Biography of John Schrier
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Schrier, John, Ogdensburg, was born in Schenectady, February 8, 1824. He received his education in the schools there, and in April following his seventeenth year accepted a position on the New York Central Railroad as fireman, which position he held for two years. He then changed to the Philadelphia and Reading road as conductor of freight train, and also worked in the machine shops of this company. In 1850 (April 20), he received an offer and accepted the position of engineer with the then new road called the Northern, now known as the O. & L. C. railroad. He therefore was the first engineer to take a train over this road. He continued in this position for seven years, after which he served as passenger conductor for about thirteen years. He then received the appointment of division superintendent, which he held for six years and then left the employ of the O. & L. C. railroad, and accepted the position of station agent for the Black River Railroad here. This office he most acceptably filled for seven years. Mr. Schrier then retired from the railroad, and has since conducted a coal business in Ogdensburg. He married in 1850 Nancy C. Collamer, and they had two children, one of whom is living. Mr. Schrier's father, Peter was a native of Holland, who came to this country when eight years of age and settled near Albany where so many of the Mohawk Dutch settled first, and where so many of the first families of this and adjoining counties date their ancestry from. Mr. Schrier is an able, conscientious and stalwart gentleman who has seen all sides and phases of life.

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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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