Dear Mrs. Combs,
Thanks for your letter of Jan 21, 2002. I don't go into this message board much these days, so I just now saw it.
Please look at the message below, which I received from the Singer Sewing Machine Co. about 18 months ago, when I asked them about Mr. Bourne.
Please feel free to reply at any time.
Inbox > Re: Singer History
From: TalkToUS <TalkToUs@SingerCo.com
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000, 4:38 PM GMT-05:00
Subject: Re: Singer History
These are a couple works that you may be able to locate
through a good library or a very good book store.
A Capitalist Romance: Singer and the sewing machine, Ruth
Brandon, J.B. Lippincott Company, ISBN-0-397-01196-2 - This is a book I have not been able to review. I believe it concentrates more on Mr. Singer himself but your grandfather was close enough in the time line that there may be some mention of him.
The First Conglomerate: 145 Years of the Singer Sewing
Machine Company, Don Bissell, Audenreed Press, ISBN-1-879418-72-X - This is a fairly recent book. It is organized with a chapter devoted to each president that the company has had thus there is a chapter on Mr. Bourne. The last section of the chapter deals more with his retirement and personal life. It refers to the following work -
One Hundred Years of American Commerce, by Bourne, it was written in 1895 discussing his business philosophy. Apparently Depew reprinted it but we do not know when.
Other then this information, we do not have anything else on
file that would aid in your research. We are in the process of trying to centralize scattered collections pertaining to the companies activities and history. In another year, we may have accumulated more info to share.