LaGripper Wrench Company

LaGripper Wrench Company (Battle Creek, MI) - incorporated 9/21/1900 by: Carl F. Beach - Chairman, Arthur B. Williams - Sec, Erasmus D. Beach - Treas, Julia E. Clark - Manager, D. Lyman Reade - Manager.  The factory and equipment were sold at auction in February of 1906.  Here is a nice living biography of Carl Beach.  This biography (from 1904) notes he invented his wrench (and patented it) in 1899, and began manufacturing it in 1902.

Carl F. Beach Patent #758,499 - Wrench