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Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:
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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1312-1313 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

This branch of the Argersinger family is of Dutch and German ancestry and old settlers in Fulton county. Michael Argersinger was born in the town of Johnstown, Fulton county, New York, April 14, 1825. He was educated in the public schools, spent his life engaged in agriculture and in 1882 retired from active labor, spending his remaining years in the enjoyment of the fruits of his industry. He married (first) January 11, 1849, Sophia Atty, died March 3, 1876; married (second) Mrs. Charlotte A. Vosburgh. Children of first marriage:

  1. Sophia, married David Van Ness;
  2. Alice M., married Myndert A. Vosburgh;
  3. Harriet, married Aaron M. Putnam, she died May 9, 1884;
  4. Edward, died, aged eleven years;
  5. Winfield Scott, of whom further.

Child of second marriage:

  1. Luella, died in infancy.

By her first husband, Henry Vosburgh, Charlotte A. had three sons:

  1. Edward, married Jennie Atty;
  2. Myndert A., married Etta Hollenbeck;
  3. Chester, married Violette Coughtnet.

(II) Winfield Scott, youngest son of Michael and Sophia (Atty) Argersinger, was born in Meco, Fulton county, New York, January 25, 1863. He was educated in the public schools of his town, finishing his studies at Johnstown high school. He began his business career as clerk in the hardware store of J. G. Ferris & Company in Johnstown, with whom he remained one year. He was then with E. W. Edwards & Son, three years, after which he was bookkeeper in the Johnstown National Bank three years. In 1890, in company with William Dawes, he established a dry goods business, conducting their store under the firm name of Dawes & Argersinger, continuing as such until 1898, when he disposed of his interests to Mr. Dawes. In partnership with A. R. Kinne, as Argersinger & Kinne, he opened a clothing store in Johnstown to which he devoted his energies until 1900, when he withdrew from active participation but retained his financial interest in the firm. He purchased the stock and good will of Mr. C. E. Schoenfeldt estate and again engaged in the dry goods business. He soon after bought Mr. Kinne's interest in Argersinger & Kinne, later disposing of the whole to Samuel Harrison. He operated alone until 1903 when his former partner, Mr. Dawes, lost his dry goods establishment by fire. They again united their fortunes and as Argersinger & Dawes opened a department store which they conducted until 1905, then dissolved. In that year Mr. Argersinger removed to Gloversville where he established a department store and operated under his own name until August 1, 1910, when he reorganized the business as a corporation with W. Scott Argersinger, president; Wirtman A. Dockstader, treasurer; Martin L. Bergh, secretary. The company is now in successful operation, well established and prosperous. Mr. Argersinger is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church which he served as treasurer and steward. He married, May 16, 1888, Hattie N., born July 28, 1865, daughter of John Morgan and granddaughter of John Morgan. John Morgan, Jr., married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Ruth (Griffin) Cromer. Children of John and Elizabeth Morgan:

  1. Ida, married Robert F. Roberts; children:
    1. Cora,
    2. Ethel, married Charles Beck,
    3. Frank and
    4. Nettie;
  2. Amy;
  3. Harriet N. (Hattie), married Winfield Scott Argersinger;
  4. William;
  5. Edward.

Children of Winfield Scott and Hattie N. Argersinger:

  1. Claude N., born April 9, 1889;
  2. LeRoy, September 17, 1890;
  3. Howard S., February 27, 1897.

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