Albert L. Owens, whose demise occurred in Utica on the 13th of January, 1908, was long and successfully
identified with business interests here. His birth occurred in Deerfield, Oneida county, New York, on the 18th
of December, 1848, his parents being Owen D. and Achsah D. (Ladd) Owens. He removed to Clinton in early life and
there attended the Clinton Liberal Institute. For a time he was identified with educational interests as an instructor,
while subsequently he devoted his attention to the manufacture of cheese for a number of years. About 1881 he came
to Utica and opened the Utica Dairy in the Opera House block on Lafayette street, there remaining for ten years.
On the expiration of that period he succeeded to the catering and confectionary business conducted for many years
by Cordon Hackett at No. 200 Genesee street, directing the enterprise for a number of years with gratifying success.
About 1898 he purchased the old Beardsley residence on Genesee street and converted it into a private hotel now
known as the Albert, conducting it in connection with his other business interests until called to his final rest.
The hostelry is now in charge of his widow. Mr. Owens was likewise the organizer of the A. L. Owens Ice Cream Company
and was long numbered among the representative and prosperous business men of Utica. He spent his entire life within
the borders of Oneida county and enjoyed the high regard and esteem of all who knew him.
On the 20th of September, 1876, Mr. Owens was joined in wedlock to Miss Marion Shibley, of Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Their union was blessed with three sons, namely: Albert S., Harold V. and Wallace I. Mrs. Owens survives her husband
and is one of the well known and highly esteemed ladies of Utica. The Albert, under her capable management, has
remained as popular and well patronized as of old.
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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