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CARLL, John Franklin, civil engineer, born in Bushwick (now Brooklyn), New York, 7 May, 1828. He received his education at Union Hall academy in Flushing, L. I., and in 1846 assisted his father in farming. From 1849 till 1853 he was associated with his brother-in-law, E. O. Crowell, in the editing and publication of the Newark daily and weekly "Eagle." These interests he disposed of in 1853 and returned to Flushing, where for the ten following years he practiced civil engineering and surveying. In October, 1864, he settled in Pleasantville. and became engaged in the development of oil. While so occupied he devised the static pressure sand-pump, removable pump-chamber, and adjustable sleeve for piston-rods, now used in operating oil-wells. In 1874 he became attached to the Geological survey of Pennsylvania, and afterward was assistant in the oil and gas region. The reports of the survey--known as I (1874), I2 (1877), I3 (1880), I4 (1883), and I5 in the annual report of 1885--were prepared by him, and consist of geological descriptions of those counties containing petroleum.
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