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Ridgway Family

Charles L. Ridgway (1844-1927)
Harriet E. Ridgway (Cross)
Obituary - Boston Daily Globe, Oct. 31, 1927
Charles L. Ridgway Passes Away at 83
Revere "Grand Old Man" Owned "The Pit," "Gardens"
Inherited Inventive Genius - Was Grand Army Veteran
"Charles Lowell Ridgway, Revere Beach's "grand old Man" and prominent Boston and Winthrop resident, died yesterday at his Boston home. He was 83 years old. His Winthrop home was beneath Great Head.
    Mr. Ridgway, who was probably one of the most widely-known inventors of amusement enterprises at America's parks and beaches., was born in Boston, June 24, 1844 He was the son of John Ridgway, the inventor of the celebrated "disappearing gun" which was used in the last days of the Civil War.
    He mad what was said to be the first houseboat in Boston Harbor and for several summers back in the 90's he and his family lived on it, floating on the waters of Crystal Cove, the little sheltered basin behind the hook of Point Shirley.
    Later he built a large bungalow beneath Great Head and went there every summer. The pleasantly situated home is one the the sights of the town, being prominently in view going and coming to the top of Point Shirley.
    Mr. Ridgway inherited the inventive genius of his fater and patented many inventions, among them are the many amusement park devices and the famous Ridgway furnace. He formed the Ridgway Construction Company, of which he was president; his son, Charles J. Ridgway treasurer, and other son, Herbert N. Ridgway, vice president. Until very recently Mr Ridgway was to be founf every day at the office, or at Revere Beach looking after his enterprises there, know to millions as "The Pit" and the "Nautical Gardens."
    When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Ridgway enlisted in the 7th Massachusetts Unattached Infantry. He always took and interest in G.A.R. affairs and was one of the four surviving members of the Winthrop Civil War Veterans' Association."
Herbert N. Ridgway (1878-1961)
Madeline Ridgway (Clarke)
Obituary - Boston Herald, Feb. 17, 1961
H. N. Ridgway Dies, Inventor Of Revere Beach Dies
   "Herbert Newell Ridgway, 83, descendant of one of the oldest families in Massachusetts, inventor, and developer of Revere Beach, died yesterday at his home at 81 Washington Ave., Winthrop.
   Born on Beacon Hill, he was descended from the Ridgway family which emigrated from England to Boston in 1630. He was a self-employed inventor following a pattern set by earlier generations of his family.
    Among his inventions were a disappearing submarine gun used by the U.S. Navy in World War I, a prototype of the modern diesel engine which was used on Winthrop street cars in 1911, and numerous amusement park rides and devices.
    He built the first amusement ride in Revere Beach in 1898, a "Swan Boat Ride." There followed the original fun house, "The Pit," whirlpool rides, roller coasters, and other devices, which he continued to operate most of his life.
    He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston.
    He leaves his wife, Madeline (Clark), a son, Lincoln, or Marblehead, and a daughter, Mrs. John S. [violette Lane] Van Buren, of Westminster, Vt.
Descent of the Ridgway-Ridgeway family in England and America
- George C. Ridgway, 1926, HathiTrust Digital Library, eBook
The Ridgway Bungalow

Built at the turn of the century by Hebert N. Ridgway, owner of the Point Shirley railroad, and aptly named "The Ridgway Bungalow," the 11 room, 4 1/2 bath ocean front estate was constructed by the finest craftsmen of the day. (View YouTube slide show)
Point Shirley Steet Railroad

   "The Point Shirley Street Railway was built from Winthrop Beach station to Point Shirley beginning in August 1910 and opened later that year.[2] The 1.2-mile (1.9 km) single-track line ran along Shirley Street and Tafts Avenue.The BRB&L acquired the entire line with legislative approval in October 1912. By 1914, the line operated 30,594 car miles (an average of 35 daily round trips), carried 165,037 passengers (an average of 452 daily), and employed seven people.
   Unusually, the Point Shirley Street Railway did not operate with electric power from overhead lines. It first used a gasoline-powered electric streetcar, then a battery-powered streetcar owned by the BRB&L, but these did not prove adequate for reliable service and by early 1919 buses were used instead. This prompted a public outcry with demands for conventional overhead-powered cars; instead, the BRB&L introduced two lighter battery-powered streetcars with better performance to the line in May 1919.
   Even the 1919-built cars proved to be too expensive to operate on a marginal low-traffic line. In 1928, they were permanently replaced by buses." (Wikipedia)
- Point Shirley Street Railway, Wikimedia Commons
- Gasoline Car No. 2 at Point Shirley, Electric Railway Journal, Oct 28, 1911
The Pit, Revere Beach

- Gaping Media Hole Blog, Jan. 3, 2012
No 36,730 - John Ridgway - Improvement in Operating Ordnance - Oct. 21, 1862
No 81,292 - Charles L. Ridgway - Improved corkscrew - Aug. 18, 1868
No 159,709 - Charles L. Ridgway - Improvement in Self-Lighting Cigars - Jan. 15, 1875
No 395,353. - Charles L. Ridgway - Heating Stove - Jan. 1, 1889
No 910,417 - Herbert N. Ridgway - Centrifugal Amusement Apparatus - Jan. 19, 1909
No 1,027,437 - Herbert N. Ridgway - Centrifugal Amusement Apparatus - May 28, 1912
No 2,235,563 - Herbert N. Ridgway - Water Amusement Device - March 18. 1941
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