Biography of Charles D. Randel
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Randel, Charles D., son of Adonijah and Catherine (Van Honten) Randel, was born in Goshen, N. Y., November 18, 1839, and is of English and Holland descent. He first associated himself in the manufacture of brushes with his father in Williamsburgh (now a part of Brooklyn). N. Y, and when nineteen learned the trade of watch case making with Samuel S. Bowman of New York city. He followed this for two and one half years and then moved with the family to Baliston, Saratoga county, where he was employed for two years in his father's saw mill. Returning to New York, he engaged in brush making, but soon learned the wax trade and followed it eight years. In 1882 he came to Troy, bringing a hay band plant to the Griswold Wire Works and operating it until 1887, when he began the manufacture of buttonholes on contract. In 1888 he purchased the Gifford House on Congress street and has since been its proprietor. He is a member of Atlas Lodge No. 316, F. & A. M., and Silver Brook Lodge No. 722, I. O. O. F., both of New York. In 1870 he married Mary Frances Stine of New York City, and they have one son: Francis Sylvester.

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


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