Age: 18, credited to Williston, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/13/1847, St. Albans, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, ME
Check the cemetery for location/directions
and other veterans who may be buried there.
While the advice of Horace Greeley to young men to "Go West" has still much weight, it does not follow that it is necessary for all young men to go so far from home to be successful in business. As an example of what a young man may accomplish by well-directed industry in a New England country village, the life of Isaac Baty gives a striking illustration. Mr. Baty was born Oct. 31, 1847, St. Albans, Vt., his parents being Isaac and Margaret (Herron) Baty.
His boyhood days were spent at Williston, Vt., where he obtained but scanty school privileges, and at an early age he learned the trade of tinsmith, which he has found to be a good trade to "tie to." When but seventeen years of age Mr. Baty enlisted in Company A, Seventh Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, and served until after the close of the war, being mustered out March 14, 1866.
Immediately after his war service he came to Penacook, N.H. in 1866, and worked for one year as a tinsmith for Moses H. Bean in the basement of the store which he now occupies. Mr. Bean sold his business to Horace Sessions, for whom Mr. Baty worked but three months, and then purchased the business for himself, and has continued the same business on the same spot for thirty-three years. Soon after taking up the business Mr. Baty moved up to the first floor of the building and put in a stock of stoves, and quickly developed into an expert salesman as well as a skillful workman at the bench. The stove business soon became the leading feature, although he has always kept the tin shop in active operation. A few years later he added the plumbing and steam fitting branches to his business, and with additions to his store has enlarged his business by adding lines of hardware, plumbing materials, clocks, watches, and jewelry, crockery, glass, and furniture. His store has been enlarged four times, and is now at least six times as large as the original premises. His goods at the front of the store are tastefully arranged and make a very attractive display.
In 1872 Mr. Baty married Mrs. Mary (Mahony) Smith of Biddeford, Maine, who has taken an active interest in his business affairs, and is a capable and efficient assistant.
In 1882 they built an attractive homestead on Washington street with extensive lawns surrounding it. embellished with a large amount of shrubbery, flower gardens, and the like.
Eight years later he built a large tenement house on Charles street, and in 1893 he purchased the large block at the corner of Main and Washington streets, which has lately been refitted as a hotel, the Central House.
Mr. Baty has given but little time to societies, but was for some years a prominent member of the Sons of Temperance organization and attained to the highest position in the state, being grand worthy patriarch of New Hampshire. Also for a few years he was a member of the G. A. R. post of the village. He is a Republican in politics.
David Arthur Brown, compiler, The history of Panacook, N.H., from its first settlement in 1734 up to 1900, (The Rumford Press, Concord, N.H., 1902), pp. 491-493.
Courtesy of Dave Morin.