William Stringer
(March 1, 1815 - September 5, 1893)

Oneida Semi-Weekly Union 
September 6, 1893 
 
Munnsville - September 5, 1893 
 
Wm. Stringer, whose illness has been noticed in the Union several times, of late, passed peacefully 
away at 10:30 o'clock this (Tuesday) evening, surrounded by his family and near friends. In his death  
Munnsville has lost one of her oldest and most highly esteemed residents and the town and county one 
of their best known and worthy citizens. Though he had attained a ripe old age, and his death came  
not unexpected, yet his demise casts a gloom over the entire community and brings profound sorrow to 
the heart of many near friends. 
 
The deceased, who was one of a family of 8 children, was born near Pratt's Hollow, in the town of Eaton,
78 years ago, the first of last March. Losing his father when a lad, he was not only thrown upon his own 
resources at a tender age, but like a dutiful son, contributed his labor freely to the support of a 
widowed mother and family of children. After arriving at the age of manhood and removing to Munnsville 
in 1837, he for some years followed the avocation of carpenter and builder, and there are still many 
homes in and about Munnsville, which will long remain as fitting reminders of their faithful builder. He, 
afterwards, for some years, in company with the late R. S. Barr, operated a sash and blind factory and 
with his partner, in 1885, entered into the manufacture of agricultural implements on the site where the
works now stand. In 1862, himself and Mr. Barr, purchasing of Mr. Holmes, the Sr. partner, he became the
head of what very soon grew to be the well-known firm of Stringer, Barr & Co., his son, the late W.H. 
Stringer, being added to the firm in 1865. For nearly 35 years, and until after the death of the other 
two members of the firm, he continued to conduct a prosperous business. 
 
Like his late stepson, Mr. Barr, and his son, W. H. Stringer, he also served Stockbridge in the Board of
Supervisors, having been chosen to that office in the year of 1852-3. He served his town faithfully, but  
took greater delight in other fields of usefulness. Office holding had no charms for him, and he 
disdained political scheming. He was honorable in his dealings and strictly honest and charitable toward  
others but stoutly denounced treachery and hypocrisy in any and every form. 
 
Full of years, the faithful husband, the loving father, the true friend, has laid life's burdens down 
and entered into eternal rest. Besides a sorrowing widow, with whom he passed 45 happy years, he also  
leaves two children, Charles A. Stringer, of this village, and Mrs. S. A. Maxon of Oneida. He is also 
survived by one sister, Mrs. Harry Clark of Hamilton, and one brother, Chas. Stringer of Eaton. 
 
The funeral will take place from his late residence, Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. 

Date: Friday, July 27, 2001

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