Biography of William E. Steenberg
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Emery Steenberg, who has been identified with the Malone Marble & Granite Company for many years, is recognized as an able business man of Franklin County. He was born at Duane, N. Y., May 12, 1857, the son of Emerson Webster and Alma (Ayres) Steenberg.

Emerson Webster Steenberg was born at Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, in 1828, and was the son of Richard Steenberg, a native of Vermont. The family originally came to this country from Holland, and the early spelling of the name was Von Steenberg. The great grandfather of William Emery Steenberg was a general during the Revolutionary War.

Emerson Webster Steenberg was interested in farming throughout his life. He died at Duane in 1872, at the age of 44 years and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. His wife was the daughter of Hiram and Philanda Ayres, of Duane. Hiram Ayres was born in 1801 and died July 16, 1884. To Emerson Webster and Alma Ayres Steenberg were born two sons: William Emery, the subject of this sketch; and Lorenzo. He was born June 3, 1865, and lived at Roebling, N. J., where he served as superintendent of the Roebling Wire Mills for more than 40 years. He died July 27, 1931, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone, N. Y.

William Emery Steenberg received his education in the public schools and attended Franklin Academy for three years. Upon the death of his father in 1872 he assumed management of the homestead and purchased the place in 1881. Mr. Steenberg continued as a successful farmer until 1911, at which time he removed to Malone and purchased an interest in the Malone Marble & Granite Company, his partner for a time being Charles H. Felton, who is deceased.

On Dec. 15, 1880, Mr. Steenberg married Miss Etta J. Steenberg, the daughter of Allen P. and Sarah (Broughton) Steenberg. A son, Roy Melvin, born June 2, 1882, died in 1885, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery.

Mr. Steenberg is a Republican and for many years held the offices of town assessor and justice of the peace. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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