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express-led Weis-er, Pcr-v Black-man i-. FORMER LEHIGH COUNTIAN DEAD Charles Herniary Expired at Louisville After Useful Life. Charles Hermany, a native of Lynn township Lehigh County, a Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a number of engineering clubs died at Louisville, Ky., last week, at the age of "X years. Mr. Hermany was the typical example of the progressive Pennsylvania German boy, who, by persistent deterniinatioa a-5 a poor fanner's son, climbed from the foot of the ladder to become one of the foremost civil engineers in this country, and was honored by hid professional brethren by making him Presidf-nt of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Born in Lynn township, October 0, lS:it, Mr. Hermany was the son of Samuel and Salome' (Wanneniacher) Hermany. His father and mother were of French. German and English extraction, whose ancestors came to Lehigh County in 1720 and 1740. He attended the district school and attended two terms at Minerva Seminary. Easton. when his finances became exhausted, and he returned to his father's farm where he worked In the summer time and tavght school during the winter for a period of three years While employed on the farm at odil times, practiced civil engineering in his father's fields and studied persistently his favorite subject at every possible opportunity. In May, 1S5:1. he determined to go West, and located at .Cleveland, O., where, in a year's time, he became first assistant to the City Engineer. Hearing of an opening at the works of the Louisville Water Company, he went to that place in 1S57 and became first assistant to T. R. Scowden, the chief engineer of the works. January 1, 1S61, Mr. Hermany became the chief engineer and superintendent of the works, a position which he held until the time of his death, a period of 47 years. It Is rarely that engineers have remained with one concern for forty years, but so familiar had i become with the situation at - ' ,k' hat he was indispensable. reservoir at the time ,s ... t :.re had a capa- ,'' ;'.. in the - p r . i !h of '- ' ): ..-r . : .. p!sf . .:!l.J new i K ;,:.'" v:.' Si: c.iiri-io-. :.i f;-.- u,. i-!t:is- ?;: K'tii- . A :'i-. -' '' i , .-.surx. t i-1. l ;,;V'i -r ;,-, :.f'.c ;li( Tf-; - r:.-. si w err. t.l and wa- : !..i. ;c; f .rj the second ti: . . -. . j because they wer- ..- ':. This situation finally j the continuation of not. only ttio f ;'..v t dations. but the super-structure ana appurtenances by Mr. Hermany himself with day labor. The work involved five years of the closest supervision and most exacting responsibilities. Mr. Hermany was also chiefly responsible for the design of the lfi-000,000 gallon pumping engine, which was erected in this house. Of this engine, F. W. Dean, one of the experts who tested it in a paper read before the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in IS'14. said: "The engine ran 144 hours and 10 minutes, without a stop, which is the longest test on record and established itself as the most economical compound engine that has ever been tested so far as the writer knows." nofieteESihrk Mo'JfOthelin xzfi fl zflfl Besides his work at Louisville, he had mveh to do with a number of water supply plants ' in the middle west. As chief engineer he designed and conf.tructed the water works at Bowling Green. Ky., Lakeland and Frankfort, O.. and designed and con-ftrticted the water works at Evans-vllle, Ind. Mr. Hermany also designed and constructed the filters now used by the Louisville Water Co., after a succession of experiments, which were the pioneers in the filtering line, being followed later by experiments at Pittsburg, Cincinnati and New-Orleans. He was one of the consulting engineers for the constructive of the new water works at Cincinnati, O. Mr. Hermany was elected a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1 8G!, and was elected President, January, 1904. He was al so a member or tne tranKiin institute, the American Water Works, As- soclation, and the Engineer and Ar - chitects' Clubs of Iouisville. At the time of Mr. Hermany's election as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Henry F. Bascom. former city engineer, of Al- ! lentown, received a latter from him in which he stated that he was at one time well acquaints in Aiiemown, and hoped to have the pleasure of visiting this city again. a ? '