Biography of R. C. Small, Jr.
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Small, R. C., jr., was born in Provincetown, on Cape Cod, March 23, 1859, a son of R. C. and Catherine (Hooton) Small. He came to Fall River at thirteen years of age and went to work in the Durfee Mill at forty eight cents a day. After eighteen months he entered the cloth room and a year later the card room, where he worked for three years before returning to the cloth room. He was fifteen years in the mills altogether and was overseer at the Richard Borden Mill for nearly three years. In 1885 the firm of Small Bros., comprising E. H. and R. C. Small, jr., was formed. The enterprise was started by Wm. H. Simmons and purchased by Small Bros. They are manufacturers of mill bandings, braids, spool tapes and cotton rope, and from a very modest beginning have built up a large business. They have more than doubled the capacity of their plant during the past year. The enterprise and ability of these gentlemen were manifested even when they were boys, for at the respective ages of nine and twelve years they supported their father's family, as fish dealers, while their father was in the West. Mr. R. C. Small is a member of the Masonie fraternity, the Odd Fellows, A. O. U. W., Pilgrim Fathers. and the N. E. 0. of P. June 7, 1882, he married Annie A. Standish, a direct descendant of Miles Standish, and they have two children: Edith S. and Norman C. E. H. Small was born at Provincetown. on Cape Cod, March 15, 1862, and came to Fall River in 1872. He entered the Durfee Mill at fifteen years of age and subsequently worked in the Merchants' Mill. He worked three years in the mills and then went to work for W. H. Simmons in the twine business, with whom he continued until the partnership of Small Bros. was formed. Mr. Small is a member of the Odd Fellows, Royal Areanum, Pilgrim Fathers, A. O. U. W., and other societies. February 15, 1882, he married Hannah G. Crowther, and they have three children: Reuben T., Ethel M., and Lillian H.

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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