Edson Recording Gauge.
Jarvis B. Edson was born in Wisconsin and came to New York when a boy. After an apprenticeship at the South Brooklyn Steam Engine and Boiler Works he received a thorough university education, adopting the profession of mechanical engineer, and subsequently received an appointment as third assistant engineer in the United States navy, from which he resigned after the close of the war. From that time until 1890 he was engaged in various manufacturing enterprises, such as electric, celluloid and zylonite, which, through his inventive genius, resulted in the issuance of some forty distinct patents. Mr. Edson was the first person to demonstrate the feasibility of sinking artesian wells in the States of New Jersey and Massachusetts, obtaining in the latter State water under considerable pressure. The search for water became a necessary part of his duties in connection with the above manufactures, and in the sinking of these wells three patents were granted him for the novelty and simplicity of his methods.
Upon the retirement of his father, Marmont B. Edson, he succeeded to the control of the Edson Pressure Recording Gauge business, with which he always had been more or less identified. To his credit, as the inventor of them, it may be said that they have long been recognized as the only complete and reliable recorders for pressures of all fluids, the extensive patronage of them in all parts of the world, extending over a period of twenty years, fully attesting their recognized value.
Mr. Edson is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American and New England Water-works Associations, Franklin Institute, United States Naval Institute, Engineers’ Club of New York, Colonial Club, New York, Montauk Club of Brooklyn, etc. Being possessed of ample means, independent of the business, he states that it is his determination that pressure recorders, with which he and his late father have been so long identified, shall lack nothing which time, capital or business courtesy can produce.