Biography of William E. Large
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Large, William E., was born in the town of Watervliet, Albany county, N. Y., October 4, 1847. He was reared and worked on his father's farm until he was fourteen years of age, when he became a clerk in a country store, and at nineteen years of age he went to California, where he was engaged in the supply department of the Central Pacific Railway Company until 1870. He then returned to Mechanicsville, where he engaged in general merchandise until 1883, and in 1884 came to Troy and associated himself with Daniel Wing in the wholesale grocery business, under the firm name of Wing & Large, until 1891, when the copartnership was dissolved and Mr. Large conducted the business alone until May. 1896. He was married twice; first in May, 1874, to Nellie, daughter of Thomas and Betsey Badgley of the town of Half Moon, Saratoga county. N. Y., by whom he had three children: Bessie B., George and Daisy L. Mrs. Large died in December, 1884, and in 1887 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Lewis and Phoebe Smith, of Mechanicsville, N.Y. Mr. Large is a member of Montgomery Lodge No. 506, F. & A. M.; of Stillwater Chapter, R. A. M.; and of Washington Commandery, No. 33, K T., of Saratoga Springs. The ancestry of the family is English and Scotch.

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


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