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were also natives of New Jersey, where they
were reared and married. In the year 1831 they
removed to Seneca County and settled in the
village of Waterloo, in which place the father,
who was a miller by occupation, found work
in the gristmill of Thomas Fatzinger, continuing
with that gentleman for sixteen years. His death
occurred in 1850, when he was forty-nine years
of age, and his wife, who survived him many
years, passed away in 1873, at the age of seven-
ty-one. Both were devoted members of the Bap-
tist Church. He was of German descent, while
she traced her lineage, through her father, Dan-
iel Drake, to English ancestors.

Brought to Waterloo at the age of one year,
our subject has known no other home than this vil-
lage. In boyhood he attended the public schools
here, but at the age of twelve left school and be-
gan to work in the Waterloo Woolen Mills.
Later he was with his father in Thomas Fatz-
inger' s mills, remaining there for many years
after the death of his father. In 1867, forming a
partnership with two other citizens of Waterloo,
he began in the malting business as a member of
the firm of Mickley, Snook & Fatzinger. They
carried on a large trade, principally with New
York and Philadelphia markets, but after some
years he sold his interest in the concern.

In 1882 Mr. Snook aided in the organization
of the Waterloo Wagon Company, Limited, of
which, since 1887, he has been Treasurer. For
four years or more he has been a stockholder in
the Waterloo Organ and Piano Company. He is


por'Trai'T and biographical record.

the owner of one hundred acres situated in the
town of Fayette, and all of which is under excel-
lent cultivation. While he has never displayed
any partisanship in politics, he is known as a
pronounced and loyal Republican, one who is de-
voted to the welfare and success of his party.

His business affairs have occupied his attention
to the exclusion of public matters, and he has
never been prevailed upon to accept official posi-
tion, though for three years he served as School
Trustee and aided considerably in advancing the
interest? of the Waterloo schools.






I is President and Medical Superintendent of
Qy The Glen Springs Sanitarium at Watkins.
No man can occupy this position without possess-
ing those qualities that are worthy of public at-
tention, and justify for him a place among the
prominent men of the county. Such a man is
Dr. King. He was born in Troy, N. Y., and was
graduated from the medical department of Col-
umbia College, New York City, in the Class of
'77. After his formal graduation he spent six
months in several of the celebrated hospitals of
that city, gaining valuable experience. When
he was thirty years of age he established himself
in practice at Clifton Springs, where he remained
until the year 1884. Then, feeling a noble anx-
iety to improve himself in his profession, he went
abroad, where he was engaged for two years
studying the work of the masters in the great
hospitals of Edinburgh, London, Paris, Vienna
and Berlin. The last six months of this time
he was in the Rotunda Hospital of Dublin.

In 1890 Dr. King, with William E. Leifingwell
and Dr. E. D. Eeffingwell, established The Glen
Springs Sanitarium, which is the leading institu-
tion of the kind in the state, the extensive
grounds and the ample buildings affording accom-
modations for more than two hundred guests.
Dr. King is Medical Superintendent, and is ably
assisted by those engaged with him in this great
enterprise. It has won a high position in the re-
gard of the most advanced and scientific medical
men of the surrounding country, and many of
the leading physicians whose field of practice lies

anywhere near it do not hesitate to recommend
it to their patients. Consequently its guests are
of a most superior class, as might be expected
when they come by the direction of such emi-
nent physicians as Charles L. Dana, M. Allen
Starr, Alfred L. Loomis and Edward G. Jane-
way. E. M. Moore, a noted physician of Roch-
ester, is very active in directing patronage to
this institution, which is entirely suited to the
needs of many of his patients.

Dr. King was married, in December, 1890, to
Miss May Warner, daughter of Gen. Willard
Warner, now a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Doctor and his wife have one daughter. In
politics Dr. King has always been a stanch Re-


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ager and principal proprietor of The Glen
Springs Sanitarium, was the youngest son
of Dr. Elisha Leffingwell, a distinguished physi-
cian of western New York, and was born at Au-
rora, on Cayuga Lake, July 10, 1855. He pre-
pared for college in Cayuga Lake Academy, and
entered Cornell University in September, 1871, in
the Class of '75, but left before graduation to
continue his studies in the collegiate department



of the Polytechnic Institute in the city of Brook-
lyn. With the financial department of this in-
stitution he became connected in 1875, remaining
over seven years.

In the summer of 1882, the sanitarium at Dans-
ville having been destroyed by fire, Mr. Ivcffing-
well was invited to assist his brothers and cousin
in the organization of a nevp institution (now
known as the Jackson Sanitarium) , and of this,
for several years, he was Treasurer and Manager.
In January, 1890, happening to visit the site of
the present establishment at Watkins, he became
convinced that, with its singular variety of valu-
able mineral springs- and magnificent situation,
overlooking Seneca L,ake, it was an ideal place
for a great health resort, and with Dr. James K.
King, Dr. E. D. I,efiingwell and other associates,
he founded The Glen Springs Sanitarium, of
which he is 'the manager and principal owner.

Mr. Leffingwell has attained high rank in the
Masonic fraternity. He is a thirty-second degree
Mason, a Knight Templar, and has been District
Deputy Grand Master of the Twentieth Masonic
District in the state of New York.





I AWSON PONTIUS well deserves represen-
I C tation in this volume, and it is with pleasure
|_2/ that we present to our ■ readers this record of
his life. He resides in the town of Fayette,
Seneca County, and is. well and widely known
throughout its bounds as a progressive and enter-
prising farmer and stock-raiser. Mr. Pontius was
born in this town, September 13, 1845, ^-'id was
here reared to manhood and educated in the
schools which were carried on in the district.

The parents of our subject were Philip and
Susan (Crobaugh) Pontius, the former a native
of Fayette, while the latter was born in Cumber-
land County, Pa. Philip Pontius was a farmer
by occupation, and the first piece of property i

which he purchased, in 1850, consisted of one
hundred and fifty-six acres. This estate is now
owned by his son, our subject, and is one of the
best cultivated tracts in the town.

The parental family consisted of four children,
of whom the eldest, Ellen, married John N.
Kipp, and makes her home in this town; l,awson,
of this history, was the second-born; Christopher
C. is a farmer in the town of Romulus; and I<u-
cinda, now Mrs. Charles E. Berry, makes her
home in Seneca Falls. Her husband is also the
owner of a valuable tract of land in the town of
Fayette. Although taking an active interest in
the success of the Democratic party, whose can-
didates he always supported, the father of our
subject was never desirous of holding ofl&ce. He
departed this life in February, 1879, while his
good wife survived until 1882, passing away in
March of that year.

As stated above, our subject was reared on the
farm which he now occupies, under the careful
training of his father learning to become a
thorough agriculturist, and early in life was com-
petent to take charge of affairs. He was mar-
ried, January 19, 1866, to Miss Mary C. Lusk,
then living in Waterloo, but whose birth occurred
about 1845, in the town of Fayette. She is the
daughter of William A. and Elizabeth A.
(Thorpe) Eusk, well-to-do residents of this lo-
cality. To Mr. and Mrs. Pontius there have
been born two children. Philip S., whose birth
occurred in the town of Romulus, July 6, 1872,
is a well educated young man, completing his
studies in the Geneva High School. Paul T. was
born in the town of Fayette, October 2, 1878.

At one time Philip Pontius owned a tract of one
hundred and seventy acres, located in the town
of Romulus, besides property in the village of
South Waterloo, which he sold for $3,000. He
was truly self-made, and was well known and
highly respected throughout the county. In the
use of his money he was very generous, and lost
considerable by going security for other people.

After his marriage our subject lived on the
farm in the town of Romulus for. a period
of four years, working it on shares for his
father. At the expiration of that time he moved



upon the old homestead, and has continued to
make it his abiding-place ever since. In addition
to his farming interests, Mr. Pontius is connected
with the West Fayette Tile Works, with which
he became associated in the spring of 1895. He
is a man of superior business ability, and, with a
fertile mind directing industrious hands, he has
achieved success. In politics he is a Democrat,
and for twelve years in succession filled the office
of Justice of the Peace. During that time his
decisions were always sustained, and no case was
ever appealed. Socially he belongs to Rose Hill
Lodge, P. of H., and became a member of
Kendaia Grange in the town of Romulus, in
which he filled many of the chairs.

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r"DAVIUS W. NORTHRUP, who is engaged
1^ in a general commission business at Beaver
I Dams, is a representative of one of the old
families of Dutchess County. He was born in
that county September 17, 1840, being one of a
family of twelve children born to Ora and Eliza
(Ward) Northrup, both born in 1801, the former
in Dutchess County, and the latter in Seneca
County. The father, who was a highly respected
citizen of Dutchess County, and who for some
years was Justice of the Peace, died in 1853.
The Northrup family were of English origin and
were among the early settlers of Dutchess County,
Solomon Northrup, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, being a native of that county. He was a
large farmer, and on their marriage gave to his
twelve children $1,000 apiece, besides leaving
considerable money at the time of his death.

Flavins W. was but eight years of age when
his father died, and but twelve years old when
the family removed to Elmira, N. Y., where for
a time he was employed as a clerk in a boot and
shoe store. In the public schools of his native

place, and also at Elmira, he obtained a good
English education. After the age of fifteen, his
elder brothers having married, the care of the
family and widowed mother devolved, to a great
extent, upon him. When eighteen he rented a
farm near the city, which he operated with
reasonable success for four years, when he gave
up farming and entered a shoe store as clerk.
After remaining in that capacity one year, he
engaged in the boot and shoe trade for himself,
in which he continued three years. On account
of failing health, he was compelled to give up
the business, and for the .succeeding four years
was engaged as a traveling salesman for a boot
and shoe house.

October 7, 1869, while engaged in traveling,
our subject married Miss Josephine Seaman, a
native of Dutchess County, born August 18,
1845, and a daughter of Egbert C. and Eliza
(Van Wagner) Seaman. The latter was a sister
of William Van Wagner, the ' ' learned black-
smith ' ' of Poughkeepsie, and also of James Van
Wagner, the " Beecher of the West," who was
for years pastor of the Congregational Church at
Sedalia, Mo., and while there was called to Texas
to establish the first Congregational Church in
that state. He was an eloquent man, and one
season, while Henry Ward Beecher was absent,
Mr. Van Wagner filled his Brooklyn pulpit. By
our subject's marriage three sons and one daugh-
ter were born: Evelyn I., the wife of Prof. I. C.
Corbett, Professor of Horticulture and Forestry
in the West Virginia University at Morgantown;
Leonard E., who is still at home, and who is
interested in business with his father; Arthur H.,
a student in the medical department of Columbia
College, New York City ; and Seaman F. , who is
a student at Cook's Academy, and who proposes
to adopt the profession of law.

After his marriage, our subject located in El-
mira, but after traveling two years again en-
gaged in business for himself. Two years later
he sold out, and in 1874 removed to Beaver Dams,
where he purchased a stock of boots and shoes
and continued in business until 1880, when he
sold nut and again took up traveling, this time
for a wholesale grocery house. With the latter



establishment he remained two years, and then
for ten years was with the Robert Seaman Com-
pany, of New York. At the expiration of that
time, although not severing his connection with
the New York house, he engaged in his present
business, making a specialty of handling wool
and general farm produce, buying and shipping
all the wool from this part of the county. He
also handles in large quantities apples, pota-
toes and butter.

Mr. and Mrs. Northrup are members of the
Presbyterian Church, and he is a strong temper-
ance man, having at times been connected with
the Sons of Temperance and Good Templars.
He is also identified with the Knights of Honor,
and in each society mentioned has held an official
position. In politics he is a Republican, and
cast his first Presidential vote for Lincoln.





^SAAC JOLLY is a prominent and wealthy
I farmer of Seneca County, and his beautiful
X home, with its trees and flowers, proclaims to
the stranger that it is the abode of culture and
refinement. His fine estate is located in the town
of Fayette, in which locality he was born, May
17, 1831. His parents were William and Emily
(Austin) Jolly. His grandfather, who bore the
name of Isaac, came to Seneca County from the
Keystone State in an early day. The latter was
a farmer by occupation and was married in Penn-
sylvania to a lady of Dutch descent. He came
to this count}' poor indeed, but so successful was
he in his farming ventures that at his death he
was the proud possessor of one hundred and fifty
acres of valuable land, besides having consider-
able money in the bank.

During the boyhood days of our subject his
father was unable to send him to school very regu-
larly, hence his education was somewhat limited.

On one occasion, when it became necessary for
him to have an arithmetic, he went to work and
cut a quantity of wood from the unimproved
farm, and, being given half of this, sold it and
thus obtained the money to buy the needed book.

Our subject remained at home aiding his father
until after attaining his majority, when, Septem-
ber 7, 1852, he was married to Miss Rebecca
Leddick, the daughter of Samuel and Cornelia
Leddick. Her birth occurred in the town of
Fayette, April 15, 1834. She was of great assist-
ance to her husband, and aided him very materi-
ally in obtaining his present high standing in the
community. For two summers after his marriage
our subject worked out for $18 per month, and
then, receiving a good ofiFer to conduct a farm on
shares, accepted it, and for three years and a-half
received a good portion of the crops from' an
estate of one hundred and sixty acres. In this
manner he saved quite a snug little sum of money,
with which he purchased from the other heirs_ a
portion of the old homestead. Later he disposed
of this tract and invested his means in one hun-
dred and twenty-three acres, located near the old
place. In order to do this he was obliged to go
in debt over $6,000, but upon selling the property
two years later he found that he had not only
made enough money to pay for the land, but had
cleared $6,500.

Mr. Jolly then bought the one hundred and
thirty and one-quarter acres in this town which
he still owns. The land is improved with the
best class of, buildings, among the most notice-
able of which is a fine large barn, which was
erected in August, 1893, to replace the one which
had been destroyed by fire a short time before.
In all, Mr. Jolly works four hundred and twenty
acres of farming land, though he does not own
the whole amount.

Two children were born to our subject and his
wife, namely: Sarah Lavinia, who died when
eleven years of age; and Fred, born November 4,
1867. The latter is active, wide-awake and well
educated, and a man of temperate habits, using
neither tobacco in any form nor intoxicating drink.
December 25, 1888, he married Miss Cora, the
daughter of Henry Lahr. To them have been



born a daughter and two sons: Jessie, Frank and
Alva. Our subject's son aids in the operation
of the home farm, and so manages affairs that the
best results are reached. In addition to this the
latter gives some time and attention to raising
hogs, which he ships to the city markets. In
politics he is a Democrat, as is also our subject,
whose first Presidential vote was cast for Franklin
Pierce, in 1852.

r I sides in the town of Romulus, is a well
/ I known citizen of Seneca County, and is one
of its most enterprising men. For many years
he has been identified with the Grange move-
ment, and is at present County Deputy of that
organization, taking an active part in all its pro-
ceedings. Several of the best Granges in the
county were organized by him in 1874. He was
also one of the organizers of the insurance com-
pany in 1876, at which time he was elected Secre-
tary, and has discharged the duties of the ofiice
until the present time, a period of nineteen years.
Much of the success of the company is due to his
untiring energy and the persistency with which
he has pushed the enterprise. In addition to
farming and the management of the insurance
business, since 1883 he has been engaged in
selling agricultural implements, keeping good
stock of all kinds upon his farm and selling at
prices that cannot be met by competitors.

Mr. Bartlett is a native of Seneca County, born
October 30, 1832. His early life was spent upon
the home farm, and his education was received
in the common schools of Geneva and Ovid Acad-
emy. When eighteen years of age he began life
for himself, working at anything that his hand
could find to do, but soon he engaged in the
wagon-maker's trade, which he followed for sev-

eral years in connection with farming. From
1857 to i860 he was engaged in the photograph
business in Waterloo and Romulus, in which line
he was fairly successful. In 1862 he removed
to his present place of residence, which has now
been his home for a third of a century. In 1865
he was engaged at work as a carpenter, a trade
which he followed more or less for several years.
In connection with farming he has been engaged
for some years in the breeding of Hambletonian

On the 30th of October, 1861, Mr. Bartlett was
united in marriage with Miss Nancy A. Coryell,
by whom he had six children, namely: Abigail
A., at home; Emma L., who died in infancy;
Mary J., the wife of Frank Osborne; John C,
who died in infancy; EbenezerS., who died when
thirteen years of age; and Rosalie, at home. In
politics Mr. Bartlett is a Democrat; since 1865 he
has been a Justice of the Peace continuously, and
twice was elected to the ofiice of Justice of Ses-
sions. He is a member of the Board of Health,
and is In.spector of Elections. Fraternally he is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. As a citizen he is universally esteemed
and has the confidence of the community in which
he resides, as is attested by his long continuance
in the office of Justice of the Peace.

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ily have a right to the title of American citi-
zens, as their ancestors came to this country
prior to the Revolutionary War. John and Mar-
garet Steele, the grandparents of the subject of
this sketch, died about 1780, in Somerset Coun-
ty, N. J., and it is supposed they emigrated to
this country from Ireland. They had three chil-
dren; John, born in 1750; Esther, in 1770; and
Alexander, the father of our subject. He was



born in Somerset County, N. J., December 25,
1757, and married Nancy Scudders, of Essex
County, N. J. They took up their residence in
Readington, Hunterdon County, and the fruits
of this union were nine children, of whom Rob-
ert R. was the youngest, he having been born at
that place December 12, 1S05.

While Robert was yet young, his parents and
the entire family, excepting John and Richard,
removed to the shores of Seneca Lake, in Seneca
County, within four miles of where the village
of Romulus now stands. The homestead then
located has remained in the family ever since.
The other members of the family were John, Rich-
ard, Mary, Stites, Rebecca, Thomas, Margaret
and Hetty Ann, in the order named.

The father died February 14, 1820, survived
by all his children, and Nanc}', his wife, who
lived to be eighty-four 5'ears of age, died March
6, 1851. Mary, Thomas, Margaret and Hetty re-
mained single, while all the others married and
added to the family growth. Rebecca married
Peter L. Dey, of Varick, and has two sons: Da-
vid P., an engineer; and John, manager of the
New York Evangelist, both of whom live in New
York City, and a daughter, who resides in Mis-
souri. In 1840 Stites Steele came to Romulus
and entered into the mercantile business with
Robert R. , which was continued up to the time
of his death, iive years later. He left a widow,
Sarah (Ten Eyck) Steele; a daughter, Mary Ann,
now Mrs. Charles H. Say re, of Romulus; and a
.son, Alexander, who is deceased. After their
father's death Richard and John also came to
Romulus. When about seventy years of age, the
former married Mrs. Mary Fleming, and by her
had two children, John and Mary. The former
resides in Romulus with his mother, and the lat-
ter is the wife of Henry Becker, and resides at
Geneva. All the .sons and daughters of Alex-
ander Steele died and are buried at Romulus,
being near in death as they were in life.

Robert R., the subject of this sketch, spent the
days of his boyhood and youth on the family
homestead. When about eighteen he returned
to New Jersey, taking a clerkship at Reading-
ton. While there he was married to Amanda

Taylor, and three children were born to them
during their residence in that .state. While he
was living in New Jersey he had a remunerative
trade, which he sold in 1840 to his chief clerk,
and returned with his family to Romulus, N. Y.
In connection with his brother Stites, he opened a
merchandise establishment at Romulus, which
he controlled until both his brother and himself
were laid with the father in the old churchyard
cemetery. At the time of his death he was the
oldest merchant in the western section of New
York, having done business for forty-three con-
secutive years in one location, selling goods to
many families for several generations. This in
itself is the best possible evidence of his upright
business methods.

In politics our subject was a Democrat, and
represented his county in the State Legislature
from 1857 to 1859, and again from 1872 to 1874.
While not a polished speaker, he was recognized
as a man of force, serving on many important
committees in the House, also in his party, and
was a delegate at the famous Charleston Conven-
tion, where his party split. He took strong sides
with Douglas, and when the war broke out there
was no more stanch Union defender than Robert
R. Steele. He was known as a "war Democrat,"
though he favored peace when the war was over.
In the campaign of 1872 he supported Greeley,
and thereafter affiliated with the Democratic
party, of which he was one of the recognized
leaders in his section until his death. The peo-
ple of the town of Varick showed their confi-
dence in his integrity and good judgment by re-

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