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When Al Kane was moved into the home office at Boston, I was appointed Resident Engineer and took his place, in Cincinnati. Soon after that they began sending a lot of their new engineering recruits to me for their training. They said that it was because we had more different kinds of industry in our area. That theory had a lot of holes in it, because they had the same types of equipment and industries as we had, and they had more objects insured. However, I guess that we probably did have more paper mills which seemed to present a higher risk than most other industries. I liked the idea because I liked to train new men, and besides that, I learned a lot from the new recruits. It wasn't all one sided.

Some of the men that I remember having helped to get started were, Joe Cutchins who was sent to Atlanta, Jerry Bishop was sent to Spartanburg, Harry Peterson to Raleigh, N.C., Bob Corrigan to Erie, Pennsylvania, Dick Long to Boston and Jim Abshire to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jim had been Chief Engineer of the Paper Mill, in Three Rivers, and it was he that gave me the first job that I ever had, in a Power Plant. He worked for me, in Cincinnati, for a couple of years before he was transferred to Milwaukee.

During the five years that I was with the Mutual Boiler, I met and worked with a great many interesting people from whom I gleaned much valuable information concerning my work, however, until I had a chance to meet and get acquainted with Harold Canavan, I didn't really know what to think of Mutual Boiler's operation in the Midwest. Al Kane didn't remind me of anything that I had seen in Boston, so I was not sure whether Boston or Kane was the dominate influence of the local organization. Harold changed all of that. He and I worked very close together, for those five years and I am confident that each of us made the other's work a little easier.

I investigated a lot of strange accidents and inspected a lot of interesting equipment. The work, sometimes, became quite trying, but I suppose that anything that is worthwhile can, at times, be trying. I do think, however, that the most interesting aspect, of all, was the fine people that I became acquainted with. Not only the people within the company, but also the owners and the employees of the plants that I inspected.

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