Biography of Augustine R. Treadway
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

AUGUSTINE RUSSELL TREADWAY was one of that generation of enterprising men who developed Cleveland as a great center of commerce and industry. His name was particularly associated with the hardware business, though he had numerous connections with the steel and iron trade and other lines.

He was of old Connecticut Colonial stock, his ancestry on both sides having settled in that portion of New England long before the Revolution. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1836, son of Russell and Mary (Wilcox) Treadway. He was educated in the public schools of New Haven, attended the Episcopal Academy at Cheshire, Connecticut, for three years, and soon after leaving school went to work in the employ of an uncle, Lyman Treadway, who conducted a stove and furnace business in New Haven. Later he was in a hardware store at Hartford, and continued his development in the hardware business as clerk in a wholesale house at Philadelphia. In 1857 he established a business of his own, handling stoves and furnaces at New Haven, later forming a partnership with his uncle under the name of L. & A. R. Treadway, which continued until the former's death, after the removal to Cleveland. During this time also he was a partner in the boot and shoe business under the name of Foote, Stevens and Treadway, and later he was treasurer and manager of the Aetna Nut Company in Southington, Connecticut.

In the early seventies he was captain of the New Haven Blues, infantry.

Mr. Treadway came to Cleveland in 1879 and organized a partnership under the name of Willcox, Treadway & Company to manufacture general hardware and tools. In 1882 this firm was one of a number of concerns engaged in similar lines of production that consolidated under the name of Peck, Stow & Willcox Company, with general headquarters in Southington, Connecticut, with manufacturing plants in Cleveland and in Southington, Berlin, Plantsville, Cheshire and Birmingham, Connecticut, and a store in New York City f or the export trade. Mr. Treadway later became vice president of the corporation, and in 1895 its president, serving in that capacity until 1911, when he resigned, a few months before his death, and was succeeded by his son, the late Lyman H. Treadway.

Mr. Treadway at the time of his death was a director of the Union Rolling Mill Company, the State Banking & Trust Company, the Cleveland National Bank and the Union Savings & Loan Company, all of Cleveland. Both his private and public spirited enterprise in business contributed to making Cleveland a center of iron and steel manufacture, and he was intimately associated with such pioneers of the iron industry as S. A. Fuller, I. P. Lamson, A. S. Upsom and S. W. Sessions. He had served as a director of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and was associated with many purely civic movements.

Augustine Russell Treadway died at his Cleveland home October 16, 1911, at the age of seventy five. He married in 1859 Sarah E. Hambright of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was mother of Lyman H. Treadway, deceased. She died early in 1865. October 3, 1866, he married Mary L. Mansfield, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Bradley) Mansfield, of an old New England family, descended from Richard Mansfield, who settled in Connecticut in 1636. Mrs. Treadway survived her husband ten years, passing away September 29, 1921. She was the mother of two sons and one daughter: Francis Wilicox; Charles Frederick, now residing in New Haven; and Mary Elizabeth, wife of James Mathers.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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