NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Robert Algie was born in Scotland and came to Canada, settling in Montreal.
Children, born in Montreal:
Robert, Benjamin (mentioned below), Martha, Jane, Margaret.
(II) Benjamin, son of Robert Algie, was born in Montreal, Canada, Feb. 11, 1811, and died in Ogdensburg, N.Y., December, 1865. He received his education in the schools of Montreal. In 1840 he settled in Ogdensburg, N.Y., where for a time he worked in the tannery of Deacon Erastus Vilas. He established himself in the trucking business, and finally conducted a grocery store, which he carried on until his death.
In politics he was a Republican and religion a Baptist.
He married, ____ 1842, Mary Castle, born near Hull, England, Nov. 2, 1822, daughter of William Castle.
1. Robert B., dealer in cigars and tobacco, now retired; married Sarah Hubbard, of Ogdensburg, and had:
George, Mary, Grace, Ralph, Robert (one who died young), William C. and George Edward, (both mentioned below), Benjamin C. (proprietor of La Mode Skirt Company), Royal J., (in company with his brother Benjamin).
(III) William C. Algie, son of Benjamin Algie, was born in Ogdensburg, Feb. 3, 1846, and was educated there in the public schools. He began to work in the telegraph office as messenger in 1860. After two years he became a clerk in the dry goods store of M. & N. Frank and remained with this firm for ten years. In 1872 he entered the employ of J. W. Wilson, dry goods dealer at Ogdensburg, and was a salesman there for the next seventeen years. Since 1889 he has been one of the owners of the George Hall Coal Company, and is now a director and secretary of the corporation. He is well and favorably known in business circles.
In politics he is a Democrat. He served one year on the board of water commissioners. He is a member of the Ogdensburg Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of Ogdensburg Council, 641, Royal Arcanum, and of the Century Club.
In religion he is independent.
He married, in 1869, Martha J., born Sept. 30, 1849, daughter of William and Mary (Waffle) Hubbard, of Ogdensburg.
Children, born at Ogdensburg:
1. Frank, 1871, died aged fourteen months.
2. Bessie Louise, Dec. 15, 1873; married Dr. Albert E. Haynen, dentist, of Ogdensburg; child, Ruth Howard Haynen, died Feb. 23, 1910.
(III) George Edward, son of Benjamin Algie, was born in Ogdensburg, Feb. 10, 1848. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and in 1860 entered the dry goods store of A.C. Caider as parcel boy. Six years later he went to New York City, where for sixteen years he was associated with the wholesale trade, and covered territory as far west as Kansas City as a general salesman. In 1882 his brothers, Benjamin C. and Royal J., entered into business in Ogdensburg, and in 1884 Mr. Algie engaged with them, the firm being called Algie Brothers (retail dry goods dealers). At this time the store was located at the corner of Ford and Isabella streets. In 1889 the firm was dissolved, and Mr. Algie conducted the business alone for a year, then taking John B. Tyo as a partner, the firm name being Algie & Tyo. Mr. Algie made frequent trips to New York, and his experience there as a salesman made him a very successful buyer. The firm made a reputation for carrying exclusive lines and up-to-date styles, and was successful financially.
In the spring of 1909 Mr. Algie retired from the firm to devote himself to his real estate interests. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, lending his aid and influence in all ways tending to advance the interests of the city. His keen powers of observation and his wonderful memory enabled him to acquire a wide knowledge of current topics, and he was exceptionally well informed. He has always been devoted to his business, and his energy, enterprise and honest methods have brough him success. In the development of his real estate he has sought to improve the city, sometimes even at the expense of the financial returns from his investment, and the landscape effects have been made the subject of careful consideration.
He is a Democrat in politics, and in religion an Epsicopalian.
He married, March 12, 1884, Susie A. Green, daughter of Windridge Green, of Oswegatchie, New York. They have one child, Deborah Green, born April 10, 1890.
Mrs. Algie was for many years head saleslady in the millinery department in the well-known firm of J. W. Wilson & Co. before her marriage to Mr. Algie, and when Mr. Algie enaged in business it was largely through her keen foresight and executive ability that success was brought to the business he established.
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