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A Moment in Tolland History: Underwood Belting Company

A look back at local history, courtesy of Town Historian Barbara Cook and the Tolland Historical Society.

From Town Historian Barbara Cook:

The original Underwood Belting Company factory was on Tolland Stage Road approximately where St. Matthew Rectory is today. The factory, and a later one the company built on Old Post Road, manufactured belting for everything from sewing machines to 4-foot wide belts for industrial use. 

One Underwood brother was an inventor, and held several patents including one for a leather and cotton belting product and another for a V-belt. The factory shipped belts all over the world and had agents in New York, Boston, Providence, Chicago and Dayton, Ohio. 

Used later to house chickens, the building became unsafe and is shown being burned by the fire department.

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