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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Albert Chatfield Gilbert

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 333 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Albert Chatfield Gilbert, the efficient young president of the J. & M. Electric Company of Utica, was born on the 19th of January, 1887, his parents being Frederick and Mary (Chatfield) Gilbert. The father, a representative of an honored old family, prosperous and highly esteemed, passed away in the year 1911.

Albert Chatfield Gilbert supplemented his public school training by a preparatory course and then matriculated in Harvard University, from which he was graduated in 1910. The J. & M. Electric Company, of which he is at the head and which was incorporated in 1908 with a capital stock of one hundred thousand dollars, conducts an extensive and profitable business at Utica in electric machinery, supplies and construction. The corporation, which enjoys the distinction of doing the largest general construction business in central New York, has equipped nearly three-fourths of the buildings in Utica, including mills and homes and practically all of the large plants of the city. Among the numerous important contracts awarded the company were those for the Avon theatre, the Dunlop Corporation, the Utica Spinning Mills and the Masonic Home. The J. & M. Electric Company has equipped all the large mills and many of the finest residences of Utica, and also conducts a retail business for the sale of everything pertaining to electric equipment. It furnishes employment to one hundred people. In the same building with its offices and store the corporation has the only radio broadcasting station in central New York. This station is very popular among the radio enthusiasts of this part of the country and the J. & M. Electric Company has every reason to be proud of it.

For his wife Mr. Gilbert chose Miss Frances Trotter, daughter of Nathan and Ann (Caimel) Trotter. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have three children: Mary K., Frederick and Elisha Morgan_ Mr. Gilbert is a member of the Fort Schuyler Club and the Harvard Club and a trustee of the Utica Free Dispensary, the Utica Country Day School and the County Association. His many excellent traits of character have won him personal popularity, so that all who know him speak of him in terms of warm regard.

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