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William H. Larkin, who dates his residence in Racine from 1914, is now a partner in the Racine Welding & Cutting Company, in which undertaking he is associated with William P. Heckel. He was born in Maywood, a suburb of Chicago. April 5. 1890, and obtained his early education in the public schools there, after which he entered the Lewis Institute of Chicago and was graduated in 1909 on the completion of a course in electrical engineering. He received mechanical training also and for two years was employed by the American Can Company of Chicago at their factory in Maywood. He later went to Janesville, Wisconsin, where for three years he engaged in the produce business, and in 1914 came to Racine. Here he entered the employ of the Siverkrop Engine Company, with which he continued until February 3, 1916, when he joined William P. Heckel in organizing the Racine Welding & Cutting Company. In this business he has since engaged and the growth of their trade is now indicated by the fact that they employ four skilled workmen. They do acetylene welding and cutting and among their patrons are many of the factories of the city.