2011 Symposium Presenters

NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium
Ohio Horology

October 20 – 22, 2011
Cincinnati Airport Marriot at Hebron, Kentucky

Workshops and live demonstrations on various aspects
of Ohio-based horology will be presented.

The NAWCC 2011 Ward Francillon Time Symposium continues the tradition of the James Arthur Lecture Series "Time and Its Mysteries," the legacy of James Arthur and the lecture series named in his honor. From the first NAWCC Seminar in 1980 and the first Arthur lecture in 1984, the symposiums have examined horology in a variety of ways – the cosmos, the necessity for timekeeping, the mechanics, the makers, the influences, the beauty, and the styles.

Off-Site Tours

American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Training Facility, Harrison, Ohio.

Tour includes the training facility, research library, and museum.


Lecture Presenters

James Arthur Lecture Series

Philip Morris

Tallcase Wood Works Clocks

An exploration of tallcase wood works clocks, their unique history, how they are produced and manufactured, and how they fit into the horological landscape.


Philip Morris is widely recognized as an authority on wooden tall clocks. His book, American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835 is an essential reference book for collectors, dealers, and students of early American clocks, furniture, antiques, or decorative arts. Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, this volume is the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date compilation of early eighteenth- and nineteenth-century wooden clockmakers and their clocks. New information obtained from the study of hundreds of wooden clocks,account books, diaries, genealogical records, familyhistories, town histories, probate records, and periodnewspapers is included.


Lehr Dircks

History of Columbus Watches

A discussion of watches produced in the Columbus area of Ohio.

Lee Horrisberger

The Story of the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works

An exploration of the history of the historic Dueber-Hampden Watch Works.


This session will include background information about the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, primarily the history of the watch company, including the early years as well as the start of Dueber Case Company in Newport, Kentucky. The Canton era and the watch models introduced during this time period, the legacy of Dueber-Hampden after the company dispersed to Russia, the remains of Swiss-Hampden Watches, and the Dueber-Hampden Service Department will be discussed. The research project is an ongoing history of the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, how the company changed life in Canton, and the Dueber-Hampden move to Russia.

Lee Horrisberger joined Walsh University in 2000 and serves as an Associate Professor of Communication and Fine Arts. Lee earned her B.A. from the Ohio State University and M.A. from the University of Akron. Lee was awarded an Individual Artists Grant from Arts in Stark (Canton County, OH). The grant has helped to fund Lee’s digital story and blog focusing on Dueber-Hampden.


Chris Klingemier

Clock Dials of Trumbull County (Northeast Ohio)

A discussion of the various styles and types of clock dials common to Trumbull County in NE Ohio.


Chris Klingemier is a Trumbull County native and he operates family-owned supermarkets. He has a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Youngstown State University and has a master's degree in history and preservation also from Youngstown State University. Diane, Chris' wife, is also a Trumbull County native, and a pediatric physical therapist working with special needs children. She has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Ohio State University. Chris and Diane have been married for 35 years. They are "clock collectors by accident."  Their  initial interests were in architecture and local history. They purchesed an old house when they were "young and foolish" and embarked on a crash course in restoration and preservation. They've been working for 30 plus years and they're still learning, though the now-restored house is on the National Register and was recently featured in Early American Life magazine. Researching their old house turned up the fact that the Hart and Truesdale clock factory had been located nearby. They were fortunate that their interest in buildings and their questions about Hart & Truesdale clocks led them to meet Rebecca Rogers while she was researching her clock monograph. Their initial interest in Hart & Truesdale expanded to include all portions of the regional clock industry and spurred their collection of local materials. The opportunity presented by the relatively large number of local examples that they documented or collected led to the study that will be presented at the Symposium:  An analysis of the local clock industry based on the objects, not the documents. Part material culture, part industrial archeology, the study seeks to enhance the understanding of the industry by analyzing the dials for similarities and variations in construction, layout and decoration. Other interests that Chris and Diane have include: Chris created and teaches a hands on architectural history course concentrating on analysis and interpretation of the early built environment of Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Diane photographed and designed two beautiful Trumbull County clock calendars, one of which, a 2011 calendar, is to be featured at the symposium.  


Patti Moore

Neon Clocks: The Ohio Connection

Neon clocks, and how they directly relate to the horological industies common to the state of Ohio.


Rebecca Rogers

Peddlers of Trumbull County

Presentation on the clock trade in Trumbull County, Ohio.


Tom Spittler

Early Brass Movement Tall Clocks of Ohio
Wood Movement Tall Clocks of Southwest Ohio

These presentations cover various topics related to the role of Ohio in the developmental history of horology.


After a brief history of early Ohio, concentrating on its explosive settlement in the very early nineteenth century,Tom Spittler's program will focus on early Ohio brass-movement grandfather clocks and their makers, including the discovery of a previously unknown Ohio maker and significant documentation about him and his clockmaking. Just as rapid as the coming of the brass-movement tall clocks to Ohio was their decline with the introduction of the wooden-movement tall clock.There were two major centers of wooden-movement clocks in Ohio: one in the northeast and one in the southwest. This program centers on the wooden-movement clocks manufactured in southwest Ohio by Luman Watson and some of his associates.

Tom Spittler has had a longtime interest in grandfather clocks, both American and British. He is fortunate to have lived in England twice, gaining firsthand knowledge of clocks and the places where they were made. He is a Star Fellow of the NAWCC and the seventh recipient of the NAWCC James W. Gibbs Award for Literary Achievement. Tom writes a monthly column in the British magazine Clocks and he has written numerous articles for the Watch & Clock Bulletin, as well as every other major horological publication written in English. Tom, along with his late wife, Sonya, and Chris Bailey, were authors of the major reference American Clockmakers and Watchmakers. Tom and Chris Bailey have researched and written a major revision to this book, which will be available in late 2011. Tom lives in Ohio and always welcomes any inquiries about grandfather clocks.


Randy Thatcher

Herschede Hall Clock Co. of Cincinnati