Walrath, Hon. Peter. p. o. Chittenaugo, of Chittenango, was born in that place, November 12, 1833. His ancestors
were from Holland and settled in the valley of the lower Mohawk. His father, the late Daniel Walrath, settled in
Chittenango about the beginning of the century and died in 1856, aged sixty two years. Mr. Walrath has spent his
whole life here, but has become known and honored far outside of his native town. His substantial success in life
is due to his own efforts and his marked personal characteristics. His first independent business venture was the
establishment about 1856 of a machine shop here, having been for a time occupied as salesman in a general store.
His business interests have been and yet are, many and varied, but in each instance are dominated by the same active
personal attention and uncompromising honesty. A representative Republican almost since the formation of the party,
he has filled many positions of public trust which have come to him unasked and often without reward. At present
he is a member of the State Board of Charities, having been appointed to that position originally in 1886, and
his reappointment from Governor Black dates until 1906. In local finance Mr. Wairath has taken an active part.
He was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Chittenango; was for ten years its vice.president and
then its president until its charter expired in 1882. At about this period he became largely interested in the
production of lumber, operating both water power and steam saw mills. Of these enterprises in which he has been
so closely identified with the growth and prosperity of his native place, and of the Chittenango Pottery Company,
of which he is a member of the board of directors, much of general interest will be found elsewhere in this volume.
Mr. Walrath's deceased wife was Sarah M. Kellogg. daughter of the late Warren Kellogg, of whose large estate he
has been executor for twenty years. One daughter was born to them: Beatrice, whose untimely death is yet a recent
grief, but whose infant child has become the sunshine of Mr. Walrath's stately home.
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
Madison County, NY
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