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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Harry Campbell Bellinger

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 439-440 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Harry Campbell Bellinger, merchant, by his honorable, straightforward career has won for himself the confidence and respect of the entire community in which he lives. He was born in Little Falls, on May 6, 1890, and is the son of John C. and Emma L. (Hall) Bellinger. John C. Bellinger was born in East Bloomfield, New York, on July 18, 1866, and now resides in Little Falls, where he is manager for his son, Harry Campbell, dealer in hardware and also contractor for roofing. He has been manager of the store since his son purchased it in October, 1921, after the death of W. H. Wilcox. Prior to this he was associated with Mr. Wilcox in the same business for twenty-five years and before that was a partner with J. R. Newell in the stationery business in Little Falls. He is the son of Joram P. and De Ette E. (Steele) Bellinger. Joram P. Bellinger was born in the town of Little Falls, and died in the city of Little Falls. His occupation was that of a farmer. His wife was born in Mohawk, New York, and died in Albany. Emma L. (Hall) Bellinger was born in Little Falls, on January 13, 1869, and is now living in Little Falls, aged fifty-five years. She is the daughter of Henry Clay and Sophia (Brown) Hall. Henry Clay Hall, an attorney-at-law, was born in New Jersey, and died in Little Falls. His wife, Sophia (Brown) Hall was also born in New Jersey and died in Little Falls.

Harry Campbell Bellinger was graduated from the Little Falls high school in the class of 1911, after which he went to Detroit, Michigan, and took a course at the Cadillac School of Applied Mechanics and was there about two years when the World war broke out. He enlisted at Detroit, Michigan, in the Pioneer Engineer Corps, and was first stationed at Columbus, Ohio. Later he was sent to Camp Deavens, Massachusetts, Camp Meade, Maryland, Washington Barracks, and to Laurel, Maryland. After that he was transferred to the Air Service School at Princeton University, and from there to Taylor's Field, Alabama, then to Gerstner Field at Lake Charles, Alabama, and was honorably discharged from service on December 9, 1918. After reaching home Mr. Bellinger became associated with the H. P. Snyder Company, Incorporated, as designer and has been so employed since that time. Upon the death of Mr. W. H. Wilcox in October, 1921, he purchased the stock and fixtures of the hardware and roofing business, which is ably managed by his father.

On October 9, 1919, Mr. Bellinger was united in marriage to Miss Grace E. Stafford, who was born in Little Falls, on January 14, 1893, and died in that city on March 21, 1924. She was the daughter of Walter and Marie Watts (Brierly) Stafford of Littla Falls. Mrs. Bellinger was in the Women's Motor Corps during the World war and was stationed at Herkimer, but did not see foreign service. She was a graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in the class of 1915, with the A. B. degree, and also graduated from the Little Falls high school, in 1911. Mr. Bellinger has two children: Frederick Walter, born on February 12, 1921; and Grace Mary, born on October 25, 1922.

Harry Campbell Bellinger is a member of Little Falls Lodge, No. 81, A. F. & A. M.; Astorogan Chapter, No. 161, R. A. M.; Little Falls Commandery No. 26, Knights Templar; Rockton Council, No. 37, Royal Arcanum; Little Falls Council, No. 54, O. U. A. M., all of Little Falls; and of the American Legion. He is a member of Emanuel Episcopal church of Little Falls, and in politics is a stanch republican. Reading is his chief diversion. Mr. Bellinger inspires personal friendships of unusual strength and all who know him have the highest admiration for his good qualities of mind and heart.

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