Biography of A. G. Wait
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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Wait, A. G., of the firm of Wait & Moore, prominent hardware merchants of the village of Antwerp, was born August 15, 1833, a son of Joseph L., and grandson of Gilbert Wait, born in Vermont, and one of Antwerp's first settlers, where he spent his last days. Joseph L. Wait was a farmer and a Whig. His wife was Lucretia McAllister, daughter of Francis McAllister, an early settler of Antwerp. A. G. Wait was educated in the common schools and Antwerp village. He carried on the cabinet business and undertaking in Antwerp for twelve years and was one year in a tannery for J P. Ellis: he then farmed it for four years and for two years was in the employ of J. P. Ellis in the dry goods trade. In 1875 he engaged in the hardware business with a brother, W. R. Wait, and the brother sold out in 1876 to H. W. Moore and since then the firm has been known as Wait & Moore. January 19, 1858, Mr. Wait married Maria E., sister of John D. Ellis, a prominent banker of Antwerp, and they had five children: Arthur J., Emma L., wife of Dr. F. A. Sweet of Waddington, John W., E. G, representative of the Standard Oil Company, and Ellen M. Mr. Wait is a Democrat, and has been a member of Antwerp Lodge No. 226, F. and A. M., for forty three years.

 

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