J. H. Marshall
J.H. Marshall, chief engineer of the Lehmann building, Chicago, and for several years identified with the lake marine, entered his present position October, 1884, which he has since held, to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. He is a native of Ohio, born in Ashtabula, in 1858, a son of James and Emma (Agar) Marshall. The father, who was a steam fitter and sheet iron worker, was born in England, and on coming to America at an early day first located in Philadelphia, Penn., but later removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked at his trade for some time and afterward conducted a shipyard of his own. He died in that city in 1864, and his wife departed this life at the same place in 1876. Three of their sons became identified with the lakes, the others being William, a sailor, and James L., engineer on the steamer Ada.
J. H. Marshall spent his boyhood in Cleveland, and there attended school. In 1868, at the age of ten years, he went upon the lakes as fireman on a yacht, and subse- quently held a similar berth on tugs sailing out of Cleveland, but in 1872 came to Chicago, and the following year was given the position of engineer on the tug Goldsmith's Maid, belonging to that port. After one season on her, he spent a part of the next season on the Night Hawk, of the Dahle line, and was subsequently engineer of the tug Rebel for three seasons, after which he became an employe of the Government on the tug Humphrey, and helped to haul most of the material for the breakwater at Chicago, being thus engaged for one season. For two and a half years he was engineer on the tug line of Hausler Brothers, after which he became engineer of the tug Hood, of the Vessel Owners Towing Company, of Chicago, and remained with them one season. During the next season he was on the Green and the Butler, and then in the employ of J. S. Dunham as engineer on the Uncle Sam, followed by a season as engineer on the steamer J. L. Hurd. After a time spent in a machine shop, he accepted his present position, which he has since so creditably and acceptably filled.
Mr. Marshall was married, in Chicago, in 1882, to Miss Margaret E. Gow, a daugh- ter of Alexander Gow, a seafaring man and ocean sailor, who was born in Scotland, and died in Chicago, in 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have one daughter, Clara. The family residence is at No. 600 Flournoy street, Chicago.
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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.