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head, and it was his genius both as an inventor and
business man which is responsilile for the enormous
proportions to which the concern has grown.

Mr. Dahlstrom always took a keen interest in the
public affairs of Jamestown, and was a Republican in
politics, but the tremendous demands upon his time and
cnerg>' made by the huge development of his business
interests rendered it impossible for him to take that
part in the general life of the community for which his
talents and abilities so admirably fitted him. He was,
however, exceedingly public-spirited and always dis-
charged to the full his duties as a citizen as well as
supporting liberally every movement undertaken for the
public wellfare. It has sometimes been held that men
f)05sessing unusual inventive genius lack the practical
power necessary to market the results of that genius
successfully, but certainly this theory has not been justi-
fied in many American inventors who have reaped
durins" their lives the fruit of their genius, and especially
was it not justified in the career of Mr. Dahlstrom,

whose invention was placed before the public so suc-
cessfully that almost over night it became a universal
public necessity. In addition to his inventive genius
and to his practical grasp of affairs, Mr. Dahlstrom
had another quality which undoubtedly played a part
in shaping his success. He was a man of most genial
and warm hearted personality and possessed in an un-
usual degree the power of making and keeping friends.
Nowhere was this ability more conspicuously shown
than in his relations with his employees, over whom he
exercised a most extraordinary influence. The men
who worked in his plant felt him to be their friend and
held him in the highest esteem and warmest aft'ection.
On the occasion of his death they petitioned to be
allowed to refrain from work in order to attend his
funeral in a body, and otherwise showed the deep
devotion which they had for him. The factory of the
Dahlstrom Metallic Door Company was perhaps the
most important industrial establishment in Jamestown,
and was an important factor in the industrial develop-
ment of the community. ]\Ir. Dahlstrom was also a
prominent figure in the social and fraternal circles of
the community, and was affiliated with Mt. Tabor Lodge,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Jamestown
Lodge, Knights of Pythias. In his religious belief he
was a Lutheran and attended the First Lutheran Church
of that denomination in Jamestown.

Charles Peter Dahlstrom was united in marriage,
Oct. 20, igoo, at Jamestown, with Anna Elfrida Phillips
Petersen, like himself a native of Sweden, where she
was born at Stockholm, March lo, 1873, a daughter of
John Phillips and Matilda (Fagerstrom) Petersen. Mr.
Petersen was born in Sweden. May i, 1839, and died
Aug. 27, 1878. He was a stone mason by trade, highly
respected in the community where he dwelt, and a prom-
inent member of the Lutheran church there. He married,
in 1863, Matilda Fagerstrom. born Dec. 21, 1841, died
April 2, 1904. Mrs. Petersen was a woman of many
virtues and was a most devoted mother and wife. Mr.
and Mrs. Petersen were the parents of the following
children: Augusta, who became the wife of John Burk-
land, of Jamestown, N. Y., to whom she bore two
children, Mar.garet and Vivian ; Anton Phillips, who
married .A.ugusta Ax, by whom he has had two children,
Burdette and Rose; Amanda, who became the wife of
Charles Johnson, of Jamestown, and the mother of two
children, Norman and Chester; Anna Elfrida Phillips,
who became Mrs. Charles P. Dahlstrom, as mentioned
above; and Alma, who was a nurse in the Women's
Christian .Association Hospital of Jamestown ; she died
April 7, 1919. These children of John Phillips Petersen,
after coming to the United States, dropped their family
name and are now known by their father's middle name
of Phillips. Anna Elfrida Phillips (Petersen) Dahl-
strom received her education at the schools of her native
city of .Stockholm, and after coming to the L'nited
States took a special course in English. She is a woman
of strong Christian character, and is a prominent figure
in the life of Jamestown, where she enjoys the highest
esteem and regard. Mr. and Mrs. Dahlstrom became
the parents of two children, as follows: Phyllis M;itilda
Margarette, born July 13, nioi ; and Frederick Phillips,
born Sept. 7, i'X)3.

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HERBERT B. VINCENT— Long passed from
mortal view, Herbert B. \'incent lives in the memory
of his many friends in Jamestown, where his widow yet
resides. He was one of the men who, when clouds of
war broke over our land, rallied to the defence of the
old flag and maintained a government of free people.
He Hved long and well, his record and his life unspotted.
His parents, Edward F. and Lucinda (Boise) Vincent,
resided at Warren, Pa., on a farm, finally moving to
Hesperia, Mich., where Mr. Vincent, Sr., continued
farming operations until his death.

Herbert B. Vincent was born in Warren, Pa., Jan. 3,
1836, and died in Jamestown, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1905. He
was educated in the public schools of the district, and
upon arriving at a suitable age learned the harness-
maker's trade, worked at it several years, and established
a business of his own. Later he sold out and moved to
Spottsylvania Court House, Va.. where he purchased
a farm which he operated for five years. He traded
off his Virginia property for a farm in McKean county.
Pa., locating there, where he remained for five years.
Here he "struck oil." He then traded this farm and
oil field for a farm in Chautauqua county. He lived in
Jamestown one year, then went to the farm for four
years, after which he moved back to Jamestown and
retired, residing there until his death.

Mr. Vincent enlisted in Company I, 109th Regiment,
New York Volunteer Infantry, Dec 2, 1S61, serving
under Captains A. W. Alvord and S. R. Jones, Colonels
B. F. Tracy, and Coxlen, the regiment part of the 1st
Brigade, 3rd Division, gth Army Corps, Army of the
Potomac. Until April, 1864, Mr. Vincent was on guard
duty, later was engaged at the battles of the Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, Ann River. Cold Harbor, Bethesda
Church, Petersburg, Welden railroad. Reams Station,
Hatcher's Run, and witnessed the surrender of General
Lee, April 9, 1865. On May 31, 1865, he was trans-
ferred to Company I, 51 st Regiment, New York Inlan-
try, Capt. W. W. Hatch, Col. J. J. Wright, and was
mustered out June 3, 1865. He was held at Washington,
D. C, and at Alexandria, Va., on special service,
finally receiving honorable discharge at Alexandria, July
25, 1865. All his after life Mr. Vincent retained a lively
interest in his war comrades and was long a member of
McKean Post, No. 347, Grand Army of the Republic
of Smethport, Pa. He was also a member of the
Masonic order, and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

Mr. Vincent married, April 17, 1859, Julia A. Ogden,
born June 9, 1839, in Apalachin, Tioga county, N. Y.,
daughter of Isaac and Julia (Jewett) Ogden, who yet
survives her husband, residing in Jamestown, active
and well preserved, her friends many and devoted to
her. Children : i. William, born Aug. 23, i860, died Nov.
24, 1864, 2. Susan E., born Feb. 23, 1863 ; married,
April 2, 1883, at Jamestown, J. A. Yerdon, and has a
son, Herbert B. 3. Robertine, born Aug. 16, 1865;
married, June 17, 1890, Daniel Bacon, and has three
children : Ivan Julia, born Sept. 4, 1892 ; Ellen, born Oct.
21, 1893, died Oct. 16, 1918; and Margaret, born Jan. 22,
1905. 4. Willard E., born Nov. 13, 1875, now engaged in
the drug business in Buffalo, N. Y. ; married Clemen-
tine Crum, of Indianapolis, Ind. 5. Edith, bom Sept.

I, 1877, died Sept. 17, 1877. 6. Earl R., born March
18, 1879; married Grace Waller, and resides in Indian-
apolis, Ind. He has one daughter Margarett.

DANIEL A. SULLIVAN, who was for many years
one of the most prominent figures in the lumber interests
of Chautauqua county, N. Y., and whose death at his
home in Jamestown, May 17, 1904, was felt as a severe
loss by the entire community, was a native of County
Cork, Ireland, where his birth occurred April 12, 1863, a
son of Michael and Susan Sullivan. He was but two
years of age when his parents removed with him to
England and settled in the town of Olewitch, where they
made their home for about four years. They had in the
meantime, however determined to come to the United
States, and in 1869 set sail for this country, and after a
long voyage reached the port of New York City. It is
probable that their destination had already been deter-
mined upon before leaving England, as they did not
tarry in the metropolis, but came on at once to the
city of Salamanca, N. Y., where they have since made
their home.

Daniel A. Sullivan was but six years of age at that
time, and his childhood and early youth were spent at
Salamanca, where he attended the local public schools
and obtained his education. He was still young, how-
ever, when he gave up his studies and went to the
village of Red House and there secured employment
with Daniel Griswold, who was one of the pioneer lum-
bermen of the region. Mr. Sullivan was sent to work as
a woodman in this region, and for a time worked in
that capacity for Mr. Griswold. He was exceedingly
ambitious, however, to become independent in business,
but realized that further education would be a valuable
asset to him before embarking on an enterprise of his
own. Acordingly, he became a member of Mr. Gris-
wold's household in Jamestown and there attended the
high school until he had qualified himself as a teacher.
Mr. Sullivan then was appointed to take charge of a
school near his old home at Salamanca, and taught in
that institution for one year. He was keenly interested
in his profession and decided to study further in order
to perfect himself in that line. About this time, how-
ever, his attention was forcibly called to the great oppor-
tunities offered by the lumber business, and by the time
he had completed his course of study at the Fredonia
Normal School, Fredonia. N. Y., he had practically
decided to take up this occupation. For two years he
rafted lumber for a Mr. Quinn on the Allegheny river,
below Corydon, transporting the rough logs down that
stream to the southern market, where he disposed of
them for his employer. During this time he made the
acquaintance of Mr. Robert Carson, of Randolph, and
entered his employ, opening for him a general store
at Quaker Bridge. He also looked after the lumber
interests of Mr. Carson, and continued thus occupied
until the spring of 1893, making his home at Quaker
Bridge in the meantime. In that year, however, he
severed his connection with his employer and came to
Jamestown, N. Y. Here he formed a copartnership
with C. A. Breed and D. D. Hazeltine, under the name
of the Union Lumber Company, and began operations


here. In tlie year 1S94 Messrs. Breed and Hazeltine
retired from the business, leaving Mr. Sullivan the sole
proprietor thereof, who continued it under the old name
until 1S07. He then admitted M. D. Stone into the con-
cern as a partner, who remained with him until 1903,
after which Mr. Sullivan became once more the sole
proprietor of the company. His business developed to
large proportions under his exceedingly capable manage-
ment, and he was regarded as one of the most sub-
stantial citizens of Jamestown, his home there, which
was situated at Xo. 314 West Fifth street, being one of
the handsomest in the place. He was very active in
the general life of the community, and was especially
prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of all
the Masonic bodies in the city. He was also affiliated
with the Jamestown Club, and was a director of the
bank in Jamestown for many years. The Masonic
bodies with which Mr. Sullivan was connected were
as follows : Mt. Moriah Lodge, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons ; Western Sun Chapter, Royal
.Arch Masons : Jamestown Council. Royal and Select
Masters; Jamestown Commandery, Knights Templar;
Ismailia Temple, .Vncient Arabic Order Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine; Buffalo Consistory, Sovereign Princes
of the Royal Secret; and the Jamestown Lodge of Per-
fection. He was also a member of Jamestown Lodge,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Daniel .A. Sullivan was united in marriage. May 0,
18SS, with Mary Elizabeth Grunder, of Warren, Pa., and
they became the parents of two children; Irene S., who
resides at the family home at Jamestown, and Paul
Revere, who is mentioned at length below. Mr. and
Mrs. Sullivan were members of the Presbyterian church,
and are buried in Lakeview Cemetery here, the death
of the latter occurring Feb. 27, 1919.

Paul Revere Sullivan, only son of Daniel A. and
Mary Elizabeth (Grunder) Sullivan, was born at James-
town. Dec. 4, 1894. He attended as a lad the public
schools of this city, and later the Military .'\cademv at
Poughkecpsie, N'. Y., from which he was graduated with
the class of 1914. He then took a commercial course
at the Bryant & Stratton's Business College at Buffalo,
upon completing which he returned to Jamestown,
whore he became interested in the automobile business.
He continued in thi.? line until the entrance of the United
States into the great World War, when he enlisted as
a m'-mber of the Reserve Force Aviation Service, con-
nected with the United States navy. He served therein
until the close of the war, when he was retired with
the rank of cnsipi. Upon receiving his honorable dis-
chari;c, Mr. Sullivan reentered the automobile business
and has already met with considerable success in this
line. He is a Presbyterian in his religious belief and
attends the church of that denomination in Jamestown.

Paul Revere Sullivan married. May 10, 1919, at
Jamestown, Ursula Jones, a daughter of Cyrus E.
and Mary fBcebe) Jones, old and highly respected
residents of Jamestown.

.■\t the time of the death of Daniel A. Sullivan, there
was printed a Ion? obituary article dealing with his
life, in the course of which the following appears:

A I Ih^ llmo of bin 'Ir;ath ho w-ih at the hfia'J of thfi
Vnlon I..ijrnber Company an'I hlH bunlniBs .iMIIiIik won
for him a rfjcojcnlze'l plarc amontf the lumhcr f]<;iI(,rH
of ih<; country, .lu«t an'I honorahlo In hl« <l<;allnK«,

grenerous and considerate to associates, gentle and
kind-hearted in his family relations, his death will
he regretted by all who knew liim, and his family will
have the sympathy of the community In their great

JOHN H. TOUSLEY— Among the prominent busi-
ness men and merchants of Jamestown, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., the name of John H, Tousley, whose
death occurred Aug. 3, 1909, stands high. Mr. Tousley,
who had nearly completed his seventy-ninth year at the
time of his death, was a native of Madison county, N.
Y., his birth occurring in the town of Morrisville, Dec.
28, 1827. The family is of old New England stock, and
Mr. Tousley's father, William Tousley, was a native
of Connecticut and came to New York State in early
manhood. He located at Morrisville, Madison county,
where he followed the occupation of farming and was
also a successful blacksmith until the close of his life.
He married Charlotte Houghton, a daughter of John
Houghton, who came from England as a young man
and settled in this country before the Revolution. John
Houghton was impressed in General Burgoyne's army,
but eventually escaped and joined the Colonial troops
and supported the American cause to the end of that
momentous struggle. William Tousley and his wife
were the parents of six children, the youngest of whom
was John H., of whom further.

John H. Tousley passed his childhood and early youth
in his native town of Morrisville. and as a lad attended
the local district schools, but abandoned his studies at an
early age in order to learn the trade of carpenter, which
he continued to follow until 1855. In that year he
opened a bakery and confectionery store at Rush ford,
N. Y., but in 1864 removed from that town to James-
town, where he engaged in the wholesale and retail
bakery and confectionery business, opening an estab-
lishment on East Third street. For a quarter of a
century thereafter Mr. Tousley was successfully engaged
in that business, and built up one of the largest estab-
lishments of its kind in the entire region. He enjoyed
an enviable reputation for integrity and fair business ■
methods, and was one of the leading figures in the busi-
ness world here.

John H. Tousley was united in marriage, Jan, 16,
1855, with Mary Elizabeth Parker, a native of Rushford,
N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Tousley celebrated their golden
wedding, Jan. 16, 1905; the following 6th of December
Mr. Tousley died. Mrs. Tousley survived her husband
for a number of years, her death occurring Sept. 26,
191 7. She was prominent in the social circles of the
city, and was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Tousley were the parents of three child-
ren, as follows: I. Charles, who died at La Junta,
Colo., and who married Adeline Furlow, by whom he
had one child, Doris. 2. John H., a successful merchant
in Jamestown, where he married Mayme McGinn, by
whom he has three children: John M., Howard J., and
Laurence Charles. 3. Ruth C, who is well known as a
public school teacher in Jamestown, where she has
t;ingli( for more than thirty-six years.

EDWARD E, DUFFEE— .\ man of varied experi-
enr<-, having been engaged in a great many widely diver-
gent lines of business, lidward E. Duffee is what might






be truly called a self-made man. From his boyhood up
to the present time, his life has had very little playtime
in it, for as soon as one occupation came to an end,
another was at once adopted to take its place.

Edward E. Duffee, was bom in Buckley, Schuylkill
county. Pa., April 30, 1853, his parents. Neil Duffee and
his wife, Nancy (Schmidt) Duffee, living in the oil field
regions at that time, his father being actively engaged
in oil production. Neil Duffee is now deceased, as is
also his wife.

Edward E. Duffee was given a good common school
education, attending both grammar and high schools in
Oil City, Pa., until sixteen years old. though he did not
graduate from the high school. His first step on the
business ladder was as clerk in the general department
store of Shcppard. Son & Stone Company, where he
continued for seven years. He then became interested
in oil and in 1878 started prospecting and operating in
that line in Clarion county, Pa., later going to McKean
field, continuing in the oil business from 1888 to 1891.
In December, 1891, he went to Jamestown and opened a
dr>' goods store in the Broadhead block. No. 16 South
Main street, remaining there until 1899, when he moved
to the New Arcade. Eighteen months later he moved
again to the White block, where he carried on his busi-
ness until igo6; then Mr. Duffee sold out and moved
to Pittsburgh, going into the real estate business. In

1907 he returned to Jamestown, and in the spring of

1908 started to operate the Excelsior Furniture Com-
pany, having built the factory for that purpose. After
some time spent in this occupation, he sold his interests
in the furniture line and bought a half interest in the
dry goods business of Charles Samuels ; seventeen
months later he bought the other half, conducting the
business alone. This proved very satisfactory, but a
short time after the transfer was effected, the building
caught fire and he was burned out. Three months later
business was resumed, only to be destroyed by another
fire in less than a year. But, like the Phoenix, Mr.
Duffee's business arose from the ashes, and on Dec. 15,
igio, he opened his present store, the E. E. Duffee dry
goods, cloaks, suits, carpets and drapery business, which
has proven to be a most successful concern. Mr. Duffee
is a Republican in political faith, and is interested in
the work of his party, though he has seldom held any
public office. At one time he was a member of the
School Board, from 1906 to 1909. He is a Free Mason
having passed through all degrees up to the thirty-second,
and is a Knights Templar. In religion Mr. Duffee is
a Presbyterian, he and his family attending that church.

Edward E. Duffee married Ella E. Vossard, in Oil
City, Jan II, 1887. They have four children: I. Oppo,
now the wife of W. G. Eckman. 2. Floss G., who
married William Gokey, Jr. 3. Fleda F., living at home.
4. Diege D., also at home. Mrs. Duffee is a very efficient,
capable woman, and in addition to the care of her home
and family, assists her husband in the store, the business
having grown so large as to require constant supervision
by one or the other of them. Mr. Duffee is ranked
among the successful men of Jamestown.

Anderson, who has been for many years one of the most
prominent farmers of the district and a man who,
through his long career, has earned the high esteem and
admiration of his associates and the community-at-
large. Mr. .Anderson is a son of Edwin and Catherine
Ann (Crosby) Anderson, the former a farmer at Elling-
ton, and a native of that place, where his birth occurred
April 7, 1858. .As a lad he attended the high school at
Chamberlain, N. Y., and upon completing his studies at
that institution took up the occupation of farming which
he has followed ever since with a high degree of suc-
cess. Mr. Anderson is also interested in the financial
affairs of Ellington and Jamestown and is affiliated
with the Jamestown National Bank. He takes a keen
interest in local politics and is a strong supporter of the
Republican party, of which he has been a member for
many years. He is a member of the local grange and is
well known as having done much to promote the farm-
ing interests of the community. In his religious belief
Mr. Anderson is a Methodist.

James Brace .Anderson was united in marriage. June
18, 1884, at Salamanca, N. Y., with Cora Sarah Ewing,
a native of that city, where her birth occurred Oct.
-"■ 1857. Mrs. Anderson is a daughter of Henry and
.Augusta Loraine (Willis) Ewing. Mr. and Mrs. Ander-
son are the parents of the following children : .Archi-
bald, born Feb. 22, 1887, and died July 26. 1896; Sada
Loraine, born Aug. 27, 1889; Harriett Louise, born
March 19, 1892; Frank K. Henry, born Dec. 24, 1897,
enlisted, Dec. 24, 1917, in Company I, 4th Regiment of
Infantry, in the regular army of the United States, and
served until May 28, 1919, with the .American Expedi-
tionary Force in France, a period of fourteen months
in all, during which he saw action in three great battles
of the war; and Emmons Edwin, born Oct. 30, 1901.

JAMES BRACE ANDERSON— There is no figure
better known in the agricultural world of Ellington,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., than that of James Brace

DELMAR T. FREDRICKSON, president of the
Fredrickson Brothers Veneer Mill, Basket Factory and
Saw Mill, was born in Stockton, N. Y., June 6, 1888.
He was a son of .Alfred D. and Matilda (.Anderson)
Fredrickson. Alfred D. Fredrickson is a farmer and a
strong ally of the Prohibition party. Three sons have
been bom to Mr. and Mrs. Fredrickson : Delmar T.,
of further mention ; Paul W. ; Albin L., whose sketch
follows this work.

Delmar T. Fredrickson was educated in the grammar
and high schools of his native place. After leaving
school he served an apprenticeship to the plumber's
trade at Buffalo, N. Y., later going to Kane. Pa., where
he was employed in a glass factory for a short period.
He then became associated with Charles .A. Hall, who
owned a large steam power plant for basket making. In
1912. together with Otto S. Bussing, Mr. Fredrickson
bought this mill and the business was continued until
1919, when Paul W. Fredrickson and .Albin L. Fred-
rickson, brothers of Delmar T. Fredrickson, bought the
Bussing buildings and added them to the already exten-
sive plant, making this one of the largest enterprises of
its kind in Chautauqua county. Logs are bought from
nearby woodlands and the entire process of the making
of the fruit baskets is done at this plant, where 85 men
and girls are employed for this purpose. In politics Mr.
Fredrickson is a Republican, and is a member of the
Stockton School Board. He affiliates with the Inde-



pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a member of the
First Baptist Church, of Stockton, of which he is also
a trustee.

On Sept. ;:5. 1015. Mr. Fredrickson married Pearl L.

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