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William A. Somers
 William A. Somers, 1849-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.

WILLIAM A. SOMERS, proprietor of the monumental works near the entrance to Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester, was born in Boston, Mass., April 30, 1849, a son of George C. And Mary B. Somers.

George C. Somers, who was born in Germany, came to America when a young man, and engaged in plumbing and coppersmith's work, an occupation that his father had followed in Germany. He continued thus occupied until his death, which occurred in 1857. His wife had died five years previously, in 1852, leaving three children--John Louis, William Albert, and Matilda Louisa. The last named is now the widow of the late John D. Kennen, of Boston.

William Albert Somers completed his education at the Brimmer School in Boston, where he was graduated in 1864. His apprenticeship to the marble business began under Garrett Barry, Jr., with whom he remained till 1867. He then entered the employ of Joseph E. Carew, under whom he worked for two years, receiving instruction in his trade. He subsequently worked for several firms as a regular journeyman till 1873, in which year he established a business for himself in Stoughton, Mass., remaining there three years. In 1876 he settled at his present location in Dorchester, where he has since done a successful business in high-grade stone and marble work. He is known among the trade as one of the most expert workers in marble to be found in Boston or the vicinity, and he commands a good share of the patronage of the best families.

In 1893 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Retail and Wholesale Marble Dealers' Association of New England and the Provinces, a position that he still holds, having been re-elected each successive year. He belongs, also, to various social and fraternal organizations, being a member of the Brimmer School Association; Past Grand of Dorchester Lodge, No. 158, I.O.O.F.;* Past Chief Patriarch of Shalom Encampment, No. 12, I.O.O.F.; a member of Crescent Rebekah Lodge, No. 35, I.O.O.F.; Past Dictator of the Knights of Honor; a member of Macedonian Lodge, A.F. & A.M.,** of Milton, Mass.; and a member of Temple Lodge, A.O.U.W.,*** No. 9, of Dorchester.

On June 19, 1875, Mr. Somers married Clara A. Estabrook, of Sherburne, Vt., a daughter of Richard and Dorcas (Colton) Estabrook. She died March 3, 1879; and Mrs. Somers married for his second wife March 27, 1889, Emma S. Mosher, of Milton, Mass., Mrs. Emma S. Somers died July 1, 1897.

*I.O.O.F. International Order of the Odd Fellows.
**A.F. & A.M. Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
***A.O.U.W. Ancient Order of United Workmen.

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