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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Henry George Pfleeger

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 311-312 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One of the most energetic and enterprising among the younger business men of Utica is Henry George Pfleeger of the Henry G. Pfleeger Company. His birth occurred at Deerfield, Oneida county, New York, on the 9th of October, 1887, his parents being Henry W. and Christina (Spoeri) Pfleeger. Following his graduation from the schools of Utica in 1904 he began learning the wood carving and cabinet trade with the firm of Latimer & Adams, with which he continued for three years. On the expiration of that period he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent one year as an art student and was then employed for a similar length of time by Marshall Field & Company, while during the succeeding year he held a position with the German-American Fire Insurance Company of Chicago. He next joined the Marines and saw much of the world during his four years' service on board the United States Steamship Florida. At the time of his discharge in March, 1915, he was offered a commission as second lieutenant, to be stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, but this he declined in order to accept the position of gun tester with the Remington Arms Company, which he filled most acceptably until the fall of 1916, testing many of the large guns made for France as well as for the United States. He was afterward in the service of the Utica Office Supply Company until May, 1921, when he formed a partnership with Linn Gregory, and the following month acquired by purchase the business of the John Pritchard Company, and formed the Pfleeger-Gregory Company. Messrs. Pfleeger and Gregory conducted an automobile supply business of steadily growing volume and were also the sole agents of the Syraco Garage Heating System for the three counties of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison. Their business in the latter connection increased threefold in two years and they equipped many of the large garages in their territory. During the first year of its existence the Pfleeger-Gregory Company did a business amounting to a little over thirty-five thousand dollars, which by the excellence and efficiency of its service it increased to more than one hundred and thirty thousand dollars. By their straightforward, honorable and upright business methods they won the confidence and support of the local bankers. In November, 1924, Messrs. Pfleeger and Gregory dissolved partnership, selling the accessory business, Mr. Pfleeger [Gregory?] taking over the territory in the Heaters and Togan buildings, which consists of sectional garages, houses, camps, schools, and churches, Mr. Pfleeger forming his own company, known as The Henry G. Pfleeger Company, with office and warehouse in North Utica.

Mr. Pfleeger was married to Miss Mary Ellen Abel, daughter of Rev. Allen and Ellen (Mack) Abel. Mr. and Mrs. Pfleeger have a son, Gordon Henry. They have gained an extensive circle of warm friends in Utica.

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