DOWNS, JOHN B., superintendent of the rail and blooming mills, Nos. 1 and 2, Pennsylvania Steel Company, was born in Leeds, England, June 21, 1849. He is a son of Thomas and Sarah Downs. His youth was passed in England. In July, 1867, he came to America, intending to visit California for the benefit of his health. He stopped in Philadelphia, and worked one year at the Milldale Steel Works. In 1869 he came to Steelton, and was for eighteen mouths employed by the Pennsylvania Steel Company as helper at the forge hammer. He then returned to England, where he was connected with the Seaman & Martin furnace as heater. Coming again to America, he had charge of the Seaman & Martin furnace at Joliet, Ill., for about one year, after which he returned to Steelton, and took charge of No. 1 forging hammer. He was gradually promoted to the superintendency of different departments. He has held his present responsible position for the past ten years. Mr. Downs is a Republican, and is treasurer of the Fourth Ward Republican Club. He is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., of Harrisburg. He was married, December 25 1883, to Miss Amelia G., daughter of Rev. Jacob Miller, of Wilmington, Del. They have two children, Nelson Miller and Thomas Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Downs are members of St. Stephen's Episcopal church, Harrisburg.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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