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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Charles O. Horning

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 281-282 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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In his business career Charles O. Horning has made each day count for the utmost, improving the opportunities of the hour and thus progressing steadly toward the goal set by his ambition. He is now an official of the Guy Park Cement Company and exerts a strongly felt influence in commercial circles of Amsterdam. He was born January 4, 1872, in Fultonville, Montgomery county, New York, a son of Silas W. and Frances (Canfield) Horning, prominent residents of that village, in which the father passed away in 1920. He engaged in the coal business and for many years was connected with the West Shore Railroad in Fultonville.

Charles O. Horning attended the public schools of Fultonville and in 1892 entered the Amsterdam office of the Mohawk Valley Lumber Company, in the capacity of office boy. He afterward became bookkeeper and gave to that corporation twenty-five years of faithful and efficient service. He severed his relations with the firm in 1917 and became secretary and treasurer of the Guy Park Cement Company, in which he had previously purchased an interest. Mr. Horning has since filled these offices and his cooperation has been advantageous to the company, stimulating the growth of the business and winning for the firm increased prestige. He has vision, foresight and initiative and is actuated at all times by an accurate sense of business exigency. He is also serving on the board of directors of the Weeper Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, one of the important industries of Fultonville, New York.

On the 29th of May, 1905, Mr. Horning was married to Miss Minnie Farnsworth, a daughter of Clarence Farnsworth, of Amsterdam. Mr. and Mrs. Horning have a son: Oliver F., born July 29, 1906. Mr. Horning is a republican in his political convictions and keeps well informed on all matters of public moment. His career has been rounded with success and marked by the appreciation of those men whose good opinion is worth having.

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