It is difficult to say of that necessary worker,
who was the first to
strike hot iron on an anvil, who made the first horse shoe, fashioned
the first crane for some rude stick chimney, or turned the first trammel
which attached the kettle of the early housewife to that crane, but we
can come near enough;
In 1813, Captain FORBES built for Prendergast, a large,
framed, clap boarded blacksmith shop on the west side of the alley,
on the west side of the BLOWERS house, next to the alley, and over the
gully of the swamp stream.
In the fall of that year, Eleazer DANIELS, came over
from Cross Roads and made mill irons for Prendergast. He continued
to work there until April, 1815, Daniel's in the summer of 1814, bought
property on the Brokenstraw, in the neighborhood of Youngsville, and moved
to his new home the following April.
About 6 weeks after Daniel's left, Patrick CAMPBELL, came
Rapids, and set up a forge in a slab shanty on the race , south
of the present passenger station of the NYP&O railway. Prendergast
gave him $75 as an inducement to come.
In 1820, the brother of Thomas W. Harvey, Charles
R. HARVEY, also a blacksmith, a good mechanic, a genius and at last a noted
inventor, came to Jamestown with his family, and built a house where S.S.
CADY lately resided, on the east side of Pine St.
Thomas W. HARVEY had remained not only for the promised
10 years but another 10 upon that. He had already invented two very
important machines but had others more important which took him to NY so
often he decided to remove there in 1832. His brother Charles followed
him as far as Poughkeepsie, and a few years later also removed to NY.
General Thomas W HARVEY sought fame more than riches.
He greatly improved on the methods of making steel, but another appropriated
the dea he originated and reaped the immense reward. He was almost a fanatic
on the subject of electricity, and this writer frequently heard him say
in 1841, when a member of his family,
" If you live to the ordinary age of man, you will see electricity
great motor power of the world"
The Harvey's during their residence in Jamestown were among
its most seful citizens, not only on account of the labor they performed
and the machinery they built, but their prominence in all things
touching the good and welfare of the village. They were men who should
be remembered as long as Jamestown shall remember any of it founders