Biography of William Watkins
Madison County, NY Biographies





Watkins, William, came to Cazenovia March, 1863, and entered the general store of Hobbie, Rouse & Clark as clerk. He remained with them until October, 1866, when he became a member of the firm of Chappell, Watkins & Co., publishers, booksellers and stationers. Two years later he bought the other partners interests, and has conducted the business successfully ever since, and thousands of students all over the country remember Watkins's bookstore with pleasure, as it always has been a center of student life. Mr. Watkins has taken a just pride in his business and aimed to elevate it to the dignity of a profession. He is widely known among the publishers of the country, and respected for his prompt and honorable methods. He has been a trustee of Cazenovia Seminary many years, and always sought to advance its interests. He has been treasurer of the public school over twenty years, and been treasurer and director of several important corporations, and been found competent and faithful in all. Mr. Watkins is a member of St. Peter's Episcopal church, and has long been a member of its vestry. He was born at Elmira, N. Y., March 24, 1842. At the age of thirteen he became a clerk in the general store of Booth, Watkins & Munson, and has been in active business life ever since. Mr. Watkins, while never seeking political honors, has served the village as trustee, president and water commissioner, and has represented his party both at county and State conventions. Mr. Watkins is president of the Masonic Veterans' Association of Central New York and a charter member of Cazenovia Lodge.

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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