William S. East

William S. East, president and manager of The East
Iron & Machine Company, of Lima, is a man who possesses mechanical
aptitude of a high order and is one of the leading manufacturers of the
city.  He was born at Lima, December 25, 1866, and is a son of Abraham
East.
      Isaac East, the grandfather of William S. East, was one of the
pioneers of this section in the flouring-mill business and in this
industry was succeeded by his son Abraham.  The latter continued in this
business at Lima for a number of years.
      William S. East completed the common and high school courses at
Lima and then learned the trade of machinist, at which he worked for 12
years in shops where his ability was thoroughly tested.  He has been in
business for himself for some eight years.
       The East Iron & Machine Company was founded a number of years ago
and the plant has been established at its present location for the past
two and a half years.  The officers of the company are: William S. East,
president and manager; J. L. Sampson, secretary and treasurer, and A. D.
Neuman, vice-president.  The company is capitalized at $100,000.  The
business is the manufacturing of all classes of structural ironwork, a
leading feature being steel bridgework.  Their trade covers Ohio and a
large portion of the territory in adjacent States, particularly
Pennsylvania.  It is ranked with the large and important industries of
Lima.
         In 1891 Mr. East was married to Blanche Truesdale, who is a
daughter of S. D. Truesdale, a prominent retired citizen of Delphos,
Ohio.