Ichabod Washburn and his twin brother, Charles, were born August 11, in
Ichabod’s father died of yellow fever in October.
At the age of nine, Ichabod was bound as an apprentice to a chaise and
harness maker in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Ichabod returned home to work in a cotton factory where he operated a
Washburn moved to Leicester, Massachusetts, to work as an apprentice
Jonathan and David Trask in a blacksmith shop.
Ichabod went into business with William H. Howard manufacturing lead
Washburn bought out Howard and took in Benjamin Goddard as his partner,
creating the firm of Washburn and Goddard.
Washburn developed a process to draw wire from steel rods. The process
was crude and production could not exceed 50 pounds per day.
Ichabod married Ann Brown of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Washburn gradually refined the wire drawn process by developing the
drawn block method and was able to produce 2,500 pounds of wire a day.
The Washburn and Goddard partnership was sold January 30, and Washburn
moved to Grove Mill, Massachusetts, where he established a new wire
Ichabod and his brother Charles formed a partnership under the name of
I. & C. Washburn.
The I. & C. Washburn firm was dissolved.
Washburn formed a new company with his son-in-law Phillip L. Moen who
served as vice president.
The firm developed a process to manufacture crinoline wire and steel
wire to make sewing machine needles.
The Washburn & Moen Manufacturing Company was organized with
Moen becoming president and treasurer. The firm grew to be one of the
largest wire producers in the United States.
Ichabod Washburn died on December 30.