Biography of Edwin Farrow
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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EDWIN FARROW.

EDWIN FARROW was born in England, February 23, 1849, a son of James and Annie (Wilkinson) Farrow, who came to this country and settied in Utica, N. Y., about 1852. He afterwards moved to Schaghticoke and from there to Cohoes, where he engaged to take charge of painting for the Harmony Mills Co. Edwin was educated at Cohoes and Schaghticoke; when about sixteen years old he went to work for the Harmony Mills Co., under his father, to learn the painting trade; he stayed there two years and then went to New York city to finish his trade with John Taylor, house and sign painter of Third avenue. From there he went to work at painting and lettering for the Erie Railroad Co. at their shops in Jersey City, N. J. While there he attended night school at Peter Cooper's Institute, New York city, and studied drawing. Upon a request from his father, in April, 1869, he returned from Jersey City, and when twenty years old he formed a copartnership with his father in the 'paint, glass and wall paper business in Cohoes, which continued for eight years. He then purchased his father's interest and continued the business alone for four years, when he sold out to his father and brother, and in December, 1881, he bought out the mill property at Willow Glen and moved to that place. In May, 1882, he rebuilt the mill that was burned down when he bought the property, starting a mill for the manufacture of knit goods, under the name of the Willow Glen Knitting Mill Co. In 1892 he started the Mechanicville Electric Light Works, which has a capacity of 1,000 16-candle power lights. In the fail of 1898 he began to enlarge the plant to a capacity of 2,200 16-candle power lights.

Mr. Farrow married Mary Josephine MacDonald. He is a public spirited man and has done much to improve his town. He and his wife are active in the Mechanic-yule Methodist church.


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