Biography of Henry K. Baldwin
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Baldwin, Henry K., Potsdam, was born in Hinesburgh, Vt., August 4, 1825, a son of Frederick W., who was born in Connecticut in 1797. His parents moved to Vermont iu 1800, where Frederick was reared and spent his life, He learned the tanner's and shoemaker's trades, which he followed a number of years and then added farming, at one time owning 700 acres of Vermont land. In 1844 he engaged in mercantile business, all three of which he followed until his death in 1876. He was thrice married; his first wife, the mother of our subject, was Amanda Bostwick. The early life of Henry K. was spent in his native State. He was educated at Hinesburgh Academy and spent two years in partnership with, his father in the mercantile business. in 1850 he moved to Potsdam, where for fourteen years he owned a farm in the eastern part of the town. In 1864 he sold this, and engaged in the grocery and meat trade in Potsdam, conducting a store for five years, and during this time gradually gaining a trade in the flour and coal business, which he made exclusive in 1869 by removing to his present location. Mr. Baldwin is an active member of the Baptist church, and has been trustee for about twenty years, being chairman of the board a good share of the time. He married in 1849, Constance A. Cobb, of Coventry, Vt,, and they have had four children: Frederick W., a bookkeeper with the Standard Oil Co,; Minnie E., wife of E. B. Bayley. of Burlington, Vt.; Frank H., a partner with H. K. Baldwin & Co., and Charles E., who died very suddenly of rheumatism of the heart at the Niagara Falls House, Niagara Falls, N. Y., July 30, 1893, aged twenty six years. He was a student of the Normal School up to the time the Potsdam sewers were put in, and having a taste and aptness for mathematics, left school to work under the engineers. From this on, promotion was rapid, and the future was hopeful. Since May 11, 1891, he worked for W. C. Johnson, now Johnson & Porter, and took charge of the engineering work, having the entire charge of the Niagara Falls sewers, electric street railways, N. Y. C. R. R. subway, and a pulp and paper mill at Niagara. Mr. Baldwin also made a survey and plans and estimates for the Buffalo Electric Light & Power Co's. plant, which is yet to be built. He had also recently made a survey of Buffalo harbor for an enterprise not yet developed. Frank H. Baldwin was born in Potsdarn, June 19, 1862, was educated in the Potsdam State Normal School, and for six years was engaged in the dry goods business, three years with 3. G. Cook, and three years with H. M. Story. In 1893 he joined with his father. In 1888 be married Maud L. Moore, of Potsdam, and they have one child, William M., now in his fourth year. Mr. Baldwin is one of the village trustees, elected in 1893 on the Union ticket. He is also a member of the Fire department, in the Hook and Ladder Company.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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