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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Herman John Brandeles

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 322-323 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Herman John Brandeles is an active representative of business interests in Utica as president and treasurer of the Brandeles Corporation, which had its inception twenty-three years ago and was incorporated in 1920. He has developed an extensive enterprise in contracting, heating and mill supplies and in the installation of heating, plumbing and fire protection systems. Mr. Brandeles was born in Sweden, on the 25th of April, 1873, and was a youth of sixteen when in 1889 he left his native land in order to avail himself of the opportunities offered on this side of the Atlantic. His initial business experience in the United States was gained in the service of the Providence Steam & Gas Company of Providence, Rhode Island, with which he continued for a period of eleven years, thoroughly acquainting himself with every phase of its operations. The recognition of his capability and trustworthiness gained him promotion to the position of foreman. The year 1901 witnessed his arrival in Utica, New York. Feeling that his capital and experience justified him in embarking in business for himself, he here entered into his present field of activity as senior member of the firm of Brandeles & Scholl. He bought out his partner in 1907 and thereafter conducted the business alone until 1920, when he incorporated his interests. The Brandeles Corporation is capitalized for sixty thousand dollars, of which forty thousand dollars is paid in. Its officers are: Herman J. Brandeles, president and treasurer; W. J. Tyler, vice president; and C. A. Jones, secretary and assistant treasurer. The steady growth and continued success of the corporation is attributable in large measure to the excellent executive ability and sound judgment of Mr. Brandeles, who has long been numbered among Utica's most enterprising, progressive and thoroughly reliable business men.

On the 4th of June, 1897, Mr. Brandeles was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Frances Donavan of Utica. They have become the parents of a son and a daughter, Christine and Clifford, who are twenty-six and twenty-four years of age, respectively. Mr. Brandeles is a member of the City Club, the Curling Club and the Kuyahoora Club and fraternally is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has never regretted his determination to come to the New World, for here he found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization has gained that prosperity which is the legitimate reward of well directed industry, unflagging energy and persistency of purpose.

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