Biography of John St. Lawrence
Erie County, PA Biographies

John St. Lawrence holds a place of prominence among the successful business men of Erie, where he is associated with the General Electric Company as general superintendent of the local works. He was born at Hartlepool, England, Dec. 29, 1880, and is the son of John and Jane (Walton) St. Lawrence.

John St. Lawrence, Sr., is a native of England. He was educated in the public schools there and engaged in the dry goods business for several years, coming to Canada in 1883, where he engaged in the same line of business for 40 years. He now lives retired at London, Ont. His wife was born at Middlesborough, England, and died at London, Ont., Oct. 12, 1923. To Mr. and Mrs. St. Lawrence four sons were born: Oswald L., Fredrick W., and Francis E., all living at London, Ont., and John, Jr., the subject of this sketch.

John St. Lawrence was reared in London, Ont., and after attending the public schools there, he learned the machinist and tool making trades in the engine building establishment of E. Leonard & Son, of London, Ont. He was employed for three years as a tool maker and as foreman with several Ontario concerns, after which he entered the University of Toronto, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. In 1905 Mr. St. Lawrence came to the United States and until 1910 was engaged in various capacities with the Westinghouse Machine Company and the Carnegie Steel Company, both of Pittsburgh, and later with the American Clay Machinery Company of Willoughby, Ohio, as assistant superintendent. In 1910 he became connected with the Erie City Iron Works as superintendent of the engine departments, severing this connection in 1912 to join the Erie Works of the General Electric Company as assistant mechanical superintendent. Since that time he has held several positions with the local works, leading to his appointment in 1918 as general superintendent.

On Oct. 17, 1910, Mr. St. Lawrence was united in marriage with Miss Ethel M. Brock, of London, Ont., and a daughter of William and Anne (Edmonds) Brock, natives of Cwmavon, Wales. Mr. Brock died June 22, 1889, and his wife died April 6, 1910. To Mr. and Mrs. St. Lawrence five children have been born: Dorothy Mary, Jean Muriel, Margery Ethel, Marianne Edmonds, and John, Jr.

Mr. St. Lawrence is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist church, a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Shrine and Erie Consistory, and belongs to the Erie Club, University Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Francis E. St. Lawrence served throughout the World War, enlisting in the Army Medical Corps of one of the first regiments sailing from Canada in the spring of 1915, and returning in the summer of 1919.

Oswald L. St. Lawrence served throughout the Boer War in a regiment sent from Canada to South Africa to aid England.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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