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Bert Ernest OGDEN

Male 1901 - 1982


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  • Born  1 Sep 1901  Amherst Shore, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Address  Address:
    20 Electric Avenue
    Somerville, MA 
    Also Known As  Zeek 
    SS no.  013-05-6891 MA 
    Immigration  1914  Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation  1923  Bangor Mattress Co, 120 2nd Street, Bangor, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    mattressmaker 
    Residence  Between 1923 and 1924  27 Haynes Ct., Bangor, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Naturalization  20 May 1940  US District Court, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  Electrical Foreman, Wire Tester  [4, 5
    Died  23 Apr 1982  Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Buried  26 Apr 1982  Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID  I002  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  12 Jan 2012 

    Father  Albert "James" OGDEN,   b. 24 Jun 1870, Amherst Shore, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1923, Hampden, Penobscot Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Amelia Jane CROSSMAN,   b. 4 Jun 1880, Niagara, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1931, 13 Andrew Street, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Nov 1900  Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F005  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Harriet MASSISON-REILLY,   b. 2 Jan 1909, 13 Central Street, Beverly, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1993, Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Sep 1935  Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 
    • In 1930 Mary is listed on the US Census as living with her "sister" Annie Hopkins (Doo-Doo) at 12 Andrew Street in Cambrige, MA. Bert was listed as living with his mother Amelia, as well as some siblings, in Cambridge. The following year, Amelia died at 13 Andrew Street in Cambridge. It is assumbed that Mary and Bert met while living accross the street from one another. They were married 4 years later in 1935.
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID  F002  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Sep 1901 - Amherst Shore, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1914 - Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - mattressmaker - 1923 - Bangor Mattress Co, 120 2nd Street, Bangor, ME Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1923 and 1924 - 27 Haynes Ct., Bangor, ME Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1935 - Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Apr 1982 - Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Apr 1982 - Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Bert was born in the Amherst Shore area in Nova Scotia in 1901. Amherst Shore is near the connection to New Brunswick, and for a time they appeared to have lived in Moncton and Hopewell, New Brunswick. He had brown hair and green eyes according to his border crossing record in 1914.

      His father, Albert "James" Ogden, was a farmer in Nova Scotia. He moved the family to Hampden, ME, just south of Bangor in June 1914. Bert crossed the border on June 17, 1914 with his mother and siblings to meet his father in Hampden. James worked there as a nickel plater (electroplator) at the Crogan Manufacturing Company [2] at 27 Franklin Street in Bangor where they manufactured tape measures. Bert worked as a mattressmaker at the Bangor Mattress Company[1]. They lived in (East) Hampden, Maine.

      Bert grew up the oldest of at least 8 siblings, the youngest, Charles, being born in Hampden when Bert was 21. His father died the following year. Bert, his mother, and family moved into Bangor around that time, and to Cambridge, Massachusetts a few years later. In Massachusetts, Bert worked for Simplex Electric (and Conduit?) - the company that built the American end cable for the first trans Atlantic telephone cable. He was a wire tester and electrical foreman; his coworkers called him Zeek.

      Bert's mother died in 1931 when he was almost 30 years old. He married Mary Massison-Reilly at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Cambridge in 1935. They had 2 children born in 1938 and 1945. Bert became a naturalized citizen in 1940 after being in America for about 26 years. His brother Jesse was naturalized 2 years later. His youngest brother Charles recieved the Purple Heart during World War II, and was killed in Korea in 1950.

      Places of Residence:
      1901: Nova Scotia (born)
      1914-1925: Bangor, Maine
      before 1931: 13 Andrews Street, Cambridge
      before 1935: 20 Watson Street, Cambridge
      - 197_: 44 Colburn Road, Reading
      Reading; Apt.
      - 1982: 2 Elderberry Lane, Reading; Apt. 109

      [1] BANGOR MATTRESS CO.,
      120 Second Street, - BANGOR, MAINE.
      Manufacturers and Jobbers in
      WOVEN WIRE BEDS, COTS, COUCHES, MATTRESSES, PILLOWS, IRON
      BEDSTEADS, SLEEPING BAGS, BLANKETS and QUILTS, in Great Variety.
      [from: EASTERN MAINE PRACTICAL GUIDE (c)1905 THE LAKESIDE PRESS CO., PORTLAND, ME]
      http://www.archive.org/stream/easternmaineprac00roll/easternmaineprac00roll_djvu.txt

      [2] Crogan Manufacturing Company "recently" formed to manufacture an improved patent tape-measure. [Irving Stetson, Treasurer - Harvard College Class of 1907, Secretary's Fourth Report, June 1917]
      The 'One-Man' Tape

      Simplex Wire & Cable Company:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplex_channel
      http://www.answers.com/topic/simplex-technologies-inc?cat=biz-fin
      In 1895 the Simplex Wire & Cable Company was incorporated for operation in Cambridge, Massachusetts--and the name of Morss & Whyte became history.
      On December 1, 1953, AT&T announced plans to link North America and Europe with a transatlantic telephone cable. The project was a joint venture of AT&T, the British Post Office, the Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Corporation and the Eastern Telephone & Telegraph Company (a Canadian subsidiary of the Bell Telephone System). Simplex built the American portion of the cables and with the help of Bell Labs, supplied research and development data to Submarine Cables Ltd.--a British firm responsible for manufacturing the other sections of the transatlantic cable. Two repeatered cables were laid: one for transmission from east to west, and the other for transmission from west to east. The cables were placed 20 miles apart to allow for easy retrieval in any future grappling operation needed for repairs. The system was in place and opened for public use on September 25, 1956.
      In 1974 Simplex became a wholly owned subsidiary of Exeter, New Hampshire-based Tyco International Ltd.
      in 1994, Simplex Wire & Cable Company changed its name to Simplex Technologies Inc.

      "From 1953 until about 1976," Simplex Marketing Services Representative Ed Miles wrote in a company missive, "about 90 percent of Simplex business was the making of surveillance cables that linked hydrophones for the U.S. government. All around the U.S. coastline, a virtual spiderweb of Simplex cables connected hydrophones that could detect and disseminate the movements of ships and submarines. The hydrophones could pick up each ship's 'fingerprint' to determine whether or not it was a friendly ship."

      http://archive.seacoastonline.com/2000news/7_28biz.htm
      July 2000 - Simplex Technologies, a name on the Seacoast for decades, officially became TyCom
      Launched in 1865 as a maker of steel wire products like birdcages, the company eventually moved into cable, building the American portion of the first transatlantic telephone line in 1955

  • Sources 
    1. [S02532] Social Security Death Index, Broderbund, #110, Vol.2, Ed.4..
      Individual: Ogden, Bert
      Birth date: Sep 1, 1901
      Death date: Apr 1982
      Social Security #: 013-05-6891
      Last residence: MA 01867
      State of issue: MA

    2. [S01841] Census - 1920 US Fed.

    3. [S02117] Directory - Bangor, Maine.

    4. [S01905] Death Record of Bert Ogden, (MA DPH).
      : "Foreman, Electrical"

    5. [S02274] Marriage Record of Bert Ogden and Mary Massison, (MA DPH).
      : "Wire Tester"

    6. [S01905] Death Record of Bert Ogden, (MA DPH), 1982/003021.

    7. [S01905] Death Record of Bert Ogden, (MA DPH).

    8. [S02274] Marriage Record of Bert Ogden and Mary Massison, (MA DPH), 1935/26/18.