Biography of Peter Gaffney
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Gaffney, Peter, is a public spirited, enthusiastic citizen who has ever been mindful of the welfare of Hoosick Falls. During his term of office as village trustee, electric lights were put in, and he was also instrumental in causing the first knitting mill to be established here, the Hoosick Falls Hosiery Co. He has been foremost in any advancement of local affairs of the town, of which he has been a resident since infancy. He was born at New Haven, Conn. in 1855, where his father, Thomas Gaffney, was engaged in the grocery business until he came to Hoosick Falls in 1856. Here he was in the Wood Co.'s employ, and Peter began his associations there as an errand boy. At seventeen years of age he went into the machine shop and acquired the machinist trade, and was die maker nearly twenty years. For three years he was partner of Frank Riley in the livery business. Mr. Gaffney is a member of the R. C. church and was four years captain of the Fire Department; also a member of the Order of Elks. Mr. Gaffney has never married; his aged mother lives with him; she was Mary Newcombe of Irish ancestry.

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


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