Biography of Samuel Carpenter of Bergen

Samuel Carpenter, the fourth son of James and Sarah Carpenter, was born in Somersetshire, Eng., February 22, 1826, and was one of a family of 13 children,-seven daughters and six sons,-all born in England. Samuel was bound out to the tailor trade when 10 years old, and this is his business at the present time. In December, 1849, he came to America with only $5 in his pocket, but as an expert at his trade he was soon in the employ of James Moore, of Rochester. He moved about some, and came to this county, stopping a short time in Bergen, where he was married to Anna A., daughter of Samuel and Betsey Bassett, November 1, 1851. He then went to Oakfield in the employ of Chamberlain & Parmelee, where in six months he saved up $60, with which he returned to Bergen and "opened shop" for himself. Benjamin Wright assisted him to put in a comfortable stock for those days, and he soon was able to buy out and pay off his interest. After two other partnerships, which lasted about four years, he continued alone till 1863, when he formed a partnership with Wolfe & Bachman, of Rochester, who purchased the Doolittle block of Bergen village. Shipping goods to Canada proved a successful venture and resulted in the accumulation of quite a sum. His stock and the Doolittle block were afterwards carried away in smoke and flames. He at once commenced to rebuild, doing business in the meantime in the building just south of where the Bergen Hotel now stands, and in the autumn of 1866 opened in the new store. After three years he leased to Fisher and Murdock, on a three years' lease, but he had built two other stores, one of which he moved into, and here he was when the big fire of 1880 occurred, which destroyed again all of his real property. In i88o he built the Carpenter block, and in 1882 built the block occupied by Oathout & Gage as a hardware store. This block, costing $2,800, he gave to his youngest son on his 17th birthday. He has three children, viz.: George A., born March 2, 1852; Carlos N., born August 6, 1859; and Burton W., born October 9, 1866. The elder sons are now in partnership with the father, carrying on an extensive business in readymade clothing, hats, caps, machines, wall paper. trunks, etc., and keeping about 20 employees in the business. Mr. Carpenter is a model business man, as his beginning in life and present high standing will attest.

Our Countty and it's people
a descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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