Captain of the steamer 'Saugerties'
- Commemorative Bio. Record, pg 815
Found him on the 1860 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 139) as Wm. L. Finger
Found him on the 1870 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 34) as Willie Finger
age 14, attending school.
Found him on the 1900 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (dist 133 img 8) as William L. Finger
age 44, captain (St Boat).
Found him on the 1910 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 20) age 54. Also in the household is Susie M. Shultis
age 15, servant.
Found him on the 1920 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census age 64.
Found him on the 1930 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (dist 50 img 22) as William L. Finger Sr.
age 74, bookkeeper, papermill.
Found him on the 1940 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (dist 56-66 img 21) as William L. Finger
age 84, retired.
Saugerties, Feb. 10 - The annual banquet of the Saugerties Exempt Firemen's Association was held in the Phoenix Hotel ballroom on Monday with about 70 members and their guests including the village trustees and officials. William L. Finger
, president of the Exempts and a local fireman for over 50 years, presided at the meeting and welcomed the guests. There was a minute silence as a tribute to the members of the department who have passed on and a standing tribute paid to President Finger in recognition of his many years as member of the fire department. Music for this affair was furnished by Posties Hill Billy orchestra. Mayor George Kerbert
, Supervisor Robert Snyder
, Village Trustee Frank Tongue
, and Chief Sweeney were called upon to address the meeting and their remarks were happily applauded. The banquet consisted of a full course turkey dinner and the committee in charge was highly complimented. - The Kingston Daily Freeman
Feb. 10, 1938 pg 3
William L. Finger known familiarly as 'Cap' Finger, who had been critically ill for the past week, died at his home on Washington avenue, Saugerties, Sunday afternoon. Mr. Finger, one of the best known town citizens, was in the 85th year of his age. Deceased is survived by a wife and two sons, Robert H. Finger of Paterson, N.J., William Finger of Hudson Falls, and one sister, Mrs. Henrietta M. Fellows of Saugerties. A number of grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Finger for many years had been the chief bookkeeper of the Martin Cantine Co. and held that position up to the time of his death. Prior to entering the employ of the Martin Cantine Co., Mr. Finger was engaged in the ice business in Saugerties, having owned a number of years ago the ice house property now razed and located on the creek front on the south side of the bridge.
Mr. Finger was actively identified with the Saugerties Fire Department and for a number of years had been president of the Exempt Firemen's Association. He was a familiar and popular figure at all firemanic gatherings and held in high esteem by the town fire laddies. He was a member of Robert A. Snyder Fire Co. At the time of his death he was honorary president of the Exempts. Mr. Finger served as captain of the erstwhile steamer Saugerties of the Saugerties & New York Steamboat Co. several years ago, and it was during this period that he received the title 'Cap,' which he bore throughout the remainder of his life. Mr. Finger was a member of Ulster Lodge, No. 193, F. & A. M. Funeral rites of the lodge will be conducted at the family home this evening. The funeral services will be held privately at the home of the departed on Wednesday afternoon