Harry C. Emens

From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of Empire, 1942
Francis P. Kimball


Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin


Figuring prominently in Cairo business life, particularly on the financial side, Harry C. Emens is cashier of the Cairo National Bank and is connected with a number of fire insurance companies of this area.

Mr. Emens was born February 17, 1892, in Binghamton, Broome County, New York, son of Charles H. and Ardell (Blair) Emens.  His father was for years engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Owego, New York. The mother came from Schoharie County. Both parents are now deceased.

Public schools provided Harry C. Emens’ early formal education. From the classroom he went immediately into the furniture business in association with his father in Owego, New York. He remained for five years in that  business, then became connected with the Jamison Supply Company, at Marathon, New York. In 1917 Mr. Emens accepted a post as assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Marathon. Until 1925 he was associated with that bank. Then he came to Cairo as cashier of the Cairo National Bank, continuing since that time in this same capacity. He is also a director and an executive committeeman of the Pioneer Fire Insurance Company, the Greene County Fire Insurance Company (of Greenville, New York).

Fraternally Mr. Emens is active in Kedemah Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons and is a Past Master of Marathon Lodge.  He is also a member of Catskill Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. He is a trustee of the Presbyterian Church.

On August 2, 1912, Harry C. Emens married Adylene Cooley, of Binghamton, New York. Their son, Allyn Emens, a graduate of Cairo High School and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he took the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935, is associated with the Central Hudson River Power & Light Company as a member of the sales department; he married Ruth Cole.


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