Horace C. Silsby.
The name of Silsby is known of all men in the mechanical circles of this country. It is a name that must for all time be associated with the early history of applied mechanics in America. The subject of this sketch, Horace C. Silsby, is the gentleman whose fame is widespread, and whose name is honored for the brilliancy of his achievements and his undoubted business probity. He went to Seneca Falls, N. Y., in 1836, and during the half century of residence there he has continually labored to advance the interests of his adopted home; and he has not only succeeded, but has caused the name to be known all over the world. For a number of years he engaged in the manufacture of mechanical and hydraulic appliances. In 1870 his sons Horace, Charles and William were admitted to membership in the Silsby Manufacturing Company, the elder Silsby retaining the general management of the concern. The first Silsby fire engine was made in 1853, and at the present time there are over 1100 engines of this make in existence. It is no figure of speech or attempt at flattery when it is said that Mr. Silsby’s business achievements are more closely allied with the history of Seneca Falls and have done more to give the place a world-wide reputation than any other man who can be named. Mr. Silsby has always been, in the midst of his wearying and vexatious cares, the perfect type of a “ public spirited man.” His individual efforts and his purse have ever been available for the advancement of municipal, church or social interests. His influence has always been for good, and progressive in a high degree. He had no taste for politics, although earnest in his political convictions.