another page of this work may be found a view of the residence and grounds
of Thomas Carroll, in the beautiful and picturesque village of Philmont.
The owner of this beautiful and cosy (sic) home is a hale, fine-looking
gentleman in the prime and vigor of manhood, who, by his unaided
exertions, has acquired a very comfortable fortune. He is the son of John
Carroll (now deceased), and one of a family of six brothers and three
half-sisters. He was born at Stockport, in Columbia Co., N. Y., May 20,
1840. At four years of age his father removed his family to Haverstraw,
and afterwards to New York, Brooklyn, and various other places, following
his occupation of calico-printer and woolen-manufacturer.
The mother of our subject died when he was thirteen years old, leaving his
father with a family of seven small children. Up to this time Thomas had
few advantages for [p. 252] acquiring even the rudiments of an
education, he having been put to work in the mills at a still earlier age.
After his mother's death he was legally adopted by Mr. George Golden, of
Greene Co., N. Y., with whom he made his home until his majority. At
seventeen years of age he became desirous of learning the
paper-manufacturing business, and, after obtaining the consent of Mr.
Golden, he hired out to Mr. William R. Dingman, of Leeds, Greene Co.,
where he remained three years, during which time he became a practical
paper-maker. At the age of twenty-one, in 1862, he was united in marriage
to Miss Frances Jones, a daughter of Jeremiah Jones, of Philmont. He
was at that time at work for Horton Harder, in his paper-mill in Philmont.
He was engaged as a workman, superintendent, and lessee of the Excelsior
paper-mills of Philmont for a period of eighteen years, during which time
he also leased and ran the Philmont paper-mill for one year. In 1875, his
lease having expired, he retired from active business, with the exception
of buying out the Port Byron Paper Company, which mill he ran for about
one year, and then sold out, and engaged in dealing in stocks, bonds, and
mortgages. Mr. Carroll presents in his career as a business man, a useful
lesson to the poor, struggling, but ambitious boy, starting as he did with
nothing but willing hands and untiring energy, and by prudence and economy
accumulating the nucleus of a fortune and an independent position among