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Merrill, A. R.

    Alexander R. Merrill, brother of the former [J. E. Merrill], is also a Charlestonian, and was born May 12th, 1861.  He didn't do any work on Confederate gun-boats, unlike his brother, but he early contracted a habit for making boilers and doing general blacksmith work, and soon became a master.  As already stated, he formed a partnership with J. E. Merrill, in 1880, and when the Merrill-Stevens Company was chartered he was its Secretary, and Superintendent of the boiler-making department.  The history of this company is recorded in thechapter on manufacturers. Mr. Merrill is a member of the Elks Club, Knights of Pythias, and Marine Engineers.  He is  Royal Arch Mason, a Mystic Shriner, and also a Master Engineer.  He was married in 1884 to Miss Eloise J. DeMedecis, of St. Augustine.