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Offline Harry Verdurchi

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SMOOTH CASTER Model 600
« on: November 14, 2020, 09:35:18 AM »
BETTS & BODDEUS.
Hell of a name Like some CAJUN  from Louisiana came up with it ....lol
Howsome ever these were made in Detroit Michigan ,,,,,,How about that .
Don't know for sure but think they were made in the 40's when an abundance of Manufactures after the War were trying to stay afloat. Info is pretty scarce on the company from what I am finding.
Housing and pillars are all Aluminum .
Guts are as simple as you can get .
Take a gander at the ingenious Spool with the built in level wind  !
I have several of them and this one is The SMOOTH CASTER MODEL 600
 Business end has no adjustment on the  bearing but the clicker side has an adj screw with a Round Knurled locking nut to adjust side play.

Handle side also has a Knurled metal Screw that attaches to a brass flat metal strip with a piece of Felt to put some drag on the inside of the spool .
This thing when  cleaned and oiled up  Spins forever it seems.
There are also Fishing Rods which bear the Name Betts & Boddeus (more on these later)
Here are a few pix.
 Left Click once on each picture to enlarge it.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2020, 09:59:45 AM by nomdeplume57 »
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Re: SMOOTH CASTER Model 600
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2021, 12:33:11 PM »
   In 1922, twenty-one-year-old Henry Theodore Joseph Boddeus, a Dutch assistant steward on the S.S. Pastores, jumped ship in New York City. Possibly as an alternative to deportation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1923 to at least 1928 and was stationed in Haiti and several U.S. cities, arriving in Detroit in 1928. By 1934, he lived with his Tennessee-born bride in Flint, Mich.
   Born in Alabama, Murrie C. Betts was a twenty-two-year-old machinist in Saginaw, Mich., in 1930. He was still working there at Baker Perkins, Inc., in 1941.
   After the war, Boddeus, Betts, and H.D. Betts partnered to establish Betts & Boddeus Manufacturing Co., located at 3005 Caniff St., Hamtramck, Mich., in 1946. The company made toys, one of which was a derrick for which Murrie Betts eventually received a design patent in 1950. Boddeus left the firm quickly and moved to Florida, where he died in 1947. The company was renamed Betts Manufacturing Co. and moved to 1601 Howard St., Detroit, by 1948. The spiral-cam level wind reel appeared before Boddeus left, as some reels are marked with the Betts & Boddeus name. After the change, the company refocused on sporting goods, fishing tackle, and display stands. It made both steel and fiberglass rods, and its later reels are marked “Smooth Caster Mfg. Co.” By 1959, the company moved to 20855 Telegraph Rd. in Detroit. Murrie Betts also moved to Florida by 1963, where he patented a chair-attached sunshade. He died in St. Petersburg in 1996.

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Re: SMOOTH CASTER Model 600
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2021, 04:13:56 PM »
Thank You Steve for that info .Most Enlightening.
Info like that is Scarce to say the least .