Niagara County

1897 Biography - George William Perrigo

Perrigo, George William, was born in Hulburton, Orleans county, N. Y., September 12, 1840, and came to Wilson with his parents in March, 1855. His parents, William and Elizabeth H. (Pratt) Perrigo, were both born in Murray, Orleans county, whence they came to Wilson, his father to engage in the foundry business. In 1865 the business was sold to Barnum, Wilson & Co. His father then engaged in the grocery business and later sold that to John Monk, and is now residing in Allegan, Mich., engaged with two of his sons as manufacturing chemists; he is now eighty-one years old and enjoying good health. Elizabeth H Perrigo, the mother, died in August, 1894, aged seventy-four years. George W. Perrigo was educated at Wilson Collegiate Institute. After completing his education he went into business with his father in the foundry until they sold out; he then engaged in the insurance business for a number of years. When the evaporating of fruits was begun as an industry he started his first evaporator in the fall of 1880, and has run one or more every year since, and is now the only one engaged in the business who commenced when that industry was in its infancy in this town. In 1891 he engaged in the hardware business, and now occupies a building 20 by 70 feet, two stories high. Mr. Perrigo is a Republican in politics and has never failed of casting his ballot for the nominees of his party at every general election. He is a member of Ontario Lodge No. 376, F. & A. M. April 26, 1864, he married Mary E. Davis of Wilson, N. Y., and they had six children: Sarah A., Elizabeth A., William G., Walter L. (deceased), Henry L. and Mabel A. Mrs. Perrigo was the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Holmes) Davis. Nathaniel Davis came to Wilson with his parents, Ebenezer and Mary (Payne) Davis, about 1820. In 1829 he married Sarah Holmes, daughter of Daniel and Sally (Taylor) Holmes; they lived on a farm just south of the village of Wilson most of their married life, and reared a family of nine children; two sons died in the war of the Rebellion. Mrs. Sarah (Holmes) Davis died at the Davis homestead in October, 1864, and Mr. Davis died in April, 1883; they were both members of the Presbyterian church of Wilson.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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