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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Floyd S. Mosher

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 220, 225 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Commercial enterprise in Amsterdam finds a worthy representative in Floyd S. Mosher, who for seventeen years has been identified with the automobile trade, and his well directed labors have found expression in the development of one of the largest business organizations of this character in the city. He is bending his efforts to administrative direction and executive control and his well matured plans have crystallized into realities. He was born March 9, 1883, in the town of Perth, Fulton county, New York, a son of Newman and Ida Mosher, and represents one of the old families of the Mohawk valley.

Floyd S. Mosher received a public school education and was first employed in the button shop of Chalmers & Son at Amsterdam, where he learned the machinist's trade. His identification with the automobile business dates from 1907, when he obtained a position with Messrs. Greene & Warnich, who were then handling the Pope car and later took over the Packard agency. He became a Ford salesman in 1912 and from 1914 until 1917 was associated with the Merran Motor Company. In the latter year the Universal Motor Sales Company was organized and since its incorporation Mr. Mosher has filled the office of president. Fred Benjamin is serving as vice president and E. M. Reamer is discharging the duties of secretary and treasurer. The firm distributes the Ford and Lincoln cars and the business has enjoyed a rapid growth under the expert supervision of Mr. Mosher, who has made a thorough study of the automobile trade, of which he has acquired a highly specialized knowledge.

On the 15th of February, 1907, Mr. Mosher was married to Miss Ella Dufel, a daughter of Fred and Carolina Dufel and a member of one of the pioneer families of the valley. Catherine, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Mosher, was born July 23, 1908. Mr. Mosher is an adherent of the democratic party but has never participated in political activities, although he faithfully discharges the duties and obligations of citizenship, lending the weight of his support to every measure destined to prove of benefit to his community. He is one of the enthusiastic, energetic members of the Amsterdam board of trade and his fraternal relations are with the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Mosher has won success by industry, ability and integrity and these qualities unite to make him an upright man and a useful citizen.

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