Van Wagoner & Williams Hardware Company
New York/Cleveland - This company was formed as the Van Wagoner & Williams Company, by C. S. Van Wagoner and William H. Williams, in 1871 and incorporated in 1893. In 1894 the reincorporated as the Van Wagoner & Williams Hardware Company. In about 1892 they acquired the Trenton Vise & Tool Works. By 1905, they had been acquired (or reincorporated?) by the Columbian Hardware Company of Cleveland.
Mr. C. S. Van Wagoner (President) had scores of hardware related patents throughout the latter half of the 19th century. However, until the 1890s his patents were unassigned.
In May of 1893, newspaper ads note the owners are selling the remainder of their 8% of preferred stock in the company at $100 / share. Another article at the end of May notes E. S. Cook and C. S. Van Wagoner were appointed as receivers of the company. However, by the time of Mr. Williams passing, the company was again thriving. Mr. Williams passed away 2 years later on 8/15/1895.