EARLE, THOMAS, Steelton, Pa., was born in Philadelphia, Pa., September 7, 1865; son of Henry and Martha (Barker) Earle. The family is an old New England one, having settled there about 1634. For several generations the family lived in Leicester, Mass. Mr. Earle's grandfather, Thomas, was the first one of the family to settle in Pennsylvania. He was born at Leicester, Mass., April 21, 1796, and died at Philadelphia, July 14, 1849. He was a lawyer and writer of note. He practiced his profession in Philadelphia for many years, and was an influential member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1837, and was the vice-presidential candidate of the Liberty party in 1840.
Thomas Earle attended a public school in Massachusetts for one year; was afterwards for four years a student at the Germantown Academy, Germantown, Philadelphia, and in the fall of 1883 entered the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y., from which he was graduated in the spring of 1887. In the same year Mr. Earle engaged as draughtsman with the Pittsburgh Bridge Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., and served in that capacity for one year; then for one month occupied a similar position in the service of the Penn Bridge Company, at Beaver Falls, Pa. In 1888 he went with Levering & Garringues, engineers and contractors, at Philadelphia, and was with them for fifteen months, drafting, designing and estimating on bridges and buildings. From the fall of 1889 to April, 1891, he was assistant engineer on the Norfolk and Western railroad, being second in charge of the extensive improvements made by that company at Norfolk. In the spring of 1891 he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, working in the drawing room of the bridge and construction department, where he checked all drawings made, and also designed new buildings, being so employed until July, 1892. He then went to Chicago, with Fraser & Chalmers, and was assistant superintendent of their new shops until January, 1893, when he returned to his former position as assistant engineer, in charge of the designing of buildings, at Steelton. Later in the same year Mr. Earle's faithful and valuable services received recognition and reward in his promotion to the position of superintendent of the shops of the bridge and construction department of the Steel Company's plant. This is his present position. Mr. Earle, while at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, joined the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity; is a member of the Germantown Cricket Club, and since 1892 has been a member of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia. Thomas Earle was married, June 7, 1894, to Miss Sarah, daughter of Bassler and Ellen B. (Shirk) Boyer, natives of Lebanon County. They have one son, Thomas Earle, Jr. born June 6, 1896.
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