Alfred L. VanValkenburg
Alfred L. VanValkenburg, proprietor of one of the largest musical
establishments in western New York, now located at Dansville; N.Y.
was born April 25, 1861 in the town of Wayland. Attending the
district school in Groveland and later the Geneseo Normal School,
Mr. Van Valkenburg laid the foundation for a successful business
career by acquiring a thorough and liberal education.
from his father, William H, Van Valkenburg, a desire for
commercial pursuits and from his mother Rodina (Rau) Van
Valkenburg, a taste for the cultivation of mind, Alfred
L. has happily combined these two heritages so that
the most benefit might ultimately accrue therefrom.
His first commercial venture was made at Cuylerville,
N. Y., where he conducted a general mercantile business
until 1889, when he became the representative of the
Singer Sewing Machine Co. In the later capacity he was
located at Cleveland, Ohio.
Since 1895, he has been
identified with his present business in Dansville,
N. Y., which has steadily increased under his wise
and judicious management.
Mr. Van Valkenburg was
married in 1883 to Miss Cora S. Johnston of Geneseo
N. Y., daughter of the late Lawrence Johnston of
Webster, N. Y. One boy and one girl, Earl W. and
Mazie R. complete the immediate family.
Valkenburg served as postmaster at Cuylerville,
N. Y., under the last Harrison administration.
Aside from business, he has been identified
with an unusual number of interests both social and artistic; he is
the present prophet of the local order of Red Men and prominently
identified with the Maccabees, the Sons of Veterans, the Odd Fellows,
and the Haymakers, and the Protective Fire Company No. 1 of this village.
In the prime of life, Mr. Van Valkenburg can look forward to many years
of continued prosperity, sweetened by the respect of his associates in
business and social circles.
DANSVILLE, 1789-1902: Historical,
Biographical, Descriptive. Edited by A.O.
Bunnell, compiled by F.N. Quick. (1902) reprinted 1993 page 197
Transcribed [and contributed by] Sally Carrier