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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Reinhold Pietsch

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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Reinhold Pietsch has built up a profitable furniture manufacturing business in Utica as head of the firm of R. Pietsch & Sons, which also deals in fine antique furniture. He was born in Germany, on the 25th of July, 1862, and had attained his majority when in 1883 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, making his way direct to Utica, New York. Here he secured employment with C. C. Kellogg & Company as a wood carver, which trade he had learned in his native country and in which he is an expert. Mr. Pietsch remained with the Kellogg concern for thirty years, or until 1913, when he became associated with the Foster Brothers Manufacturing Company as a designer, in which capacity he thus continued for six years. On the expiration of that period, in 1919, he embarked in business on his own account as a repairer of furniture on a small scale, devoting his attention principally to antique furniture. Success attended his undertakings and his business has now reached gratifying and profitable proportions. Mr. Pietsch makes reproductions of antique furniture, also does wood carving and likewise engages in cabinet. making and repairing.

In 1885 Mr. Pietsch was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Grindler, who departed this life in 1913, leaving six children, namely: Reinhold Carl, Erna Helen, Carl Adolph, Martha Christine, Walter Ernest and Otto Henry. The two last named are engaged in the furniture business in association with their father, who taught them his trade and under whose direction they have become expert workmen. Reinhold Pietsch left his native country in order that he might enjoy the opportunities of the New World and through their wise utilization he has won a creditable place among the representative manufacturers of Utica, where he has made his home for more than four decades. His many friends attest the sterling worth of his character.

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