Union Meter Company.
Hon. Phineas Ball is known in all parts of the country as being one of the most successful hydraulic engineers engaged in water-works construction. Mr. Ball was horn about seventy years ago and until the past twelve months has been actively engaged in his capacity as president of the Union Water Meter Company, of Worcester, Mass. He has filled many important positions, being at one time city engineer of Worcester and afterward Mayor of that city. In 1847, he began active life in Worcester as civil engineer. He became water commissioner in 1865 and held the position until 1872. He was engineer of the Massachusetts State Board of Health and Harbor Commissioners for abatement of the Millers river nuisance at Somerville and Cambridge.
J. P. K. Otis, the manager of the company, was born in Worcester in 1853. He entered the office of city engineer in 1869, but left shortly afterward to enter the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, from which he graduated in 1873. He then became assistant engineer in the Springfield water-works and remained until 1873. He accepted the position of engineer of the Portland (Me.) Water Company, but returned to Worcester, where he became instructor of civil engineering in the Worcester Institute, wheie he remained until 1882, when he became attached to the Union Meter Company. He has been consulting engineer for several water works systems in which his judgment and good practical knowledge always produced the most successful results. Mr. Ball has led a most remarkably active life and it is well known that he never made an enemy, but on the contrary he is to day universally respected anti admired by all who know him.