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While transaction and proceeding documents from technical associations can make for some dry reading, this particular one offered, to me at least, an incredible confluence of the obituaries for two great men of the early industrial age, Franklin B. Gowen and Capt. Bill Jones.
Gowen, although maligned in the popular history of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal industry for his involvement in the infamous 'Molly Maguires' uprising, was one of the great early business strategists in the fashion of John Rockefeller, both of whom appreciated market controls as the great leveler of product pricing at the customer level.
William "Bill" Jones' began an llustrious career in the steel industry with an apprenticeship at a foundry and reached it's apex as general superintendent of Andrew Carnegie's leading edge Edgar Thomson Works steel mill. Jones' contributions to steelmaking were crucial in paving the way for the United States to become a global leader in that importance segment of our economy.
The lives of both men deserve contemporary study and, perhaps in the case of Gowen, some relief from pillory.