During a short custom body building history of a little less than six years, Webster, Massachusetts’ Waterhouse Company turned out close to 300 custom and semi-custom automobile bodies. Unfortunately, less than 20 examples are known to survive.
According to their original announcement in Autobody, the Waterhouse Company was established in January, 1928 "to build bodies for duPont". That was the hope; but it took some six months to materialize. Two longtime Judkins employees, Charles L. Waterhouse (1870-1953) and his son, Moses Sargent Waterhouse (1892-1977) ("Mose" was named after his maternal grandfather Moses Sargent) set out on their own in January of 1928 to form the Waterhouse Company.
The total number of automobile bodies built by Waterhouse from 1928 through 1933 is estimated at 296 according to Larry Waterhouse, the grandson of Charles L. Waterhouse, one of the firm's founders.
As the original records of the firm were lost in when the French River overflowed its banks in 1936 and 1955, the total of 296 is an estimate derived from the records of the chassis manufacturers, personal recollections of former staff and research done by Fred Roe and other automotive historians.
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