Biographies from Historical and Biographical Annals by Morton Montgomery


XANDER, JOHN G., p. 438
SURNAMES: XANDER, HARBSTER, REBER, RICHARDS, BRITTON, WILHELM

John G. Xander, of the Xander Machine & Supply Company, is not only a machinist of ability, but an inventor whose machines are in use all over the country.
    Born in Hamburg, Pa., August 6, 1854, Mr. Xander remained there in school up to the age of fourteen, when he entered his father's shop to learn the machinist's trade from his father, George A. Xander, who was a man of considerable ability in that line himself. After mastering his new calling, Mr. Xander went to Reading and secured employment in the Harbster (now the Reading) Hardware Company. He worked there five years, and in the meantime developed such a marked taste for mechanical pursuits that he entered the employ of the Reading Iron Company as foreman in the tool room. He remained with them only six months, and was next with W. H. Wilhelm & Co., manufacturers of hat machinery, with whom he remained from 1882 to 1892. In the following year he went into partnership with James T. and James C. Reber as the Acme Manufacturing Company, to continue the manufacture of bicycles which Mr. Xander had patented and made after he left Wilhelm & Company. The new firm continued until 1897 when Mr. Xander sold his interest to the Rebers, and left Reading to locate in Lebanon, Pa. There he organized the Keystone M. & M. Company, and for four years was engaged in the manufacture of bicycles on a very extensive scale, but in 1900 he disposed of his interests there, returned to Reading, and opened his present establishment at Nos. 926-930 Bingaman street. He does an extensive business in general machinery, in the manufacture and repair of automobiles, and in the manufacture of hat machinery, filling orders for the last all over the United States and Europe. Mr. Xander is also a designer and builder of special machinery, besides having on the market a water motor for running washing machines, and the Xander Brazing Compound, for cast iron and other metals, all of which are sold and used over the entire country. Mr. Xander is a man who has proved his claim to a foremost place in his line of work, and who has reaped substantial financial returns for his work. In addition to the above business he is also on the staff of the General Adjustment Bureau of New York, as machinery expert, in appraisement of machinery. His establishment is an official station for the American Motor League.
    Mr. Xander married in 1875, Miss Matilda Richards, like himself a native of Hamburg, Pa. Their only child is a daughter Florence, cashier for the G. M. Britton Company. The family are all members of St. Andrew's Reformed Church. Mr. Xander's business interests have left him little time for any political work, but he is an intelligent student and observer of conditions, and in voting always takes an independent stand. He is a member of Camp No. 78, P. O. S. of A., Hamburg, and of the Veteran Association of the same order.

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