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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Charles J. Nagle

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 657-658 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Among the men who have established leading business enterprises in Herkimer, New York, is Charles J. Nagle, proprietor of a store for the sale of stoves, plumbing and sheet metal supplies. He was born in Poland, New York, on April 4, 1886, his parents being Michael and Mary (Doyle) Nagle. Michael Nagle was born in Salisbury, New York, and died in Canastota, New York, on February 11, 1890. His trade was that of a shoemaker. His wife was born in Ireland on July 27, 1863, and died in Newport, New York, on July 29, 1890. She was the daughter of James and Celia (Riley) Doyle. James Doyle was a farmer by occupation, and born in Ireland and died in Newport on March 13, 1891. His wife was born in Scotland on June 12, 1845, and died in Herkimer on October 31, 1914.

Charles J. Nagle was educated in the public schools of Newport and at the age of thirteen entered the employ of the Standard Furniture Company of that place and remained eight years. He then became associated with Albert Ertman, plumber, and worked for him for eight years, after which he went to Ilion, New York, and formed a partnership with Morris Finn, under the firm name of Nagle & Finn. Three years later he returned to Herkimer and opened a plumbing business under his own name, at the corner of Prospect and Albany streets, and was there over two years. In 1917 he purchased the property next door and has continued his business at that location for the sale of stoves, plumbing and heating and sheet metal work.

On November 15, 1911, at St. Francis de Sales parish house in Herkimer, Mr. Nagle was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Greiner, who was born on August 4, 1891, the daughter of Henry and Sophia (Zaph) Greiner. Henry Greiner, a woodturner by trade, was born in Germany, on April 14, 1853, and is now living in Herkimer, at the age of seventy-one years. He is now associated with the National Desk Company of Herkimer. His wife was also born in Germany, on August 22, 1855. and now resides in Herkimer. They were married in Germany and upon coming to this country first settled in St. Johnsville, New York. Mrs. Nagle was educated in the public school of Herkimer. She is a member of the German Lutheran church and of the Auxiliary of the American Legion.

To Mr. and Mrs. Nagle six children were born: Paul James was born on February 18, 1912, and died February 23, 1912; Elizabeth Ann was born on April 12, 1913; Mary Catherine was born on January 4, 1915; Madaline was born on August 8, 1917, and died on October 19, 1918; Charles J., Jr., was born on January 21, 1920; and John Thomas was born on March 7, 1923.

In 1915 and 1916 Mr. Nagle was tax collector for the town of Herkimer and now is a committeeman for the Third district. On April 16, 1924, he was elected treasurer for the republican county committee and is a strong advocate of his party. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, having taken the fourth degree, and is a charter member of Herkimer Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He also holds memberships in the Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Dayton Steamer Company, the Down and Out Club, the East Herkimer Fishing and Game Club, the Herkimer Outing Club, and the Republican Club of Utica. His church associations are in St. Francis de Sales Catholic church. For diversion he enjoys boxing and fishing and all outdoor sports. The business dealings of Mr. Nagle are prompt and honorable and he is one of Herkimer's best citizens.

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