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John Tasker (1819-1895)

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John Tasker, founder of John Tasker and Sons, entrepreneur and benefactor

1819 Born in Devon

1839 Started work as a shoemaker in Pond Hill, Sheffield

1848 Birth of son John Henry Royle Tasker

1851 Shoemaker, employing 6 men, living in Sheffield with Emma Tasker 31, Adela Tasker 5, John Henry Royle Tasker 2, William Tasker 2 months[1]

c.1855 Moved to Devonshire Street

Introduced gutta-percha and india rubber to Sheffield

c.1866 took premises in Angel Street, Sheffield, supplying leather belting; also developed the engineering side of the business which expanded rapidly, taking larger premises in Station Road - eventually becoming Tasker's Engineering Co

1871 Mill strap manufacturer, india rubber and gutta percha dealer, employing 8 men, 1 boy and 2 women; lived in Nether Hallam, Sheffield, with Emma Tasker 51, Eliz H R Tasker 22, William Tasker 21, Robert C. Tasker 17, Catherine E Tasker 15, Mary E Tasker 13, Fred Tasker 10[2]

1877 Established one of the first telephone exchanges in the provinces, at his Angel Street store; this became the Sheffield Telephone Exchange but demand was slow to build up.

1878 Mayor of Sheffield

1878 Installed generating plant for electric lighting which was demonstrated to the public[3]

1882 Joined IEE as an associate[4]

1886 Member of IEE, of the Telephone Exchange Co, Angel St, Sheffield [5]

1892 The telephone exchange was acquired by the National Telephone Co; the generating station was incorporated as the Sheffield Electric Light and Power Co

By 1892 had largely retired from business; his wife died this year

1895 Died

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. Sheffield Independent , September 24, 1878
  4. UK, Electrical Engineer Lists, 1871-1930
  5. UK, Electrical Engineer Lists, 1871-1930