
Event Place: Precinct No. 7, Bexar, Texas
Gender: Male
Race (Original): White
Age (Formatted): 60 years
Birth Year (Estimated):
Birth Date: About 1877
Birthplace: England
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: May
Father's Name: Unknown
Mother's Name: Unknown
Cemetery (Original): State Hos. Cem.
Burial Date: 20 Aug 1937
Informant's Name (Original): X

 

May Eggett
Event Date: 27 Feb 1939
Event Place: Victoria, Victoria, Texas
Gender: Female
Race (Original): White
Age (Formatted): 61 years 9 months 11 days
Birth Year (Estimated):
Birth Date: 16 May 1877
Birthplace: Canada
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name: Alfred Eggett
Father's Name: Peter Simmons
Father's Birthplace: Canada
Mother's Name: Margaret Morgan
Mother's Birthplace: Canada
Occupation: Sewing Room
Residence Place: Victoria, Texas
Cemetery (Original): Evergreen Cem.
Burial Place: Victoria, Tex
Burial Date: 27 Feb 1939
Informant's Name (Original): X