Biography of Alonzo Brewer
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Brewer, Alonzo, was born in Greenwich, Washington county, in 1836. His ancestors originally settled in Rhode Island, and his grandfather, Daniel Brewer, moved from Rhode Island to Greenwich and worked in the first cotton factory in the State of New York. He died in the early forties. His father, Haney Brewer, was born in 1810 and is still living in Greenwich, and his mother, Jane (Reynolds) Brewer, died in 1886. Alonzo was educated in the public schools and Greenwich Academy, and worked on a farm until he was seventeen years of age. He then learned the carpenter's and builder's trade and in 1863 started in business in his native town, which he continued until 1876, when he came to Troy and worked in the car shops for the Troy and Boston Railroad and from 1882 until 1884 had charge of the bridges of that road, and in 1884 was appointed master car builder of the Troy and Boston Railroad, which position he now holds at the Fitchburg car shops, and has charge of car building for the western division and of the buildings. He is a member of Apollo Lodge F. & A. M. In 1860 he married Matilda J. Pauley, by whom two children have been born: John R., who died in 1886, and Ida, who died in 1888.

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


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