Biography of Adam Bonacker
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Bonacker, Adam, was born in Germany in 1843. He was a son of Conradt and Catharine (Boider) Bonacker, both born, lived and died in Germany. Adam Bon. acker came to New York city in 1859 and was educated in the common schools; he remained there two years, then went to Greenbush, where he found a brother, August Bonacker, who had been in the United States about six years. August, one of the well to do business men of the place spent his life in Greenbush. Adam Bonacker had eighty seven Cents when he came to the United States. He enlisted in 1861 in a New York State regiment and served three years and two months; he was a prisoner twice, was in seven battles and eight skirmishes, and was wounded at Sulphur Springs, Va. The regiment numbered 1,100 and had eighty eight men when discharged. Mr. Bonacker was first lieutenant before twenty one years of age. After his discharge he came to Greenbush and after a short time went to New York city and started a meat market; being defrauded out of this business and losing his mäney, he again returned to Greenbush, settling on a back street, and began work in a coal yard but soon hired out to Mr. Bret in a slaughter house; he remained with him nine winters; during the summer he bought calves and slaughtered them and peddled them in baskets. He butchered them in his wood shed, back of East street, then owned by Bryan Smith. He soon bought a horse, wagon and harness for seven dollars and traded until he had a better horse. He continued in the stock business until 1890, having a meat market from 1875. He also worked a piece of land. He now owns the Van Rensselaer Island ice business whose capacity is about 20,000 tons, a building on Broadway where he lives, two near the viaduct, one in East Greenbush, and several others in Greenbush. Mr. Bonacker now lives a retired life. He was married in 1864 to Mary Bodesine, by whom he has had ten children, four of whom are living. His second wife was Mary O'NeiI, by whom he had seven children, three of whom are living. Two sons of Mr. Bonacker, Philip and Adam, are engaged in the ice business; the youngest son by the first wife, John, is now engaged in the grocery business. Mr. Bonacker worked two months for his board when he came to this county and now he is the second largest taxpayer in the village of Greenbush. He was lieutenant in the 25th Regiment of Home Guards, serving for twelve years under Captain Health, he being the senior captain.

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


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