A. O. JUDSON
A. O. Judson, production manager of the Lorimer Manufacturing Company of Troy, has had a varied and interesting career, which has carried him to widely diverging points and into various lines of endeavor. He was born at Bowling Green, Ohio, October 24, 1876, a son of J. R. and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Judson, and comes of an old and honorable American family of Mayflower origin. His father, who fought as a soldier of the Union during the war between the states, later entered contracting and the oil business, and during his later years was widely and favorably known in the community of Bowling Green and elsewhere. He and his wife were the parents of four children: C. H., a resident of California; W. C., who is engaged in farming in Ohio; A. O., and Flora, now Mrs. William Montwell, of Monroe, Mich. A. O. Judson was graduated from the Bowling Green High School, following which he became an apprentice in the plant of the Toledo Blade Sewing Machine Company, where he specialized in designing. During his employment there, he attended night school, and thus became a proficient mechanic and designer. Later Mr. Judson went to the Cleveland Bicycle Company, where he was advanced to the position of superintendent of the plant, and was there employed when the announcement was made that gold had been discovered in the Klondike. Deciding to try his fortune with the rest of the adventurers who were flocking from all over the world to Alaska, he started upon his journey and joined the gold rush, but when he reached Vancouver, Wash., accepted an attractive offer from the British Columbia Iron Works, as foreman of the machine shop. Next he accepted the post of chief machinist on the S. S. Emperor of Japan, running between this country and Japan, but resigned to offer his services to his country during the Spanish- American war, when he was made chief machinist in the United States Navy and served as such one and one-half years. His next employment was as a draughtsman man with the Westinghouse Company, whence he went to Cripple Creek, Colo. His venture there was short lived, and he next went to Chicago, where he was employed as a draughtsman by the Holden Punch and Die Company. His next enterprise was an invasion of the oil fields of Ohio and Oklahoma, in oil production and construction of wells, but later he returned to his native state and took employment with the National Cash Register Company, at Dayton, as superintendent of the screw machine department. He was subsequently made foreman of the plant of the Stoddard-Dayton Company, in the machine shops, and later became superintendent of the Warner Gear Company, of Muncie, Ind. From this position he went to the Dayton Screw Company, as manager, but resigned to, become, factory manager of the Troy Metal Products Company, a Cincinnati concern owned by Troy interests which was engaged in the manufacture of war munitions and devices. After leaving this concern he returned to Troy and associated himself with the Lorimer Manufacturing Company, with which business he has continued to be identified as production manager. Mr. Judson is a member of the Masons and Elks.. He married Miss Ethel Stoddard, of Bowling Green, Ohio, and they are consistent members of the Baptist church.
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