Biography of Edwin R. Wales
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Wales, Edwin R., was born in Cherry Valley, N. Y., in 1849. His father, Philip Wales, came to this country about 1847 and settled in Cherry Valley; he was a cabinetmaker by trade and died in 1851. His mother, Eliza Enable, was born in England and died at Troy in 1885. Edwin R. received his, education in the public schools of Cherry Valley and came to Troy in 1862 and was a clerk for Snyder & Co., grocers, later clerked in the drug stores of Dr. Fowler in Hoosick Falls and in Troy for J. W. Jones and Hawley & Co. He then learned the painter's trade and went to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1772, but returned to Troy again in 1873 and started in the painting and decorating business in 1877 under the firm name of Holien & Wales, which continued until 1889, when he formed a partnership with W. F. Crain in the paper hanging and decorating business and in 1892 sold out and has since been engaged alone. He is a thirty second degree Mason; he is a stockholder and director in the Troy Steam Laundering Co., and was assistant captain of the Trojan Hooks in 1886, captain from 1887 and 1892, and treasurer in 1893. He married in 1889 Mary S. Lent of Troy, by whom he has one son and one daughter.

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


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