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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William Timothy Manion

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 393-394 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]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 Timothy Manion, active manager of the B-F-M Motor Sales Company of Herkimer, New York, and president of Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion Auto Dealers' Association, was born in Herkimer on March 27, 1884, the son of John T. and Margaret (Daugherty) Manion. John T. Manion was born in Herkimer, on October 1, 1855, and died there on March 8, 1922. For thirty-one years he was chief of police of Herkimer and an ardent democrat. He was the son of Martin and Ann (Carr) Manion. Martin Manion was born in Ireland and died in Herkimer on October 22, 1898. He was associated with the New York Central Railroad in Herkimer and was accidentally killed by a train. His wife was also born in Ireland and died in Herkimer on January 7, 1898. Margaret (Daugherty) Manion, mother of William T. Manion, was born in Fort Herkimer, on April 20, 1860, and is now living in Herkimer, aged sixty-four years. She is the daughter of Timothy and Lany (Phillips) Daugherty. Timothy Daugherty was born in Troy, New York, on July 14, 1832, and died in Deadwood, South Dakota, on February 23, 1911. He was among the first persons to go to Deadwood and went at a time when he had to go by stage from Sidney, Nebraska, in 1876. He was a ranchman and mine owner and a man of influence in that section of the country. His wife was born in Fort Herkimer, on February 8, 1825, and died in Herkimer on August 15, 1897. The parents of Timothy Daugherty were Daniel Daugherty and Margaret (Coleman) Daugherty. Daniel Daugherty was born in Ireland and died in Fort Herkimer on September 27, 1858. His wife was also born in Ireland and died in Batavia, New York.

William T. Manion was graduated from Herkimer high school, class of 1902, and at the age of eighteen entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad in the track and bridge department in Utica, New York, and remained three years. In 1905 he went with the United States postal department in the railway mail service between Syracuse and New York city, and two years later accepted a transfer to the seapost service and inaugurated the mail service between New York and Panama. Mr. Manion remained in this position until 1911, in all making fifty-nine trips, then accepted a transfer back to his former position between New York and Syracuse, which he held until his resignation in April, 1922, at which time he became a partner with Frank M. Baker and F. Arthur Fagan, under the name of B-F-M Motor Sales Company of Herkimer. Mr. Manion is active manager; the other two gentlemen inactive members of the firm.

On July 14, 1910, in Washington, D. C., Mr. Manion was united in marriage to Miss Lela Montgomery, who was born on March 1, 1881, the daughter of Francis A. and Mary Susanna Montgomery. Francis A. Montgomery was born in Bryantown, Maryland, on August 6, 1852, and died at Hughesville, in that state, on February 23, 1922. He was an agriculturist. His wife was born at Hughesville on May 22, 1854, and now resides there, aged sixty-four years. Mrs. Manion is a member of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic church, and of the Rosary Society. In politics she is a republican. Mr. and Mrs. Manion have one child: Robert Montgomery Manion, born on July 14, 1916, at Herkimer, New York.

Mr. Manion is president of the Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion Auto Dealers' Association. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and of St. Francis de Sales church. In politics he is a republican. The interests which are calculated to benefit and uplift humanity have ever been cheerfully supported by Mr. Manion and his own high moral worth is deserving of the highest commendation.

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