Biography of George W. Slade
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Slade, George W., member of the firm of Allen, Slade & Co., wholesale grocers in Fall River, was born in Swansea, July 31, 1826, and is a descendant of one of the early settlers in Massachusetts. His grandfather, Peleg Slade, was a colonel in the Revolution, and an honored citizen of Swansea. Mr. Slade is a son of Lloyd and Elizabeth (Lewin) Slade, who came to Fall River in 1836, when it was a village of less than five thousand people, and where George W. at the age of nine years obtained employment at Si per week in the American Print Works, then under the management of Holder Borden. He remained there and in the Robeson Print Works until 1845, when 'he began to learn the machinist's trade in the shop of Hawes, Marvel & Davol, manufacturers of cotton machinery. Early in 1849 he joined a party from Boston on the ship Regulus around Cape Horn to San Francisco, arriving there on September 15, of that year. While in California he worked in different gold mines until 1852, when he returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama. The following year he followed his trade of machinist, the next year engaged in the commission business, receiving butter, cheese and other products, in partnership with B. G. Chase. In 1858 he formed a partnership with Capt. James Brightman and William Marvel under the firm name of Brightman, Marvel & Slade, and engaged in importing West India molasses, sugar and other tropical products. This firm dissolved partnership in December, 1862. Mr. Slade then chartered the schooner Spencer D., which afterward, together with D. A. Brayton, he purchased and loaded with flour and sailed December 6 for New Orleans, just after the city was captured by Admiral Farragut. After disposing of his flour he brought back a cargo of molasses, making a very successful trip under dangerous conditions. The next year he engaged in the business of jobbing merchandise; in 1864 he bought the schooner Hydrangia and with a permit from Secretary Chase and Senator Sprague of Rhode Island, took a cargo of sutler's supplies to Hilton Head, South Carolina. returning in the fall of 1865. He then formed a copartnership with Nathan Chase and Howard B. Allen, under the firm name of Chase. Allen & Slade, and engaged in the wholesale grocery business on Bedford street. The present firm of Allen, Slade & Co., composed of George W. Slade, Edward B. Lake and B. S. C. Gifford, was formed in August, 1872, and has since continued. They have conducted a very large and successful trade as wholesale dealers in groceries and have six traveling salesmen employed and seventeen delivery wagons for the city trade. Mr. Slade is one of the oldest business men in Fall River and is still active and energetic. He has been engaged in the wholesale grocery business for forty years. In 1853 he married Lydia A. Lake of Fall River, and they had four children, only one now living, Susie M., wife of James M. Cameron of Fall River. In 1894 Mr. Slade visited Europe for an extended tour through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland and Scotland.

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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