Biography of Martin Schenck
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Schenck, Martin, was born in Palatine Bridge, N. Y., January 24, 1847. His ancestors originally came from Holland in 1631 and settled on Long Island. His greatgrandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His father was Benjamin Schenck, who was born in Johnstown, Fulton county, in 1804, and later removed to Palatine Bridge, where he was for many years a farmer and lumber dealer; he died in 1873. His mother was Susan (Martin) Schenck, born in Florida, Montgomery county; she died in 1892. Martin graduated from Union.College, Schenectady, N.Y., in the class of 1869, as a civil engineer and has worked at his profession for twentyeight years. From 1887 to 1891 inclusive he was chief engineer of the Hudson River Improvement. In 1892 and. 1893 he was State engineer and surveyor, and consulting engineer to the State Board of Health in 1894 and 1895. In 1894 he was appointed chief of engineers with rank of brigadier general on the staff of Governor Flower. He was a member of the Legislature in 1875 from Montgomery county, N. Y. He has been employed on various railroads as constructing engineer. He is at present city engineer of Troy. Mr. S. is the author of various reports and papers on civil engineering. He is a member of the B. P. O. Elks, and the Royal Arcanum. In 1879 he married Miss Adele Van Evra of Sprakers, by whom he has two children.

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


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