Biography of Thomas Strading
Madison County, NY Biographies





Stradling, Thomas, p. o. Hamilton, was born in England and came to America in 1863. He settled at Hamilton. N. Y., and worked and attended the academy for six terms. He then went to work at farming and worked by the day or month until 1869, when he became associated with Deacon Charles Payne and his son and established the first creamery in this part of the country. Mr. Stradiing continued in the creamery business for twenty four years, sometimes operating several factories. In 1876 he purchased property on Hamilton street and built a home there. In 1886 he added to his creamery interests the old grist mill on Eaton street and fitted it up as a creamery, putting in the first cream separator used in this vicinity. This creamery he developed into an extensive business, running three separators and using the milk produced from sixty different farms. In 1894 he disposed of his creamery interests and went into the clothing, furnishing and shoe business, which he still conducts. In 1866 Mr. Stradling married Ellen Thompson, a native of England. Their children are Ira T., William H., Jessie Elizabeth, wife of William W. Smith of North Norwich. N. Y., Samuel, Frank, Charles P. and George F. Mr. Stradling has been a member of the Baptist Church since he came to Hamilton. He has also been a member of the Board of Education and is a prominent member of the A. O. U. W., of which he has been deputy grand master for the county. He is a thorough. enterprising and successful business man, and has used his fine natural abilities with great success. He is descended from fighting English stock, his ancestors having fought under the Duke of Wellington, against Napoleon during the campaign that culminated at Waterloo. His combativeness and pluck explain in a measure his success. It is said of him that he never knows when he is beaten, but for all that he has a fine sense of justice and is never otherwise than fair and liberal. He fully identified himself with his adopted country and became a citizen as a soon as the time limit allowed.

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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