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Thomas Summers (1855-1889)

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Thomas Summers (1855-1889) of T. and W. Summers

1855 November 27th. Born the son of Thomas Summers

1861 Living at 3 Lower Chambers, Lagne Place, Southampton: Thomas Summers (age 35 born Southwark), Civil Engineer. With his wife Elizabeth Summers (age 32 born Hull) and their children; Joseph Summers (age 10 born Southampton); Laura Summers (age 9 born Southampton); Alice Summers (age 7 born Southampton); Thomas Summers (age 5 born Southampton); Florence Summers (age 3 born Southampton); and William Summers (age 1 born Southampton). Two servants.[1]

1890 Obituary [2]

THOMAS SUMMERS was born at Southampton on the 27th of November, 1855.

At the age of seventeen he entered on his apprenticeship with the firm of Day, Summers and Co, Northam Iron Works, Southampton, of which his father was a principal.

After serving his time he entered into the service of John Elder and Co, Glasgow, and was a draughtsman in their engineering branch, where he earned the confidence of the head of that department.

From Glasgow he joined the firm of Bertram and Co, engineers, Edinburgh, and occupied a leading position in their drawing office.

In January, 1881, he entered into partnership with his brother William, and they purchased the business of William Savory and Son, engineers and millwrights, Gloucester, which has since been carried on under the style of T. and W. Summers, and has gained a reputation for high-class workmanship and careful design.

The late Mr. Summers paid special attention to the machinery for manufacturing linoleum, and has invented several improvements in this branch of engineering.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 31st of May, 1885. He died on the 26th of December. 1889.

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