The spirit of business enterprise which Albert Otto Hesse has displayed since entering commercial circles
has brought him to a prominent position in relation to the trade interests of Utica. He is now senior partner in
the Hesse & Scharff Company, and in the conduct of the business shows an initiative that constantly seeks out
new methods for the expansion of the trade and the enlargement of business connections. He was born in Utica, June
4, 1871, a son of Adolph and Lena Hesse, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they came to the new world
about 1853. The father was a molder and for a long period followed his trade in Utica.
Spending his boyhood days under the parental roof, Albert Otto Hesse attended the public schools and afterward
learned the tin and sheet metal worker's trade, gaining thus a practical knowledge of the business which has enabled
him to carefully and successfully direct the labors of those who now serve under him. Laudable ambition prompted
him to put forth active effort until his industry had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to engage in
business on his own account. In 1906 he organized the Hesse, Steinhorst Company, engaging in heating and sheet
metal work. The following year the Snyder & Scharff Company became occupants of half of the store and the fol.
lowing year the two interests were consolidated in the organization of the present firm known as the Hesse &
Scharff Company. The business has been extended in its scope to include plumbing as well as heating and sheet metal
work, and the house now enjoys what is already a satisfactory patronage. The trade, however, is steadily increasing
and is reaching very gratifying proportions.
On the 3d of February, 1897, Mr. Hesse was married to Miss Mary Helen Ford, a daughter of George and Emma Ford,
of Utica, and they now have one son, George Albert Hesse. Mr. Hesse is well known in fraternal circles as a member
of the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and likewise the Sons of Veterans Camp. He also
holds membership in the Chamber of Commerce, cooperating in all of its various projects for the development of
the business connections of Utica and also for the improvement and adornment of the city.
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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