That Edith (Johnson) Dean of Rockport was president of Cape Ann Tool Company for its final quarter century of operation? She died at the age of 80 on March 7, 1989 at Oakwood Nursing Home in Manchester. In 1956, Edith J. Dean established the LINDLEY I. DEAN SCHOLARSHIP at Norwich University in memory of her husband, Lindley I. Dean, Class of 1911. The scholarship is awarded annually to freshmen or sophomore students from Massachusetts, with preference to students in the Corps of Cadets from Essex County, who demonstrate financial need, promise of success, scholarship, and character. Also, in the 1960’s and 70’s the Rockport Art Association presented a Lindley Dean Memorial Award, which presumably was funded by Edith Dean in memory of her husband. Painter Carl Peters won the award in 1967 and 1971. In 1942 Lindley Dean was the Vice President of Rockport National Bank and President of Cape Ann Tool Company (Polk’s Rockport City Directory 1942), that is the only mention I could find of him, other than the memorials established by Edith.
The Cape Ann Tool Company, whose 100-ton drop forges had produced made-to-order parts for everything from autos to spaceships, was liquidated in 1987 after years of being undercut by foreign competitors, chiefly Japanese and German. It was established in the 1880s in Rockport’s Pigeon Cove section. I have loved this building since I first saw it, and although many people probably think it is an eyesore, I love the colors and textures of the rusted section, and the old West ghost town look of the main part.