Edward Strecker
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

EDWARD STRECKER—Length of service is not uncommon in the banking business where men spend a lifetime with one institution, but the Union National Bank, of Troy, New York, has the unusual experience of having as president a man who began his connection with the bank half a century ago as messenger, and has, as cashier, a man who forty-two years ago began his career with the bank, a boy of fourteen, and in the lowliest position. President Wheeler came up from the ranks, and for more than half a century has been associated with the one institution, while Cashier Edward Strecker, for forty-two years, has served the same institution, and won his way from the lowest grade of bank service to the high and responsible position he most ably fills. Fifty-six is hardly middle age in the banking world, and Mr. Strecker has many years of usefulness before him. He has never known any other business than banking, and no other bank than the Union National.

Edward Strecker is the son of Werner Strecker, who was born in Alsfeld, Germany, in 1837, and there spent the first fourteen years of his life. He came to the United States in 1851 and found a liomc in Troy, New York, where he completed his education in the public day and night schools and in business college. When a young man, he engaged in business in Boston, Massachusetts, remaining in that city until 1874, when he returned to Troy and established a real estate and insurance business, of which he is still the managing head, although an octogenarian. He is a member and past master of Apollo Lodge, No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons; and Apollo Chapter, No. 48, Royal Arch Masons; and is highly esteemed by his brethren of the order. He married Walburg Kirchner, who died October 9, 1921. They were the parents of five children: Wilhelmina, deceased, was the wife of William F. Bayer; Lorenzo, a druggist, of Troy; Bertha, wife of John I. Belmore; Edward, of further mention; Pauline.

Edward Strecker was born in Boston, Massachusetts, February 28, 1867, but in 1874, Troy, New York, became the family home. He attended the public schools until fourteen years of age, then, on April 27, 1881, began his long term of service with the Union National Bank, of Troy, as messenger. As a boy he established a reputation for diligence, promptness and honesty, his rise to a higher position being inevitable, once his qualities and characteristics were known. He passed the different bookkeepers' position, and in 1912 was made assistant cashier, and in 1915 was advanced to his present position—cashier. He is also a member of the board of directors, and is regarded as one of the strong men of the directorate. He is also a director of the Bank of Waterford, New York, of which he was one of the founders; and vice-president of the J. S. Easton Company, Incorporated, of Troy, New York, converters of cotton goods. Mr. Strecker is a member of the Troy Citizens' Corps; was a member of the Sixth Separate Company, New York National Guard, for six years; member of the Troy Club; Troy Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he is treasurer; member of Troy Chamber of Commerce, and its former treasurer; member of Troy Republican Club; and treasurer and trustee of the First Baptist Church, of Troy.

Mr. Strecker married, June 5, 1889, Alta V. Green, daughter of William Duane and Martha (Main) Green, of Troy, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Strecker are the parents of two children: 1. Ralph D., born in Troy, New York, September 30, 1890; there educated in public schools and Troy Academy; he is now engaged with the John W. Ferguson Company, of Paterson, New Jersey; he married Ethel Thornton, of Providence, Rhode Island, and they are the parents of three children: Thornton D., Marilyn Strecker, and Leland E. 2. A. Elise, a graduate of Troy High School and Emma Willard School, of Troy.

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