Biography of E. W. Westervelt
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Westervelt, E. W., was born in Grafton, Rensselaer county, in 1850. He is of Holland Dutch ancestry. His great uncle was supreme court judge and his grandfather was a Dutch Reform minister. His father, Ralph Westervelt, was born in Brunswick, N. Y., and was by trade a blacksmith and was also justice of the peace at Quackenkill where he was also postmaster for thirty years; he died in 1892. His mother, Judith M. Ives Westervelt, lives in Brunswick. Mr. Westervelt received his education in the academy at Poestenkill and came to Troy and was in the carpet department of the Quackenbush store for eleven years. He started in the steam carpet cleaning business in 1878 at Spring avenue and later at 102 Congress street. He now has a fine plant at 120 Ferry street where carpets are cleaned by machinery and he has built up a large and profitable business. He was married to Sarah E. Simpson of Jersey City, N. J., in 1871. He has four sons, Vincent R., Clarence E., Eugene S. and Nelson H.

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


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