Biography of James Speirs
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Speirs, James, born in Scotland, September 9, 1832, is a son of Allen and Jean (Dunlap) Speirs, both born in Scotland. where they lived and died. He was reared as a weaver and educated in the common schools. He came to Paterson, N. J., and began working in Adams's mosquito net mill and was there until 1869, when the mill burned and Mr. Speirs went to Pine Meadow, Conn., and engaged in a mill manufacturing hammock cloth; after about fifteen months he went to New York city in the employ of James C. Thompson, now of Vailey Fails, and engaged in the manufacture of mosquito netting for eight years; in 1877 he came to Valley Falls as general manager in a cotton mill for four years and in 1881 built the hotel he now occupies. Mr. Speirs was married in 1865 in Paterson, N. J., to Catherine Finley, born in Scotland and daughter of William Finley of Scotland. Mr. Speirs is a Republican in politics and was school collector about seven years. He is a member of Victor Lodge No. 680, F. & A. M.; he was a member of the Chapter Lodge in Scotland. He is also a member of Columbian Lodge No. 689, I. O. O. F. In 1887 he built a large town hall known as Speirs Hall. In this hail the First Baptist church originated November, 1891, and it was used by that church two and, a half years. Mr. Speirs and wife attend and support the Baptist church.

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


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