Biography of Nelson Gillespie
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Gillespie, Nelson, of the well known firm of Gillespie Bros., is one of the most prominent, influential and highly respected citizens of Hoosick Falls. He was born at Johnstown, Fulton county, N. Y., in 1843, son of Joseph and Fanny Hogeboom-Gillespie, natives of Greenbush, N.Y. He is of Scotch and Dutch ancestry and inherits the sterling qualities which distinguish the best of both races. His thirteenth year, which was the commencement of his successful mercantile life, was also the last opportunity given him as a pupil in school. For eighteen years he was department manager with the firm of G. V. S. Quackenbush & Co. Troy, and came to Hoosick Falls in February, 1886, having been for the three previous years a member of the firm of Gillespie Bros., dry goods, then located on John street. Now their extensive establishment occupies double stores in Cheney Block, Main street. Mr. Gillespie was always interested in historic research and is corresponding secretary of thee local historical society. He is independent in politics; a communicant and vestryman in St. Mark's church, and a past master of Apollo Lodge, F. & A. M., Troy, N. Y. In 1886 he wrote and published a brief history of the lodge, and is engaged in the work of compiling an enlarged centennial edition.

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


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