Biography of Charles G. Spencer
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Spencer, Charles G., of Hoosick Falls, N. Y., was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, in 1839. His father, Allen Spencer, was a native of Rhode Island, where he occupied a responsible position in a cotton mill; he afterwards removed to Nassau where he engaged in farming and was soon elected school trustee. The family came to Hoosick Falls in 1844 when Mr. Spencer was five years of age. After leaving the public schools of this village he was first employed in the Tremont Mills; then, after serving his apprenticeship as a machinist, he worked at his trade in Waterford, N. Y., and in New York city between the years 1857 and 1865; since then he has been continuously in the employment of the Walter A. Wood Mowing & Reaping Machine Company, first as a tool maker, taking contracts under the company and hiring his own workmen; and in 1879 as foreman of the machine shop; and since 1893 as general superintendent of the works, a responsible position for which he is peculiarly fitted, being thoroughly conversant with the minutest details of the work of the various departments, besides possessing the tact and discrimination so requisite in the employment of workmen. He married in 1864 Caroline Bissell of Cohoes, N. Y., daughter of James P. Bissell, who in 1843 carried on a cotton mill in Homer, Cortland county, N. Y., and afterward in Mechanicville, N. Y.; later he was superintendent of the Caledonia Mills in Hoosick Falls. Their only child, Mary, is completing her education at the Albany Normal College. Mr. Spencer is a Mason and member of Raymond Chapter, an attendant of the Presbyterian church; a liberal contributor to every good cause, and has held nearly every office in the gift of the village.

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


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