Biography of William D. Wilson
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Daniel Wilson, active and progressive business man of Tupper Lake, is a native of New York. He was born at Nicholvifie, June 15, 1873, the son of Darwin and Marian (Leary) Wilson.

Darwin Wilson was born at Nicholville, N. Y., in 1848, and spent many years in business as a buyer and shipper of cattle. He died at Nicholvilie in 1881. Mr. Wilson was married in 1870 to Miss Marian Leary, the daughter of Jeremiah Leary, and to them were born four children: 1. Gertrude E., born in 1871, lives at Clinton, Mass. 2. William Daniel, the subject of this sketch. 3. Darwin James, born in 1879, plumber, lives at Malone. Two died in infancy.

The boyhood of William Daniel Wilson was spent at Nicholville, where he was educated. He worked on a farm for three years, after which he learned telegraphy in the employ of the New York Central Railroad at Tupper Lake. He subsequently became station agent at Brandon, N. Y., and remained there for four years, then being transferred to Tupper Lake, where he served in the same capacity for 16 years. In 1911 Mr. Wilson engaged in business here, as a dealer in grain, hay, coal, wood, ice and building materials. He has a well established business and is thoroughly dependable.

On Nov. 14, 1900, Mr. Wilson married Miss Gail Taggart, the daughter of George and Jennie (Davidson) Taggart, of North Lawrence, N. Y. Mrs. Wilson was born in North Lawrence, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born three children: 1. Stuart William, born Oct. 10, 1905, attends Clarkson Technical Institute, Potsdam, N. Y. 2. Kermit T., born July 15, 1909, a graduate of Cazenovia Seminary, class of 1929, now associated in business with his father. 3. Marian Jeanette, born July 28, 1918, attends Tupper Lake High School.

Mr. Wilson is a Republican and has always manifested a keen interest in local civic affairs. He has served as village treasurer. He is secretary of the Rotary Club and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belongs to the Masonic Lodge, having been secretary of the local organization for 12 years.

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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