President and treasurer of the Perfection Cooler Company

Atwood L. Boggs is closely associated with that development which is fast making Stoughton an important manufacturing center, with its trade connections reaching out to every section of the country. Mr. Boggs is now the president and treasurer of the Perfection Cooler Company, with which he has been identified since 1909. He was born in Warren, Maine, in July, 1868, and is a son of Benjamin D. and Estella S. (Young) Boggs, who are also natives of Warren and are representatives of some of the oldest families in the state. Ancestors of A. L. Boggs resided in Maine as early as 1632. Benjamin D. Boggs was a farmer by occupation, following that pursuit during the greater part of his active life, but for a brief period was engaged in the wholesale grocery trade. At the time of the Civil war he put aside all business and personal considerations and responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting for three years with a Massachusetts regiment. He did active duty at the front during that period, participating in a number of hotly contested engagements. He now resides in California, where his wife is also living.

Atwood L. Boggs was reared and educated in Warren, Maine, and in early life learned the shoe manufacturing business. After three years devoted to that work he went upon the road as a traveling salesman, starting at the age of twenty years. Mr. Boggs won success as a traveling salesman and continued upon the road until 1909, when he purchased the controlling interest in the Perfection Cooler Company, then doing business at Haverhill, Massachusetts. He removed the business, however, to Boston and in 1912 established the plant at Stoughton, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of water coolers used in offices and stores. The output of the plant is shipped all over the world. The company has recently purchased a large plant at Michigan City, Indiana, more extensive than the Stoughton plant. Their sales have reached an annual figure of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, but in 1918 they expect to do a business of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. They put out twenty-five thousand coolers in 1917 and expect to double this in the present year and hope to make their sales reach one hundred thousand in 1920. Their product is of the highest standard of coolers and as it gives uniform satisfaction the business is growing rapidly.

In April, 1906, Mr. Boggs was united in marriage to Miss Alice J. Hall, a daughter of James R. and Elizabeth (Hall) Hall, who are natives of Nova Scotia and are still residing there. Mr. Boggs belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the degrees of lodge, chapter, council, commandery and Mystic Shrine. He is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, having membership in the lodge at Rochester, New York, for twenty years. Politically he is a republican but not an office seeker. His religious faith is that of the Congregational church. He is highly esteemed in Stoughton, where he has developed a business of substantial proportions that has become recognized as one of the important manufacturing interests of the city. His home is at 47 Mason Terrace in Brookline, [Mass].

Source: History of Norfolk County Massachusetts 1622-1918 (New York, S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1918), 2:214-217.  

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