ILLINGWORTH, JOSEPH J., was born May 4, 1827, in Blackburn, England, and came to America in 1845, settling in Providence, R. I. Having just completed his apprenticeship as machinist, he entered what is now the Corliss Steam Engine Company's works in that city and remained there in all about ten years setting up engines and running them. In 1854 he entered the employ of the Wamsutta Mills in New Bedford, Mass., as chief engineer. In 1855 he came to Utica and accepted a similar position in the Utica Steam Cotton Mills. Their engine, made by the Corliss Company, had never given satisfaction, but he successfully placed it in operation and continued until the war broke out. In 1862 he built the Burden Iron Works in Troy, N. Y., then ran the United States steamship Blackstone as chief engineer, remaining until the boat was wrecked near Cape Cod. In 1866 he returned to Utica and resumed charge as chief engineer of the Utica Steam Cotton Mills, with which he has ever since continued. In 1867 he was appointed by Gov. R. E. Fenton inspector of boilers for this revenue district, serving one year. He is a member and ex-president of the National Association of Stationary Engineers, a charter member for eight and one-half years, the first president of the local body of that order, and a member and past master of Oriental Lodge No. 224, F. & A. M. May 18, 1846; he was married in Dover, N. H., to Mary Byrne, and of their six children two are living: John J., associate engineer with his father, and Harry R., chief engineer of the Mohawk Valley Mills. (p. 196) [Top]

IRION, ELIAS, was born in Germany, in 1835, son of Elias and Maria Irion, also of Germany, where Mrs. Irion died. Elias Irion, sr., came to America when well advanced in years, and settled in Wisconsin with his children, where he died. Elias Irion, jr., came to America in 1860, and settled in Deerfield, where he has since carried on market gardening. In 1863 he married Rachel Wolf, sister of George D. Wolf. (p. 254) [Top]