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1839 John Tasker (1819-1895) started work as a shoemaker in Pond Hill
1851 Tasker was a shoemaker, employing 6 men
c.1855 The business moved to Devonshire Street
Introduced gutta-percha and india rubber to Sheffield
c.1866 took premises in Angel Street, Sheffield, supplying leather belting; also developed the engineering side of the business which expanded rapidly which expanded into Station Road -
1877 Established one of the first telephone exchanges in the provinces, at the Angel Street store; this became the Sheffield Telephone Exchange but demand was slow to build up.
1895 Death of John Tasker
1896 Dissolution of the Partnership between John Henry Royle Tasker and Frederick Tasker carrying on business as Engineers and Machinists at Sheaf-street in Sheffield under the style or firm of Tasker Sons and Company's Engineering Department. All debts due ... will be received and paid by the said John Henry Royle Tasker who will continue to carry on the said Engineering business at Sheaf-street in Sheffield under the style of Tasker's Engineering Company