Sturtevant Name Legacy
For educational and denominational reasons(they were all Baptist), Sturtevant funded three regional schools. Founded in 1804, Hebron is a small, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron, Maine. For his financial support and involvment as a trustee, a residence hall was named after him.
Vermont Academy's Sturtevant House, a wooden building originally used by the principal, was financed by Benjamin Sturtevant as was Andover-Newton Theological's Sturtevant Hall, Newton,MA.
The village of Sturtevant Wisconsin had a unique habit of naming themselves after the largest employer. They eventually settled on Sturtevant in 1922.
Sturtevant's development of a shoe-pegging machine in the late 1850s and a wood-veneer lathe to feed peg strips into the machine coupled with sole-sewing machines that were being introduced had a profound effect on the industry.
Its no exaggeration to say these combined inventions gave birth to the New England shoe-factory system.
Brown Corliss Engine Co. of Milwaukee completed a factory in 1902 in the village known as Western Union Junction. The village showed their appreciation by renaming themselves Corliss.
The arrival of B.F.Sturtevant in 1923 was greeted by an equal degree of appreciation with another name change by the village to Sturtevant. An immediate boost to the area economy occured with the long list of equipment needed to retool the factory for the manufacture of blowers and ventilating equipment. They stayed till the late 1930s when the factory was relocated to LaSalle,IL.
Phoebe Sturtevant, the widow of Benjamin, contributed significantly to the $90k construction costs and bequeathed an even greater sum of $150k to the school upon her death.
He contributed both to the school and an additional $2000 to the academy-endowment fund. He funded the construction of this building, the only wooden one still existing on campus.Named after him, it was used as the principal's office and now is a student residence.
Hebron Academy's Sturtevant Hall
Andover-Newton Theological's Sturtevant Hall