Biography of William W. Owens
Madison County, NY Biographies





Owens, William W., p. o. De Ruyter, proprietor of the well known hotel that bears his name in the village of De Ruyter, is a native of Broome county, born in Deposit, December 2, 1858. He is a son of Spender and Lavina (Peters) Owens. His parents removed to Massachusetts when he was quite young and where he attended the public schools. Later they returned to New York State and settled in Oneida county, where William and his father were engaged in the tannery business for a period of twenty years. In April, 1891, Mr. Owens removed to De Ruyter and succeeded Lee Stebbins in the hotel business, in which he has since been engaged. In September, 1881, Mr. Owens married Julia, daughter of Alman and Ann (Carlisle) Beckwith, and they have one son, Wesley, born May 25, 1883. Mr. Owens has prospered in his new business, his genial, courteous manners and straightforward business methods serving not only to retain the old patrons, but winning him many new ones.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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