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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William Patrick Maher

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 401-402 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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William Patrick Maher, a druggist of Little Falls, is one of the city's native sons, his birth having occurred on the 9th of March, 1883. His father, Patrick Maher, who was born in Ireland in 1848, was a young man of twenty-five years when he came to Little Falls in 1873. Here he was employed by the Barnett Leather Company. He passed away on the 30th of June, 1916, when sixty-eight years of age. It was in Little Falls that he met and married Ann Cantlin, who was born in this city in April, 1849, her parents being John and Ann (Burns) Cantlin. She remained a resident of Little Falls to the time of her demise, which occurred on May 25, 1920. Patrick and Ann (Cantlin) Maher had four children: James T., who was born in Little Falls, on August 27, 1880, and is now a resident of Utica; William Patrick of this review; Walter J., who was born in Little Falls, on the 28th of July, 1884, and is still living in this city; and Mary Agnes, whose birth occurred in Little Falls on December 8, 1888, and who is now the wife of Thomas P. Gallagher. The last named, after completing the course in St. Mary's parochial school of Little Falls, entered the local high school, from which she graduated in the class of 1905. On the 30th of June, 1921, she was married to Thomas P. Gallagher.

William P. Maher was sent to St. Mary's parochial school of Little Falls as a child, following which he entered the high school of the city and completed the course in 1901. During the succeeding three years he was associated with W. D. Watts & Sons, druggists of Little Falls, and later matriculated in the College of Pharmacy of Columbia University of New York city, where he obtained the degree of Ph. G. in 1906. Mr. Maher returned to his native city as manager for the Monarch Drug Company, which position he retained for a period of four years before he resigned to engage in business for himself. In 1917 he bought out the drug store formerly owned by Charles F. O'Neill and has since been conducting the business under his own name. Mr. Maher enjoys a liberal patronage and his store is thoroughly up-to-date in every respect, while in his well kept stock is to be found practically everything in the way of drugs and druggists' sundries.

Mr. Maher has always been a booster for his home city and has been especially helpful in cooperating with the Chamber of Commerce in its work for the civic and commercial advancement of Little Falls. He is a member of Little Falls Lodge No. 42, B. P. O. E., and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He belongs to St. Mary's parish of Little Falls. Politically he is affiliated with the republican party.

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