Biography of Earl & Wilson
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Earl & Wilson. Probably no firm engaged in the manufacture of collars and cuffs has a wider reputation than Earl & Wilson, whose celebrated "E. & W" trade mark is not only well known throughout America, but in many foreign countries. The "E. & W." brand carries a guarantee for fineness and durability wherever it goes. William S. Earl had his first experience as a manufacturer of collars and cuffs as an employee in the factory of his father in law, Jefferson Gardner, in King street, in 1848. Two years later he began business for himself at No. 51 North Third Street, and from 1856 to 1858 he was associated with Edwin D. Blanchard, in the manufacture of linen in the Manufacturers Bank building. On January 1, 1867, he and Washington Wilson formed the present firm of Earl & Wilson and began the manufacture of collars and cuffs at No. Union street. In 1873 his only son, Gardner Earl, was admitted as a partner and continued until his death March 3, 1887. Arthur R. Wilson, a brother of Washington. was admitted in 1881 and Edgar K. Betts in December, 1887. In 1876 the new building on the corner of Seventh street and Broadway was occupied by the firm, and is the first structure in Troy specially designed architecturally for the purpose. Mr. Earl is a prominent citizen and a representative business man, and was fire commissioner from 1880 to 1887 and has been a director of the Manufacturers National Bank since March 29, 1887.

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


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