Biography of Roswell A. Dandaraw
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Dandaraw, Roswell A., was born in Greenbush, December 7, 1859. He is a son of Anthony M. and Mary J. (Wemple) Dandara, he a native of St. John's, Canada, and she was born in Albany, November 12, 1831. The grandfather of Roswell A. Dandaraw was Mitchell Dandaraw, born at Bay St. Paul, Canada, and came to Albany in 1835 and in 1846 to Greenbush; he was a farmer by occupation and kept a hotel in Greenbush, on Boston Island; he died in 1873 at the age of eighty four, and his wife died at the same place at the age of eighty three. The great grandfather of Mr. Dandaraw was Mitchell Dandaraw who lived and died at Bay St. Paul, Canada. The father of Mr. Dandaraw was born at St. John, Canada, June 13, 1821; he was a carpenter by trade, and was with the Hudson River Railroad for thirty five years; he was trustee of the village of Greenbush in 1869, and also village asssessor; Mr. Dandaraw was the oldest living member of F. & M. Lodge No. 157, I. O. O F.; he died July 8, 1896. Roswell A. Dandaraw was educated in Bath schools and Fulsom's Business College of Albany, and was graduated in 1878. He kept a boot and shoe store in Greenish for three years, and then was firing on the Hudson River Railroad for three years; was with the B & A. Railroad freight office from 1884 to 1891, and was then travelling for the Albany Venetian Blind Company from Philadelphia to Atlanta, Ga; he was with them two years and in the mean time attended a medical college at Washington, D. C., for a short time and was afterwards graduated from the U. S. College of Embalming. October 10, 1892, he engaged in the undertaking business and has been very successful. He is a member of F. & M. Lodge No. 157 I. O. O. F., Greenish Lodge No. 337 F. & A. M., Greenbush Chapter No. 274 R. A. M., and of K O. T. M. East Albany Tent No. 386. November 17, 1885, he was married to Maggie B. Purves, daughter of Thomas Purves, division master mechanic for the B. & A. Railroad. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Dandaraw, was James Wemple, who was born Pittsfield, Mass., and spent most of his days in Albany as machinist. His wife was Lydia Noble, born in Pittsfield, Mass., who died in Greenbush at the age of eighty four, and Mr. Wemple died in Albany at the age of fifty four.

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


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