Prosperity in Business
An examination of the 1855 map of Norton Centre reveals that the Wheaton family owned extensive property in Norton. Three times in the 19th century, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts directed every town to produce a map indicating all roads, buildings, and landforms. An interesting feature of the map is its use of property owners' names to indicate location of private property. The map provides viewers with visual understanding of the Wheatons property holdings in Norton.
While Laban Morey Wheaton did not inherit his father's stern and frugal ways, he did inherit the judge's aptitude for business. Laban Morey participated in multiple business enterprises in Norton, particularly factories and cotton mills. One such factory was the Norton Straw Manufacturing Company, which included the Wheaton Manufacturing Company in its incorporation. Laban Morey was also involved in banking, and served as president of the Attleborough Bank.