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Westcott Express Co. Issued to and Signed by Francis F. Flagg - Stock Certificate

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Westcott Express Co. Issued to and Signed by Francis F. Flagg - Stock Certificate
State(s): New York
Years: 1903

Stock issued to and signed at back by Francis F. Flagg. Transferred to American Express Company. State of New York revenue stamp on back as well.

George Henry Weiss (1898–1946) was an American poet, writer and novelist. His science fiction stories and poetry appeared under the pseudonym "Francis Flagg" in the magazines Amazing Stories, Astounding, Tales of Wonder, Weird Tales and others. His novel The Night People was published by Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. in 1947.

Westcott Express was taken over by American Express in 1904. At the time of the take over, a very few certificates were signed by James C. Fargo. All others bear the signature of Smith as President. The company was a freight operation in 1907 and it became a cab service in 1915 when it was dissolved.

Wm. Congdell Fargo was born in Chicago, on May 27th, 1855. After leaving Anthon Grammar School in New York, he entered Williams College, whence he graduated in the class of 1878. Upon his graduation he was made Cashier of the Merchants Dispatch Transportation Company, and held that position until 1880, when he entered the firm of Page, Fargo & Co., agents of the Howe Scale Company. Enlisted in the Ninth Co., Seventh Regiment, National Guard, State of New York, March 15, 1879, serving in that Regiment to Oct. 29, 1885, when he was honorably discharged. In 1883, Mr. Fargo entered the service of the American Express Company and was appointed Secretary of the Executive Committee; in 1898 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Company.

In 1895, upon the reorganization of the National Express Company, he was elected Treasurer and Director of that Company. In 1903, when the American Express Company purchased the Westcott Express Company, Mr. Fargo was elected Treasurer and Director of the latter Company. He also holds a position as Director of the New England Dispatch Company. Mr. Fargo is a member of the Ardsley, University, Church and New York Athletic Clubs, and the New York Genealogical Society. On April 20th, 1881 he married Mary Stockwell Preston, daughter of William R. Preston of New York, at New York.

Excerpt from "History of the Express Companies":

THE MANHATTAN EXPRESS COMPANY (Westcott, Dodd & Co., proprietors), had its main office at No. 168 Broadway, but was in fact almost ubiquitous on this great little island of Manhattan, as well as in the neighboring cities, which its numerous handsome green wagons, lettered in gold and drawn by some of the best horses in the world, were constantly traversing, for the delivery and collection of baggage and other packages.

This company, so extensive and invaluable in its metropolitan operations, had its origin in the smallest possible beginning. It was commenced in 1851 by Robert F. Westcott, with a single horse and wagon. In 1855, A. S. Dodd, at that time connected with the National Express Company, and principal manager of the New Jersey Express Company, became associated with him in his city express business, at which time Westcott had largely increased his operations. He fore saw that a grand business might be made, with the aid of judicious headwork and more capital, and was fortunate in securing both. It was known for a time as the Westcott Express, but on account of a consolidation and new organization, it assumed in 1858, the style of “The Manhattan Express Company.” Subsequently the consolidation was broken up, and Westcott and Dodd each organized an Express on his separate account, “ The Westcott Express Co.” and “The New York Transfer Co.”

Both of these Expresses perform, in addition to their ordinary Express routine, a very large business in the transportation of baggage for passengers upon the railroads above-named, carrying not far from 600,000 trunks during the year. In this city, it delivers at any place desired below Central Park. We regard it as altogether the most extensive enterprise of the kind ever attempted in America; and for system and efficiency, it is not excelled even by the best parcel delivery company in London.

From About Robert Folger Westcott

  • Residence: 1855 - E.D. 7, Ward 7, New York City, New York, New York, United States
  • Residence: 1905 - Manhattan, A.D. 29, E.D. 06, New York, New York
  • Residence: 1905 - Manhattan, New York, New York

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, N.Y., July 19. -- Robert Folger Westcott, organizer and ex-President of the Westcott Express Company, was instantly killed this morning while driving on Rum Hill, six miles from his Summer home. Mr. Westcott had gone for a drive to the Observatory with his niece, Miss Gardiner.

Robert Folger Westcott's Timeline

November 28, 1828
New York, New York, United States
April 26, 1855
New York, New York, United States
February 27, 1866
Bloomfield, Essex, New Jersey, United States
January 13, 1868
July 19, 1901
Age 72
Richfield Springs, Otsego County, New York, United States
July 19, 1901
Age 72
Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States

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Condition: Excellent

A stock certificate is issued by businesses, usually companies. A stock is part of the permanent finance of a business. Normally, they are never repaid, and the investor can recover his/her money only by selling to another investor. Most stocks, or also called shares, earn dividends, at the business's discretion, depending on how well it has traded. A stockholder or shareholder is a part-owner of the business that issued the stock certificates.

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