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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William E. Wind

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 101 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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William E. Wind, proprietor of the extensive bakery plant which bears his name; was born in the county of Friesland, Netherlands, on December 4, 1868, the son of Edward and Nellie (Tubbey) Wind. Edward Wind brought his family to America in 1892 and settled at New York Mills. Two of his daughters died soon after their arrival. The mother died in 1917 and the father a year later.

William E. Wind was educated in the public and high schools in his native land, then started to learn the trade of a baker, which he followed for three years, after which he came to America and engaged in the same line of business. For two years he worked in New York Mills, then, in 1896, established the Wind Bakery for himself in Whitesboro, New York. The bakery does a large wholesale business supplying surrounding territory for many miles. Mr. Wind built his present plant in 1910 and seven years later enlarged it and in 1924 made another large addition. Its output is twenty thousand loaves daily. The bakery plant is well equipped and sanitary, uses patent electric ovens and employs forty-five people.

On March 30, 1893, at New York Mills, Mr. Wind was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Pylmen, daughter of Henry Pylmen, one of the oldest and best known families of that section of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Wind are the parents of five children; Nellie, Henry, Edward, Joseph and Andrew Wind.

Mr. Wind is a director of the Whitestown National Bank, and a member of the Quality Bakers Association of America. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner and his church associations are in the Presbyterian church, where he is an elder. In political views and efforts he is a republican, and motoring and fishing are his chief diversions.

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