November 24 – Happy Birthday John E. Larrabee


LarrabeeCover2Born in the town of Amsterdam, NY on November 24, 1851, John E. Larrabee attended the community’s local schools and upon completion of those studies, secured a job in a Main Street hardware store owned by E.T. Leavenworth. Thus began a retail surname union that would last for the next century.

Larrabee loved the hardware business so when the opportunity to become a partner in a new one came, he jumped at it. The partner was a gentleman named L.L. Dean, who had split the previous eight years working as a clerk in Gardiner Blood’s dry goods store and as a bookkeeper in the Amsterdam Farmer’s Bank. Both young men were extremely well–liked and respected within the community and the new L.L. Dean Hardware & Company did well right from the very beginning. Fourteen years later, it had grown into Amsterdam’s busiest hardware store but Dean had other career goals he wished to pursue.

You can read more about this legendary Amsterdam merchant in the new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.”

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