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Edward Leonard Compston letter 1920

from the Mountain Varnish & Color Works Inc. New York City and further letters.

Mountain Varnish & Color Works Inc.


Office of the President                 Suite 1408, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue,

                                                                 New York City

                                                                       April 6th 1920


Mr E L Compston

4144 No. Haven

West Toledo



My dear Compston


I have before me your favor of the 2d. regarding your trip to England.


I am sorry that you deem it necessary to make this trip at this time, as I had learned from Mr. Powers on my last trip to Toledo that you were going to send your boy to England with Mrs. Walters, and that you were going to stay and help us in the Varnish Works in getting it into operation as quickly as possible.  Of course, if you have got your passports, and everything is arranged, there is nothing to do but let you go.


You ask  if, in view of the foregoing, I shall continue to hold your contract valid upon your return, and I wish to say that I shall most certainly do so.  Your trip should not cover more time than mentioned in your letter.  Your contract with the Mountain Varnish & Colour Works is for three years, was made in good faith on our part, and I believe also upon yours, and we shall most certainly expect you to fulfill same.


I hope you will find it convenient to get back on the job just as soon as possible, as you well know that in the starting up of the plant, the organisation of its different departments , etc., your work and advice is valuable and needed.


I hope that if you still decide to go, that you will have a good trip, and that everything will work out for the best.


Very truly yours,


WW Mountain.











EDWARD L SIKKEMA MANAGER                                   May 28, 1929


To whom it may concern:


This is to certify that the bearer of this letter, Mr Edward L Compston, has been a respected citizen of this community for a number of years.


Any acts of courtesy shown Mr Compston will be appreciated by the writer.  A specimen of his signature appears below.






Edward L Compston



Note - you can see original photos of the bank here page 61





                                                          THE TRUSCON LABORATORIES

                                                            MAKERS OF WATERPROOF PRODUCTS


                                                                 MICH. USA


                                                                 June 19 1929


To whom it may concern:


I have known Edward L Compston for the past sixteen years.  He has to my knowledge held the posts of Superintendent of three of the largest factories of America and I consider him one of the most proficient in the Varnish and Lacquer industry.


His character and fair dealing has always been beyong reproach, and I can recommend him to whoever can use his services.



                                                           Yours very truly,


                                                          George Culverwell



                                               Waterproof is Weatherproof

There is a web reference to the following  book:


Structural waterproofing

a waterproofing handbook and reference guide ... in the general subjects of waterproofing and dampproofing.


 Published 1919 by The Truscon laboratories in Detroit, Mich.

















The book has been reprinted in 2010 and the following can be found  :


BiblioBazaar, 8 Aug 2010 - 92 pages.  This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.


The Smithsonian Institute

also has a number of references to publications by the firm.


If you wish to read the book there is an e copy available free of charge at

There is an envelope for sale on ebay


L. E. Peterson of the Truscon Laboratories in California came on April 20, 1933, to apply his company's product "PeneTex." Since rain had made the walls wet, he had to delay his experiment. Consequently, he talked Custodian Hilding Palmer into letting him remove a small section of the concrete plaster so he could apply the chemical to a dry area beneath the concrete.

In 1908 Durant-Dort Carriage company established, in this industrial section, the Flint Varnish Works. From a very small beginning the company has grown to be the largest maker of high-grade finishing natural for automobile and railroad use in the world. The company was sold by the Durant-Dort concern and reorganized as the Flint varnish and Color Works, and William W. Mountain, who had been the general manager, became president of the organization. The company now produces everything in the line of paint, colors, enamels and varnish utilized in the finishing of automobiles and cars. In 1916 the company increased the size of its plant, enabling it to more than double its production, and also added a Canadian branch at Toronto, Ontario.


structural waterproofing truscon envelope 1934