Elisha H. McAninch, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (born 9 Sept. 1841, died after 1908)


[published in 1908] “Elisha H. McAnnich [sic], a well-known resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who has been identified as puddler with the iron and steel industry for forty-five years, is of Scotch‑Irish descent through his father and of German through his mother.


Elisha H. McAnnich, father of the particular subject of this sketch, was born of Scotch-Irish parentage in Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, and was for many years proprietor of an omnibus line between Birmingham and Pittsburgh, which was extensively patronized. He was also the owner of a hotel at the south end of Monongahela Bridge for several years, which he conducted in a very profitable and popular manner. He married Martha Clemens, of German parentage, and they had children: William, James, served in the Civil War; Isabella, married Aaron Robbins; Elisha H., see forward; Oliver, who was killed with two companions at the age of seven years by a rock which crashed upon the three children from the hillside; Albert H., also a soldier during the Civil War; George, who died in infancy.


Elisha H. McAnnich, third son and fourth child of Elisha H. and Martha (Clemons) McAnnich, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1841. He was educated in the public schools of that city, ... was apprenticed to learn the trade of puddling, and eventually became the most expert puddler in that section of the state, and was engaged in this occupation for the long period of forty-five years, ... a part of which time he was foreman in the puddling department of the Sligo Steel & Iron company.


He was a most enthusiastic patriot at the outbreak of the Civil War, and at the age of nineteen enlisted for three months, April 15, 1861, in Company A, Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and at the expiration of this time, August 5, 1861, he re-enlisted on the same day in Company D, Sixty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, under the command of Colonel Alexander Hays, later General Hays. He was discharged August 1, 1864, and although he served in the army three years and three months, he lost not a single day through illness. He was with his regiment in the numerous battles in which it participated, and escaped unwounded. He was, however, a prisoner for three months in

Belle Isle, then in Libby prison, from which he was paroled, and later rejoined his regiment. He was appointed contract labor inspector in 1892, by President Harrison, and held this office until Cleveland took the direction of affairs. He was appointed one of the registers of the Thirty-second ward in 1906, and has taken an active part in labor matters for forty years. He was a member of the first committee on the organization of the Amalgamated Iron and Steel Workers, in 1876, and was the first vice‑president of that body, holding that office for one year. His influence has always been a potent factor in the councils of this body and he was a delegate to the national conventions of the society for thirteen successive conventions, as a representative of the Iron City Lodge No. 1, which was the alma mater of this association. He has served a number of times as a member of the committee appointed to meet the manufacturers and arbitrate the differences which arose between master and man, and always succeeded in bringing matters to a termination satisfactory to both sides.


In 1867 he was enrolled in the United Sons of Vulcan, the first society of iron workers in the United States ... The order consisted of puddlers only. At the national convention in 1875 he was made first deputy ..., and it was Mr. McAnnich that presented the resolution admitting the puddlers' helper to the union, thereby tripling the numerical strength of the order, and making possible the amalgamation of all iron trades ... On February 25, 1871, he organized the Pioneer Catholic Temperance Society in Pittsburgh, St. Malachi's, of the South Side, and has rode the cold water wagon for thirty-seven years. He has been a diligent and intelligent reader and is well posted on all questions of the day. He has contributed very excellent articles of interest to the labor world, which have been published in the Labor Tribune and other labor organs. He and his wife are devout members of the Catholic church.


McAninch Family History NL, V-4  November, 1997  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1997-37   


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