Biography of Arthur M. Peck
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Peck, Arthur Middleton, born in Sand Lake, N. Y., February 2, 1848, is the son of Joel B. and Parmelia H. (Horton) Peck, both natives of Sand Lake. The parents of Joel B., Marcus and Margaret (Gardner) Peck, were also natives of Sand Lake and here lived and died. The parents of Marcus, Isaac and Hannah (Munson) Peck, were among the first settlers of Sand Lake coming from Connecticut. Joel Peck was a farmer and lumberman; in politics he was a Republican, was a number of years justice of the peace and six years supervisor of Sand Lake; during the war he took an active interest in getting recruits Mr. and Mrs. Peck were active and consistent members of the Presbyterian church of which Mr. Peck was about fifty years an elder. He died August 18, 1891; Mrs. Peck died January 11, 1887. Arthur M. Peck worked with his father in the lumber business beginning at the age of fifteen, and at twenty one years of age engaged in the mercantile business at Sand Lake which he continued until 1895 when he sold out; he now gives most of his attention to the Mutual Insurance Co. of Poestenkill, Sand Lake, Berlin and Stephentown, which was organized in 1878 with Mr. Peck as secretary and he has held the office ever since. He has also been for three years secretary of the Albany and Sand Lake Plank Road Co. In 1870 Mr. Peck married Lillias E., daughter of Harrison and Louisa (Dunkin) Lester, he a native of Massachusetts, and she of England. Mrs. Lester came to America in 1840 with her mother, her father having died in England. The parents of Mr. Lester, Meriman and Margaret (Walker) Lester, were early settlers of Nassau. The father of Mr. Lester, Guy Lester, of Chatham, Columbia county, N.Y., a native of Vermont, was all through the Revolutionary war and was with Washington when he crossed the Delaware River in December, 1776. He died in Nassau. Mr. Lester has been a successful business man; he commenced in the turning business, then in mercantile business at Sand Lake. He now owns a controlling interest in the Albany & Sand Lake Plank Road Co., and is general superintendent of the road. Since 1862 Mr. Lester has resided at Sand Lake. Mr. Peck is a Republican in politics and has held the office of supervisor two years. He is active in the Presbyterian church of which he is an elder.

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


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