Biography of Agustus E. Rich
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Rich, Augustus E., was born in Thorndike, Me., in 1833, and at the age of fifteen came to Taunton, Mass., where he learned the trade of machinist. He was next employed in the machine shops of the New York and Erie Railroad at Susquehanna, Pa., then became a locomotive engineer on the New York and Erie, Baltimore and Ohio, New York Central, and the Great Western Railway of Canada. In 1859 he went to Salisbury, N. C., where he had charge of the construction train in the building of the Western N. C. Railroad. When the Civil war opened he went to Tennessee and after the war closed engaged in the steamsaw mill business at Meridian, Miss. From there he went to Macon, in the same State, where he was foreman of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad shops. In 1871 he removed to Fall River and worked as a journeyman in different shops until he started the Rich Machine Shops, which he has since operated in the manufacture and repairing of steel rolls. Mr. Rich has taken out several patents which have yielded him a considerable income, and he makes a specialty of manufacturing the products of his own inventions. In 1894 he planned and erected Rich's Theatre on Second street, Fall River. Mr. Rich was married in 1856 to Margaret A. Buckey of Baltimore. Of this union were ten children, five of whom survive. He is a member and was one of tie first promoters of the Veteran Firemen's Association of Fall River; and enjoys the distinction of having been a promoter of the American Society of Locomotive Engineers. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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