AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ $
shop in Norristown, and a highly esteemed friend of mine, Mr. Archibald Johnston, was financially interested in and also the manager of the shop and was an able mechanical engineer. I told him about my brother George being a good carpenter and that I vs^anted to get liim in the engineer¬ ing line, and said to liim, " Sometime when you are in want of a man to do the coarser "work in the shop, I should be pleased if you would give him a trial." He said, " Send for him at once; I am in want at this time of just such a man." This I did, and inside of three months George was on the best work in the shop and soon proved to be a fiist-class pattern maker, an important person about a manufacturing plant. When I went to Catasauqua I took him with me and also to Cambria. There I found liim apt in any place I put him and he soon became useful to me and learned the business rapidly. When I left Cambria in i860 he suc¬ ceeded me as Engineer and Superintendent of the Cambria Works and remained in that position until his death.
When the War broke out he was connected with a volim- teer company and at once offered his services. The com¬ pany was accepted and he was in his place ready to fuliill his duty. The Cambria Company requested him to remain at home and upon his refusing to desert his comrades in arms, Mr. Morrell, the General Manager, appealed to the men, showing them that if George went with them the rolling mill would be compelled to stop. It was only at the earnest request of his fellow soldiers that he reluctantly consented to remain at home. Later when drafted, al¬ though exempted through the loss of part of all the fingers of his right hand, he refused to claim his right under the law and contributed to the support of the Government by paying the exemption money. Not satisfied with this, he subsequently furnished a representative recruit. While making no profession of religion, he contributed largely to