Biography of J. M. Carpenter
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Carpenter, J. M., is a central figure in the business and social life of Hoosick Falls. He is at the head of the extras, advertising, and shipping departments of the Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company, a very responsible and important position to the onerous duties of which he is fully equal. Mr. Carpenter was born at Schenectady February 6, 1850, son of Cornelius and Anna Carpenter, now residents of Hoosick Falls, having removed here in 1869. Mr. Carpenter learned the trade of machinist at the Schenectady Locomotive Works during a four years' apprenticeship, and in 1869 entered the employ of Mr. Wood as a machinist. Mr. Carpenter's advancement to the position he now occupies has been due to personal ability and faithful service. The late Mr. Wood was a rare judge of character and was quick to recognize and reward genius and fidelity. Mr. Carpenter has been prominently identified with local affairs and is not only a ready supporter, but an organizer and inciter of measures for public good. He is president of the Permanent Savings and Loan Association, a concern whose financial operations are on a large scale. He is a most efficient and active president of the Health Board, and a trustee of the First Baptist church, towards whose building and maintenance he has been a liberal contributor. He is a past master of the Masonic lodge and has been identified with the fraternity for a quarter of a century. His marriage in 1872 was to Miss Sarah J. Leonard, daughter of the late Edgar Leonard, the pioneer expressman, and the children are two, Leila May and Frank M.

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


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