Biography of L. C. Wilder
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Wilder, L. C., and one sister in the West are the only surviving children of the late Lyman Wilder, who was born at Brattleboro, Vt, in 1798. He was an architect, drawing his own plans, and came here in 1826 following that work. In 1830 he married Virtue Ball, the mother of Mr. Wilder, who died in 1850, and he married Catherine B. Haswell of this place who survives him. He went into business here with Mr. Parsons, a manufacturer, at whose death he carried on the work alone. He was a great lover of natural science and had a fine collection of geological and ornithological specimens. He was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian church and his death in 1885 at eighty eight years of age was mourned by all who knew him. His son, L. C. Wilder, on whose shoulders his mantle fell, was born in 1833 at this place. He was educated at the Ball Seminary and the State Normal School. graduating in 1854; he taught school six years, then enlisted in Co. H, 30th N. Y. Infantry, in 1861 for two years. Their brigade was known as the "Iron Brigade" and was in many battles at Fredericksburg where he was knocked over by a shell and two of his comrades were killed, at Chancellorsville, second Battle of Bull Run, and Antietam. He was shipping clerk on the Troy and Boston Railroad three years, and after a course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was engineer on the Champlain. Canal survey, 1874-1876, and under the investigating committee on canals under Gov. Tilden. In 1877 he came home to the help of his father in real estate and surveying, which is still his principal business. He has been a central figure in the local affairs of the town, holding positions of trust and honor. He is a Republican. commander of the G. A. R. Post, a member of the Hoosick Club, a member of the Masonic orders and the Raymond Chapter, the Board of Trade, and the Historical Society of the Town of Hoosick; one of the principal originators in forming the Hoosick Building and Loan Association and one of the organizers of the Board of Sewer Commissioners.

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


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