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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
John Karuzas

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 170-171 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Coming to the New World when a youth of seventeen years, John Karuzas saw and utilized his opportunities, advancing along those lines which make for a well-rounded development, and is now numbered among the successful business men and prominent druggists of Amsterdam. He is a native of Lithuania. He was born in the city of Mariampol, August 28, 1883, and there attended the common schools. In 1900 he severed home ties and joined the tide of immigration to the United States. He became interested in the drug trade and enrolled as a student in the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, from which he won the degree of Ph. G. in 1906, while in the following year that institution conferred upon him the title of Doctor of Pharmacy. Mr. Karuzas came to Amsterdam in 1907 and accepted a position in the drug store operated by I. Herman, who passed away in May of that year. Mr. Karuzas then became owner of the business, which he has since conducted. He is recognized as one of the most reliable druggists in the city and each year has witnessed a marked increase in the volume of his trade. He is an experienced pharmacist, always dependable in the filling of prescriptions, and his customers of former years are still his patrons. He is also a capable business man and his store is conducted along the most progressive lines.

On August 16, 1911, Mr. Karuzas was married to Miss Anna Morey, a daughter of John and Petronella Morey of Utica, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Karuzas have three children: Arthur, born in 1912; John, who was born in 1914; and Edward, who was born in 1920. Mr. Karuzas belongs to Amsterdam Lodge, No. 101, B. P. O. E., and is also affiliated with the board of trade. His prosperity has been won through the medium of his own efforts and is well deserved. He is the recognized leader of the Lithuanian colony in Amsterdam and stands high in the esteem of his fellow citizens, for time has proven his worth.

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