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Biography of George A. Prediger

GEORGE A. PREDIGER, a distinguished figure in the profession of law in Berkshire County, who has, largely by his own endeavors, risen to high rank in his chosen field of activity, has been engaged in practice in Pittsfield for thirty-six years, devoting his attention to general lines. He is a son of Henry and Margaret (Meusel) Prediger, his father a prominent shoe merchant of Pittsfield and esteemed by his contemporaries in every line of business endeavor. George A. Prediger was born in Pittsfield, July 5, 1865. Receiving his early education in the local public schools, he was graduated from the Pittsfield High School in 1882. Then taking up the liberal arts course at Muhlenburg College at Allentown, Pennsylvania. he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1886 and that of Master of Arts in 1889. Meanwhile returning to his native city, in 1886, he entered the office of the late E. M. Wood in July of that year and read law under the preceptorship of this prominent jurist. Judge Wood had invited him to take this step before he entered college and under this able and distinguished lawyer Mr. Prediger gained inspiration for his future career. In 1887 he also took up further studies at the Boston University Law School, from which he was graduated. Mr. Prediger received his degree of Bachelor of Laws from Boston Law School on June 6, 1888, which was before the age limit set by this institution. Admitted to the bar of his native State on July 6 of the same year, Mr. Prediger entered practice with his preceptor, Mr. Wood, and practiced...

Biography of James A. Wendell

To the subject of this sketch more than to any other person, perhaps, is due the fact that the finest plant in the United States for the manufacture of table oil cloth is now located in Rock Island. During a long career as traveling salesman for an eastern manufacturer he was impressed with the advantages of the upper Mississippi valley as a site for a factory, and it was the soundness of his reasoning which impressed the officers of the Standard Oil Cloth Company and led to the location of the present factory on the Father of Waters at Rock Island. The new establishment, it may be added, prospered from the beginning, and bids fair to see substantial developments from time to time. James Augustus Wendell, sales agent for the Rock Island plant of the Standard Oil Cloth Company, and a stockholder of the Company, was born at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1848, the son of Joseph Wendell, a prominent merchant of Bethlehem. In the public schools of his native city, Bethlehem Academy and the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Seminary, he obtained a good general education, and at the age of seventeen entered the employ of a wholesale boot and shoe house at Philadelphia. Starting as errand boy he rose successively to bookkeeper, traveling salesman and junior partner, this last position being reached in 1871. The panic of 1873, however, swept the firm under and our subject became traveling salesman for a wholesale boot and shoe house at Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1877 Mr. Wendell went to New York, where he took a lucrative position as head bookkeeper in an extensive coffee...

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