Joseph S. Walder
Joseph S. Walder, assistant engineer in the immense establishment of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, spent several years in the boiler and engine rooms of lake steamers before he accepted his present responsible position on shore.
Mr. Walder was born near Toronto, Canada, in 1870, his father, Rudolph Walder who was a successful farmer, removing to Sanilac county, Mich., in 1874. Joseph attended school in Amadore, Mich., until he was seventeen years of age. He then spent one season before the mast on the towbarge Bay City, the next year going as watchman on the steambarge Simon Langell, of which he served as wheelsman and fireman, successively, during the two following seasons. In 1892 he became oiler on the steamer Specular; in 1893 and part of 1894 he was again on the Langell, as fireman, afterward making one trip on the steamer H. J. Jewett, as oiler. He now became water tender in the works of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, holding that position until June 16, 1896, when he was made second engineer, with the entire supervision of the engine room, boiler room and basement of the establishment at night.
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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.