Biography of Nelson W. Pike
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Pike, Nelson W., Madrid, was born in the town of Potsdam, March 7, 1835. The earliest ancestor of our subject who came to this country was Orrison Pike, his grandfather. He was the father of three children, of whom Alanson Pike, father of our subject, was the oldest. Ire was born in the town of Potsdam, February 27, 1809. He took up farming and tilled the soil his father had reclaimed from a wilderness. In 1828 he married Amanda Hall, a native of Vermont, and they were the parents of three children who reached adult age: Laura L., widow of Charles R. Mclellan of Madrid ; Preston H., followed farming, was a clerk for a few years, was in California during the gold excitement, became a lumber manufacturing overseer and in his later years was engaged in railroading. He died November 30, 1890, at fifty three years of age. Alanson Pike, father of our subject, died November 27, 1865, and Mrs. Pike, February 5, 1807. The boy hood of our subject was spent on the farm in Potsdam. He was educated in the common schools and the old St. Lawrence Academy, and at seventeen years of age came with his parents to the village of Madrid, where the same year they built the present residence of our subject. At eighteen years of age he went as an apprentice in the cabinet shop of E. D. Peck in the village of Nicholville, where he spent two and a half years learning the trade. The summer of 1856 he was employed on the erection of the Theological Institute at Canton, and the following winter he was employed on a house in Potsdam. In the spring of 1857 he returned to Madrid, bought a cabinet shop and established a cabinet shop and undertaking rooms, and has ever since been engaged in the same business in this town, the oldest established business in the town conducted by its founder. Mr. Pike has been a Republican since the first organization of the party, and has held numerous offices of honor and trust in his town, now serving his ninth consecutive years as assessor. He married, May 26, 1863, Laura A., daughter of Jared Abernethy of Madrid, and they have one son and one daughter: A. Stanley Pike, principal of the graded school at Bangor, Franklin county; and Florence May, a student, of the Potsdam State Normal School.

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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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