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the field hospital about thni- iimiitlis wiienhe received
his discharge for causes whu h «c mcil not state here
— for the scar which he > .inns (ilic loss of an eye)
gives modesty a tongue, lb' rctiirned. home and has
since devoted his entire attention to farming and suc-
ceeded to the old homestead, which was cleared and
settled by his pioneer father. He is a member of the
G. A. R. and is a Republican.

Richard B. Reid, North East, Pa., owner and
proprietor of Reid's furniture factory and planing mill,
was born near Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, March
10,1843. He is a son of James and Margaret (Bell)
Reid. They were both natives of Ireland, and the
father now resides on his old homestead in that coun-
try. The mother died March 10, 1860. They reared
a family of five children, viz.: James and Joseph,
twins; the former now resides with his father and the
latter at Grace Hill, about a mile from the old home-
stead; Hugh resides at Cherokee, Kan., and Margaret
Ann, at hoine, in Ireland. Richard B. was reared and
educated in his native land and in 1863 came to America.
He landed in New York and went to Cannonsville, a
small town near that city, where he remained about
six months, when he went tn Washington county, New
York. In the siiring of isii.'i he came to North East.
About 1865 he engaged in the furniture and cabinet
manufacturing business, which he has since followed.
He built his present factory, which is situated on the
south side of the town, in 1887. He carries on an exten-
sive and successful business, making a specialty of
order work. He was married to Miss Sophronie Hunt-
ley, of North East, a native of Wattsburg, Pa. They
have five children, viz.: James, Flo, Edward, Fred
and Max. Mr. Reid is one of the progressive business
men of the town of North East, and politically is a Re-

E. D. Pratt, North East, Pa., was born at
Humphrey, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., August 26,
1838. He'is a son of Erastus B. and Eunice M. (Pierce)
Pratt. The father was born at Pompey, Onondaga
county, N. Y., May 10, 1810. The Pratts are an old
New ' England family and E. D.'s grandfather
Pratt, served in the war of 1812. Erastus Pratt re-
moved from Pompey, the place of his birth, to Hum-
phrey, N. Y., and in 1849 moved to Bradford, Pa.,
with his family. He was a cloth dresser by trade



and later in life engaged in farming. He died on
his farm near Bradford, Pennsylvania. January 10,
1871, and his wife died July ;W, 1.S74. They were the
parents of six children, \iz,; Eveleni- K., Mrs. John
Travis, Salamanca, N. ^■.; F,. D., Ann. Mrs. \\"m. Fox,
Bradford, Pa.; Caleb Ashley, died at Sherman, X.
Y., April 15, 1894; Mary A., Mrs. Austin Shaw, Sher-
man, N. Y.; and Caroline T., Mrs. Conrad Guthrig,
of Humphrey, N. Y. E. D. Pratt was about nine
years of age when the family moved to Bradford, where
he was reared and educateil and devoted his time
chiefly to farming, until the fall of 1879, when here-
moved to North East and purchased a farm adjoining
the borough on the the south. During the war he en-
listed in Co. H, 199th P. V. I. He participated in the
Siege of Richmond, and was in the line of battle at the
scene of Lee's surrender at Appomatox, and thus saw
the great chieftain of the Confederacy lay down the
guidmg sword of the Rebellion. Private E. D. Pratt
was discharged at Richmond, Va., June 28, 1865,
and again returned to the quiet scenes of civil life. He
was married August 14, 1870, to Miss Rowena, daugh-
ter of Barnabas and Mary Ann (Colgrove) Pike, of
Bradford, Pa.; the former a native of Massachu-
setts and of English descent, and the hitter of
Pennsylvania. She is one of a faniiK of nin.- iliil-
dren, viz.: Sarah, Mrs. Samuel C.rav, r.r.nlloiil, I'a.,
Oliver, Bradford; Clarissa, Mrs. Helen < )^.den. l - » tf-v-v



N. Y. They have seven children, viz.: Melissa, born
August 11., 1847, now Mrs. Henry M. Burdick, of Hunt-
ington, W. Va.; Alonzo W., jr., born October 25, 1848,
died ten months later; William, born November 26,
1850, resides in North East (see sketch); Ella M., born
April 10, 1850, resides at home; Leroy, born June 1,

1864, resides in North East; Charles A., born August
28, 1856, resides in North East, and Jennie H., born
November 4, 1860, now Mrs. James I). Clark, of Bluff-
ton, Ind. The family attend the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Butt has always been a member of the M. E.

Benjamiti H. Ross, farmer and lumberman.
North East, Pa., was born at Sherman, N. Y., June 3,
1836, son of Benjamin and Samantha ( Heath ) Ross,
who were among the earliest settlers of southwestern
Chautauqua, having moved there March 26, 1825.
Their nearest neighbors, except a brother of Mr.
Ross, were five miles off. They were the parents of
five children: Almira, wife of John Kidder, born
March 27, 1842, North East; George, born August 24,
1830, died January 12, 1835; Adeline, boi=n July 15,
1833, died, January 17, 1834; Benjamin H.; and Loren
P., born January 29, 1843, resides at Ripley, N. Y.
Benjamin Ross, sr., was a son of Charles and Amy
(Woodburn) Ross.of Chenango county,New York. They
were the parents of twelve children: Joseph, Charles,
Benjamin, Polly ( Smith ), Abigail ( Freeman ), Amy
( Jaquius ), Samuel, George, William, Artemus and
Schuyler. Mr. Ross has made farming and lumber-
ing his chief occupation. In 1874 he moved to North
East and bought his present place. He also owns a
farm in New York State. He was married December
25, 1858, to Anna Isabel Kidder. They have three
children: George Elmer, born July 23, 1861, and
died November 3, 188'-', the same year he graduated
from Oberlin College: Washington Bird, born June 5,

1865, resides at Ripley, X. Y.; and Benjamin T., born
October 27, 1870. Mr. Ross has been assessor of
North East township and is a Republican in politics.

E. E. Maitlaad, M. D., Harbor Creek, Pa., has
not been an Erie county practitioner very long, but he
is rapidly extending his practice, and the people of
the vicinity of Harbor Creek congratulate themselves
upon the fact that they have in their midst a man to
attend to their bodily infirmities, a modern physician
and surgeon, a man who is up to date in the marvel-
ous science of medicine and surgery in its unceasing
onward march. Personally, Dr. Maitland is a modest
and unassuming man, is a close student of the science
of medicine, and capable of making a thorough diag-
nosis of a case. He was born in Rockland township,
Venango county. Pa., June 20, 1861. His parents,
Alexander and Betsey (Forker) Maitland, were both
natives of Pennsylvania. The father died July 29,
1895, and the mother in 1883. Dr. Maitland received
his medical education in the College of Physicians
and Suigeons, of Baltimore, Md., and the Academy of
Medicine of Louisville, Ky., graduating at the latter
place in the spring of 1892, his diploma being en-
dorsed by the Pittsburg Medical College. He en-
gaged in practice in Little Coolie, Crawford county.
Pa., and later at Cambridge, Pa. In the spring of
1895 he came to Erie county and located at Harbor
Creek, where he is the only physician in the midst of
a thickly settled surrounding country. He was mar-

ried February 14, 1894, to Miss Allie Drake, of Little
Coolie, Pa. Dr. Maitland was employed for some
time in the North Warren Hospital for the Insane,
and has considerable experience in the treatment of
mental diseases.

N. C. Remington, North East, Pa., is entitled to
no small portion of the credit of making his township
the "garden" of the county. He was born in Pier-
pont, Ashtabula county, Ohio, September 8, 1814. He
is a son of Seth and Asenith (Bishee) Remington, who
were both natives of New England. They were
among the pioneers of Ohio, which was then a portion
of the great West. His father was a carpenter and
joiner, while he resided in his New England home,
but his later pioneer life was devoted chiefly to farm-
ing. In Ohio he took up 900 acres of land, which he
disposed of in 1822 and came to Springfield, Erie
county, and made Pennsylvania his home after that.
In 1830 the family removed to North East township
and settled on the place which is now occupied by Mr.
Remington. It rnnsi-;!-; .if 100 acres of that fertile ami
fruit productiv.' I.iml win. h characterizes Nortli llast
township. It l^ sitiialcil .m the Buffalo road about two
miles east of the borough. Here Seth Remington
spent the remainder of his days and died July 16, 1848,
aged 60 years, and his wife departed this life January
23, 1826, aged 46 years. N. C. Remington has always
folliiwi il till (K I iiji.ition of farming. He was one of a
familv nl Imiii . Iiil.lren, viz.: Amos, lives in Iowa;
Lucy (ih 1 f,i^. .1 i, \. C, and Jonathan died in Illinois.
Mr. Riinini;!.)!! married December 21, 1836, to
Miss MaryAlunger, of North East. She died in 1877.
They were the parents of six children, \ i/.i Asenath,
Mrs. Charles Barter, Brockton, X. V.; .Mariette, Mrs.
Blanchard Campbell, Philadelphia, Pa.; Seth R., re-
sides in California; Luzerne, resides in North East;
Melissa, at home, and Amos C, at home. Mr. Rem-
ington has always been a staunch Democrat, and al-
though he has passed four score years, is a man of re-
markable mental and physical health for his age.

I,. D. Bort (deceased), at the time of his
death was one of the highly respected members of the
community of North East. He was a native of New
York State and born in Chautauqua countv, March
17, 1825. He was a son of Christian and Lorana
Bort, the former a native of the Mohawk Valley,
N.Y., and the latter of Massachussetts. Christian Bort
came to Erie county in 1824 and located and bought
the place now owned by Washington Bonnell in
Harbor Creek township, and the following year
moved his family there, where he remained until his
death in 1853. He was a soldier in the war of 1812.
His wife died in ISSl. They were the parents of
eight children, viz.: I'oIIv 1!., 'married Epheriam Bur-
dick, Madison, (».: S. 1;. I'.oit. lima; Malinda (de-
ceased I ; L. 1).; ( twii children died in infancy) Will-
iam; Barney; and Mary Jane, Mrs. Marshall Bunnell.
L. D. Bort came to North East township in 1856 and
followed farming in that township until the time of his
death, except two years that he lived in the village.
In 1869 he purchased a farm about two and one-half
miles east of North East, on the Buffalo road, where
his widow now resides with one son and a daughter.
Mr. Bort was married October 14, 1850, to Lucinda,
daughter of John and Elizabeth ( Shaw ) Metzker, of
Tompkins county. New York, near Ithaca. The



Metzker family moved to Erie county in 1833 and set-
tled in Fairview township, near Walnut Creek. The
father was a tailor, which occupation he followed all
his life. He died in 1854, aged 74, and his wife in
1868, aged 82. Mrs. Bort is the only one of the fam-
ily of nine children, now living, except a brother in
Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Bort were the parents of six
children, viz.: Annabel, Mrs. Henry Silliman; Frank,
resides in Toledo, O.; Charles C. ( deceased ); Ida M.,
at home; Carrie L., now Mrs. Hoffman; and Andrew
G., who resides at home and has the manage-
ment of the farm of L. D. Bort. Mr. L. D. Bort was
one of the upright men of the community, and during
his life held several local offices of importance. He
died October 18, 1893.

DeWltt ClintOH Bostwick, North East town-
ship, postoffice Northville, Pa., was born in Vernon,
Oneida county, N. Y., December 25, 1847. He is a
son of John and Harriet (Butler) Bostwick, both
natives of Utica, N. Y. The father was a cabinet-
maker by trade, and, in 1867, moved to State Line,
where he engaged in the mercantile business, which
he followed until withm four years of his death, which
occurred Februarv 21. 1880. He was born July 20,
1807. His wifrdir,! Sri.triiilui- 14. 1.X93. They were
the parents of f. Mir diililrc 11, \i/.-. Rachael, born Jan-
uary 1, 1845, n..w Mrs. Dr. .Stmnt;, Westfield, N. Y.;
D. C, Marcia, Ixhu July 2G, 1851, married Levi Miller,
of Canton, O., and Carrie, born March 29, 1860, mar-
ried George Bartoo, of St. Angars, la. D. C. Bostwick
is of the seventh generation from John Bostwick, who
came from England with his three brothers, Robert,
Ebenezer and Joseph, about 1688, and moved to Strat-
ford, Conn., in the year 1707, and was the second per-
son settling in that town. He was of Scotch extrac-
tion. D. C. Bostwick was educated in a private school
and in Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College,
graduating in 1866. He then came to State Line and
engaged in business with his father until 1871, under
the firm name of Bostwick & Son. In 1872 he went
to Ohio and was engaged on the construction of the
Painesville and Youngstown R. R., in the capacity of
superintendent of construction. Mr. Bostwick is a
practical stone and brickmason, which trade he thor-
oughly learned when a young man. He then went to
Cleveland and engaged in the construction of various
railroads in that locality about two and one-half years.
He has followed railroad contracting a great deal, and
did considerable of the work of grading on the L. S.
& M. S. R. R. He was superintendent of excavations
for foundations of masonry on the Nickle Plate R. R.
about a year and a half, and in 1876 he moved on his
farm in Summit township, where he resided about four
years, until his father-in-law's death, when he moved
on his present place, in the eastern part of North
East township. Mr. Bostwick was married September
4, 1872, to Miss Othellia A., daughter of George Hall.
(See sketch of George Hall.) They have one child,
George H., born December 18, 1879, at home. Mr.
Bostwick has held several local offices. Is a member
of the Masonic order and the A. O. U. W.

Edgar Mason, Northville, Pa., was born in Rip-
ley, N. Y., July 26, 1844. He is one of the seven chil-
dren of Hezekiah and Rosanna (Rich) Mason. They
were of old New England stock and both natives of
New York State, very close to the \'ermont line. They

came to the Western part of New York in 1826 shortly
after being married. They drove the entire distance
with ah ox team and much of the distance their only
traveled road was blazed trees. Hezekiah Mason was
a cloth finisher and weaver by trade and in the vicinity
of Northville built a woolen mill, the first in that sec-
tion, which he operated for many years. He died in
1848, and his wife in 1884. E. Mason was reared and
educated in Ripley and when a young man, engaged
in the mercantile business which he followed five
years and in 1878 he purchased the gristmill which is
located on the Twciity-.M ill- Creek and Buffalo road,
about half a mile west uf tlie State line. This is the
oldest grist mill in this section of the country. It is
said tobe over 90 years old. Mr. Mason keeps it in
full running order and has made many improvements
in keeping pace with the times in advance milling. He
makes a specialty (if custom grinding and in the
manufacture i>f hiukuliiat flour in season. Mr. Ma-
son also has a sawmill in connection with the grist
mill, but the greatest industry which now occupies his
attention is his gra])e basket factory, which is situated
in close proximity to his I itlur mills. This marvelous
institution is the product ol Mr. Masun'sgenius and en-
terprise. He saw the necessity of such a factory in
the heart of the grape growing country which has so
rapidly developed in this section within the last de-
cade. He commenced this business during the season
of 1890, and since that time has manufactured a count-
less number of grape baskets. He supplies the North
East grape growers association and the entire grape
growers within a radius of several miles. When his
basket factory is running to its full capacity he em-
ploys between 35 and 40 hands, and manufactures
about one million baskets per annum. Mr. Mason
was married October 31, 1867, to Miss Ellen Beatty
of North East. They have six children, viz.: Jennie,
Mrs. James Tripp, Ripley, N. Y.; Hugh, John, Ellen,
Annie and Ralph. Mr. Mason is a member of the
Masonic Order, blue lodge; A. O. U. W. and Royal
Arcanum. He is also engaged in fruit growing, and
has a farm of 25 acres devoted to vineyards.

Isaac Wolf, postofifice Northville, railroad station
State Line, was born in Lancaster county, April 11,
1827. When he was six years of age he left the scenes
of his early childhood, coming with his parents, Cyrus
and Mary(Platt)Wolf,toEriecounty,Pennsylvania. The
family settled in Mill Creek township, about one-half a
mile east of the Walnut creek bridge, on the old turn-
pike. The father was a farmer, which occupation he
followed in Millcreek township during the latter years
of his life. He died in 1862 and his wife in 1875-
They were the parents of seven children, viz.: Henry
(deceased), Isaac,Margaret, Mrs. Henry Gingrich, Erie,
Pa.; Maria, Mrs. Edward Sherman, Erie; Cyrus (de-
ceased). He spent his life on the old homestead, in
Fairview township, and Catherine, Mrs. Joseph Hen-
derson, Erie. Isaac remained with his father until he
was about 25 years of age, when he engaged in farm-
ing for himself, in Mill Creek township. In 1860 he re-
moved to State Line, and engaged in farming. He
bought a farm of 63 acres at first, and continued to an-
nex to it until he and his sons now own about 300
acres. It is without exception one of the finest farms
in the county. It is situated in the midst of the grape
belt, and there is scarcely a rod of waste land on the
entire farm. Besides farming Mr. Wolf was also en-



gaged in the general mercantile business which he
conducted from March 1, 1893, to September 9, 1895,
when he sold the business to his son, B. L., who no*'
is devoting his entire attention to it. He is also post-
master of Northville, Pa. It is the only store at the
State line and here he carries a line of goods as exten-
sive as found in any country store. The Northville
postoffice is located in his store. Mr. Wolf was mar-
ried October 4, 1853, to Miss Eliza, daughter of Samuel
and Mary A. (Heiss) Myers, early settlers of Fairview
township, locating there about 1830, where the former
died in 1877 and the latter in 1891. They were both
natives of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Mr. and
Mrs. Wolf are the parents of nine children, viz.:
Clara, Mrs. J. F. Moore, Forsyth, N. Y.; Perry, mar-
ried Flora Phear, of Ripley, N. Y.; William F., mar-
ried Elsie Woolsey, of Girard, Pa.; Edward (deceased),
Frank (deceased). Nelson, Mary, Mrs. John Beatty,
Northville, Pa.; Charles, married Frances Benson, of
Ripley, N. Y., and B. L., married Jessie F. Luce, of
Northville, Pa. The sons all reside in the vicinity of
State Line. Isaac Wolf acted as postmaster at North-
ville from 1884 to 1886, and in 1893 B. L., the present
incumbent, received his commission as postmaster.

H. L. Siltiitiati is one of the progressive farmers
of North East township. He now resides in the house

Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 174 of 192)