Charles H. Claypool

The Tod-Stambaugh Company of Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the larger organizations of capital and operating facilities owning and exploiting the ore resources of the iron ranges of northern Minnesota. Their activities in the Hibbing district of the Mesaba Range are carried on through the subsidiary companies known as the Dean Iron Company, the Mead Iron Company, the Stambaugh Iron Company, and the Orwell Iron Company. The general superintendent for all these companies is Charles H. Claypool of Hibbing, who is a practical ore man and mining engineer of long experience in these districts.

Mr. Claypool was born at Duluth October 3, 1881, a son of George H. and Emma M. (Huston) Claypool. His father, who was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, came of a family of farmers and was a pioneer settler in Duluth, where for many years he was interested in lumbering operations, but for a number of years past has been in the real estate business. One of three children, Charles H. Claypool grew up at Duluth, graduated from the high school in 1900, and had the benefit and advantage of the two years’ course in the University School of Mines at Minnesota University.

He began his practical career in the mining industry in the fall of 1902 at Hibbing, in the service of E. J. Longyear, and was employed as a sample man in the Buffalo, Susquehanna & Scranton Exploration Works. He was then in the engineering department as transit man, working west from Hibbing to Grand Rapids, and in 1905 went with the Oliver -Iron Mining Company, at first as an engineer in the Coleraine district, later as chief engineer, and subsequently as superintendent of the experimental work in the washing plant. He also superintended the construction of the new plant at Coleraine, and in January, 1910, before that plant was completed, he formed a partnership with J. C. Agnew and G. G. Hartley, making the Cavour Mining Company. They opened up the Cavour Mine at Kinney, and Mr. Claypool was superintendent of that mine. In 1916 he became associated with the Inland Steel Company of Chicago as superintendent of their Julia Mine at Virginia, but in 1918 left the Inland Company and came to Hibbing to take up his present duties as general superintendent for the Tod-Stambaugh Company’s interests.

Mr. Claypool is one of the thorough experts and one of the best known officials in the iron ore district. He is a member of the Algonquin Club and the Kiwanis Club, is affiliated with the Masonic Order, is a Republican and a Presbyterian. April 10, 1907, he married Catherine Garrettson, of Kenton, Ohio. Their three children are Charles H., Jr., Jane and Catherine.

Sources:

  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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