One of Huntington's active and progressive business men is Bert J. Bartlett, proprietor of the Bartlett Trucking Company, since its organization in the early nineties. He has been variously identified with a number of business enterprises in Huntington in the last twenty years, but his principal success has come to him through the channels of his present business, which has in recent years reached generous proportions, making necessary the employment of a good many men and teams. Other activities, it is true, claim a shore of his time and attention, but the Bartlett Trucking Company is his principal business interest.
Mr. Bartlett was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, in June, 1869, and is a son of William P. Bartlett, a prosperous farmer of New Hampshire,of the state of his birth, and where he died in August, 1913. His wife and the mother of Bert J. Bartlett of this review, was Martha Ladona S. (Flower) Bartlett, also a native of New Hampshire and now deceased.
As boy and youth in the New Hampshire home of his parents, Bert Bartlett attended the public schools, and gained such education as they were fitted to afford in those early days of American education. He remained on the farm until he was twenty, then came west, to Indiana as reckoned in New Hampshire, and settled in Columbia City. There he became interested in the lumber business, remaining at that point for six years, at which time he disposed of his lumber interests and came to Huntington. In this city he formed a business association with a Mr. Perine, and engaged again in the lumber business under the firm name of Perine & Bartlett, and at the end of another six years of lumbering activity, sold out and engaged in the trucking and transfer business. At the same time he began to operate more or less in coal, and a little later entered the storage field, erecting a cement block building with a forty by two hundred foot front, the building being calculated for the storage of all materials requiring a chilled temperature. The transfer and trucking business, however, is the branch of his enterprise to which he has given the closest attention, and he has in that line built up an extensive business, having in his employ a large number of men and teams.
In addition to the interests already named Mr Bartlett is one of the directors of the Factory Fund Association, organized on February 22, 1907, at a special meeting called for the purpose of interesting a number of the leading citizens of the city, and the purpose of the organization being the raising of a fund to bring to the City of Huntington new manufacturing enterprises. The capital stock of the Asssociation was placed at $50,000, all of which was subscribed by leading citizens. This Association has been the direct means of securing and locating a number of industries of no slight importance, reference to which will be found elswhere in this work, under the heading "Huntington Industries". At a special meeting of the Association Mr. Bartlett was chosen president, with C.B. Williams as vice-president, O.W. Whitelock, secretary and Julius Dick as treasurer. The organization has for its support a goodly number of the leading business men of Huntington, and it is not too much to say that it has been the direct cause of the influx of a considerable capital and a number of desirable men who came in the wake of the new enterprises. Mr. Bartlett has shown himself in this work especially to be a man of progress and one who looks beyond the present day and its needs in the administration of any business enterprise. His civic attitude has throughout been most admirable, and places him among the real men of the community.
In 1896 Mr. Bartlett was united in marriage with Miss Frances F. Severance, a daughter of Dr. LaGrange and Henrietta (Drummond) Severance. Two children have been born to them, Fred L. and Helen E. Bartlett, both of whom are in school.