6 AUTOBIOGRjiPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
the building of the Methodist church at Johnstown, as well as looking after its erection. He died August 5, 1873.
William was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1841. When fourteen years old he followed us to Johnstown and apprenticed himself to the Cambria Iron. Company as a machinist. He remained in this capacity tmtil i860, when he went to Bethlehem. At the outbreak of the War, he responded to his country's first call and enlisted in the three months' service in the First Peimsylvania Infantry, and after his first term had expired he enlisted in a cavalry regiment and served for three years. While thus engaged, he was seriously wounded and was granted a furlough. When the Government erected its raU mill at Chattanooga, according to plans I prepared at the Government's request, he was placed in charge of it, and ran it successfully imtil the War was over. He then accepted the superintendency of the Abbott Iron Company of Baltimore and remained there several years. Later he entered into partnership with Horace Brooke in the blast furnace business in Baltimore, Maryland. About five years before his death he was obliged to give up work on account of failing health. He died March 20, 1884.