Biography of Lewis W. Derrick
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Derrick, Lewis W., was born in the village of Lansingburgh, February 6, 1838. He was educated in the common schools and has had a variety of occupations. He has been a railroad man, a fireman, and an engineer on the Troy and Boston Railroad. March 1, 1881, he was appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners as superintendent of the Fire Department of Lansingburgh, which position he has since filled with satisfaction. December 25, 1866, at Whitehall, Washington county, he married Alice E. Jiilson of that place. They have four children: Carrie A., J. Edward, Helen E. and Clarence L. J. Edward married Frances R. Wood of this place; he is superintendent of the Glens Falls, Sand Hill and Fort Edward Electric Railroad. The other children at this date reside at home. The father of Mr. Derrick, John S., was born in the town of Brunswick; he was educated in the schools of his day and was a farmer by occupation. He married Helen Weaver, of Lansingburgh, by whom four children were born: Lewis W., John, who died at the age of twenty two years, Samuel and Adam, twins. Samuel died at the age of thirty six. Mr. Derrick died April 14, 1867, and his wife died in 1872. He is a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M., and also of Phoenix Chapter No. 133, F. & A. M. The ancestry of the family is German and Dutch.

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


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