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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Milton E. Trumbull

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 43-44 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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In this age of efficiency and scientific management one finds the various professions and industries subdivided into highly specialized groups, as men are tending more and more to confine their attention to a single phase of a general occupation. Thus Milton E. Trumbull is differentiated from other successful men in Fulton county's great industry by the fact that his establishment makes only velour gloves. His business is the oldest of its kind in this section and is recognized as one of the leading ones in its particular line.

Mr. Trumbull in a sense inherited his business, for he succeeded his father and uncle who were long engaged in glove manufacturing in Johnstown and laid the foundations for the present concern. He was born here January 29, 1892, and is the son of Byron E. and Elizabeth (Mussey) Trumbull, natives of Fulton county, who are deceased. The father passed away in August, 1917, and the mother died the preceding November.

Milton E. Trumbull was reared in this city and after obtaining his education in the local schools went into the glove factory operated by his uncle, Sidney Trumbull. In 1913 he took charge of the business as manager of the factory and in 1915 succeeded his uncle. Sidney Trumbull, who was for some years associated with the subject's father in the manufacture of gloves, had been engaged in this work for twenty years when he retired. He died in April, 1923. He was the originator of the gauntlet glove that is such a popular dress accessory with men and children today and velour gloves made in the gauntlet style are still the featured product of the factory, although velour gloves are also made in the ordinary styles. About twenty people are regularly employed and the product is sold directly to the jobbers.

Mr. Trumbull was married to Miss Hazel Busse, daughter of Henry and Abigail Busse, in November, 1912. The Busses are natives of the county and residents of Gloversville. For many years Mr. Busse operated a farm in this vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Trumbull have two children: Donald, born in September, 1914; and Richard, born in April, 1916. The family is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Trumbull is a member. He is a member of St. Patrick's Lodge, A. F. and A. M., and politically ranks as a republican with independent tendencies. Mr. Trumbull finds that his business demands the most of his time and attention. He has always been a hard worker and has achieved success because he has not been content with a surface knowledge of his business, but has insisted upon mastering every phase of its activity. Since he is a very young man to be the head of such an organization, Mr. Trumbull may well feel that his career is really only begun and that he can look forward to greater achievements in the future.

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