William N. Eddy
William N. Eddy, one of the prominent marine engineers of Chicago, and now engineer of the North Chicago Gas Works, was born in Corry, Erie Co., Penn., in February, 1858, a son of James and Sarah A. (Fisher) Eddy. The parents were both born in Pennsylvania, whence they moved to Ohio in an early day, where the father died in 1870; the mother passed away in Chicago, in 1885.
Our subject was reared in Cleveland from the age of nine years, and in 1871,when but thirteen years of age, he commenced sailing the lakes from Cleveland, his first vessel being the tug Monitor, on which he went as fireman. On her he remained two seasons, and continued on different tugs until he was twenty-one years old, at which time he secured engineer's license at Cleveland, Ohio, and went as engineer on the steamyacht James Hayes, from Buffalo to Marquette, Mich., remaining on her until September 1, of that year. He then became second engineer on the steambarge H. E. Schnoor, plying between Buffalo and Toledo, finished that season on her, and the following year was engineer of the Jessie P. Logie, out of Cleveland; the next season he went to Chicago, and was engineer on the tug Crawford for one year, and the following year became second engineer of the Rube Richards, in the iron ore trade from Escanaba to Chicago. Next year he secured a chief engineer's license, and sailed with the barge John Otis in the iron and lumber trades, one season; then ran the tug Thomas Spears from Badenock to Chicago one season, after which he was at the stock yards at Chicago one year (1886) as engineer in the electric-light plant for P. D. Armour. In 1887 he was chief engineer of the T. D. Simpson in the grain and lumber trades, and then engineer one year of the W. J. Westcott in the lumber trade from Traverse City, Mich., after which he was engineer of the D. W. Powers, in the lumber trade; then chief engineer, one year, of the Quito, owned in Cleveland in the grain and coal trades to Buffalo. Next year Mr. Eddy became engineer of the Britannic, belonging to the same line, and remained on her five years; the Argonaut, between Chicago and Buffalo, was his next boat, after which he went to Escanaba, in the iron ore trade. The following year he was engineer of the steamer Columbia, a Buffalo excursion boat, remaining with her one year. This brings us now to 1897, in which year our subject again went as engineer on the J. W. Westcott, and in the spring of 1898 he brought out the steamer Amazona, from Bay City, Mich. He fitted her out and sailed her a short time between Buffalo and Duluth, and then retired from the lakes, after about twenty years successful experience as a marine engineer. In July, 1898, he was appointed to his present responsible position, that of engineer of the North Chicago Gas Works. He is also engineer of Mr. Billings' (president of the gas company) steam yacht on Lake Geneva. Since 1882 his residence has been in Chicago. He is a member of the M. E. B. A. No. 4.
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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.
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