Biography of Werner Strecker
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Strecker, Werner, was born in Alsfeld, duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. February 26, 1837, being one of six children of a woolen manufacturer, five of whom have made this their adopted country. Werner Strecker attended the public schools until his fifteenth year, when he began the study of law in his native town with a prominent lawyer named Koch. Not feeling inclined to spend his best years in the German army, he took advantage of the law allowing young men under eighteen to leave their country and came to America in the vessel Merrimac, arriving in New York October 28, and in Troy, November 3, 1854. He learned the barber's trade, which he followed for several years. In 1860 he became a citizen of the United States, cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for president, and has ever since been a staunch Republican. In 1861 he married a daughter of Lorenz Kirchner, who for many years conducted a custom boot and shoe business in Troy. His health failing he bought a farm near Egg Harbor, N. J., and left Troy on the memorable night of Lincoln's assassination, April 14, 1865. Two years later he removed to Boston, Mass., where he resumed his trade and joined the Turn Verein, of which he was president two years. In 1872 he removed to Greenfield, Mass., and engaged in the grocery business and in 1874 returned to Troy, where he opened a German school in Apollo Hall, which, with the assistance of his eldest daughter, he continued for several years, having at times as many as eighty scholars. Meantime he became interested in fire and life insurance, finally relinquished his school and is now a member of the insurance firm of MacDonald & Co. He has often presided at German meetings, is a leader among his countrymen, assisted in organizing the German Hall Association and is its secretary, is president of the German Republican Club and is secretary the Troy Turn Verein and German Club; he is past master of Apollo Lodge No. 13, F. & A. M., whose members on February 24, 1885, presented him with a gold watch and chain, in appreciation of his labors among them. He was also the successful candidate in the Freie Deutsche Presse voting contest as the most popular German of Troy. He is a favorite orator, an enterprising citizen, and a successful business man. His children are Lorenzo, a druggist of Gloversville, N. Y.; Edward, receiving teller of the Union National Bank of Troy; Minnie, wife of William Bayer of the firm of Bayer & MeConihe, and Bertha L. and Pauline E., at home.

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


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