Biography of Herrington & Co.
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Herrington & Co. is composed of Silas and Henry Herrington; Silas is a native of Pittstown, and was born November 2, 1842. He was a son of Merret, a son of Silas Herrington, a native of Rhode Island and who was one of he earliest settlers of the town where he lived and died. His father was a farmer and was assessor nine years and justice for twelve years. He died April 3, 1886. His wife was Catherine A. Snyder, born in Pittstown and a daughter of Christopher, a son of one of the first settlers. Silas Herrington was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He followed farming until thirty six years of age, also buying and selling produce. In 1879 he came to Valley Falls and engaged in the produce, coal and straw business, and in 1889 formed a partnership with Henry J. Herrington; their business now is coal, lumber, lime, cement, straw, hay, grain, feed, grass seed, farming tools, etc. December 14, 1864, Silas Herrington was married to Rachel Ingraham of Pittstown, by whom he had one daughter, Georgianna. Mr. Herrington has been commissioner of highways for nine years in succession. He is a member of Victor Lodge No. 680, F. & A. M. Henry Herrington was born in Hoosick January 10, 1846. He was a son of Ephraim, a son of Josiah, a native of Rhode Island, born June 24, 1780, and there lived and died, and Ephraim was born in Hoosick. The father of Mr. Herrington was a farmer and a manufacturer of mowers and reapers. His wife was Mary A. Hill. born in Hoosick, a daughter of Henry Hill, who owns a farm in Hoosick. He and his wife lived in West Hoosick. The Herrington family are of English descent and emigrated from Durham, England, to Rhode Island in 1660 and settled at Smithfield with five children. Mr. Herrington was educated at West Hoosick common schools. He learned the trade of machinist at the age of eighteen years, followed it three years and then came to Valley Falls and engaged in the manufacturing and selling of agricultural implements for about eight years. He then was in the grist milling business for six years and in 1889 formed a partnership with Silas, as stated. December 7, 1869, he was married to Clara Ball of Pittstown, daughter of John P. Ball, one of the early setUers. Mr. Ball was engaged in the manufacturing of linseed oil, and owned one of the first mills in this section. He was prominent in politics, and served as county clerk. Mr. Herringtonis a member of Victor Lodge No. 80, F. & A. M.

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


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