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ing the lives of the survivors of the Virginius expedi-
tion." etc. The Committee on Foreign Affairs, to
whom the resolution was referred, reported that upon
investigation they were pleased to add it was Com-
mander W. B. Gushing, and not Sir L. Lorraine, who
had caused the executions to cease," and "your commit-
tee believe that said joint resolution ought not to pass."
"It fully appears that Capt. Gushing did his duty com-
pletely and gallantly in asserting the rights of the
American government and its citizens, and upholding
the honor of the .American flag." Gushing, when only
a junior officer, received the thanks of Congress in
1864 for the "Albemarle" exploit, but there were those
who felt he had earned it a second time — which, if
granted, would have been an unprecedented occurrence.

A few days after Commander Cushing's protest to
Gen. Burriel, the U. S. S. "Juanita," commanded by
Commander D. L. Braine, arrived from New York,
sent to adjust matters, and Gushing returned to his
station at Aspinwall.

That a hero's name and deeds arc not forgotten, it
should perhaps be recorded that so recently as 1915
two notable events in remembrance of this gallant offi-
cer took place. The first was the launching of the
second torpedo destroyer to be called "Gushing," at
Quincy, Mass., his daughter, Marie, giving it the cher-
ished name. In the late World War the "Gushing"
was the flagship of the torpedo destroyer fleet sent to
England.

The second event in the same year was the unveil-
ing of a splendid granite monument by his younger
daughter, Katharine, at his birthplace at Delafield,
Waukesha county, Wis. The State of Wisconsin ap-
propriated a large sum of money and in connection
with the Waukesha County Historical Society erected
the stately shaft in a park of eight acres of the original
farm where Alonzo and William were born. Howard
was also born in the State, at Milwaukee, so the park
is called "The Gushing Memorial Park." As it now
belongs to the State Park System, it will be cared for
in perpetuity.

Commander Gushing married, Feb. 22, 1870, Kath-
erine Louise Forbes, daughter of Col. D. S. Forbes, of
Fredonia. To them were born two daughters, Mary
Louise, and Katherine A. Mrs. Gushing, a woman of
taste and refinement, yet resides with her daughters in
her pleasant home in Fredonia.

The memory of William B. Gushing has been hon-
ored by the various Grand Army posts in Wisconsin
and other States of the Union named after him; while
on the water the seagoing torpedo boat "Gushing"
suggests by its character the daring of him for whom
the vessel was named. A thousand pens have written
of him and his deeds, and among the just and deserved
tributes recorded in honor of his achievements the
following are selected:

"A country and the navy may be proud of this most
adventurous of their heroes." "Gushing, by repeated
daring and successful achievements, has rivaled the
fame of Paul Jones and Perry, and associated his
name with theirs in immortality."

"That intense earnestness of purpose, that wonder-
ful spirit of daring, md that supreme contempt of
death "which characterized the heroes of the great
Rebellion, as well as the cool and deliberate calcula-
tions of its great leaders and master spirits, were
qualities possessed by Gushing in the higrhest degree;



while in addition to all this he was gifted with a mili-
tary ability, a futility of invention and all-powerful
■will, which places him among the greatest naval
heroes of all time."

"No Cleopatra of ease ever lured Gushing from any
action of life and no thought of death ever cast a
shadow of fear upon any enterprise, however danger-
ous, which he had conceived. He was always in the
battle where the iron hail fell the thickest and his
place in the picture was where the blaze of the cannon
was the brightest."



ROBERT HOUGHWOUT JACKSON— In the

year igi,s Robert H. Jackson was enrolled among the
practicing lawyers of the Chautauqua county bar, he
having chosen Jamestown as a location and there set-
tled immediately after receiving his degree from
the Albany Law School. The subsequent years have
brought him success in his professional work, and he
is firmly established among the rising young men of
the Chautauqua bar. Robert H. Jackson is a son of
William Eldred Jackson, now deceased, who at the
time of the birth of his son was engaged in lumbering
and farming in Spring Greek township, Warren
county. Pa. The Jacksons were the earliest settlers in
Spring Creek township, Elijah Jackson, great-grand-
father, being the first settler. William E. Jackson
married .A-ngelina Houghwout, of Farmington town-
ship. Pa., and shortly after the birth of their son, they
moved to Frewsiburg, in the town of Carroll, Chautau-
qua county, N. Y., where William E. Jackson died,
and his widow yet resides (1920) as do Mr. Jackson's
sisters: Ella, now Mrs. Erie J. Springer, and Helen.

Robert H. Jackson was born on the farm cleared
by his great-grandfather in Spring Creek township,
Warren county, Pa., Feb. 13, 1892. He began his edu-
cation in the public schools of Frewsburg, finishing
with graduation from high school in 1909. He was a
student in Jamestown High School, and during that
period represented the school in several interscholastic
debates. He was graduated with the class of 1910,
and then began the study of law with Dean, Mott &
Armstrong, of Jamestown, and a year later entered
Albany Law School, Union University, whence he was
graduated LL. B., class of 1913. Immediately after
graduation he began practice at Jamestown and con-
tinued with great success until 1917, when he went to
Buffalo and became temporarily associated with Nor-
ton, Penny & Killeen, a leading law firm of that city,
representing many large corporation interests. Mr.
Jackson's work there was as trial counsel, represent-
ing principally the International Railway Company. In
this work he was very successful, but preferring the
more general practice and the environment of the
smaller city he returned to Jamestown in 1918 and
resumed practice as the junior member of the law
firm. Dean, Edson & Jackson. He enjoys the confi-
dence of a large clientele, among which are public util-
ity and industrial corporations. As a trial lawyer he is
a familiar figure in the courts of Western New York.
He is a member of the New York State Bar Associa-
tion, the Jamestown Bar Association, and the Buf-
falo Lawyers' Club. In business life he is a director
of the Bank of Jamestown, the Warren & Jamestown
Street Railway Company, and of several other cor-
porations.

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crat and was formerly prominent in the activities of that
party. He served two terms upon the Democratic
State Committee, hut in lOiS declined to become a
candidate for reelection and has since taken no active
part in the party orsranization. though still an alert
and active participant in public affairs, but never a
candidate for any office. He was for one term the
Democratic member of Jamestown civil service com-
mission, resigning that honor in igiS. In that year he
was appointed by Mayor Carlson acting corporation
counsel. He is a member of the Moon Brook Country
Club. Jamestown Club, Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, having
served the last named one term as president. He is
deeply interested in literary, political and economic
questions, belonging to the University Club, also a
founder and the first president of the Saturday Night
Club. To both these organizations he has contributed
papers on various subjects and is a frequent, forceful
and eloquent public speaker.

Mr. Jackson married, .April 24, iqi6, at St. Peter's
Episcopal Church, .Albany. N. Y.. Irene .Alice Ger-
hardt. of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson are the
parents of a son. William Eldred, born July ig, 1919.



ROBERT BURTIS BLANCHARD, M. D.— There

is no better known or more popular physician in
Jamestown. Chautauqua county, N. Y., than Dr. Rob-
ert Burtis Blanchard, of No. 8 East Second street, a
native of this city, where his birth occurred March 27,
1S83. Dr. Blanchard is a son of Dr. R. Newland
Blanchard. and a grandson of Flint Blanchard, the
elder a well known agriculturist of Ellicott, Chautauqua
county. His father was one of the pioneer physicians
of Jamestown. He married Belle Burtis, who sur-
vives him, and continues to make her home in James-
town at the present time.

Dr. Robert Burtis Blanchard attended as a lad the
public schools of his native town, graduating from the
high school in the year 1902, where he was prepared
for college. He then attended the medical school of
the University of Buffalo, where he took the degree of
M. D. and was graduated with the class of iqo6. Fol-
lowing his studies at this institution. Dr. Blanchard
acted as interne in the Erie County Hospital for one
year, and in 1907 began the practice of his profession
at Jamestown. Since that time he has developed a
large practice here and is regarded as one of the
leaders of his profession. Dr. Blanchard is promi-
nent in social and fraternal circles at Jamestown, and
is a member of various Masonic bodies, including Mt.
Moriah LrAgc, Free and Accepted Masons: Western
Sun Chapter, Royal .Arch Masons: and Jamestown
Council, Royal and Select Masters. He is also a mem-
ber of the Order of Eagles and was for some years
the phy?.ician of this society. He is affiliated with the
Jamestown Medical Society, the Chautauqua County
Medical Sr^iefy, the New Vork State Medical Associa-
tion, and the Amr-rican Medical Association. Besides
his private prarticc, fJr. Blanchard is medical examiner
for the John H.Tncock Life Insurance Company, the
NorlhweMcrn .Mutual Life Insurance Company, the
Connecticut G'neral Life Insurance Comjvany, the
Union Central Insurance Company, and the Bankers'



Life Insurance Company. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, and for eight years held the important post of
city physician of Jamestown.

Dr. Blanchard was united in marriage, June 25,
1914, with Lorene A. Rogerson, a daughter of David
and Alberta M. Rogerson, highly respected residents
of Jamestown. Two children have been born to Dr.
and Mrs. Blanchard, as follows: Robert Burtis, Jr.,
.Aug. 0. 1915; and Roger Newland. Dec. 18, 1917.



WILLIAM H. MARVIN— Son of a Chautauqua
farmer and reared on one of the fertile farms of the
town of Hanover, Mr. Marvin early felt the call of a
business life, and at the age of seventeen left the farm
for the shop, and since 1886 has been associated with
Forestville's commercial interests. Since 1898 he has
been in business under his own name and has built
up a solid, substantial trade. Furniture and under-
taking have been the lines followed, and under dif-
ferent firm names his has become the leading estab-
lishment of the town. William H. Marvin is a son
of Henry Floyd and Mary (Devinney") Marvin, his
father a farmer of Smith's Mills, Hanover, Chautau-
qua county. Mr. and Mrs. Mar\'in were the parents

of four children: Josephine, married Clark, of

Cuba, N. Y. ; Chester E., of Cuba, N. Y.; Jennie,
married Daniel A. Dye, of Forestville; and William
H., of further mention.

William H. Marvin was born at Smith's Mills, Han-
over, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Jan. ,1, 1869. He was
educated in the district public schools, and until Feb.
18, 1886, remained on the farm, his father's assistant.
He moved to Forestville, in his home town, on the
date mentioned, and at once found employment in the
furniture and undertaking business with F. D. Ellis.
For about a dozen years he continued an employee,
becoming very proficient, then in partnership with
Daniel A. Dye he began business on his own account,
under the firm name of Marvin & Dye. They pros-
pered abundantly and conducted the business until
191 5, when Marvin & Dye sold their business to Bury
& Williams, of Springfield. Later, Mr. Mar\'in bought
the Williams interest, and in partnership Marvin &
Bury conducted the business until 1919, when he
bought Mr. Bury's interest, the business now being
known as William H. Marvin.

The farm has never been without its attraction for
Mr. Marvin, and he has been for several years an
extensive grape grower and general farmer. He is a
member of the Masonic order, holding the thirty-second
degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; member
of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks, and the Silver Creek Motor Boat Club.
In politics he is a Republican, and during the years
1916-17-1K he served as the duly elected sheriff of
Chautaui|ua county. In religious affiliation he is
connected with the Methodist Episcopal church. In
1920 he was elected president of the First National
Bank of Forestville, of which he was an organizer and
incorporator.

Mr, Marvin married, Sept. 7, 1898, in Forestville,
Alice L. Reynolds, ilaughler of Sylvester and Frances
(Goidd; Reynolds, of Forestville.





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LAWRENCE WARREN WILTSIE— In 1875,
Mr. Wiltsie was admitted to practice at the New
York bar, and the same year he settled in Jamestown,
in his native Chautauqua county. There during the
forty years which have since intervened, he has con-
tinuously been engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession, his standing high with a large and influential
clientele. Mr. Wiltsie is a descendant of an ancient
Dutch Colonial family founded in New Amsterdam
(New York), by Phillippe Martin Wiltsee. a soldier in
the Dutch army, who came in the ship "New Nether-
lands," with his wife, two children and two servants.
He was one of those detailed to build Fort Orange
(Albany), but when the Indians forced the first Colon-
ists at Fort Orange to return to New Amsterdam,
Phillippe M. Wiltsee and his family settled at Waal
Bogt, N. Y. Later he and his sons, Pierre and Hen-
drick, were killed by Indians at Swaanendael. His
wife was Sophie (Ter Bosch) Wiltsee, born in Hol-
land, who after the death of her husband is believed
to have returned to Holland with the younger members
of the family. Descendants settled all along the Hud-
son Valley from New York to Albany, and thence
west along the Mohawk Valley, radiating eventually
through all Western New York counties, this branch
settling in Chautauqua county.

Mr. Wiltsie is a great-grandson of John Owens, a
soldier of the French and Indian War and the Revo-
lution, whose daughter, Elsie Owens, in i8o6, married
George W. Fenton, the father of Rueben E. Fenton,
once Congressman, Governor of New York, and
United States Senator. John Owens was born in
Windsor, Conn., who, after his Revolutionary War
service, left New England, and in 1808 settled in the
town of Carroll, Chautauqua county, N. Y. He kept
a tavern in Carrol! for the entertainment of lumber-
men and travelers all over the State road from Chau-
tauqua county into Pennsylvania. He also operated a
private ferry over the Conewango, and died in Car-
roll, Feb. 6, 1843, at the wonderful age of one hun-
dred and seven, probably the oldest citizen who ever
lived in the county. His military service was with the
English army under General Wolfe at the capture of
Quebec, and with Ethan Allen at the taking of Ticon-
deroga. He was a jovial, story-loving man, and his
house was very popular with the weary raftsmen who
sought his hospitality when tied up for the night.

Lawrence Warren Wiltsie, son of David and Jane
P. (Hadley) Wiltsie, was born at the home farm in
Carroll, Chautauqua county, N. Y., March 30, 1850, his
father a farmer and lumber dealer at Frewsburg. He
attended the public schools of Frewsburg, and the
Union School of Jamestown, later studied law, and on
April 9, 187s, was admitted to the New York bar at
Rochester. He opened law offices in Jamestown the
same year, rose rapidly in his profession, and is
rated one of the strong men of the Chautauqua county
bar. Mr. Wiltsie is a member of the Chautauqua
County Bar Association, the New York Bar Associa-
tion, Sons of the American Revolution, and is affili-
ated with Mt. Moriah Lodge, Western Sun Chapter,
and Jamestown Commandery of the Masonic order. In
politics he is a Democrat, and has been the party stand-
ard bearer in several campaigns, but the normal ad-



verse Republican majority is rarely overcome by a
Democratic candidate in Jamestown.

At Olean, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1883, Mr. Wiltsie married
Caroline P. Ahrams, who died March ig, 1918. leaving
a son, David Hadley Wiltsie, born in Jamestown,
March 13, 18S8. He was educated in Jamestown grammar
and high schools ; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter,
N. H.; Yale University, A. B., class of 1912; and the
University of Berlin, being a student there in 1914,
when the world was fanned into a flame of war
through the action of Germany. Mr. Wiltsie had a
hard time in getting out of Germany, but finally
reached England, his health seriously effected. He
returned to Jamestown, where he died July 3, 1920.



FRED VICTOR ANDERSON, an alderman of the
city of Jamestown, and assistant cashier of the Liberty
National Bank, is a native of Jamestown, born Jan. i,
1886, a son of John A. and Emma C. (.'\brahamson)
Anderson, both of whom are now living. The elder Mr.
Anderson is at the present time connected with the
firm of .A-brahamson-Bigelow Company, the owners
of the largest department store in Jamestown, an asso-
ciation which has existed for many years.

Fred Victor Anderson received his education as a
boy in the local public schools, completing his studies in
the grammar grades and continuing for two years in
the high school. Being ambitious to begin the active
business of life, he then gave up his studies with that
institution and entered the Jamestown Business Col-
lege, where he took a commercial course and was grad-
uated in the year 1904. Upon completing his studies
there, he at once secured a position in the Bank of
Jamestown, where he remained for about thirteen
years, gaining in the meantime an intimate know-
ledge of banking and business methods generally. For
one year following his connection with the Bank of
Jamestown, Mr. Anderson was associated with the
International Flag Company, but retired from that
position in order to accept the offer made to him by the
Liberty National Bank to become its assistant cashier.
He has continued in this office ever since and has
made himself exceedingly useful to this concern. Mr.
Anderson has been exceedingly active in local public
affairs, and is a very prominent member of the Repub-
lican party in the county, his voice being heard in all
their councils. It was in the year 1917 that he was
elected to the Board of Aldermen of Jamestown and
still serves on that body, having proved himself a
most capable and disinterested public servant. He has
also participated prominently in the war work of the
community, and is chairman of the finance committee
of the Board of Aldermen, positions of great responsi-
bility for so young a man. In his religious belief Mr.
Anderson is a Lutheran and attends the First Luth-
eran Church at Jamestown. He possesses an unusual
talent for music, and at the present time is choir direc-
tor of the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, pos-
sessing himself a fine and well-trained baritone voice.
His love for music induced him to take a full course in
that art at the Jamestown Conserxatory of Music, so
that he is thoroughly educated in this line, and for
three years was a member of the Presbyterian quar-



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tfttc here. Mr. Antierson is a member of Mt. Moriah
Loiige. Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is now
passing through the chairs of this lodge. He is also
a member of Mt. Tabor Lodge, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of which he is past noble grand, of the
Xorthern Club, of the Scandinavian-American Founda-
tion ^charter member), and a director of the Young
Men's Christian .Association.

Fred \'ictor .\nderson was united in marriage June
4. I0!J. at Jamestown, with Elma E. Sandburg.



CARL FRANKLIN STRATFORD, the well
known and popular citi.ten of Jamestown, N. Y., where
he is secretary of the Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion, is a native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, where
he was born, .\ug. 31, 18S0. He is a son of Eli T.
and Minnie (Moore) Stratford, his father having been
a railroad worker upon coming to the United States,
and was also engaged as a sub-contractor. \\'hile Carl F.
Stratford was still an infant, his parents moved to
Buffalo. X. Y.. where the family resided for a num-
ber of years, and it was here that he received his pre-
liminary education, attending the grammar schools and
later the Buffalo High School, He was but twelve
years of age when he became interested in the Young
Men's Christian Association work, and after leaving
high school, Mr. Stratford continued his studies in the
schools of the Young Men's Christian Association,
identifying himself and becoming acquainted with all
the details of the work of this splendid organization.
Upon reaching the age of nineteen, Mr. Stratford was
gi\ en his first official appointment in the employ of the
".Association." namely, that of assistant at the Buffalo
Central "Y." He held this post for a period of two
years and then, upon reaching his majority, was ap-
pointed secretary of the Lackawanna branch of the
Young Men's Christian Association at Buffalo. Mr.
Stratfr.rd filled this post with exceptional skill, and it
w.-is flue to his able management and clear foresight
that the Lackawanna branch owes its rapid growth and
development. Mr. Stratford's next appointment was
that of membership secretary of the Young Men's
Christi.in .Association at Erie, Pa., where he continued
his brilliant work. It was not long after receiving this
fK.st that Mr. Stratford was sent to Kane, Pa., there
to take charge of the Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion work, and at this city he was given tlic position
of general secretary, a most deserving office. In Au-
tf'ivt. 1017. h'- ramr- to Jamestown to accept the office
of general secretary of the "Y" here, and up to the
present Mr. Stratford can claim the honorable service
of eleven years with the Young Men's Christian .Asso-
ciation. Mr. Stratford may be classed as a "miracle
man" with regard to the exceptional progress he has
m.-id'- with the work entrusted to him. He has a strong
p'rson.-dity, and an ability to handle men, and at prcs-
rnt has no less than ten assistants who aid him in his
important duties 'onnccted with the "Y" work. The
YounK Men's (Jirislian Asso'ialion building here is a
hand-orne edifice and h.is r'>'im for seventy-five guests.
It al-o rt,n(\iiri>, ,1 summer branch on Lake Chautau-
'I'la. Mr. Stratford enjoys his works, csperi.illy that
branch which has always been so attractive to him,



namely, the Boys' Department, in which he takes a
very active interest.

During the World War, Mr. Stratford ser\'ed as
publicity director for Chautauqua county in all the
Liberty Loan drives; as campaign director for the
county in the United War Fund Campaign, and local
director for the Young Men's Christian Association
and Red Cross drives. In his religious belief Mr.
Stratford is a Presbyterian, and attends the church
of this denomination in Jamestown. He is a member
of the national organization of the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association workers. Mr. Stratford does not take
an active interest in politics, due to the exacting duties
connected with his important post at the "Y." He
is not affiliated with any party and may be regarded
as an independent voter, preferring not to ally him-
self with any political party whatsoever.

Carl Franklin Stratford married, at Buffalo, N. Y.,
-Aug. 22, 1912, Edith Thomas, a resident of that place,
and a daughter of F. A. and Ida (JefTeries) Thomas,
old and highly respected citizens. The Thomas fam-
ily originally came from Rochester, N. Y. Mr. and
Mrs. Stratford are the parents of two children: Ruth
Thomas, and Thomas Alanson.



CHARLES A. JOHNSON, a well regarded and re-
sponsible citizen of Jamestown, N. Y., for more than
thirty-five years, and a leader among the Swedish peo-
ple of that place, has for thirty years been a director of
the Atlas Furniture Company, under that name and
under its former trading designation, the Swedish Fur-



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