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in a building on Broadway now owned by Dr. Smith
Fuller. About the 1st of April, 1878, the bank re-
moved to its present rooms in the fine brick building
on the south side of Main Street ea-st of Broadway.

In January, 1865, the bank was reorganized under
the National Banking law, and became the National
Bank of Fayette County, the first election of directors
under the change being held on the 30th of that
month. Authorized capital, Sl.50,000.

Mr. Patterson, the first president of the institution,
resigned Jan. 4, 1865, and was succeeded by John K.
Ewing. Mr. Wilson, the cashier, resigned Aug. 20,
1868, and A. C. Nutt became his successor. The
present (1881) officers of the bank are the following :
Directors, John K. Ewing, E. B. Dawson, John M.
Hadden, James T. Gorley, John H. McClelland,
James B. Wiggins, Henry W. Gaddis, Smith Fuller,
Daniel Downer, Alfred Howell ; John K. Ewing,
president; A. C. Nutt, cashier.



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FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF UNIONTOWN.

In April, 1854, a private banking-office was opened
in Uniontown by Mr. John T. Hogg. Prior to that
time, and after the closing of the old Union Bank of
Pennsylvania, the financial business of the borough
had been done principally with the Bank of Browns-
ville. Mr. Hogg's bank at Uniontown (he had also
banks at Brownsville, Connellsviile, Mount Pleasant,
Bedford, Somerset, and other places) was opened at
the place where Mrs. Smith's millinery-store now is,
in the Tremont building. W. Wilson was its first
cashier. In August, 1858, he resigned to accept the
cashiership of the Bank of Fayette County, and
James T. Redburn succeeded him in Mr. Hogg's
bank. Soon afterwards the bank passed into posses-
sion of Isaac Skiles, Jr., by whom it was continued
as a private institution until 1864, when, in confor-
mity with the provisions of the National Banking
law, it became the First National Bank of Union-
town, with a paid up capital of 160,000, increased
Jan. 1, 1872, to 1100,000.

The corporators of the National Bank were Robert
Finley, C. S. Seaton, Jasper M. Thompson, Eleazer
Robinson, William Hurford, Isaac Skiles, Jr., James
T. Redburn, Hiram H. Hackney, and John Wilson;
articles of association dated Jan. 2, 1864. The bank
commenced business May 3, 1864, in the banking
rooms which it still occupies on Main Street, west of
Morgantown Street. The first board of directors was
composed of Messrs. Skiles, Robinson, Seaton, Thomp-
son, Redburn, and Finley. President, Isaac Skiles,
Jr. ; Cashier, James T. Redburn. In January, 1870,
Jasper M. Thompson was elected president, and in
the following May Josiah V. Thompson was elected
cashier on the death of Mr. Redburn.

The present officers of the bank are :

Directors, Jasper M.Thompson, president; George
W. Litman, Hiram H. Hackney, William Hopwood,
Charles E. Boyle, Joseph M. Campbell, Charles S.
Seaton, William H. Playford, John Wilson; cashier,
J. V. Thompson.

A new and commodious banking-house is to be
erected during the present summer (1882) for the use
of this bank, the property known as the " Round
Corner," on Main Street, having been purchased for
that purpose.

THE PEOPLE'S BANK OF FAYETTE COUNTY.

This bank was chartered March 21, 1873, the fol-
lowing-named gentlemen being the corporators: S.
A. Gilmore, Alfred Howell, C. E. Boyle, William
McCleary, Eli Cope, J. D. Roddy, Ewing Brownfield,
E. M. Ferguson, J. H. McClelland, J. A. Searight.
The board of directors was composed as follows :
Ewing Brownfield (president), Alfred Howell, James
Robinson, James A. Searight (cashier), John D.
Roddy, James Beatty.

The bank commenced business July 14, 1873. On
the 12th of August in that year the cashier, Mr. Sea-



right, resigned, and was succeeded by M. H. Bowman.
The banking-rooms of the institution are on the
corner of Arch and Main Streets. The present offi-
cers of the bank are :

Directors, Ewing Brownfield, president ; Thomas H.
Fenn, William McCleary, James Robinson, Daniel
Huston, James A. Searight.

Cashier, M. H. Bowman.

DOLLAR SAVINGS-BANK OF UNIONTOWN.

This bank commenced business Jan. 1, 1870, with
the Hon. A. E. Willson as president, and Armstrong
Hadden as cashier. Upon the election of Mr. Will-
son as judge of this district in 1873 he retired from
the presidency of the bank, and was succeeded by
Robert Hogsett, Esq. In October, 1872, C. S. Seaton
was appointed to the cashiership made vacant by the
death of Mr. Hadden. Mr. Seaton remained cashier
until April, 1878, when he retired, and was succeeded
by Henry McClay, who had previously been teller.
The business of the bank closed July 19, 1878.

FAYETTE COUNTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE
COMPANY.

This company was organized Sept. 2, 1844, the
corporators being Isaac Beeson, John Dawson, Al-
fred McClelland, Andrew Byers, William B. Roberts,
James T. Cannon, Ewing Brownfield, John Huston,
Robert T. Flenuiken, Daniel Kaine, James Piper,
Samuel Y. Campbell, and Everard Bierer. Isaac
Beeson was chosen president, and Daniel Kaine secre-
tary.

During the first year of the company's business
fifty-three policies were written, aggregating a risk of
$107,000. The total amount of risks from the organ-
ization of the company in 1844 to Jan. 1, 1881, was
$5,259,505. Total number of premium notes taken,
3317, aggregating $444,260.21.

The present board of managers is composed of E.
B. Dawson, Thomas Hadden, William Hunt, Wil-
liam Beeson, John K. Beeson, Ewing Brownfield,
John T. Harah, Adam C. Nutt, Edward Campbell,
James S. Watson.

UNIONTOWN BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATION.

On the 2d of April, 1870, a number of citizens con-
vened at Skiles' Hall, in Uniontown, for the purpose
of organizing the above-named association. Officers
were elected as follows: President, Jasper M. Thomp-
son ; Secretary, A. t). Nutt ; Treasurer, John H.
McClelland ; Directors, John H. Miller, A. M. Gib-
son, J. A. Laughead, John K. Ewing, W. H. Bailey,
D. M. Springer, and Hugh L. Rankin.

On the 18th of April a constitution and by-laws
were adopted. Section 2 of the former declares that
" The object of this association shall be the accumula-
tion of money to be loaned among its members for
the purchase of houses or lands, or for building or
repairing the same and acquiring homesteads."

There has been no change in president or treasurer



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HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



since the organization. A. C. Nutt, secretary, resigned
April 27, 1872, and was succeeded by William H.
Hope, who resigned March 31, 1877, when Benjamin
Campbell, tlic iiresent secretary, was elected.

The association did not purchase any lands, but
loaned money exclusively to members and for build-
ing purposes until December, 1876, when provision
was made to make loans for other purposes, and to
parties not members of the association.

Below is given the amount of loans made by the
association in each of the seven years next follow-
ing its formation, viz. :

From April, 1870, to April, 1871, 817,882.11.

" 1871, " " 1872, 16,37.3.0,3.

" 1872, " " 1873, 20,252.00.

" 1873, " " 1874, 35,051.29.

" 1874, " " 1875, 20,401.02.

" 1875, •' " 1876, 37,144.31.

" 1876, '• " 1877, 48,018.88.
Two-thirds of the last amount was cash paid to stock-
holders in cancellation of shares, which from 1877 to the
present time have been gradually drawing to a close.

.SOCIETIES -AND ORDERS.
A Masonic lodge was chartered in Uniontown
April 2, 1802, with the following-named officers:
Abraham Stewart, ^y. M. ; George Manypenny, S.
W. ; Christian Tarr, .1. W. ; Johu Van Houten, Tyler.
Tliis lodge continued until 1817.

L.\tIREL LODGE, No. 215, F. iyo A. M.'

This lodge was instituted June 30, 1828, under
charter granted by tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Penn-
sylvania, June 2, 1828. Its first officers were Thomas
Irwin, W. M. ; L. W. .><tockton, S. W. ; Gabriel Evans,
J. W.; William Salter, Trcas. ; M. Hampton, Sec.
The lodge existed for a short period only, closiim its
work Feb. 11, 1831.

;fayettk lodge, no. -i-is, r. am. a. m.i

Upon the i)etition of John Irons, Zalmon Luding-

tou, James Piper, John Keffer, P. U. Hook, John

McCnen, William Doran, Moses Sliehan, Rev. S. E.

Babcock,and Samuel Bryan, the R. W. Grand Lodge

of Free and Accepted Masons of the ('niu ii\vr:ilili

of Pennsylvania granted a warrant or charier toi,|nii
a lodge in the borough of Uniontown, to be known as
Fayette Lodge, No. 228. John Irons to be first W.
M. ; Zalmon Ludington to be first S. W. ; James Piper
to be first J. W.

<Jn the second Monday of April, 1848, the first reg-
ular meeting was held ; nine petitions for degrees and



withdrew hi. ap|.li.;,ii,,n. Fn.iii Ajiril Kith until St.
John's day, Dec 27. 1^4^. thirty-nine meetings were
held, and duriiiir th;il lime llie K. A. degree was con-
ferred u]inn thirty-eiLdit aii|.lii"ints ; the F. C. degree



was conferred upon twenty-nine applicants; the M.
M. degree was conferred upon twenty applicants ; and
in addition to that four M. M.'s were admitted to
I membership, so that at the end of the Masonic year
i the lodge numbered fifty-two members. The first one
entered was William Thorndell; the last one entered
that year was Dr. Smith Fuller. An accession of
forty-two members during the first eight months was
surely encouraging to the brethren who labored earn-
estly for the success of the lodge.
I On the 29th of July, 1850, John Irons, the W. M.,
died of cholera. On the afternoon of the 30th the
brethren assembled to pay the last " tribute of re-
spect" to their much-beloved blaster, and with the
honors of Freemasonry they consigned his body to
the earth.

The labors of the lodge were continued under the
control of the following brethren, who served as Mas-
ters : Robert Boyle, for the year 1851-52 ; James L.
Bugh, 1853; Moses Shehan, 18.54; Zalmon Ludington,
1855; George W. K. Minor, 18.56; Thomas Semans,
1857-58; James H. Springer, 18.59; Daniel Smith,
1860-62; Thomas Semans (re-elected), 1863-67';

G -jre W. Litman, 1868; Thomas Semans, 1869;

t'liarles E. Boyle, 1870; William Hunt, 1871 ; Wil-
liam C. Snyder, 1872; P. M. Hochheimer, 1873-74;
S. M. Baily, 1875-76; D. J. Hopwood, 1877.

Since the organization of this lodge there have been
elected six members who served as treasurer of the
lodge : S. Bryan, for the years 1848-49 ; R. M. Modi-
sett, 1850-51 ; William Thorndell, for ten successive
, years, from 1852 to 1861, inclusive; John S. Harah,
for the years 1862-66 ; Thomas Hadden, 1867 ; John
S. Harah, 1868-75 ; C. H. Rush, 1876 ; John S. Harah,
1877, and re-elected for 1878. Fourteen members
served this lodge as secretary during the period of
tiiirty years from the organization of the lodge:
Juhn Ketfer, for the year 1848; Robert Boyle, 1849;
Richard Huskins, 1850-51; R. M. Modisett, 1852;
William Seldon, 1853; James H. Springer, 1854-57;
William B. McCormick, 1858; Jesse B. Ramsey, 1859
-61; (ieorge W. Litman, 1862-63; Thomas A. Hal-
deman, 1864-65; William E. Beall, 1866; William
R. Semans, 1867; William E. Beall, 1868-72; Wil-
liam H. Hope, 1873-75; P. M. Hochheimer, 1876-
77. The fee for initiation and membership was $16
iiiitil -Vpril, 1852, when by instruction of the Grand
Luil^e it was advanced to $19.25, which remained un-
changed until the year 1865, when S30 was made the
I constitutional fee until the year 1870, when another
I advance of $10 was made, making §40 the constitu-
tional fee. The fee for the admission of a M. M. to
membership was $2 until the adoption of the by-laws
of 1868, when it was changed to $5. The yearly dues
have been S3 until Jan. 8, 1877, when by the adop-
tion of an amendment to the by-laws they were
changed to $4.

During a period of thirty years from the first organ-
ization there was paid into the treasury of this lodge



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From initiation fees $5919.25

" admission fees 107.00

" dues 619.1.82

Total $12,222.07

Of this sum was paid out

For Cliarter and Grand Lodge dues .$2898.42

" Cbarity, etc 1094.07

" Sundry expenses 6964.74

Total $10,957.2:5

anil in addition to this sum there was expended the
sum of .'^.800, of which no account can be given,
making the total expenditure $11,7.57.23, or $391.91
per year.

Past Master Zalmon Ludington was the only one
of the charter members whose name remained upon
the roll of members at the end of thirty years from
the establishment of the lodge. Redding Bunting,
Thomas Semans, Charles S. Seaton, George H. Thorn-
dell, and Robert Britt became members of the lodge
in 1848.

During the Masonic year of 1858, Brother Thomas
Semans, W. M., the lodge seems to have been aroused
from its dormant state, and at the stated meeting
March 8th twenty-six members were suspended or
expelled for non-payment of dues. Since the organ-
ization of the lodge two members after due trial have
been suspended for unmasonic conduct.

Fayette Lodge has furnished members for the organ-
ization of King Solomon Lodge at Connellsville, and
Valley Lodge, Masontown. Kind and fraternal feel-
ings have ever existed among the members of this
lodge toward the members of the several lodges in
this county.

From information gathered from the records of the
lodge and the correspondence of the different D. D.
G. M. of this Masonic district, we find a continuous
effort has been made on the part of these oflicers to
impart the work and ritual as taught in the Grand
Lodge of Pennsylvania, and their labors have not
been in vain ; the work, ritual, and landmarks of Free-
masonry as practiced in this lodge are strictly in ac-
cordance with the teachings of the Grand Lodge of
this great jurisdiction.

The officers of the lodge at present (1881) are : W.
M., John W. Wood; S. W., Calvin Springer; J. W.,
Armor S. Craig; Treas., William B. McCormick;
Sec, P. M. Hochheimer. The number of members
is seventy-seven.

UNION R. A. CHAPTER, No. 16.'..

A petition was forwarded to the Grand Holy Royal
Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, signed P. U. Hook,
John Irons, S. E. Babcock, William Searight, Daniel
Sturgeon, and John McCune, praying that a charter j
be granted them to open and hold a chapter of Royal )
Arch Masons at Uniontown. i

The Grand Chapter, having taken favorable action
upon said petition, directed S. McKinley, Esq.', D. D. '



G. H. P. for the Western District of Pennsylvania, to
convene the petitioners and constitute them into a
chapter of R. A. Masons, which he did on the 15th
day of May, 1849, when Union R. A. Chapter, No.
165, was duly constituted and its officers elected, viz. :
P. U. Hook, H. P.; William Searight, K. ; John
Irons, S. ; William Thorndell, Treas. ; Richard Hus-
kins. Sec.

The work of this chapter was carried on until St.
John's day, Dec. 27, 1855, after which date the chap-
ter remained in a dormant .state until the 15th day of
April, 1872, when a sufficient number of members
convened, and by authority from the Grand H. R. A.
Chapter of Pennsylvania resuscitated Chapter No.
165, and elected officers who have successfully carried
on the work. The officers for the year 1881 are
Thomas Brownfield, H. P. ; Andrew J. Gilmore, K. ;
Max Baum, S. ; William B. McCorraiok, Treas. ; P.
M. Hochheimer, Sec.

ST. OMEirS COMMANDERY, No. 3, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR.

Organized at Uniontown, Dec. 14, 1853, under char-
ter granted by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
The first officers were: Eminent Commander, John
Bierer; Generalissimo, Andrew Patrick; Captain-
General, William Thorndell, Jr. ; Prelate, James
Piper; Treasurer, William Thorndell, Jr. ; Recording
Scribe, Richard Huskings. The commandery was
discontinued Oct. 17, 1854, but was afterwards revived
and removed to Brownsville.

UNIONTOWN COMMANDERY, No. 49, KNIGHT.S TEMPLAB.

This commandery was chartered May 13, 1874. Its
first officers were Nathaniel A. Baillie, Eminent Com-
mander; Charles H. Rush, Generalissimo; William
Hunt, Cai)tain-General ; William C. Snyder, Prelate ;
Clark Breading, Treasurer ; William H. Hope, Re-
corder ; Silas M. Bailey, Senior Warden ; William T.
Moore, Junior Warden ; John F. Gray, Standard-
Bearer; J.Austin Modisett, Sword-Bearer; Thomas
Brownfield, Warden. The present officers are Philip
M. Hochheimer, Eminent Commander ; Thomas
Brownfield, Generalissimo ; Andrew J. Gilmore, Cap-
tain-General ; William B. McCormick, Treasurer;
William Hunt, Recorder. The present number of
members is twenty-three.

FORT NECESSITY. LODGE, No. 254, I. 0. 0. F,

Instituted Aug. 6, 1847. The first officers of the
lodge were Samuel Bryan, N. G. ; M. Keely, V. G. ;
H. W. S. Rigdon, Sec. ; M. Runion, Ass't Sec. ; D.
Clark, Treas. The lodge first met in Madison Col-
lege building, afterwards in Bryant's building, and
now holds its meetings at its rooms in Concert Hall
Block. The present membership is eighty. The offi-
cers of the lodge for 1881 are C. D. Conner, N. G. ;
Martin L. Reis, V. G. ; Joseph Beatty, Sec. ; John S.
Harah, Treas.



HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



FAYETTE ENCAMPMENT, No. 8'l, I. 0. O. F.

Chartered July 31, 1848. The first officers of the
encampment were Daniel Bryan, C. P. ; James Piper,
H. P. ; H. W. S. Rigdon," S. W. ; D. Marchand
Springer, J. W. ; James A. Morris, Sec. ; James Mc-
Dermott, Treas. ; David Clark, S. The present offi-
cers are TIkuiuis Tliorndell, C. P.; Alonzo Nabors,
S.W. ; IVterLaiicJ.W.; P. M. Hochheimer, Scribe ;
W. H. Wilhelm, Treas. The membership now num-
bers thirty-five.

TONNALEUKA LODGE, No. 365, I. 0. 0. F.

This lodge was chartered June 18, 1849, and organ-
ized on the 11th of July following, with the following-
named officers: James Piper, N. G. ; Daniel Smith,
V. G.; John K. Fisher, Sec; William Barton, Jr.,
Ass't Sec. ; Robert T. Galloway, Treas. The lodge
has now (1881) a membership of seventy-six, and its
officers are Levi S. Gaddis, N. G. ; John M. Cannan,
V. G. ; Alfred Howell, Treas. ; W. H. Wilhelm, Sec.

ROYAL ARCANUM CODNCIL, No. 388.

Organized in September, 1879 ; chartered May 8,
1880. The officers for 1881 are P. M. Hochheimer,
Regent ; Stephen E. Wadsworth, V. R. ; D. H.
Backus, Sec. ; M. H. Bowman, Treas. The number
of its members is thirty-four.

MAIHSON LODGE, No. 419, K. of P.

The charter of this lodge dates Dec. 10, 1873. The
charter members were G. W. K. Minor, H. Delaney,
J. :\I. Hadden, J. W. Wood, J. S. Roberts, J. S. Bread-
ing, G. B. Rutter, L. Francis, J. D. Moore, and George
H. Thorndell, Sr. The present membership of the
lodge is forty-six. The officers for 1881 are Florence
Barnett, Chancellor Commander; William Jeflries,
V. Chancellor ; R. S. Reis, Prelate ; Joseph M. Had-
den, M. of Exchequer; Albert G. Beeson, Master of
Finance ; George B. Rutter, Keeper of Records and
Seals ; Levi Francis, Past Chancellor.

WILL F. STEWART POST, No. ISO, G. A. R.

This post of the Grand Army of the Republic was
organized May 20, 1880, with twenty charter mem-
bers. The membership at present numbers forty-
three. The officers are Henry White, Past Com-
mander; Albert G. Beeson, Post Commander; James
Collins, James C. Whalley, Vice Commanders ; John |
H. Marshall, Chaplain ; A. M. Litman, Quartermas-
ter; George B. Rutter, Adjutant; John Nicholson,
Quartermaster-Sergeant. The post meets in the hall
in Miller's building.

RISING STAR LODGE, No. 633, I. 0. G. T.

This lodge was organized June 21, 1880, by George
AVhitsett, and the following-named officers were then
elected and installed : W. C. T., P. C. Baxter ; W. V. T.,
Miss M. V. Jackson ; W. Secretary, Joseph B. Jack-
son ; W. F. Secretary, Susan Moxley ; AV. Treasurer,
William Albert Henry; W. Chaplain, C. A. Jenkins;



W. Marshal, Eli Truly ; Inner Guard, Samuel Miller ;
Sentinel, James Carter.

The present (August, 1881) officers are: W. C. T.,
William A. Henry ; W. V. T., Mary E. Truman ; W.
Secretary, Joseph B. Jackson ; W. F. Secretary, Mary
V. Baxter; W. Treasurer, James Carter; W. Chap-
lain, Eli M. Cury ; W. Marshal, Thomas J. Brooks ;
Inner Guard, D. F. Baxter; Sentinel, Dennis Carter.

MILLS AND MANUFACTORIES.

One of the oldest landmarks, as it is also the most
ancient of all the manufacturing establishments of
Uniontown, is the old mill building, still standing, in
the western part of the borough, near the Main Street
bridge over Beeson's Run. This building, known in
later years as the Phcenix Cement Mill, was built in
or about the year 1784, and fitted up as a grist-mill
with the machinery and fixtures of the older mill of
Henry Beeson, which stood near the present Gallatin
Avenue bridge, and which was then discontinued.

The mill (built, as above mentioned, about 1784)
was continued as a grist- and flouring-mill for more
than eighty years, but finally, in 18G8, was discon-
tinued as such, and converted into a mill for the
manufacture of hydraulic cement. The old building
is in a much better .state of preservation than could
be expected from its great age.

The flouring-mill of W. & J. K. Beeson, located
near the confluence of Campbell's or Beeson's Run
and Redstone Creek, is on the site of Nathaniel Mit-
chell's old tilt-hammer .shop and sc3'the-factory, which
have been mentioned in preceding pages. The prop-
erty came into possession of Isaac Beeson, who put
in machinery for the manufacture of cement from
material quarried on the north side of Campbell's
Run. It was operated for this purpose by him and
his son Charles until the death of the latter. In
1867 it was sold to Henry R. Beeson, who changed
it to a flouring-mill. Afterwards it passed to William
Beeson, the present owner.

A woolen-fiictory was erected on Campbell's Run,
on the site of the John Miller tannery, in the south-
west part of the borough, and was in operation for
some years under the proprietorship of C. C. Hope
and others, but was never very successful financially,
and was finally destroyed by fire.

The T'niontown Flouring-Mill, now owned and
operated by L. W. Reynolds, is the successor of a mill
built about 1838 by Mr. Huston, from Maryland. It
was afterwards used for several years as a distillery,
and was finally destroyed by fire, being at that time
the property of Col. Israel Painter. The present
flouring-mill was erected by Jacob Murphy and Wil-
liam S. Barnes. In 1,863 it was purchased by L. O.
Revnolcls. After his death in 187ii it came into pos-



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session of his son, Lyman \V. Reynolds, its present
, owner.

The Union Foundry, located at the corner of Mor-
gantown and Foundry Streets, was started in 1840 by
E. Robinson. In 1861 it passed to the proprietorship
of Jaquett & Keffer, by whom it was operated till
October, 1877, when the present proprietor, Mr.
Thomas Jaquett, assumed entire charge and manage-
ment. The business of the establishment is the man-
ufacture of stoves, plows, grates, and castings of
nearly every description. The store-room and office
of the foundry are located on Morgantown Street.

The Redstone Foundry and Machine-Shop, located
on Pittsburgh Street, was established by Richard Mil-
ler in the year 1846. Some time afterwards Mr. Mil-
ler admitted his son as a partner, and the firm of
Miller & Son carried on the business till 1875, when
it was succeeded by Henry Delaney. In 1879 the
• establishment passed to the management of Frank-
enberry & Moore, the present proprietors. They
manufacture coke-oven fronts, car-wheels, stoves,
grates, hollow-ware, and all kinds of castings and
light machinery. Their foundery has a capacity of
melting and casting about twelve thousand pounds of
metal weekly. The building occupied is two stories
in height, having a depth of one hundred and ten
feet, and width of thirty-six feet. A twenty horse-
power engine is used, and a number of skilled work-
nii-ii are employed.

The planing-mill and wood-working factory of
Laiighead, Hadden & Co. is the largest and most im-
portantof the manufacturing establishments of Union-
town. It was built and put in operation in October,
1867, by Fuller, Laughead & Baily. On the 28th of
June, 1870, the firm of Fuller, Laughead, Baily & Co.
succeeded to the business. In May, 1875, the firm-
name of Fuller, Laughead & Co. was adopted. The
present firm, composed of James A. Laughead,
Thomas Hadden, John W. Sembower, and Dr. Smith
Fuller, all members of the old firm with the exception
of Hadden, succeeded to the business, adopting the
style and title of Laughead, Hadden & Co.

The mill building, fitted up throughout with new
and improved machinery, is two stories in height,
and covers an area of ground forty by sixty feet. At-



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