Annotated Bibliography for Daniel C. Stillson

“Daniel C. Stillson” (Obituary). The Somerville (Massachusetts) Citizen,  August 25, 1899. Details of Stillson’s Civil War service, civic and family life. (See Appendix B)

“D.C. Stillson” (Obituary). Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA), Wednesday, August 23, 1899; pg. 6. (See Appendix A)

Durie, Douglas S. “Stillson pipe wrench.” Workbench, December 1994 / January 1995, Vol. 50, Issue 6.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-1865. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1896. Page 138.

 List of Daniel C. Stillson’s promotions while serving in the Navy:

“Jan. 20, ‘62: Actg. 3d Asst. Engr.; Aug. 7, ‘63: Actg. 2d Asst. Engr.; Nov. 16, ‘64: Actg. 1st Asst. Engr.”

A History of 100 Years of Valve Manufacturing - The Story of the Walworth Company, Inc. Oldest Manufacturer of Valve and Fittings in the United States. 1942. Produced by the Walworth Company, gives an account of Stillson’s career at the company and the development and marketing of the Stillson pipe wrench. (See Appendix C)

Jones, William Preble. John Preble of Machias (1771-1841) and His Descendants. Somerville, Mass.: unknown, 1929. Pg. 32. Genealogical entry for Helen Etta Stillson, daughter of Daniel C. Stillson. Helen married Frederick A. Preble.

_____. Somerville Fifty Years Ago: Boyhood Memories of the Early ‘Eighties.  Somerville, Mass.: Published by the author, 1933. Pages 30-31. Brief account of the Dan Stillson’s life and personality by William Preble Jones, who knew him personally. (See Appendix D.)

Perry, E.G. A Trip Around Cape Cod Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, South Shore, and Historical Plymouth. Boston: E.G. Perry, 1898. Includes photographs of the summer home of Daniel C. Stillson at Cataumet, Massachusetts (page 449) and a view of the harbor from his home (page 441).

“Quiz.” This Old House magazine. September, 2006, Vol. 11, Issue 7, p. 20-24. Presents information on plumbing tools. Blacksmith tongs were used before Daniel Chapman Stillson, a mechanic devised a wrench in 1870 that relied in leverage to do the work. Its adjustable serrated jaws tighten around the pipe when applied for downward pressure.

Rosenberg, Chaim. The Great Workshop: Boston’s Victorian Age. Boston: Arcadia Publishing, 2004. Page 38. Contains a brief history of the J.J. Walworth Co., where Stillson was employed when he invented his pipe wrench.

Trustees of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Catalogue of Lot Owners in the Cemetery of Mount Auburn, 1891. Boston: Alfred Mudge, 1891. Pg. 143. Daniel C. Stillson listed as owner of Lot 5828, Viburnum Ave., Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass. He is buried at this site, which is near the burial place of Mary Baker Eddy.

Turner, Walter F., comp. Representative Men Of Somerville, From The Incorporation of The City In 1872 To 1898. Somerville, Mass.: Walter Frye Turner. Contains a portrait of Daniel C. Stillson, who served as a Somerville alderman from 1885-1886.

U.S. Census Records, 1860 for Charlestown, Massachusetts.

U.S. Census Records, 1870 for Somerville, Massachusetts.

Walworth Company, and John Allen Murphy. Walworth, 1842-1942. New York: Walworth, 1945.