Mr. Kirby Wilber, who for more than a year, has been confined to the house and for a long time to his bed, died Monday morning at the ripe age of Eighty-five years. Mr. Wilber had a large circle of friends and acquaintances, for he had for many years been in the mercantile business in our village, Quaker Street. He was a man greatly respected for his manly qualities and business principles. In politics he was an ardent democrat, ever believing that the principles of the party would best serve the welfare of the country.
In early life, he added his name to the membership roll of the Christian church, and seldom was his seat in the church vacant when he was able to be present at church service. He was a liberal contributor to worthy enterprises that were for the elevation of character and the building up of society, whereby mankind would be benefited. His life-work will be missed, not only by near relatives but by the people of the community where he was best known. Let the good qualities of his life-work be emulated, forgetting what we might have seen that we thought he done amiss.
By his demise he leaves as nearest of kin, a widow (The 1900 Federal Census, Kirby Wilber is listed as married to Phoebe Jane Stephens (b. 20 Jan 1834, d. 18 Feb 1926)) and four children – Charles C. Wilber and Mrs. C. E. Hoag of Quaker Street; Mrs. Walter Briggs of Schenectady, and Mrs. A.D. Meade of Schoharie.
The funeral services were held from his late residence at Delanson on Thursday, March 22nd, 1906 at 11 o'clock, a.m.
Contributed by Portia Westfall
Kirby Wilber was a highly respected citizen of Quaker Street, born Sept 25, 1820 in Quaker Street, the son of Kirby and Mercy Allen Wilber. His father was for a time engaged in tanning on a small scale. Soon however, he opened a small custom shoe shop. In this shop, and with their father as an instructor, the Wilber brothers, Robinson P.U., Edwin G., Wesson K, and Kirby, gained their first knowledge of that business with which they were destined to be so prominently identified in after life.
Kirby was educated sparingly in the public schools of the time and took more naturally to business that to mechanical pursuits. At the age of 14 he became a clerk for Job Cleveland. In 1848 he bought the stock and goods of his former employer in Brainard's Bridge, Rensselaer County for which he had been working there for 8 years and engaged in trade for himself, continuing for the next 5 years. In 1853 Kirby disposed of his interests in Brainard's Bridge and returned to Quaker Street to take an interest in the boot and shoe manufacturing business which his brothers had established.
In 1843 Kirby married Lucy Ann Crego of Chatham, Columbia County, NY. In 1877 Kirby married Mrs. P. J. Auchampaugh of Quaker Street, NY. He had five children - a son and four daughters by his first marriage. His son, Charles C. Wilber went into the shoe manufacturing business with him. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Quaker Street.
Source: History of the County of Schenectady, N.Y., from 1662 to 1886 By George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell
Gravesite Details Buried with Charles Wilber (1847-1924 and Emily Moon Wilber (1847- 1937) and son Archie 1879 - 1917
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