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appropriation the that a one and H. ccu'n- the bud;et the on Former Official of Nile's Co. 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 "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 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 Craft, a wealthy distiller, the firm being Graff, Gray, and Gordon, 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 the proposal was submitted to Dayton and Hamilton. This city being nearer Cincinnati won out after a heated competition.