Willard A. Mondy
Willard A. Mondy is a young marine engineer who has spent much time in qualifying himself for his vocation and has acquired an unusual degree of proficiency in same. He was born in West Unity, Williams Co., Ohio, in August, 1869, and in his youth took advantage of all the opportunities for education that were allowed him. He attended public schools until he was fourteen years of age, and then attended the Ridgeville College seven months, finishing his literary education at the Valparaiso school, where he was a student for nine months. Immediately thereafter he went to work to learn the theory of mechanism, and met with good success. Considering himself qualified to take his place in an engine room, he shipped on the steamer Merrimac as oiler; but not liking the confinement in that position, he went as a boy on the schooner Charlevoix, following this by a season on the bark John T. Mott, the Wright and the Little Jake. In the spring of 1890 he shipped on the Washburn, and in 1891 on the Glad Tidings, finishing on the St. Louis; in 1892 he shipped on the James P. Donaldson; 1893 on the St. Louis; 1894 on the Atlantic, closing on the Dean Richmond, on which he spent the whole season of 1895; and in 1896 he went on the steamer North West, finishing the season on the E. P. Wilbur. Mr. Mondy is a young man of a mechanical turn of mind, and what in the old days would be called a "tinker." There is no piece of mechanism, however complicated, that he can not set to rights. He is one of those young men who believes that a good education will qualify a man for any position in life, and he has taken measures to thus qualify himself. Socially he is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.