Biography of Harry E. Melius
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Melius, Harry E., born in Greenbush, N. Y., November 6, 1865, is a son of Reuben and Harriet E. (Crane) Melius, his mother born in Middlebury, Vt., and his father in Columbia county, N. Y. Reuben J. came to Rensselaer county when a boy four years old with his parents, Harry C. and Martha (Decker) Melius, both of whom died in East Greenbush. The grandfather of Reuben was Conradt Melius, a native of Columbia county, who there lived and died. The father of Martha Decker was Samuel, who lived and died in Columbia county; both he and Conradt Melius were in the same company in the war of 1812. The father of Harry E. was a farmer for a number of years, and in 1864 came to Bath; previous to this he was in mercantile business, also boating on the barge Geraldine, he having built that boat. He started first a coal yard in Bath in 1864 and continued in it for two years, since which time he has been engaged in contracting and building. He is a Democrat and has been overseer of the poor for three years. The family attend the M. E. church. Harry E. was educated in Bath and first worked for F. M. Tousley in the grocery business, he then started a general store on his own account, which he carried on for eight years; at present he is in the coal business. He is a member of Greenbush Lodge No. 337, F. & A. M., and Greenbush Chapter No. 274, R. A. M.; he is also a member of the C. A. Bailey Hook and Ladder Co No. 1, Bath on the Hudson.

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


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