Biography of Burke Surdam
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Surdam, Burke, representing a family of local pioneers, and the son of Walter Surdam, still resident at Hoosick Falls, was born here June 14, 1851, and has always lived here. His mother is a Hawthorn, of another family whose name adorns the early annals of the town of Hoosick and whose ancestry is English, while that of the Surdams is Holland Dutch. Burke was two years employed by the mower shop here, but later, having learned the harness making trade of his father and of his father's preceptor, has made it the business of his life, also dealing in kindred goods appertaining to the comfort and well being of the horse. The business is one of the old establishments, not less than seventy five years at least. In 1872 Burke married Miss Anna A. Phillips of this place. Of unblemished personal character and strong convictions, he is a valued member of the Methodist church and an active exponent of the cause of prohibition.

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


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