Biography of George W. Lohnes
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Lohnes, George W., was born in Schaghticoke, August 18, 1845. He is a son of Adam and a grandson of Adam Lohnes, a native of Germany, who came to Brunswick. N. Y., in a very early day and was in the war of the Revolution and also of 1812 under Major Lansing as an ensign; he died in Pittstown. The mother of Mr. Lohnes was Jane Whalie, born in Hoosick. His father was born in Brunswick; he was a manufacturer of powder and politically was a Democrat until 1862 and Republican thereafter until his death, which occurred in 1886; his wife died in 1882. Mr. Lohnes worked for the Schaghticoke Powder Co. until eighteen years of age, and then learned the carpenter trade at which he worked about nine years. He then engaged in the coal and lumber and general produce business which he followed at Valley Falls for fourteen years. and then disposed of it and engaged in manufacturing wood alcohol for three years, and also in fire insurance, and, finally, March, 1895, began mercatile business. He was married September 22, 1871, to Mary E. Sproat of Valley Falls, by whom he has two sons, Harry and Willie (deceased). Mr. Lohnes is a Republican; he was collector for two years and served as supervisor during the years 1888-90. He is a member of Victor Lodge No. 680, F. & A. M., and Columbia Lodge No. 689, I. O. O. F. He enlisted in the 96th N. Y. Vols., and was elected sergeant and promoted to second lieutenant, holding that office until the company was disbanded. Mr. Lohnes is a member of the M. E. church of Valley Falls, trustee and treasurer of Elmwood. cemetery and treasurer of Union Free school at Valley Falls. He was postmaster during Harrison's administration, and the first year of Cleveland's administration.

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


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