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NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
John Adam Wert was born in Canada and lived at Dickinson's Landing, Canada. He married Elizabeth Ault.
Rodney, Hiram, Ira, Adaline and Johiel.
(II) Johiel, son of John Adam Wert, was born at Dickinson's Landing, Canada, 1825, died 1885. He received a common school education, and learned the trade of carriage making. He engaged in the business of making and repairing carraiges at Dickinson's Landing and followed that business throughout his active life.
He married (first) Miss Ransom, who had one child, Adaline.
He married (second) Elizabeth Lee, born in county Limerick, Ireland in 1838, died in Iroquois, Ontario, in 1906. He was a daughter of William Lee, who was born, lived and died in Limerick, Ireland.
1. Johiel, a carriage painter, at Iroquois Point, Canada.
2. Ella, lives in Chicago.
3. Frank, died in childhood.
4. Alice, died in childhood.
5. John Adam, mentioned below.
6. William, a harness maker, living in Toronto, Canada.
7. Charles, a carpenter, lives in Ogdensburg, N.Y.
8. Annie, liveds in Canada.
9. Elizabeth, lives in Schenectady, N.Y.
(III) John Adam (2), son of Johiel Wert, was barn at Dickinson's Landing, Canada, Sept. 13, 1865. He was educated in the schools of his native town and at Iroquois, Canada. He learned the carpenter's trade at Iroquois, beginning his apprenticeship in 1882, and he worked in that town for five years. For about a year he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company in building stations and roundhouses at various points along the line. In 1888 he began business on his own account as a contractor and builder. Since 1889 he has made his headquarters at Ogdensburg, N.Y., where he has built more than two hundred and fifty houses. He has taken all kinds of contracts, including some of the largest of this section. He had the contract and built the Hasbrouck Block, the Johnson & Murray Block, the Ramsey Mill and all the silk mill buildings. He has a regular force of forty or more men. During 1909 he erected a garage and blacksmith shop within twenty-seven days, the Hasbrouck Block, four new houses, a garage for Dr. Madijl, besides remodeling the Jones-McIntosh Tobacco Company store, the C.C. Wright livery stable, the office of Dr. Stearns, and many other small buildings and additions. He has built many houses on his own account to sell for homes on the instalment plan, and has done much to build up the town in a material way and increase the value of real estate.
Outside of his business he is active in many ways. He is a prominent Democrat, and member of the board of public works. He is a director of the Business Men's Association; acting superintendent of the Ogdensburg Horse Show; a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and of the encampment and canton; of Ogdensburg Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and of the Maccabees.
He belongs to the Protestant Episcopal church. He finds time for some recreation with his touring car and in fishing and hunting trips to Black Lake. A local newspaper recently (1910) said of him: "In the practical building up of Ogdensburg John A. Wert, the well-known contractor, has had a large and important part. He has hustled consistently since coming to Ogdensburg twenty years ago, and there is probably not a street in the city which does not bear evidence of his enterprise and activity. * * * Mr. Wert represents the type of citizen so valuable to a community in that he is accomplishing things throughout every week of the year and at the close of each month can point with satisfaction to evidences of his energetic efforts faithfully to fulfill contracts and agreements. Such men are a boon to any community, and it is a pleasure to draw attention to their wakeful industry."
Mr. Wert married, in 1893, Gertrude, born April 4, 1866, daughter of James Rupert.
James, born May 1, 1894.
Mary, June 22, 1897.