Biography of W. J. Howes
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Howes, W. J., was born in Peru, N. Y., in 1819, and was reared in Chelsea, Vt., until sixteen years of age when, in 1836, he moved to Troy, N. Y. He worked on a farm for two years, then went to Boston and learned the trade of carpenter and builder; he then returned to Troy and entered the employ of Hezekiah Thayer, one of Troy's most competent builders, and after four years he commenced business for himself with varied success until 1878, when he entered the wholesale and retail lumber trade; he retired from business in November, 1883. In the great fire of 1862 Mr. Howes lost $42,000. Some of the finest buildings in Troy were erected under his plans and direct supervision. Mr. Howes has a beautiful farm in Castleton, Vt, where he spends most of the summer months and where he is a very successful breeder of horses. In 1842 Mr. Howes married Miss Eliza Bartlett of Stillwater, who died in 1843, and in 1845 he married Miss Flora Mackie. During their married life they adopted and reared four children, only one of whom is now living. He and his wife are members of the Second Presbyterian church.

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


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