John F Budke
Elected to replace deceased Senator Alexander Hawkins, John F. Budke was born in Ohio County, W.Va., November 22, 1852, a son of William A. and Sophia Budke. He received a rudimentary education; worked as a manufacturer of powder kegs until he had become the manager of the Budke Stamping Company in 1885. In 1900, the company sold its interests to the American Tin Plate Company, and in 1902, with his associates Mr. Budke organized the Parkersburg Iron and Steel Company, building a plant at Parkersburg, West Virginia. He was vice president and general manager of this company for one year. In 1904 he organized the Canonsburg Steel and Iron Company, with works at Canonsburg and was president, vice president, and a director of the Parkersburg Steel and Iron. He was a pioneer in the Washington County gas fields; Canonsburg Steel and Iron Company putting down the first gas well in August, l905. Mr. Budke served as manager of the Canonsburg Light and Fuel Company, which supplied Canonsburg and Morganza with gas. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, 1899-1902. He married Mary H. Harrison.
The Senator died in 1914.
20th Century History of the City of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens; Joseph F. McFarland, Chicago, Ill., Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co., 1910, p. 1321-1322.