Alonzo B. Walling, who for many years was prominent as a carriage and wagon manufacturer of Utica and
also as a public spirited citizen, was a native of Glenville, Schenectady county, New York.
He was born April 11, 1845, a son of William B. and Lydia A. (Peak) Walling. The father was born at Charlotte,
Vermont, August 14, 1814, and the mother at Glenville. Mr. Walling, Sr., was the son of Thomas Walling who was
a native of the United States and a farrier by occupation. The mother of William B. Walling died when he was a
babe of ten months. When he was five years old his father moved with the children to Independence, Cuyahoga county,
Ohio, where the father died three years later. The children returned to Vermont and William B. Walling took up
his residence with an uncle, William Burt, after whom he had been named. The uncle lived at Canaan, Litchfield
county, Connecticut, and was a manufacturer of anchors and mill supplies. William B. Walling attended school at
Canaan until thirteen years of age and then went to Watervliet, Albany county, New York, and lived with a grandmother,
later being apprenticed to the blacksmith's trade, at which he worked until after reaching his majority. He lived
for a short time at Schenectady and subsequently in Saratoga county, but returned to Schenectady county and for
nine years conducted a blacksmith shop at Glenvile.
In 1855 he arrived at Utica with his family and purchased property on Hotel street, where he maintained a shop
for three years. He then acquired possession of a building at the corner of John and Catharine streets and began
the manufacture of wagons and carrages, also engaging in the repairing business. He was engaged in the business
for forty years, becoming the head of the leading wagon factory in central New York. Mr. Walling was a man of deep
religious convictions and for a number of years was deacon and chairman of the board of trustees of the Park Baptist
church. After the organization of the Immanuel Baptist church he caused his name to be transferred to its rolls
and was chosen as deacon. Politically he gave his support to the republican party. He died February 7, 1902, his
wife having been called away September 8, 1883. There were two children in their family: Alonzo B., of this review,
and one who died in infancy.
Alonzo B. Walling was educated under a private tutor and in a select school. He also attended the Utica public
schools, the Whitestone Seminary, and was graduated from the Utica Academy. He learned the carriage making trade
from his father and became an expert in everything pertaining to the manufacture of carriages and wagons. For many
years he was associated as a partner with his father, the title of the firm being the Walling Carriage Works. He
was a prominent worker in politics and served for three years as supervisor of the tenth ward, having been elected
upon the republican ticket. In 1878 he was a member of the committee on state loans, uncollected taxes and equalization.
In 1879 he served on the committee on footing assessment rolls, erroneous assessments, State Lunatic Asylum, and
ratio and apportionment. In 1880 he was chairman of the committee on settlement with the county treasurer, also
serving on the committee on sheriffs' accounts and accounts for the support of the poor. He was a faithful and
conscientious public officer and was instrumental in taking action which resulted in the erection of a new and
modern jail at Utica.
On the 12th of September, 1886, Mr. Walling was married to Miss Bessie Cowley, of Utica, and two children were
born of this union. Jessie May, who married Dr. D. C. Dye; and Lelia Irene, at home.
Mr. Walling loved his home and his family and was always willing to make any sacrifice if it added to the happiness
of his wife or children. He took a great interest in the Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a member for
many years, first belonging to Washington Engine Company, No. 7, and later to Active Company, No. 3, of which he
was foreman. He was a member of the Masonic order and was made a Mason April 9, 1883, at Utica Lodge, No. 47. He
filled the office of trustee of the lodge for a number of years. Mr. Walling was an attendant of the Park Baptist
church and later became a member of the board of trustees of Immanuel Baptist church, being also a member of the
Utica Chamber of Commerce from the time of its organization. Remarkably efficient in anything he undertook, he
was a sincere advocate of improvement and a most valued assistant in many reforms. He died May 27, 1902. Upon the
death of Mr. Walling the son-in-law took up the management of the business and has built it up to a very flourishing
degree. Mrs. Walling is still living and makes her home in the comfortable family residence at Eagle street and
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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