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John Wild (1862-1895)

1895 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILD was born at Moston near Manchester on 22nd April 1862.

He was early at work in his father's smithy, after which he obtained a situation with a firm of colliery proprietors in the district, and was appointed foreman in his department at the age of nineteen.

In 1883 he commenced business in colliery engineering for himself at Chadderton, and designed a hauling engine with special valve-gear and balanced valves, now well known in all colliery districts.

After a few years the works became too small; and in 1889, in order to meet the increasing demands for his special work, the commodious premises of the Falcon Iron Works in Oldham were secured. These have since been considerably extended to meet the growing demand for hauling and winding engines, air-compressors, and colliery engineering work in general.

He was managing director, and had full control of the business up to the time of his death, which took place at Oldham on 6th March 1895, in his thirty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.

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