CHAPTER XIII. CATASAUQUA.
I NOW returned to Norristown for the tMrd time, but not with the intention of remaining there. A party was plan¬ ning to bufld a nail rail and wanted me to build it for them and take the superintendency of it. My intention was to do some work that Mr. Hooven wanted done and get the mill in good order, then take hold of the nail-mill project. As business was dull at that time, however, the project was deferred for a year.
In company with my brother George and two brothers- in-law, Mr. B. F. Stroud and Mr. Isaac E. Chandler, who were then Uving in Catasauqua, we built a macMne shop and foundry there, with the view of doing work for blast furnaces and rolling mills. But before we got fairly started, the party that had intended building the nail mill abandoned the project altogether on account of the dull¬ ness in the iron business. It so happened that Mr. David Reeves, whom I had been with at the Safe Harbor Iron Works and the Kunzie Furnace, had become interested in the Cambria Iron Works, at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and wanted me to go there as General Superintendent. He asked me to meet Mm at Ms office in PMladelpMa, wMch I did, and it was arranged that I should go to Johnstown as soon as I could get away. My stay in Catasauqua was not only brief, but somewhat unprofitable. I made some good friends, however, whom I esteem most MgMy at the present time.