WILLIAM C. PEEL, of the firm of Peel & Elster, manufacturers of dash moldings, neck yokes, clothes wringers,
etc., Springfield. Mr. Peel is a native of Germany, born Feb. 21, 1843. His parents came to the United States in
1846, and located in Dayton, where they still reside. The subject of this sketch learned the trade of carriage
trimmer, and followed that as a business some sixteen years. He came to Springfield in the fall of 1864, and has
resided here, with the exception of the years 1870 and 1871, when he was engaged with Mr. Elster, his present partner,
at Hillsboro, Highland Co. The present firm was formed in 1873, and has since continued, now being located at 78
South Limestone street. Mr. Peel is the inventor of the form of moldings which they manufacture, and which has
a very large and general sale, not being confined even to this continent. This firm also has a half interest in
the Springfield Novelty Works, whose work is done in the same building with Peel & Elster. They manufacture
"Way's eccentric mill pick," and the "Universal tap wrench." It will thus be seen that Mr.
Peel is the head of a kind of novelty machine shop where a variety of small but important articles of universal
use are manufactured. The success of this firm but confirms what any observing visitor will see at once, that Mr.
Peel possesses the peculiar qualifications so necessary to secure success in such an establishment. With quick
perception, rapidity of thought and action, and a natural mechanical mind, he gives the same attention to the perfection
of details in the construction of a "wringer" or "wrench" that a master mechanic would in constructing
a locomotive. Mr. Peel's residence is at the southwest corner of Factory and Pleasant streets. He married, in 1866,
Miss Viola L., daughter of John A. Shannon, deceased, who was formerly a carriage manufacturer of this city. They
have one child living - a daughter, Ida May.
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