Thursday, November 26, 2015

Henry J. Booth, One of the Founders of the Union Iron Works

According to the 1880 U.S. Census, Henry J. Booth was born in England in 1830. In 1880 he was residing in San Francisco, California, with his wife Elizabeth, and their children, Edgar, Jessie, Lizzie and Genevieve, ranging in ages from 8 to 18. Three other adults were also residing in the Booth household in 1880. Henry listed his occupation as proprietor of a foundry. A listing from the 1865 San Francisco Directory, available at the Internet Archive, features an advertisement from the Union Iron Works, of which H.J. Booth was one of the partners, along with George W. Prescott and Irving M. Scott.

The company manufactured locomotives, marine and stationary engines, and a variety of pumps and pumping machines. By 1909, Henry J. Booth had moved to New York City, where he resided with his youngest daughter Genevieve. A brief obituary which appeared in the November 27, 1909 issue of the New York Times reported that Henry J. Booth had died on November 26, 1909. The article stated that Henry J. Booth moved from Ohio to San Francisco in 1851, where he was one of the founders of the Union Iron Works. Mr. Booth was survived by his widow, and three daughters. His remains were brought to Sandusky, Ohio, where he was buried at Oakland Cemetery.  Henry J. Booth was buried in Block 21, where several other Booth family members were also laid to rest.

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