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pany manufactures silica, sand and magnesia bricks, and basic refractories, and is the sole agent for Carl Spacter, of Coblentz, Germany. In connection with the Basic Brick company these companies are the largest silica brick manufactures in the world, besides being the only successful magnesia brick makers in the United States. The Basic Brick company manufactures magnesia bricks, tuyeres, and crucibles, and silica brick for glass works and steel furnaces. The products of their yards go to all the large steel plants and smelting and refining works of America, and to some parts of Europe.
Mr. Williams has never taken an active part in politics, although identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church. He has been a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers since 1888. At college he was elected a member of the Honorary Scientific Society of Tau Beta Pi, and the college fraternity of the Theta Delta Chi. He is a member of the Duquesne and the University clubs of Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania. He is unmarried, and resides with his parents at No. 511 Main street.
Frank Williams is justly acknowledged as one of the leading and most scientific brick manufacturers of the United States, a position won by ability, technical education, and energy. In a few years he has done much to increase the output of basic steel in the United States, and thus utilized ores, in many localities, which were considered worthless for steel, at the same time producing a purer and better grade of steel. In the smelting and refining of copper, lead, zinc, and the precious metals, much progress has been made due to the basic materials introduced. Formerly all this material was used only by the largest steel firms, and none was manufactured in this country.
From the Fayette and basic companies the various basic and neutral materials can be obtained in all shapes and proportions necessary to the smelter and refiner of metals.
Early in the life Frank Williams has gained distinction and high standing in his chosen pursuit, and to his native city has given an additional industry and valuable increase to its yearly output of manufactures.
JOHN E. HAGEY, a man of high standing, and the general manager of Penn Traffic company of the city of Johnstown, is a son of David and Margaret (Kissinger) Hagey, and was born at Martinsburg, Blair county, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1853. The Hagey family is of German origin, and settled in pioneer days in Huntingdon county, where Jacob Hagey, the paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born, in Woodcock valley. From this valley he went to Marietta, Ohio, where he died in 1855, aged seventy-three years. David Hagey (father) was born in Huntingdon county, December 13, 1825, and is still a resident of Martinsburg, Blair county, to which place he removed in 1850. David Hagey learned the trade of stone-mason, which he followed until some fifteen years ago, and was engaged for many years in building and contracting. He is a member of the German Reformed church, and wedded Margaret Kissinger, who was a native of Martinsburg, and died there July 27, 1884, aged fifty-one years. David Kissinger was of German origin, and after learning the traade of tailor at Reading, removed to Martinsburg, where he died at seventy years of age.