Biography of William Downey
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Downey, William, was born in Cropseyville, town of Brunswick, February 29, 1852. He is the youngest of two sons and two daughters, born to Samuel and Caroline (Honsinger) Downey. The father was a laborer and died when William was an infant. The mother was born, lived and died in Cropseyville. Her death occurred in about 1860. Mr. Downey at eight years of age began life's battles for himself, first doing chores and anything he could to gain a meal or a night's lodging, going from one house to another. He was later employed by his uncle in Pittstown who was a farmer, hotel keeper and butcher. With his uncle he remained for eighteen years, managing all his uncle's out of door work, buying all the cattle and butchering them and attending to the hotel business during his uncle's absence. In 1887 he engaged in the hotel business at Clum's Corners in his native town on his own account; there he remained seven years, when he removed to North Adams, Mass., but remained there but one month; when he returned to Brunswick and conducted a hotel in Rock Hollow two years. In March, 1887, he removed to Poestenkill where he purchased his present hotel property. Since his residence here Mr. Downey has remodeled his hotel, added to the hotel building and made many essential improvements, making his house and barns highly suitable to all the requirements'of a country village hotel. He served his town as tax collecter, and is a member of the Odd Fellows, Poestenkill Lodge No. 704, having been transferred from the Mechanicville Lodge of which he had been a member for over ten years. In 1874 he married Hattie A. Newcomb of Pittstown, daughter of William and Betsey A. (Chase) Newcomb. They have four children: Carrie, wife of Edgar Wager of Poestenkill; Foneta, Ermah, and Alta.

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


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