The grocery business has engaged the activities of George Ireland, who is one of the well known residents
of the village of New Hartford, since 1893. Mr. Ireland is a native of England, his birth having occurred in Leicestershire
on the 7th of January, 1843, and a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Binney) Ireland. The parents emigrated
from the mother country to America in 1848, in which year they settled in New Hartford.
Being but a lad of five years, when he left his native land and settled in the United States with his parents,
George Ireland has spent practically his entire life in Oneida county. His education was acquired in the public
schools of this village, but owing to the size of the family and their limited income he was early compelled to
become a wage earner and laying aside his school beoks at the age of ten years he sought employment in the Capron
cotton factory. For eighteen years thereafter he remained a member of its force, but in 1871 he withdrew to become
associated with his brother, Henry Ireland, in the operation of a knitting factory. Disposing of his interest in
the latter he established a market garden in the cultivation of which he continued to be engaged until 1893 when
he opened the grocery store with which he continues to be identified.
New Hartford was the scene of the marriage on the 17th of November, 1869, of Mr. Ireland and Miss Susannah flinch,
a native of this village and a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Lonsberry) Hinch. Three sons have been born to
them, namely: George H., Charles H. and Frank G.
The church affiliation of the family has always been with the Methodist denomination, while his political support
Mr. Ireland has accorded the candidates of the republican party ever since casting his first ballot. He takes an
active interest in municipal affairs, but has never filled any office in the township save that of path master,
his entire time and attention being needed for the development of his personal interests. Although he has attained
the age of sixty eight years Mr. Ireland is to be found at his place of business every day, as alert and active
as many a mall of middle age.
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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