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Emil Guilleaume

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Emil Guilleaume (1846-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

Dr.Ing. Kommerzienrat EMIL GUILLEAUME died in Cologne on April 21, 1913, after a lengthy illness. He was born on February 1, 1846, and in 1863 entered the business of Felton & Guilleaume in Cologne, founded in 1826, hemp spinners, hemp-rope dealers, and string manufacturers. In the confidential position which he held with the firm he contributed, together with the proprietor, Franz Carl Guilleaume, to develop the business to its fullest extent, and the firm in course of time took up metal manufacture, wire, wire-rope, and cable manufacture in Cologne.

In the year 1874 the business was transferred to the newly-built Carlswerk at Mulheim-on-Rhine, with which Dr. Guilleaume was closely connected personally. When the Mulheim business was, on January 1, 1900, turned into a limited company, now the firm of Felton di Guilleaume, Carlswerke, A.-G., of Mulheim-on-Rhine, he became general director.

At the end of 1904 Dr. Guilleaume left the Board of the Company and became a member of the Board of Supervision. To the latter Board he belonged up to 1912, in which year, for reasons of health, he resigned his position.

He combined, with great intelligence and exceptional energy, an active business spirit, and owing to the far-reaching interests of the firm in foreign countries his name became extensively known in in connection with the wire and cable industry. He was specially successful and active in the interest of the Company in carrying out work for the Deutsche Over-Sea Telegraph cable system.

He was a member of numerous societies and associations, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882.

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