William H. Banfield


WILLIAM H. BANFIELD, employed in the Irondale rolling mill, was born in Staffordshire, England in 1858. He is the son of George and Sarah Banfield, who were born in England he in 1814, she in 1813. George Banfield was engaged in a tin mill in England, and becoming an expert workman, came to America in 1873 and worked in the mill in Pennsylvania, at which the first tin plate ever manufactured in America was produced. He and wife are still living at McKeesport and are in excellent health considering their great age. William H. Banfield was about fifteen years of age when he accompanied his parents to America, and when they settled at McKeesport, he attended school there for some time. He then went to work in the tin mill, and remained there until the works closed. Since then he has been employed in iron and steel mills at Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and other places, and in 1886 came to Irondale and assisted in the establishment of the mill at this place. In this establishment he has since remained being employed at first as head roller and recently as shearer.

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