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T. Francis HART, vice-president and general manager of the HART Glass Manufacturing Company of Dunkirk and one of the best known young business men of that city, was born in Mason City, W. Va. [Mason Co.] in March, 1882, son of Henry H. and Mary L. (LILLICH) HART, who were the parents of eleven children, two of whom, Emma and Edward, are deceased, the others besides the subject of this sketch being James, Louis, Mary, Isabella, Anna, Julia, Harry A. and Matthew. Henry H. HART, father of these children and a successful mine operator, was born in West Columbia., W. Va. T. Francis HART received his elementary schooling in West Virginia and when fifteen years of age, in 1897, entered St. Marys College at Dayton, Ohio He completed the four years course there in 1901 and was for two years thereafter, 1901-02, engaged in professional baseball, playing with the Dayton and Ft. Wayne teams of the Central League. He then was variously engaged, principally in connection with the operations of oil pipe lilies, until 1905 when he became connected with the pipe line system of the Standard Oil Company at Norwalk, Ohio [Huron Co.]. Six months later, following his marriage, he transferred his services to the Pure Oil Company of Philadelphia and in 1913 was promoted to the position of efficiency engineer for that concern. He continued with the Pure Oil people until 1916, when he resigned his position as efficiency engineer to take charge of the plant of the glass manufacturing concern of Maring, Hart & Co., at Dunkirk, and has ever since been a resident of that city. This concern, which was founded in 1879, was reorganized in 1918 and incorporated as the HART Glass Manufacturing Company, which name it still bears and of which Mr. HART has since been the vice president and general manager. The plant of this company is a fully equipped automatic plant for the manufacture of bottles and jars and employs at capacity production right around 175 persons, one of the important industries of the city. Under the management of Mr. HART the plant has been enlarged and modernized and is admirably equipped in all essential details. The plant has 100,000 feet of floor space and has a capacity of six car loads of bottles a day. Mr. HART is a Democrat and he and his family are members of the Catholic church. He is a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus at Chester, Pa., and of the lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at the same place. In 1905 T. Francis HART was united in marriage to Grace L. BARRETT, of Oil City, Pa., and to this union have been born four children, Grace L., Thomas V., Mary E. and Harry B. The HART's have a pleasant home at Dunkirk and take an interested part in the general social activities of the community.

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