Biography of Joseph J. Alden
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Alden, Joseph J., was born in Newton, Mass., in 1815. In 1836 he came to Troy and with Jared Brewster formed the firm of Alden & Wight, doing a dry goods business in what is known as the "Granite Store." For five years he was in the manufacturing business at Sand Lake, the product being satinet warp, and returned to Troy in 1855. In 1856 with Stephen P. Hunt he started a grocery business in Harmony Hall building under the firm name of Alden & Hunt. In 1865 Mr. Hunt retired and Mr. Alden became sole proprietor. Harry M., his son, was taken in as a partner in 1870 and in 1895 Edward was admitted, the firm name being J. J. Alden & Sons. Thus it will be seen that Joseph J. Alden had been a citizen of Troy sixty one years, and that for more than forty years his business life was confined to one place. The deceased was a member of the First Presbyterian church. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Sarah Marshall, daughter of Capt. Benjamin Marshall of this city, two sons, Water Commissioner Harry M. Alden and Edward M. Alden; a daughter, Mrs. Jonathan Alden of Brooklyn; a sister, Mrs. George Prescott of Albany; and two brothers, Gen. Alonzo Alden and Charles L. Alden. Joseph J. Alden's life was confined mostly to business pursuits. His business career was characterized by industry, integrity, well directed effort and conscientious practice. He achieved well deserved success and leaves behind him a record worthy of emulation. Many sympathizing friends mourn with the bereaved relatives. Mr. Alden was of the seventh generation, in direct descent from John and Priscilla Alden, of Puritan fame. Mr. Alden died March 11, 1896.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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