Biography of Walter H. Walrath
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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Walrath, Walter H., the subject of this sketch, was born in the town of Orleans, June 9, 1845, a son of Alonzo Walrath and Kate M. (Walter) Walrath. His grandfather, Martin Walter, was a soldier in the war of 1812 and was at the battle of Sacket Harbor, having marched from the Mohawk and saw the British retreat at that battle. His grandmother, Polly Walter, survived to the good old age of ninety.six years. His father, Alonzo Walrath, was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, a member of Co. E, 186th Regt., and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mr. Wairath at the age of sixteen years began teaching and followed that occupation till his twenty third year. In 1868 he married Marion E. Henry of Depauville, N. Y. Two children were born to them: Ethel B., wife of C. A. Snell, and Charlie A., who died in 1888. Mr. Wairath followed farming in the towns of Lyme and Clayton, being a noted breeder of Jersey cattle, till 1888, when he went into the mercantile business at Lafargeville, N. Y., which he has successfully conducted to the present time. Mrs. Walrath, in connection with her husband's business, has a millinery department which attracts an extensive trade in Lafargeville and vicinity. At the first organization of the Grange in Jefferson county, Mr. Walrath identified himself with the order and was master of Three Mile Bay and also of St. Lawrence Grange for several years. He was also director of the Jefferson County P. F. R. Insurance Company for sixteen years and helped to place that institution on a firm basis. He has been a member of the M. E. Church for twenty-two years and has been a member of the official board of the church nearly all of the time. Politically Mr. Wairath was a Republican prior to Grant's second term, since which time he has worked with the Democrats and the Prohibitionists. For several years he has been the efficient secretary of Lafargeville Lodge No. 171, F. & A. M., and is a consistent believer in the principles of the order. He is an esteemed citizen and enjoys a large circle of acquaintances in the county and State.

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