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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Adelbert Anderson Ballou

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 286 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Adelbert Anderson Ballou is president of the Booth Office Appliance Company of Utica. A representative of an old and highly respected family of Oneida county, he was born in Utica, New York, on the 30th of December, 1898, his parents being Theodore William and Laura Elsie (Anderson) Ballou. His grandfather, whose demise occurred in 1908, served as chief of police in Utica and fire chief. His great-grandfather was proprietor of a hotel that was largely patronized by merchants traveling via the old canal route, and was also manager of a line of packet boats that plied the old Erie canal. Theodore W. Ballou, the father of Adelbert A. Ballou, has been a lifelong resident of Utica and until his retirement was engaged in business as the owner of the largest combination market and grocery establishment in this section of the country. Thus it will be seen that the members of the family have been prominently identified with the work of development in the Mohawk valley.

Adelbert A. Ballou acquired a public school education in his native city and subsequently pursued a course in a business college. His advancement in the field of business is manifest in the fact that he is now at the head of the Booth Office Appliance Company, Incorporated, of Utica, the steady growth and success of which concern is attributable to his capable control.

In his life Mr. Ballou exemplifies the beneficent purposes of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Liberty Lodge No. 959, A. F. & A. M. In Utica, where he has always lived, he enjoys merited popularity in both social and business circles.

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