Biography of Giles E. Holbrook
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Holbrook, Giles Eliphlet, Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, March 10, 1839. The earhest ancestor we find trace of in this family is Eliphlet, grandfather of our subject. He was a native of Vermont and emigrated to this county from Georgia, Vt., in 1809. He was a farmer by oceupation and settled on a tract of land in POtsdam. where he reared a family of eleven children and spent the balance of his days. He died in 1823, at forty nine years of age. Reuben Holbrook, father of our subject and the oldest son, was born in Georgia, Vt., June 3, 1804. He was educated in the common schools and at the death of his father the whole management of the family depended on him. He was always an ardent Republican, and a Universalist in belief. He married Mary Tousley, also a native of Vermont, and they had three children, two now living, Charles H., a railroad station agent of Brandon, Vt.. and Giles E. The early life of our subject was spent on the farm. He was educated in the common schools and old St. Lawrence Academy. After leaving school he taught for three winters and in the spring of 1863, engaged in mercantile business at Norfolk in partnership with K H. Atwater. The parnership lasted until the fall of 1865, when Mr. Holbrook removed to Norwood and established a general store and since that, time has continued in business there. With one exception it is the oldest business house in Norwood. In 1880 Mr. Holbrook purchased a portion of the B. G. Baldwin homestead, some thirty two acres, within the corporate limits of the village of Norwood and has since devoted his time to the laying out of streets and improvements of the property, by setting it into village lots, which he is now selling to prospective builders. Mr. Holbrook married in 1862, Janette E., daughter of Moses B. Hale of North Stockholm, and they have one son, Frederick S., for twelve years on the employ of the Central Vermont railroad, now manager of a hotel near the World's Fair grounds in Chicago.

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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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