“The Bicentennial History of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County 1955” Library of American Lives Vol. 2 Charles A. Locke, LL. B. Supervising Editor By George Swetnam, B. A., B. D., M.Th., Ph.D. Author, Historian, Lecturer Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, Kentucky..Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pg. 564 BENJAMIN H. AIRES As an engineer and surveyor, BENJAMIN H. AIRES has been known throughout Allegheny County for thirty years.He is Borough Engineer for the Borough of Chalfant, an outstanding Kiwanian and one of the truly distinguished figures in Boy Scouting in Western Pennsylvania.In his practice as engineer and surveyor, he maintains offices at 410 First Avenue, Pittsburgh, but makes his home at 114 Marlin Drive East, Mount Lebanon Township.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 15, 1888, MR. AIRES is the son of ANDREW J. AIRES, also a native of that city and a stationary engineer, and CLARISSA (MILLER) AIRES.He received his early education in the public schools of Baltimore and then studied at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Maryland Institute.Years after he had launched his career, and had come to Pittsburgh, he attended the night sessions of Carnegie Institute of Technology, from which he was graduated in 1925.He is a past director of Phi Nu Fraternity.
In 1907 MR. AIRES went to work on the construction of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway as a rodman.From 1909 to 1913 he was an engineer with Reding and Howard, a firm later called J. Spence Howard, in Baltimore, and from 1913 to 1917 he was an engineer and chief of party for E. V. Coonan and Company, also of that city.For a time in 1917 he was with the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company at Aliquippa and later in 1917 became an engineer and surveyor with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company, working out of Pittsburgh.He remained with this line until 1922, when he accepted an engineering appointment with the Electric Welding Company of Pittsburgh.Also in 1922, he participated in the formation of the engineering and surveying firm of Aires and Pettay.This became Aires, Stone and Pettay in 1924.Since 1926, MR. AIRES has practiced his profession alone.He became Borough Engineer of Chalfant.
MR. AIRES married LILLIAN E. YEDELE, daughter of JOHN and LENA YEDELE, in Pittsburgh on December 22, 1920.They have one son, EDWARD A. AIRES, who married MARJORIE LIVINGSTON.The family worships in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, of which MR. AIRES has been secretary since 1945.MR. and MRS. AIRES are active in the social life of Mount Lebanon Township and the Borough of Chalfant.They are Republicans.
MR. AIRES' activities in the Kiwanis Club of Pittsburgh led to his election as secretary in 1944, to second vice president in 1945, to first vice president in 1946 and to president in 1947.As a past president he is influential in the affairs of this large and outstanding group.Since about 1915 MR. AIRES has (pg. 565, picture of BENJAMIN H. AIRES) (pg. 566) been a Boy Scout leader.His work on behalf of scouting has been of such character as to win him the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service to youth and also the Vigil degree in the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout camping fraternity.His position in the general life of Allegheny County is equivalent to that he has attained in Scouting.