Title: Incidents in my life : with a family genealogy /
Author: Batchelor, Charles William, b. 1823.
Pg. 35 PICTURE OF CAPTAIN C. W. BATCHELOR
CAPT. CHAS. W. BATCHELOR was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1823, and received his early education at private schools in his native town.His father was JOS. S. BATCHELOR, who moved from Philadelphia to Steubenville, in 1810, and engaged in the manufacture of furniture.In 1841, CAPT. BATCHELOR apprenticed himself to Capt. Henry Mason, of Wheeling, on steamer Tioga, to learn to be a pilot.In 1845, he became a full pilot, (pg. 36) and in 1849, he bought the interest of Capt. John Klinefelter in the steamer Hibernia No. 2, of the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line, and assumed command.In 1854, he sold his interest in the Allegheny, and built the Americus for the Pittsburgh and Nashville trade.In 1855, the Americus burned, and he left the river to become the active Vice President of the Eureka Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, and acted as the general agent in settling marine losses.In 1861, he was appointed, by President Lincoln, as Surveyor of the Port and United States Depository at Pittsburgh, where he remained until September, 1866, when he was removed by President Johnson, because he would not become a Johnson man.During his connection with the latter office, he disbursed over one hundred million dollars, and wound up with the Government in his debt.In 1867, he became President of the Eagle Cotton Mills Co. of Pittsburgh, where he continued until 1873.In 1868, he was made President of the Masonic Bank of Pittsburgh, where he continued until 1884, when he resigned, to become acting Vice President of the Keystone Bank, and President of the Pittsburgh Petroleum Exchange.He continues his connection with the Keystone Bank, but resigned the Presidency of the Oil Exchange.He is now the President of the Natural Gas Company of West Virginia, furnishing gas to the city of Wheeling, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Natural Gas Company, Limited, of Pittsburgh, the first gas company that ever handled natural gas for manufacturing (pg. 37) purposes, which was in 1875.During his steamboat career, he owned in and built the most of the following steamers: Hibernia No. 2, Allegheny, Americus, W. I. Maclay, Eunice, Lucy Gwin, Paragon, Mary E. Forsyth, Geo. W. Graham, W. R. Arthur, Emma Duncan, Darling, Norman, Guidon, F. Y. Batchelor, and the Lac La Bell, of Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1885, he was made Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements, and Commodore of the Fleet, for the celebration of the opening of David Island Dam, at Pittsburgh.
CAPT. BATCHELOR has been a prominent Mason for years, he having received the highest degree that can be conferred.