William L. Grout
William L. Grout of the city and county of Worcester, State of Mass.
1863 Winchendon, Massachusetts
After a short time, William Grout left the partnership with Thomas H. White and moved to Winchendon, Massachusetts, there continuing to make New England machines for approximately one more year. Later he moved to Cleveland where he formed a partnership with Maher and W. G. Wilson.
In 1867 the Barker-Clark combination having developed the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company, moved the plant to Orange, Massachusetts and a stock company was formed on April 27 of that year. The first annual meeting of the Board was held on July 31, 1867. Andrew J. Clark was elected President, with John Wilson Wheeler Secretary-Treasurer and Stephen French as Superintendent.
William Grout later moved to Toronto, Canada, where he built the Grout hand machine on the Willcox & Gibbs principle. He then went to Europe where he established agencies for his machine. at the Canadian World's Fair at Kingston, Ontario, in 1873, he won a premium with his machine, in competition with leading American and Canadian manufacturers. later William Grout moved to the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company and was in charge of its Export Department.
In 1877 William L. Grout became a partner in the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company and the following year he was made Superintendent and General Manager.
In 1878 William L. Grout became Superintendent of the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company and remained in this capacity until 1900.
It was in January 25, 1882 that the old Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company was re-organised and succeeded by the New Home Sewing Machine Company and the first election of officers found J.J. Schencker as President, Andrew J. Clark as Vice-President and William L. Grout as Secretary-Treasurer.
US 345.683 H. W. HADLEY & W. L. GROUT July 20 1886
Orange, county of Franklin,and State of Massachusetts
John Wilson Wheeler remained President of the New Home Sewing Machine Company from 1882 until his death with the exception of 1903 at which time William L. Grout was President.
William L. Grout died on April 20th, 1908 (?)