Biography of William H. Phibbs
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Phibbs, William H., was born in Sligo, in the North of Ireland, May 25, 1842, and came to this country in 1857 in company with his two brothers who are now in the ice business in Albany. He started in the retail ice business in Albany in 1869 and continued it until 1879, when he came to Castleton and purchased part of the Collins farm and erected building for the wholesale ice business. In 1885 he was instrumental in forming the Montauk Ice Company of Brooklyn, being a director and managing superintendent as well as one of the heaviest stockholders. In 1891 he bought the village ice house which he ran in connection with his other business. In 1893 he started in the lumber business in Càstleton, which business he is in at present. He withdrew from active work in the ice business in 1894, although he still remains a stockholder. In the year 1872 he married Jennie Smith of Albany; they have had six boys, five of whom are living, as follows: William H., Howard T., Joseph R., Edward P., and Robert M., all of whom with the exception of the youngest, were born in Albany. Mr. Phibbs owns considerable village property including the handsome house in which he now lives. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, and has never taken any active part in politics or held any office, although he has always worked for the success of the party to which he belongs He is a member of the Water Commission of Castleton.

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


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