Biography of Stephen R. Ryan
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Ryan, Stephen R., was born in Osceola, Lewis county, N Y., in 1849. In 1863, at the age of fourteen, he went to Rome, N. Y., to accept a clerkship in the grocery of M. P. Wardwell, in whose employ he remained for some time, after which he went to Croghan and was apprenticed at the carpenter and joiner trade. In 1872 he removed to Watertown and found employment at his trade until 1876, at which time he was elected constable for a term of three years. In 1879 he opened a small store on Court Street for the sale of ale and lager, continuing in this business until 1881, when he formed a copartnership with Mr. Winslow and engaged in the wholesale business. This firm continued until 1884 when Mr. Winslow was succeeded by Mr. Williams, and the firm of Ryan & Williams continued for two years, when Mr. Ryan succeeded this firm and has since conducted the business alone. Mr. Ryan deals largely in choice wines and liquors of the most celebrated brands. He is a gentleman of wide experience in business affairs and thoroughly conversant with all the details of his chosen line of trade.

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