A. JUDSON GAUL. The subject of his sketch is a well-known citizen of the town of Eaton, this county, having been associated as foreman in the office of the
Madison Observer at Morrisville for many years. He was born in the town of Lenox, Madison County, N.Y., October 29, 1853, and comes of an old family, the history of which dates back to Colonial times. The family name is of French origin, the first progenitor of the family in this country having been a native either of France or. the German-French provinces. The first of the name however, of whom there exists any definite record in this country, so far as known to the family, was one Jacob Gaul, the great-grandfather of our subject. He settled in Ghent, Columbia County, N.Y., where he lived the rest of his life, and died at a ripe old are. Before his settlement there he had married Catherine Wrought, who was German by birth; and she, like her husband, lived to an advanced age. They were farmers by occupation, and were numbered among the sturdy pioneers of Columbia County.
In direct line was their son Adam, who was born in that county and grew up a farmer, marrying a Miss Eve Finger, who was born in Johnstown, Columbia County, N.Y. They spent their entire lives in Columbia County, dying when full of years, and rearing quite a large family, of which their son, Jacob A., the father of our subject, was one. His birth occurred at Ghent, February 15, 1826. Growing to manhood on his father's farm in Columbia County, he later, at about the age of twenty-three, came to Lenox, Madison County, N.Y., and was here married to Miss Elizabeth Harder, who was born and reared in the town of Lenox, and is the daughter of Peter I. and Lana (VanDusen) Harder, both of whom were natives of Columbia County, N.Y., but who after their marriage came to Madison County, and were early settlers of the town of Lenox. They secured and improved a new farm in this town, but afterward moved to Will County, Illinois, Mr. Harder dying at Lockport, that county, and his wife some time later in Wisconsin. Both were old people at the time of their death.
Jacob A. Gaul and his wife lived for some time after their marriage on a farm in Lenox, and later removed to the village of Oneida. They afterward went to Morrisville, where they resided for about eighteen years, after which they returned to Oneida, where they now live, Mr. Gaul being engaged in the grocery trade on Lenox Avenue, having spent a great many years in that branch of business. To them have been born four sons and one daughter, of whom our subject is the eldest son. The others are: Mary, wife of L. E. Todd, of Oswego, N.Y.; Charles F., of Utica, N.Y.; Sidney E.; and James B., of Oneida, N.Y.
He of whom we write grew up in his early years on his father's farm in Lenox, but on the removal of his parents to Oneida attended the village schools of that place, and later, the union schools of Morrisville. While his opportunities for securing a thorough education were not such as he might have desired, he was gifted with the happy faculty of close observation, which did much to make amends for other deficiencies, his present liberal knowledge and large store of general information being the result of his own painstaking efforts and earnest application. These qualities of perseverance and industry have also gained for him the high degree of success which he has attained in his chosen calling. While yet a boy, he entered the office of Mr. Norton to learn the printer's trade. This was in March, 1867; and after four years of steady application, having acquired a considerable knowledge of his trade, he went to work in the office of the
Union at Oneida, N.Y. Here he remained two years, and then returned to the office of the
Madison Observer, and again (in May, 1873) engaged with his old employer, Mr. Norton, for one year. The year rolled around, and after it another, and another, without any further arrangements than their mutual understanding, until more than twenty years had passed; and only the death of Mr. Norton came to break the close association, which had become so welded by their friendly as well as business relations that they worked together more like father and son than employer and employee. A biographical notice of this veteran printer will be found elsewhere in this volume; and Mr. Gaul never tires in his praise, as of one whom he regards with almost filial love; and as a devoted and lifelong friend. Mr. Norton was not slow to notice the worth and high qualities of Mr. Gaul, and after a few years made him the foreman of his office, which position he has since held. The latter after some time associated with his other business a line of stationery. Close application and attention to business have made Mr. Gaul a skilful and valuable man in his chosen profession. Having mastered every detail of his trade, he is competent to have charge or assume the duties of each department, as but a thorough, practical printer could do.
Mr. Gaul was married in Troy, N.Y., to Miss Carrie P. Losee, who was born in Saratoga County, this State, and reared and educated in Schenectady. She is the mother of one daughter, Jennie L., a bright and interesting girl of thirteen. Mr. Gaul is connected by membership with the Methodist Episcopal church of Morrisville, while his wife is a member of the Baptist church of the same place. He is a man of genial and pleasant disposition, and with his excellent wife is popular among his fellow-townsmen, who recognize in him one who has always had the best interests of his town and county at heart, and has always lent whatever assistance might be in his power to all plans for the betterment of the community in which he lives.
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