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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
George R. Ainsworth

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 97-98 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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George R. Ainsworth is well known in business circles of Utica as secretary and treasurer of Philip Thomas' Sons Company, Incorporated, an extensive lumber concern with which he has been continuously identified since 1912. He was born in Flackville, New York, on the 11th of December, 1872, his parents being Thomas G. and Semira C. Ainsworth, who removed from the Empire state to Michigan when he was still a child.

In the acquirement of an education George R. Ainsworth attended the grade and high schools of Flint, Michigan, and when eighteen years of age he returned to the state of New York. He began working in the woods as timekeeper for the Forestport Lumber Company, at Forestport, and as time passed he acquainted himself with the lumber business in its every phase. The year 1912 witnessed his arrival in Utica, where he became associated with Philip Thomas' Sons Company, Incorporated, with which concern he is now officially connected in the dual capacity of secretary and treasurer. He is thoroughly familiar with the lumber business in all its branches, and his well directed efforts and sound judgment have constituted factors in the steady growth and expansion of the company which he represents.

On the 25th of December, 1895, Mr. Ainsworth was united in marriage to Miss Grace E. Abbott, daughter of Dr. Kenneth Abbott of Forestport, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth are the parents of two children: Thomas Hobart, who was born on the 17th of November, 1896; and Helen Louise, born January 7, 1898.

Mr. Ainsworth belongs to the Masonic fraternity and is a worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the craft. His deep interest in community advancement is indicated by his membership in the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and of the latter organization he is a director. Mr. Ainsworth has always adhered to high and honorable principles in his business dealings and in all of the relations of life he has commanded the confidence and respect of those with whom he has come into contact.

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