Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 645] who is engaged. in manufacturing brick in Ellwood City, Pa., and who is considered one of the foremost citizens of Wayne township, Lawrence County, was born Jan. 12, 1856, at Pittsburg, Pa. He is a son of respected and honored parents, Robert and Martha J. (Susanna) Fulmer. Our subject's father was a merchant of Johnstown, Pa., but later in life moved to East Pittsburg, where his death took place.
The subject of this writing began when he was very young to make his way in the world, and found his first employment as a clerk for a merchant, after which he spent considerable time in Colorado and Kansas. In 1892 he bought five acres of the Elijah G. Matheny farm, which was a part of the Nye estate; this property has been under cultivation for a longer period than many other of the farms of the township. Mr. Fulmer, having thoroughly tested the adaptability of the soil, found it perfectly suitable for brick manufacturing, and at once entered upon his plan to establish a brick-yard of large dimensions. He built a kiln and manufactured brick for building and sidewalk purposes; the business offered such inducements to capital, that in 1892 the Ellwood Brick Co., Limited, was organized, and the business has since been conducted under that name. In addition to the manufacturing and dealing in brick, the Ellwood Brick Co., Ltd., deals in coal, handling the following popular varieties: Youghiogheny Gas, Beaver Valley and Anthracite. The kiln turns out 300,000 brick per year, and large shipments of this product are sent to outside markets, although Ellwood City has liberally patronized the industry, and most of the buildings in the place are formed from this native product. The material is excellent and of the best, with a supply that is almost unlimited, consequently the company is able to make bricks of superior quality and fill the largest orders.
Mr. Fulmer purchased two lots on Spring Avenue in 1894 and erected two brick dwelling-houses, and in addition has two vacant lots adjoining. He served three years as secretary of the school board, and is noted for his thorough interest in the growth and development of the city in every way possible. Mr. Fulmer chose Miss Nellie Early to share his lot in life, and he is to-day one of those enterprising men worth knowing, who have by their own efforts succeeded to comfortable and easy circumstances. Mr. Fulmer is considered one of the best citizens of his community, and is conscientiously filling all the duties of a kind neighbor.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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