Among the well known architects of Utica must be numbered Harry Mallery Decker, who has been a resident
of this city since 1903. Mr. Decker was born in Wayne county, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of April, 1872. Although
a native of the Keystone state the greater portion of his life has been spent in New York, his early education
having been acquired in the public schools of Deposit, this state. After laying aside his text books he entered
the office of a civil engineer in Susquehanna, where he served a very thorough apprenticeship. He subsequently
entered the employ of Deckert St. Clair, of New York city, in the capacity of travelling superintendent. The specialty
of the firm was the erection of churches, their work extending over a large portion of the eastern states, and
while in their service Mr. Decker had the supervision of the erection of the Bay Ridge Methodist Episcopal church
of Brooklyn, New York; Methodist Episcopal church of Torrington, Connecticut; Presbyterian church at Winsted, Connecticut;
and the Baptist church at Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Feeling that his broad and varied experience had at last fully
and most ably fitted him to establish an office of his own, Mr. Decker came to Utica in 1903. Since locating here
he has given almost his entire attention to the designing of dwellings and apartment buildings, among which mention
should be made of the Baptist parsonage at Whitesboro, F. H. Stedman's residence, and an apartment house for William
Pritchard located at the corner of Steuben and Leah streets. He also designed the bakery of W. E. Wind, which is
considered to be the most sanitary and best equipped building of the kind in central New York.
Mr. Decker was married in 1900 to Miss Marion Palmer of Brooklyn, New York, in which city their union was solemnized.
Mrs. Decker is a daughter of John and Elizabeth Palmer of Torrington, Connecticut.
The fraternal relations of Mr. Decker are entirely confined to his membership in the Knights of Pythias. Although
he has lived in Utica for a comparatively short time Mr. Decker has become quite widely known, and is highly regarded
by those who have met him in either a business or social way.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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