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F. H. Aldrich, machinist, was born in 1850 in Corry, Erie county, Pennsylvania. son of Welcome and Lydia (Hill) Aldrich. Mr. Aldrich is the youngest son of a family of eight children, five of whom are living, as follows: Jefferson. Pontiac, Michigan; Sasindia, wife of Abram Hartman, Meadville; Dr. E. W. Aldrich, Huntington, West Virginia; Henrietta wife of H. C. Poole; and Frank H.
The last mentioned, the subject of this sketch, being bereft of his parents at an early age, first began the battle of life by selling books and papers. This was during the days of the oil boom and gave him a handsome return for his efforts. He located in Titusville in 1867 and began the machinist’s trade in the shops of Gibbs, Wheeler & Russell; soon afterward he was employed by the Petroleum Iron Works, this name being first changed to the Titusville Manufacturing Company, which was later changed to Titusville Iron Works, where he is still employed.
In 1876 Mr. Aldrich was first united in marriage with Miss Anna Laurie of Corry, who died in 1882; and his second marriage was to Eliza McGinniss, Titusville. Their children: Robert Butler, Alice, Bernard and Frank Henry. Mr. Aldrich is a son of Welcome Aldrich. His great-grandfather was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and was once colonel. In 1882 he discovered that he was possessed of supernatural healing- power, the gift of the favored few which in not a few instances has proved a boon to suffering humanity. Mr. Aldrich is a member of the A. 0. U. W. and the Maccabees.