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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Roy William Brady

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 347-348 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Roy William Brady, assistant treasurer of the Horrocks Desk Company, was born in Herkimer, New York, on October 23, 1884, his parents being Thomas B. and Mary (Vielhauer) Brady. Thomas B. Brady was born at Carthage, New York, in 1857. His wife, the daughter of William and Mary (Dietz) Vielhauer, was born at Fish Creek, New York, on May 5, 1861, and now resides in Herkimer. William Vielhauer was born in Germany and died in Herkimer in 1917, after being associated with the New York Central Railroad for a number of years. His wife was also born in Germany and is now living in Herkimer, at the age of 79.

Roy William Brady was graduated from Herkimer high school in the class of 1900, after which he sold books for six months. He then became associated with the Horrocks Desk Company, first having charge of the pay roll in the stock room for two years, then became bookkeeper, holding that position until 1908, when he was elected assistant treasurer of the company, which office he still holds.

On December 24, 1910, at Herkimer, New York, Mr. Brady was united in marriage to Miss Mary Katherine Wirt, who was born on September 15, 1884, at Newport, her parents being George M. and Sarah DuBois (Reynolds) Wirt. George Wirt was born at Ancrams, New York, on July 26, 1857, and died in New York city, on December 8, 1909. He was an attorney at law, and practiced in Fonda, Albany, Newport, and Herkimer. He was the son of Nicholas and Mary (Campbell) Van Wirt. Nicholas was born in Werth, Germany, and died in St. Johnsville, New York, in 1900. He was a Lutheran minister. His wife was born at Stone Arabia, New York, and died in September, 1918, in Glens Falls, New York. Sarah DuBois (Reynolds) Wirt, mother of Mrs. Brady, was born at Pike Creek, New York, on September 22, 1861, and died on May 1, 1905, in Herkimer. She was the daughter of Giles and Evelyn (Mitchell) Reynolds. Giles Reynolds was a farmer and produce dealer, and was born in the town of Norway, New York, and died at Newport, New York. His wife was born at Pike Creek, and died in 1886. Two of the maternal uncles of Mrs. Brady, Joshua and Giles Reynolds, Jr., were in the Civil war, the former belonging to the sharpshooters and the latter fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Mrs. Brady is a member of the Reformed church of Herkimer and in politics she is a republican. Mr. and Mrs. Brady are the parents of four children: Virginia Adelia born on December 15, 1911; Roy William, Jr., born on May 21, 1913; James W. Van Wirt, born on June 27, 1915; and David Wirt Brady, born on November 17, 1919.

Mr. Brady is clerk of the board of education for District No. 1, town of Herkimer, and prior to that was school tax collector for the same district. He is agent for the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company of Philadelphia. During the World war he was a member of the Home Defense and took an active interest in the Liberty Loan and War Chest drives. He is a member of Bethel Lodge, No. 572, I. O. O. F.; and of Herkimer Lodge, No. 1439, B. P. O. E. He was at one time president of the Exchange Club, which he helped to organize, and is now its secretary. He is a member of the Reformed church of Herkimer, and his political affiliations are with the democratic party. For diversion he enjoys automobiling. As a business man Mr. Brady has been conspicuous among his friends and associates, not only for his success but for his fairness and honorable methods of dealing.

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