The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company Est 1840
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HEY!! GATES SAVED AND RE SITED BY THE BUS
The gates have been re sited,
the new home is the traffic island on the Holyhead
by the new Bus Station
NEW HOME FOR GATES
The Patent Shaft Gates have been re
sited to the "traffic island" by
the bus station, this is
great news especially for those that worked at the Patent Shaft
and encountered this junction on the Holyhead road in the early
morning and late night shifts 7 days a week, they will I am sure
have fond memories
and pride next time they pass the gates, and I hope remember
like I will all the workmates that will not be able to do this.
" The Iron Giant "
During our campaign we have uncovered some
great stories such as the article about James E York
III see below and others in destinations such as Buenosaires,
Rica and India,
this valuable information I feel
all that read the article about the ex apprentice, and other Fathers,
Grandfathers and great Grandfathers who have been involved in
a variety of structures as listed in
the articles, more bridges - Latest
articles are from Costa Rica Brazil and Jamaica
I would like to thank
the support of the Exprees and Star for keeping this campaign alive,
a part in deciding the fate of the Patent Shaft Gates.
Many passed through the gates, in
one example of an apprentice
whose career is briefly outlined below.
Many thanks goes to the great grandson James E York
III for getting in touch and providing this wonderful article.
A HISTORY OF LONG ISLAND VOL III, by Peter Ross, LL. D., The Lewis
Publishing Company, New York, NY. 1902. Page 136, JAMES E. YORK.
James E York is acknowledged to be one of the
best informed men in all branches of iron and steel manufacturing,
with its many
ramifications, having taken an active part in its development
in this country from its infancy. He is thoroughly conversant
its various phases and potentialities.
Born in England, February 3, 1846, at Wednesbury, South
Staffordshire, Mr. York served his apprenticeship at this business
in the only
way in which a complete and accurate mastery of details can be
acquired-by actual manipulation and hard work in a steel works.
After twelve years spent at the works of the Patent Shaft and Axletree
Company, Mr. York sought, like so many have done, a wider scope
for his talents, and came to this country at a time when as yet
its immense manufacturing developments were only in their very
He obtained a position at Troy in connection with one
of the earliest Bessemer steel plants erected in the United States, and carried out projects and improvements there that surprised
much older heads than his own.
His next position was at Akron,
Ohio where he had charge of the finishing department of the Akron
Iron Company, and then of the finishing department of Swift's Iron & Steel
Works at Newport, Kentucky.
During this period he introduced patented
improvements in the iron and steel business of great value and
which are now in general use. The Burgess Iron & Steel Works
at Portsmouth, Ohio, next claimed his attention, and as it's manager
he succeeded in putting it into a flourishing condition, although
at the time he took matters in hand it was almost looked upon as
a "forlorn hope." These works were for twenty years in
the hands of the York family, until they were finally merged into
the Crucible Steel Company of America.
The next work that engaged
his energies was the rebuilding of the New York & Ohio Works
at Ironton, Ohio and he subsequently became the manager of the
Birmingham Rolling Mill at Birmingham, Alabama Mr. York afterward
organized the works of the York Iron Company At Black River Falls,
Wisconsin, and when this plant had been put into successful operation
he proceeded, at the request of the citizens of Ashland, that state,
to form the Ashland Iron & Steel Company, and built
the phenomenal furnace there which up to the present time is the largest and most
successful charcoal blast furnace in the world.
During these years Mr. York frequently spoke in public on important
phases of the iron and steel industry and on the suitability of
locations at the head of Lake Superior, and he may be regarded
the pioneer of the movement to establish steel works
and blast furnaces at that point. He was known as the " The
Iron Giant " on
account of the largeness of the plans he promoted to further the
iron and steel business and the gigantic possibilities he thereby
opened up for that part of the country.
The citizens of Duluth
enlisted his aid in the development of business in their town.
Living there and fully recognizing the importance of the immense
iron ore deposits in that neighbourhood, he organized the Ironton
Structural Steel Company and built works under the York
patents for the manufacture of structural steel. These patents have since
been adopted in Germany and a large manufactory erected there.
At the present time Mr. York is interested chiefly in utilizing
his scientific and practical knowledge to introduce patented
methods by which steel can be brought into more general and at
time more economic use.
Kindness, amiability and courtesy not only characterize his
social relations, but are a marked feature of his in his business
and the humble employee never sees a trace of the overbearing
taskmaster in him.
That the relations have always been of the
character is indicated by the fact that there has never been
a strike in any of his mills. He believes in paying good
his employees know that faithful service will mean for them
a good financial return, and will bring promotion as opportunity
Mr. York was married January 22 1874 in Portsmouth, Ohio,
to Miss Mary Elizabeth McConnell, a daughter of Samuel
Mcconnell, of that
place, and they have one child, Howard P. Mr. York attends
St Paul's Episcopal church, Flatbush, and makes his home
Road, Flatbush. He belongs to the Midwood Club, the Engineers
Club, the Iron and Steel Institute of London. England,
and also the American
Institute of Mining Engineers, New York.
To the subject of this review there has come the attainment
of a distinguished position in connection with the great
material industries and financial institutions of our
nation, and his
efforts have been so discerningly directed along well
defined lines that
he seems to have realized at any one point of progress
measure of his possibilities for accomplishment at that
point. A man of distinctive and forceful individuality,
mentality and most mature judgment, he has left and is
leaving his impress
upon the industrial world, while his study of economic
questions and matters of public policy has been so close,
and comprehensive that his judgment is relied upon and
in those circles where the material progress of the nation
Our history is being eroded just like these
gates, please help
me to restore these gates and the history they stand for.
have any comments or maybe a bit of history about the Patent
Shaft then please email to the address
below. I will
with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories
BOOKS: Men of Steel by Bryan Reardon.