Engineer and Manager
ON August 1, 1910, I began my work as an engineer at the Fellows Gear Shaper Company in Springfield, Vermont. During the preceding years there had been a number of abrupt changes in my life: from home to school, from school to machine shop, from shop to drafting board, from New England to New York City and now from there back to Vermont and my permanent home -- all bringing new interests and experience. None was more fundamental than this re-transplanting of my roots into my native soil. More changes were to come, but not one of them at the cost of uprooting an established life.
In moving to Springfield and working for Mr. Fellows, I came to a familiar town and fell among friends. Editorial work on Machinery had required me to report important developments of the machine-tool plants in Windsor and Springfield. The first failure to grasp the opportunity offered by Mr. Fellows had been followed by a growing warmth of friendship with him and with Mrs. Fellows.
He was a natural mechanical genius. That other natural genius, Mr. Hartness, President of Jones and Lamson Machine Company, had recognized the native abilities of Ed Fellows, had brought him from a department store in Torrington, Connecticut, to his drafting room in Springfield, and had made him chief draftsman within a year. In two years more, he had recognized the value