This is an portion of a biography written in 1921 by Edward T. Willialms in a book called:NIAGARA COUNTY, NEW YORK: A Concise History of her Progress and People.Also includes a picture, page 440, picture and page 441.
This is a two volume history and there is a lot more on Mr. Edward Acheson and his manufacuting firms in the first volme.You can order this through inter library loan.
EDWARD GOODRICH ACHESON, inventer and manufactuer founded two important manufacturing plants at Niagara Falls, N.Y., one at Port Huron Mich., and one near Buffalo, N.Y.Mr. Acheson ws born at Washington, Pa.March 9, 1856, son of William and Sara Diana (Ruple) Acheson, and grandson of Davidn and Mary (Wilson) Acheson.David Acheson came to the United States from Glassrummond, County Armagh, Ireland in 1788.He settled at Washington, PA.where he entered into partnership with his brother John, who had preceded him to America, in the furnishing of government supplies to the Indians and the Regular army.He not only was a successful business man but possessed such reliability of character, that when but twenty-five years old he ws elected a member of the Pennsylvania legislature and three times re-elected.One of his sons, Marcus W. Acheson, was a Circuit judge in the Third District of the United States court; another, Alexander Acheson was Judge in Washington County, Pa., and a third , William Acheson born in 1818 and died in 1873, was a merchant and iron manufacturer as well as a man of scientific tastes.
Edward G. Acheson attended Bellefonte (Pa.) Academy until sixteen years old but in 1872 left school and entered hisfather’s blast furnace as an employe.After his father’s death he engaged in various occupations, finally becoming attaches to a surveying party in the capacity of chainman, in themeanwhile devoting all his spare time and money to studying and experimenting in chemistry and electricity.Mr. Acheson was only seventeen years old when he invented a drilling machine to be used in coal mining, and later he designed a dynamo, which subsequently proved to be identical with the Siemens apparatus.He also wrote papers on various scientific and engineering subjects, one of which was on the projection of oil tanks from lightning, and he was the first to advocate protecting the lightning conductor with the oil tank instead of insulating it, ……(goes on)thenIn 885 Mr. Acheson invented an anti-induction telephone wire, the patents for which eh subsequently sold to George Westinghouse…..(goes on) and then.. In March 1891, Mr. Acheson discovered the chemical compound “Carborundum”, the trade name for silicide of carbon, the name being formed from carbon and corundum…..(goes on) and thenCarborundum(mentions processing invented) on cooling it is found to hve the taken the form of crystals of great brilliancy and exceeding hardness and sharpness.It is the hardest substance known except the diamond and is used as an abrasive…goes on….Mr. Acheson has obtained nearly fifty patents in the United States and many in Europe under his various inventions.He is a man of laborious industry and indomitable tenacity of purpose, who is able to command every energy of mind and body until his proposed goal is reached.
In 1907 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded Dr. Acheson the Rumford medals for his applications of heat in the electric furnace for industrial interests, and his valuable contributions to science have been recognized by other represeentative bodies.He was twice awarded the John Scott Medal by ranklin Institute, Philadelphia, and he received grand prizes in the Paris Exposition in 1904.
Mr. Acheson was married Dec. 16, 1884 to Margaret daughter of Thomas Mahar of Brooklyn, N.Y. and they have nine children.
I am not related but this family was in the same county as was my Thrall and Crist lines.If any one runs across other letters, biographies of mentions of these lines please contact me. Thank you,