Former Official of Niles Co Here
appropriation the that a one and H. ccu'n- the bud;et the on Former Official of Nile's Co. Here W. N. Cry Traces Early History of Pioneer Man- ufurturing Firm William Nicholas Gray and Mrs. Gray, formerly Olara Huber, of Oloan, Illinois, arc at the Anthony Wayne. Prior to 1005 he was called "Nick" by his friends. That was when he played the organ In the Preibytcrlan Church, the choir being made up of Pauline Straub, soprano, Tine Hallman, contralto, Will Shaffer, tenor, and Will Falconer, bass. When Nick gave up t h a t job he was followed by Walter Alken, now professor of, music in Ihe Cincinnati schools. Mr. Gray came here with the Nilcs Tool Works In 1873. Before that the concern had been largely owned in Cincinnati By James W. Craft, a wealthy distiller, the firm being Graff, Gray, and Gordon, the Gray being George, the brother of Nick, and Gordon being Alexander Gordon, generally known as the real founder of the Niles Tool Works of Hamilton. Alex. Gordon had worked In overalls as a machinist on an Ohio river steamboat, where his boss was George Gray, When the new film was organized under the Miles name, given above, they worked 50 men in the immediate neighborhood of the Pennsylvania railroad station on the East side. Being forced to move, the proposal was submitted to Dayton and Hamilton. This city being nearer Cincinnati won out after a heated competition. "They can by resolution remove his limitation but in the resolution waiving such limitation there shall be set forth their reason for remov- ng such limitation" the opinion ;ays. The county commissioners did not Indicate what actln would be akcn. Efforts of a group of men to a cock fight In Martin's woods, of Mlddletown, were nipped in the bud Thursday by Sheriff Luther E. Epperson and Ills-deputies. Tipped off that such a light was to be er aa a Fourth of July celebration, Sheriff Epperson and his deputies went to the woods and dispersed crowd ot about 200 men. The sheriff found that the weighing of about 400 chickens was taking place and that this hnd been going nn all morning 1 . Members of th'e crowd said they would take their chickens Into Warren county rind, hold the contests there. A man named / Strodtbeck, said to be from M(,ddle"town, was charge, the sheriff was told. In an effort to defeat the contest In Warren county, Sheriff Epperson telephoned to authorities there. When the first Niles building ready Mr. Gray, who was In active charge of the Cincinnati factory, came up to Hamilton with the car load, and tcok charge h^ere as accountant and general manager. Alex. Gordon went on the road was a very capable salesman. But they were hardly under way when the panic of 1873 broke and left new plant In n bad shape. The management tried to piece out local work, and even did not turn down repairs. Bill with but 50 on the payroll the plant In 1816 was compelled to shut down and did not reopen until 1878. Mr. Gray then went Into the electrical and machinery business for himself In Cincinnati, but continuing to live in Hamilton. Later he removed to Clean, Illinois, where he purchased an old electric light plant which he built up by good management until a large concern which was setting a chain of such plants bought him out very satisfactory figure. Liking this little town of 6000 and Mrs. Gray decided to make their permanent home, although he went actively Into no vother business ventures.