Oscar A. Steere
Wickford Standard Times, Wickford, RI, 24 April 1914, page 1-3.
Announcement Tuesday forenoon of the sudden death of Oscar A. Steere at his home on the Post Road came as a great shock and sorrow to the community. In his passing the community loses one of its most useful and progressive citizens. Mr. Steere had not been feeling well for several days, but was not considered seriously ill and that morning had decided to go to his business in Pawtucket. His automobile was awaiting him when he was seized with an attack of heart failure which resulted in his death a short time later.
Born in Oxford, Mass., in July 1850, he was a son of the late Horatio and Sarah Ann Steere.
Removing with his father's family to this town at an early age, while still a young man, he became an overseer in the establishment of the Hamilton Webb Company at Hamilton. Here he developed a taste and genius which led him to make many important improvements upon looms--improvements now incorporated in the output of the well-known Crompton & Knowles Loom Manufacturers of Worcester.
Mr. Steere himself became one of the best-known narrow fabric manufacturers in this country. With Mr. Asa Sisson he established the industry which grew to be the far-famed Hope Webbing Company of Pawtucket, of which at his death and for many years he was a large stockholder and the superintendent. The Business was begun in a much smaller way, in company with Mrs. Charles Sisson wand was first located on Charles Street in Providence.
The Gospel Mission, near the new high school building in this village was built by him and together with Mrs. Steere, up to the time of his death, was actively interested in the maintenance of services there. Funeral services were held at his late residence yesterday afternoon and were largely attended. Representatives of the Hope Webbing Company coming down in a special car over the Sea View. Rev. Charles Northup and David I. Crandall, both of Wakefield, conducted the services. The bearers were the three surviving sons, Charles S. Clarence A. and Arthur L. Steere, together with the son-in-law, Earl L. Middleton, of Riverside.
Mrs. Steere was Miss Ella Francis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Gardiner of South Kingstown.
Many fragrant floral tributes attested the worth of the man and the esteem in which he was held.