Biography of Wilbur F. Willis
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Willis, Wilbur F., was born in Coeymans, Albany county, September 24, 1851. He was educated in Coeymans Academy and Fort Edward Institute. He began his life as a clerk in a grocery store and at the same time opened a telegraph office. After five years he came to Castleton as assistant to J. W. Van Hoesen and took charge of the post office and also the railroad office as assistant agent. When J. W. Van Hoesen died in the spring of 1895 Mr. Willis became agent for the New York Central Railroad, American Express Company and manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company at Castleton. Mr. Willis is a member of the Masonic fraternity in which he has passed to the Royal Arch degree. His parents were Alexander E. and Harriet (Blaisdell) Willis. His father was born at Ballston, Saratoga county, in 1812 and died in 1895. He began business in Troy as a dry goods merchant along with his brother, Uriah B. Willis, and from there he went to Coeymans where he engaged in the freighting business, and finally went into the grocery business He also owned the Cedar Point grist mills. He was an active and successful business man and lived a long and honorable life. Mrs. Harriet Willis is still living at Coeymans. Their children were eleven: David, Benedict, Alexander Blaisdell, Wilbur F., Charles Clifford and Sarell Wood, growing to nianhood. Charles Clifford was a dentist and Alexander Blaisdell was a physician, both now deceased. The Blaisdells were a Scotch family and influential in the old country, and a lineage of second cousinship existed between N. P. Willis (the poet) and Mr. Willis.

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


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