Biography of William H. Ely
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Ely, William H., a merchant and estimable citizen of Hoosick Falls, is one of the company of Wallace, Jones & Ely, a firm organized since 1867. This general store with its immense stock is one of the most enterprising houses of the place. Mr. Ely came here at twenty one years of age in 1865. He was born at Littleton, N. H., in 1844, son of George W. Ely who moved to St. Johnsbury, Vt. in 1847 and established the Ely Hoe & Fork Co., which is still operated with Henry G. Ely, brother of William, as its president. The principal business of the father, who died in Philadelphia in 1876, was the manufacture of agricultural implements. Mr. Ely at seventeen entered the retail department of the store of E. & T. Fairbanks, the great scale manufacturers, where he remained three years. He married in 1869 Amanda R. Royce, of Waterbury, Vt., by whom he has eight children. Two sons are associated with him in business. He attends the Presbyterian church and is a member of the Hoosick Club. In politics he is a Republican and has officiated on the Board of Health many years.

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


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