Biography of Peter A. Corbett
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PETER ANDERSON CORBETT - In Aberdeen, Scotland, Peter Anderson Corbett was born on October 30, 1887, son of Peter Anderson and Ann Elizabeth (Shinnie) Corbett. When three years of age, his parents moved to the United States, bringing their little boy with them. Here his father followed his trade as a stone cutter, working on the Pennsylvania Terminal Station in New York City, on the Equitable Building, the New York Post Office and many other well known buildings, including Senator Clark's Fifth Avenue mansion. The family first settled in Barre, Vermont, where their son began his early education. Later they moved to Vinal Haven, Maine, and still later to Milford, Massachusetts.

In each of the above mentioned towns, Peter Anderson Corbett continued his education in the public schools, and in Milford he began to learn his father's trade, apprenticing himself to the Norcross Brothers, granite and stone cutters. During the three years that he worked with this firm, he cut stone that went into the Pennsylvania Terminal Station in New York. He finished his apprenticeship with John Brown and Sons, One Hundred and Forty first Street and Ryder Avenue, The Bronx, and afterward followed his trade until 1916, when he joined the United States Regular Army, Troop E, Sixteenth Cavalry and was stationed on the Mexican border. He remained here through the World War, assisting in the training of men for duty overseas. Holding the rank of sergeant, he was honorably discharged on November 11, 1919.

Returning to The Bronx, he established his present business on April 3, 1920, at No. 3273 East Tremont Avenue. His workshop here occupies the entire lot, and in addition to his own work, he employs three men to assist him.

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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