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Israel Williams ( -1894)


1894 Obituary [1]

ISRAEL WILLIAMS died in Nicaragua in September 1894. His first appointment was with the [Ebbw Vale Co|Ebbw Vale Company]] at their collieries and works at Pontypool.

In 1863 he was appointed manager of the Blaendare furnaces, Pontypool, where he continued to make cold blast pig iron, the Pontypool brand being highly esteemed. He subsequently introduced the manufacture of spiegeleisen, and very largely increased the output of the furnaces.

In 1873, the late Mr. William Menelaus offered him the post of general manager of the Forest Iron and Steel Works, Treforest, Glamorganshire. There he continued until 1878, when he accepted the appointment of manager of the Ebbw Vale Works.

In 1891 he became the general manager of the Solway Haematite Company's Works at Maryport, where he largely increased the out-turn of pig iron.

In January 1894 he accepted an appointment with a Gold Mining Company in Nicaragua, Central America. On his leaving South Wales for Cumberland, he received several testimonials from the workmen and friends, and was entertained at a public banquet, and presented with an address and silver purse, containing a hundred guineas. At Maryport, too, in December 1893, the workmen made him a presentation. He was greatly respected by his employees, and his genial manner made him universally popular.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1880.


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