Biography of Harry N. Stillman
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Stillman, Harry N., was born in Berlin in 1850. He is a son of William N., born in Berlin in 1822, who was one of seven children born to Paul, a native of Rhode Island. He was a carpenter by trade and came to Berlin about 1816. William N., the father of Harry N., was a farmer, filled several town offices and was very prominent in politics, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife was Sarepta Main, daughter of Isaac and Sally (Buddington) Main, who were natives of Rhode Island; Mr. Main was a blacksmith by trade, and was a soldier in the war of 1812; he died when sixty five years of age, and his wife in June, 1896, at ninety five. To Mr. and Mrs. William N. Stillman were born six children: Harry N., Eben W., Luann, Frank, George and Charles. Mr. Stillman died in 1893, and his wife survives him and resides in Berlin. Harry N. received a common school education. His first enterprise was that of a confectioner, and he later engaged in the shirt business which he followed until 1888, and then removed to Middletown, N.Y., where he was engaged for two years as superintendent in the shirt factory of E. Miller & Co. He returned to Berlin in 1890 and started the branch Manhattan Shirt Mills for Levi Wechsler & Co.; beginning with one stitcher and foot power. in one year he occupied a factory previously occupied by one of his competitors and increased his business one half. Under Mr. Stillman's excellent management this business has steadily increased until he now employs seventy snitchers, in all furnishing employment to about 125 people and running in full time the year round, and manufactures strictly first class articles. Mr. Stillman is a member of Little Hoosick Lodge, I. O. O. F., in Berlin. In 1876 he married Eva M., daughter of John A. and Rebecca (Sheldon) Rasico of Berlin. Their children are Louise, who died when three years of age, Marks and Arthur. Mrs. Stillman is a member of the W. C. T. U.

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


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