Biography of August Both
Bronx County, NY Biographies





AUGUST BOTH - A native and lifelong resident of The Bronx, Mr. Both has been engaged for many years in the shade and awning business as partner with his brother, Herman Both, in the firm of H. Both & Sons, with headquarters at No. 767 East One Hundred and Sixty first Street, The Bronx. This business, the first of its type in The Bronx, was founded by the father of the present owners, about 1886, and since then has become one of the important business establishments in its locality. The thoroughness of its workmanship and the promptness and carefulness of its owners and their assistants have brought to it an ever extending circle of customers and a continuously increasing prosperity.

August Both was born in The Bronx in the same house in which he still resides with his family, and which is also used as the offices of his business, a son of the late Herman and Eliza Both, the former one of the pioneer merchants and manufacturers of the Woodstock section of The Bronx. He was educated in the public schools and attended Public School No. 62, at One Hundred and Fifty eighth Street and Third Avenue, The Bronx. After leaving school he entered his father's business and under the latter's guidance received a thorough training in all the branches of manufacturing shades and awnings. Naturally, the business grew extensively as the result of the remarkable development of The Bronx, which brought to it a tremendously increased demand for its products. Since the death of the founder of the business it has been continued by his two sons at the same location at which it was established.

Mr. Both is a member of the United Order of American Mechanics, The Bronx Lions Club, the Schnorer Club, and the We-Us Club, the latter one of the oldest clubs of the district. He is also interested as a stockholder in The Bronx County Trust Company. He and his wife are members of the Democratic County Committee.

Mr. Both married, in The Bronx, February 14, 1904, Theresa Hughes, a member of the family that formerly owned the property at Fifty seventh Street and Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, where Carnegie Hall is now located. Mr. and Mrs. Both are the parents of two children: 1. Howard James, born March 10, 1905, educated in the public schools and a graduate of New York Aniversity, of the class of 1927. 2. Edna Irene, born in June, 1907, and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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