Poole Engineering & Machine


Thank you to the many people people who joined me for the discussion about Texas Maryland that was held at the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on October 16, 2014.  I wish I could have recorded the many stories that were told by descendants and former Texas residents.  Some of you have promised to bring documents and photos to the Historical Society so that they can be scanned in high resolution to be added to the Texas collection.

Several of you asked about the World War I munitions plant that was located in Texas.  I am hoping that I can someday produce an historic map showing the locations of former structures in Texas, but in the meantime, I though I would share what I have found so far.   Americas Munitions is just one of the many documents where I see the Texas Maryland munitions plant mentioned. I have also uploaded a few others, such as Poole war munitions 1915 and Poole Engineering Iron Age.  I also found an article in the 1920 Towson Jeffersonian (see 1920 Texas Md Poole) that describe the purchase of the property by Mr. Bosley, to include the Padian mansion (Taylor’s Hall, the former Cockey Estate), other buildings and land, with the intent to start a quarrying operation as well as farming.   Note that the same newspaper column mentions a Miss Kathryn McGuire and the funeral of Miss Loretta Tull.


For more about Taylor’s Hall, see http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se5/003000/003500/003500/pdf/msa_se5_3500.pdf

If any of you have more information to share, please let me know. ~~Cassie

4 thoughts on “Poole Engineering & Machine”

  1. Hello,

    My grandfather, Orris John Opdyke, recorded on his 1918 Draft Registration that he was an Ammunition Worker employed by “Poole & (unreadable)” in Texas, MD. The unreadable word looks like four or five letters long and clearly ends in a “t,” but I can’t read the rest. I am completely baffled by the first letter, but the others may be eunt or ount. Do you have any idea what the full name of this Poole company may be?

    Mike Opdyke

  2. Right after I posted my query about “Poole &…” I found Poole and HUnt, which fits very well. Oddly, it looks like this name had changed to Poole Engineering around 1903, which was 15 years before my grandfather said he worked for Poole and Hunt.
    Anyway, now that that’s more or less resolved, are there any employee records still in existence?

    Mike Opdyke

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