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CRAFTS, Walter, mining engineer, born in Newton, Massachusetts, 21 January, 1839. He was graduated at Rensselaer polytechnic institute in 1860, and spent two years in study at the Freiberg mining-school. On his return to the United States he became mining superintendent of copper mines in the Lake Superior district, Michigan, and from 1867 till 1870 was in charge of iron-mines in Berkshire county, Massachusetts. From 1870 till 1876 he was superintendent of the Shelby iron company in Alabama. In 1877 he was appointed treasurer and manager of the Crafts iron company in the Hocking valley, Ohio, and in 1883 became an official in the Columbus and Hocking coal and iron company. As an authority on furnaces and their treatment he has a high reputation. He is a member of the American institute of mining engineers.
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