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Lance, George A., a leading manufacturer of Watertown, was born at Little Falls, N. Y., January 4, 1850. His education from schools was meager and limited to the elementary grades. He was early apprenticed to the printer's trade and after that to telegraphy, and was employed by the N. Y. C. Railroad for several years. In 1866 he was in charge of the business of the American Telegraph Company at Troy, N. Y., until its consolidation with the Western Union Telegraph Company, at which time he went into the employ of the latter company, remaining for some years. He came to Watertown in 1871 and in 1873 was employed by the late Gilderoy Lord to take charge of his foundry and machine shop, remaining in that position until 1882 when he purchased the Watertown Woolen Mill and engaged in the manufacture of yarn, and in 1894 bought his present site which he now operates in connection with the woolen mill, manufacturing agricultural implements, a specialty being the manufacture of the celebrated "Lord Plow." Mr. Lance was married to Florence, daughter of the Hon. A. W. Peck of Watertown, and an ex-member of the Assembly and ex-sheriff of Jefferson county. Mr. Lance is a prominent member of Corona Lodge I. O. O. F. and of the Board of Education.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898