Class of 2016
Mayor Anita Dugatto is pleased to announce the selection of
the tenth anniversary class for the Derby Hall of Fame. It could be
said that the three new members made us better educated, made driving
more convenient for us and helped to enliven our lives. The three new
members are Harry Haugh, inventor of the "electromatic traffic signal";
Josiah Holbrook, founder of the Lyceum educational movement and Charles
A. Sterling, the owner of the Sterling Piano Company.
Mayor Dugatto said, "The additions to Hall of Fame
this year are impressive and show the strength and vision of the Valley
forefathers that made it great!"
Brief descriptions of the members of the Class of 2015 (Click on
names to learn more):
|Harry Haugh -Once the automobile came into existence,
traffic jams were not far behind. Until the invention of the
traffic control signal, police officers provided that function
at busy intersections. However, the first traffic signals could
not adjust for the amount of traffic flowing through an
intersection. That advance didn't come until 1927, and it was
Derby native Harry A. Haugh, Jr. working at Yale University who
installed the first "electromatic traffic signal" in New Haven
in 1928. The invention revolutionized traffic control by
vehicular activation and won him national acclaim.
|Josiah Holbrook was the a founder of an educational reform
movement that swept the country in the nineteenth century. That
movement was known as the Lyceum Movement.
|The Sterling Piano Factory was once the largest
manufacturing employer in the City of Derby. Founded in 1866 by
Charles Sterling, the Sterling Company was known world wide for
its quality. Mr. Sterling had previously had a number of other
business successes. He continued as the head of the company
until his death in 1887. The company actually manufactured
organs until 1884, when the piano was first introduced.
For the full listing of Hall of Fame members,
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