G. W. Beers
The schools of Cleveland afforded our subject his educational privileges, and after laying aside his text books, he served his apprenticeship to the machinist's trade at the Cuyahoga works. In 1878 he sailed from Cleveland as second engineer on the old G. N. Brady, remaining on her for one season, and from that time until 1897, he was either on the lakes or connected with shipbuilding. For one season he was oiler on the City of Detroit, a passenger boat, after which he worked in the machine shops for three years, and next went as second engineer on the steamer Atlantic, finishing the season, however, with the Union Dry Dock Company, Buffalo where he fitted out the revenue cutter, William P. Fessenden. He remained with them until the H. J. Jewett was completed, after which he was employed as her second engineer for one season. The following season he came out as engineer as on the tug Protection, of Chicago, and later was on the revenue cutter, William P. Fessenden. The following winter he worked for Hodge & Co., engine builders of Detroit, and then became second engineer of the steamer Pearl, for J. P. Clark, of Detroit, after which he was second engineer in the Anchor line. The next season he was with the Union Dry Dock Company, until the steamer Tioga came out, and on her shipped as second engineer for part of two seasons, spending his winters with the Union Dry Dock Company from 1885 to 1888. The steamer Chemung then came out, and on her he sailed as engineer for one season. He continued with his connection with the Union Dry Dock Company of Buffalo until 1890, when he was made master mechanic and chief engineer under Mr. Babcock of the South Chicago Shipbuilding Company. He was on the steamer Philadelphia, of the Anchor Line, in 1891, as engineer of the Arthur Orr, sailing out of Chicago in 1893, but returned to the Chicago Shipbuilding yards, where he was employed until in 1897 he accepted his present position as master mechanic of the Chicago Packing & Provision Co., at the stock yards. He has fitted out altogether over forty new boats and is a most thorough and competent marine engineer.
In 1886, in Buffalo, N. Y., Mr. Beers married Miss Katie Bradigan, a native of that city, and to them have been born five children: Frances, George A., Mary, Nellie and Katie.
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