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Abram Vandolsen

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Abram Vandolsen

Posted: 18 Oct 2001 4:40PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Vandolsen, Becker, Burnett, Van Wie, Jans
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 676-678

Among the representative business men of Warren and a gentleman who stands at the head of his special line of business is Abram Vandolsen, the practical, leading, up-to-date merchant tailor. The old adage that "clothes make the man," has more truth in it than is generally conceded. However competent or intelligent a man may be, however traveled, educated or polished, his culture never shows to as good advantage as when his appearance indicates the well-groomed and professionally tailored gentleman. No man in the community exerts greater influence for the good and the elevation of society in general than does he whose efforts are directed to the improvement of the appearance of his fellowmen. Through all ages due deference has been accorded to the matter of dress until it is a universal acceptance that "the dress proclaims the man." Mr. Vandolsen has devoted the greater part of an active life to the study of men's clothing, his training and experience making him not only a judge of proper dress but also enabling him to produce the best-fitting, stylish garments that prove his experience and superiority in his chosen field of operations. In tracing the history of the gentleman we find that he was born at Middleburg, Schoharie county, New York, in the famous Mohawk Valley, on the 15th of March, 1852, and that his parents were James and Jemima (Becker) Vandolsen. When Abram was but a child of two years the family came to Indiana, settling on a farm near Plumtree, Huntington county, where his boyhood was passed. Arriving at the age of fourteen, he returned with the family to the old eastern home, where his parents had gone to settle the estate, and was placed with a cousin at Geneva, New York, where he served an apprenticeship of three years, after which he remained with the same employer until attaining his majority. Starting as a journeyman tailor, he went to New York City, where he acquired special aptitude in the art of fashionable cutting, but returned to Middleburg, his former home, where he worked until 1875, when he returned to Indiana, and, in company with his brother John, engaged in selling goods at Pleasant Plains. After one year of mercantile life, not finding the business as remunerative as he had hoped, he disposed of his interest and re-engaged in his chosen trade. He worked at Huntington and Ridgeville, Indiana, from which place, in 1887, he moved to Warren and his attention has since been confined to the art of making properly dressed and more attractive citizens. In starting his business he had but limited means, but, by the exercise of those qualities that never fail of success, has accumulated a desirable property, now being classed as one of the more substantial men of Warren. By keeping in touch with the fashions of the world and catering to the peculiarities of his individual customers, at the same time emphasizing his own skill, training and judgment, the men of Warren may now claim to be as well dressed as those of larger and more fashionable cities. Mr. Vandolsen has taken a keen interest in all that pertains to the growth and progress of the community in which he lives, and, though feeling a warm relation to public matters, being a stanch Democrat in his political views, he has never aspired to prominence in what are termed public affairs.

He is identified with the Methodist church, keeping in close touch with all its efforts toward the moral growth of the town and shaping his own life in accordance with the teachings of the Master whom he professes to follow. He is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees as well as the Modern Woodmen and the courts of Honor, in each of which he is held in the highest estimation. Mr. Vandolsen was married in 1887, in Miami county, Indiana, to Miss Mollie Burnett, and the results of this union are Nellie, a young lady of seventeen; Grace, who died in childhood; and Fred. The ancestry of this gentleman is traced to the earliest settling of the island of Manhattan, the Vandolsens being among the first Knickerbocker families. Jemima Becker, the mother of Abram, was the daughter of a Mrs. Van Wie, who was a granddaughter of the celebrated Anneke Jans, whose immense fortune of many millions has had great attractions for the numerous heirs of each generation since her time. Mr. Vandolsen is recognized as one of those heirs, and though he has not as yet received his share of the remarkable estate, which includes the renowned Trinity church of New York, there is great probability that he or his children may, at no distant date, become the participants in that wonderful fortune, claimants for which have sprung up in great numbers through-out the country, contributing largely to the support of the legal profession.

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