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War of the Revolution.

The Rev. Moses Hallock was graduated from Yale
College in 178S, and on the completion of his theological
studies was ordained pastor of the Congregational
church in Plainfield, Mass., which he served for forty-
five years. In addition to his ministerial duties, he
established in his home a classical school for boys in
which he fitted more than 300 for college. Among
them were seven of the early missionaries, more than
fifty clergymen, and others widely known including the
poet Bryant, Marcus Whitman, who saved Oregon,
and John Brown, of Ossowatomie.

His wife was Margaret (Allen) Hallock, of Chilmark,
Nantucket, a descendant of Thomas Mayhew, the first
governor of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, as well
as a successful missionary to the Indians living on those
islands. Of the four sons who received their early
training in the home school. Rev. William A. Hallock,
D. D., was for fifty years at the head of the American
Tract Society; Gerard, for over thirty years editor of
the New York Journal of Commerce ; and Homan, a
missionary printer, made the first Arabic type in Syria.
The remaining son, Leavitt H. Hallock, father of Rev.
William A. Hallock, was born in Plainfield, Jan. 21, 1798,
where he spent most of his life. He was a general
merchant, for some time a tanner, and a farmer. He
served several terms as justice of the peace, was post-
master, and in 1849 was elected to the Massachusetts
Legislature. He died Oct. 16, 1877, at the home of his
son, Rev. Leavitt H. Hallock, D. D., in West Winstead,
Conn. In 1829 he married Elizabeth Porter Snell,
daughter of Ebenezer and Deborah (Porter) Snell, of
Cummington, Mass., her Aunt Sarah being the mother of
William CuUen Bryant. The children of this marriage
v;ere twin daughters, Fanny and Eliza ; Fanny married
Rev. Henry M. Hazeltine, of Jamestown, where she
died Jan. 10, 1920; Eliza married Rev. Thomas H.
Rouse, who was pastor of the First Congregational
Church of Jamestown from 1856 to 1868; Rev. William
A. Hallock, born in Plainfield, Aug. 27, 1832; also -i



younger brother, Rev. Leavitt H. Hallock, D. D., now
of Portland, Me.

Rev. William A. Hallock was graduated from
Amherst College, in 1855. He entered Yale Theological
Seminary, but owing to an accident was obliged to drop
his studies. A voyage on a sailing vessel to Constan-
tinople restored his health, and in 1859 he was graduated
from the Hartford Theo4ogical Seminary and accepted
the pastorate, of the Congregational Church in Gilead,
Conn., where he remained for four years, until a rail-
road accident compelled him to give up his work. He
then moved to Jamestown and when his health again
improved preached acceptably in Kiantone, Frewsburg,
Sugar Grove, and Ashville. In 1877 he went to Con-
necticut, where he served the Congregational church in
Bloomfield for twelve years. He then returned to James-
town, N. Y., which he considered his home for the
remainder of his life, though much of the last years
were spent in Porto Rico. He died Sept. 4, 1911, and
is buried in Jamestown. The funeral service was held in
Pilgrim Memorial Church, and was unusually impres-
sive, his brother, Dr. Hallock, delivering a beautiful
tribute of love and appreciation.

Mr. Hallock had a strong character. He was an able
pulpit orator, abounding in energy and enthusiasm.
The churches which he served prospered under his
leadership. In Jamestown, after retiring from active
ministerial work, he took a deep interest in the Sunday
school out of which grew Pilgrim Memorial Church,
and was for some years its superintendent. He gave
the site for the Young Men's Christian Association
building in Jamestown, and his portrait hangs in the
library. Mr. Hallock was active and impulsive, at
the same time showing an unusual perseverance in
carrying through any enterprise he undertook.

He married, Sept. 19, i860, Clara M. Hall, daughter
of William and Julia (Jones) Hall, born in James-
town, July 5, 1836, died Sept. 17, 1897. A son, William
Hall, born in 1864, died in 1894, after several years
study in Germany, where he had gone after completing
his college course at Amherst. A daughter, Nellie
Elizabeth, graduated at Smith College, and on June 21,
1899, married Alfred Tracy Livingston, M. D., of James-
town, who now (1920) has a summer home at Drift-
wood-on-Chautauqua, but spends the winters in Dorado,
Porto Rico. Dr. and Mrs. Livingston have one daughter,
Clara Elizabeth.

William Hall, father of Mrs. Clara M. (Hall)
Hallock, was born in Wardsboro, Vt., Aug. 17, 1793,
died in Jamestown, N. Y., July 6, 1880, having been a
resident there for sixty-four years, son of William and
Abigail (Pease) Hall, his father a Revolutionary soldier.
William Hall came to Jamestown in 1816 and became
one of the leading business men, a public-spirited citizen.
He married Julia Jones, daughter of Solomon Jones,
and they were the parents of: Colonel William C. J.
Hall; Rev. Elliot C. Hall; and Clara M. Hall, wife of
Rev. William Allen Hallock.



JOHN CHAMBERLAIN MASON— From boyhood

John C. Mason has been identified with the jewelry
business, serving an apprenticeship under his honored
father, Levant L. Mason, a wonderfully skilled jeweler



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and engraver, and Jamestown's oldest merchant at the
time 01 his death in ion. In the course of time his son
succeeded him but not in the store which had been their
mutual business home for so long. John C. Mason mov-
ing a block further north to Ko. 305 Main street, his
present location. Xot alone as a successful business
man is he known in Jamestown, the city of his birth,
but as a man of genial, social nature, gifted in mind,
a good entertainer, and versatile writer. Who does not
recall his minstrel shows with their burlesque of the
Board of Aldermen and other local characters, written
by Mr. Mason, full of pungent wit and humor, wit with-
out malice or sting, and humor clean and wholesome.
The ladies of the Warren Home for the Aged remember
his entertainments in their behalf, and in countless ways
Mr. Mason has added to the fund of humorous enter-
tainments. He is a son of Levant L. and Eunice
(Stevens) Mason, and a grandson of Belden B. and
Mercy (Whitcomb") Mason, who came to Jamestown
from Erie county, N. Y.. in 1831.

Levant L. Mason was born at Clarence. Erie county,
\. v.. Dec. 25. 1S26. died in Jamestown, N. Y., in 191 1.
His parents came to Jamestown in 1831, and that city
was ever afterward his home with the exception of the
years spent in Rochester, N. Y.. learning the jeweler's
trade. He was engaged in the jewelry business in
Jamestown, occupying several locations before finally
purchasing the building at No. 217 Main street, where
he continued in business until his retirement after sixty
years of service. He served Jamestown as trustee and
village president; as a member of the Board of Educa-
tion for si.xteen years ; and as secretary and superin-
tendent of the Lake View Cemetery Association from
1876 for more than a quarter of a century. For more
than half a century he was vestryman or warden of St.
Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church ; was a past master
of Mt. Moriah Lodge. Free and Accepted Masons (an
honor also held by his son. John C. Mason) ; was a
companion of Western Sun Chapter. Royal Arch
Masons ; and a sir knight of Jamestown Commandery,
Knights Templar.

Levant L. Mason married, at Rochester, N. Y., May
10. 1850. Eunice Stevens, and on May 10, 1900. they
celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding day,
their home during all of that period having been at the
corner of Lafayette and West Second streets. Mrs.
Mason died Dec. 7, 1903. They were the parents of
three children : John C., of further mention ; Caroline,
married Henry S. Penfield ; Lucy H., married Fred-
erick P. Hall, of Jamestown.

John C. Mason was born in Jamestown. N. \.. Oct. 5,
1851. and there spent the years of his minority. He passed
the grades of Jamestown's primary, grammar and high
schrx-jis, then served a regular apprenticeship to the
jeweler's trade under his father, with whom he re-
mained until attaining legal age, in 1872. In that year
he opened a jewelry store in Mayvillc, Chautau(|ua
county N. V., there remaining seven years. The next
four years were "^pe-nt in the jewelry business in Ran-
dolph. N. v., then after an absence of eleven years .Mr.
Mason relurn'd to Jamestown and his father's employ.
They were aisoriat'd in business at No. 217 Main street
fr/T all the years which intervened until Levant L. Mason
retired, but not as partners, the son a salaried man, but



carrying the heavier responsibilities. During this period
John C. Mason perfected himself in the optician's art
by a course in Cleveland and added that as a special
department of the business. Finally Levant L. Mason,
then an octogenarian, disposed of his stock at auction
and retired. John C. Mason then moving to his present
location, No. 305 Main street, where with new, fresh
stock and fixtures he opened a modern jewelry store
with an optical department. That was in 1910 and there
he still continues, well-established and prosperous. He
is a member and a former president of the Jamestown
Jewelers' .•\ssociation, resigning that oflice in 1919.
Honorable and upright in his business life, Mr. Mason
retains leading position in the business which has been
conducted in Jamestown under the Mason name for
over seventy years.

Social and genial in nature, Mr. Mason has long been
identified with leading fraternal orders and has recently
extended his connections by entering the Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite of the Masonic order. He is a
past master of Mt. Moriah Lodge, Free and .•\ccepted
Masons: past high priest of Western Sun Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons ; member of Jamestown Council,
Royal and Select Masters ; and Jamestown Commandery,
Knights Templar. He is also past exalted ruler of
Jamestown Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. The partisan preferences of earlier years have
given way to a cooler view of matters political, and
"Independent" best expresses his present position. He
is a member of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church.

Mr. Mason was for many years interested in local
amateur theatricals, his special field little plays of his
own composition, a burlesque on local politicians and
others, put on under the guise of a minstrel show. He
frequently recited at lodge and social entertainments
selections from humorous writings, but best pleased his
audiences by poems of his own. bringing out good-natur-
edly the traits, sayings and characteristics of the local
"Great or nearly Great." He was a good entertainer and
has not entirely outgrown the pleasures a good entertain-
ment afl^ords. He has prepared for this work a chapter
on the Elks lodges of Chautauqua, and in a pleasing
manner shown some of the beauties of that order. His
recreations in his younger years were those of the out-
of-doors, trout fishing especially appealing to him.

Mr. Mason married, in Randolph, N. Y.. Caroline J.
Mason, of Schenectady, N. Y., a distant relative. They
are the parents of a son and daughter: William C,
married Harriet Staples and they arc the parents of a
son, Charles : Eunice Stevens.



ARTHUR WHITE SWAN— The business career

of Arthur W. Swi'U, cashier of the National Chautauqua
County Bank, of Jamestown, N. Y., began in a mercan-
tile house, but banking early attracted him and for
twenty-one years he has steadily pursued that branch
of business activity. The position he now ably fills
came to him through a scries of earned promotions,
ftjr he began at the bottom and has risen through merit
alone. He is a son of Daniel S. and Margaret E.
(White) Swan, of R.-mdoIpli. Cattaraugus county, N. Y.
Arthur W. Swan was Iiorn in Randolph, April 8, 1880,
and there spent his youth and earliest manhood. He was




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educated in the public schools and at Chamberlain Insti-
tute, Randolph, and when school years were completed
he entered business life as clerk in a Randolph store.
In 1899 he became an employee of the State Bank of
Randolph and there found his true vocation. Three
years were spent in the Randolph bank, then, at the age
of twenty-two, he came to Jamestown and in igoj be-
came a clerk in the National Chautauqua County Bank.
That was eighteen years ago and from clerk he has
risen through promotions to the cashier's desk, having
held that position since 1916. He is a young man of
character and integrity, well versed in the principle of
the business he follows, and highly regarded in the
banking fraternity. In his younger years athletic sports
strongly appealed to Mr. Swan, but his out-of-doors
recreation now is with rod and reel. He is a member of
the Sportman's Club, and his holidays are usually spent
on Chautauqua Lake, and Mrs. Swan is as enthusiastic
a bass fisherman as her husband. Mr. Swan is a mem-
ber of the Jamestown Rotary Club and Chamber of
Commerce, lending his influence and personal aid to
forward the work of these two organizations of business
men who are laboring for the advancement of local
interests. He is a past master of Mt. Moriah Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, and past chancellor com-
mander of Crescent Lodge, Knights of Pythias; a
member of the First Presbyterian Church, and in politics
an independent voter.

Mr. Swan married, in Jamestown, Oct. 4. 1906, Sadie
M. Loucks, daughter of Wallace and Mary E. Loucks,
of Jamestown. Mr. and Mrs. Swan are the parents of a
son, Daniel A., born Aug. 16, 1907.



CLARENCE A. HULTQUIST— For about forty
years Clarence A. Hultquist has been a resident of
Jamestown, and since 1903 has been numbered among
the enterprising, prosperous merchants of that city,
being proprietor of The Fair, a high-class variety store,
and vice-president of the Jamestown Upholstery Com-
pany, manufacturers of upholstered furniture. He is
one of the successful business men of Jamestown, wdiich
has long been his home, and has contributed his full
share to its development.

Clarence .\. Hultquist was bom in Sweden, June 25,
1864, and there spent his youth. Some of his relatives
had come to the United States and hadMocated in James-
town, N. Y., and he decided to join them. He arrived
here in 1881, and after locating his relatives he found
employment, spending three years with the Jamestown
Worsted Mills. Factory life held no attraction for him,
and leaving the worsted mills he became connected
with J. B. Collins, the founder of The Fair, a variety
store at the corner of Third and Main streets, James-
town. There the young man found more suitable em-
ployment, and from that year imtil the present he has
been engaged in the field of retail merchandizing. He
began as a clerk under Mr. Collins and continued with
him in constantly advancing position until 1903, when
Mr. Hultquist made his first venture as an independent
merchant. For one year he operated a store on Second
street, then opened his present establishment at No. 18
East Third street, which he conducts under the same
name as that of the old store in which he was so long
a clerk. The Fair may properly be classed as a variety
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store as its lines are many, but perhaps crockery and
glass-ware best describe it. A wonderful line of toys
and games is carried, kitchen-ware of all kinds, the store
being well arranged and stocked with an abundance of
standard and seasonable goods. The volume of business
has steadily increased with years, and The Fair is con-
sidered one of Jamestown's foremost stores. When the
Jamestown Upholstery Company was organized by
former employees of the Jamestown Lounge Company,
Mr. Hultquisf secured an interest which has been
increased, he having been vice-president of the company,
his son, Carl A. Hultquist, secretary, another son. Earl
O. Hultquist, treasurer. The company manufacture
upholstered furniture at their plant. No. 300 Crescent
street, Jamestown. Fred A. Nelson, one of the incor-
porators of the company, is president (1920). The
company is a conservative, well-managed corporation
with a modern factory plant, and has grown to a con-
dition of prosperity and reliability.

Although essentially a business man, Mr. Hultquist
has many outside interests, social, fraternal, and religi-
ous, which have brought him much into the public eye.
He is a member of the Norden Club, the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, the Swedish Brotherhood,
Knights of the Maccabees, and Lief Erikson Lodge, No.
26, Scandinavian Fraternal .'Association of America. He
is a long time member of the First Lutheran Church of
Jamestown and its present treasurer. In politics he is
a Republican.

Mr. Hultquist married, in Jamestown, Carlotta Matilda
Peterson, of Jamestown. They are the parents of
three children : i. Carl A., secretary of the Jamestown
LIpholstery Company; residing at home with his parents.

2. Earl O., secretary-treasurer of the Art Metal Con-
struction Company and treasurer of the Jamestown
Upholstery Company; he married Marguerite Peterson,
and they reside at No. 105 Chandler street, Jamestown.

3. Bessie A., the only daughter, resides with her parents
at the family home No. 839 Prendergast avenue.



FRANK JOHN KANE, D. D. S.— Among the most
successful and prominent of the rising dentists of
Dunkirk, Chautauqua county, N. Y., is Dr. Frank J.
Kane, a native of that city, whose entire life up to the
present, save for the short period of his college career,
has been identified with its afifairs. Dr. Kane is a son
of Daniel and Mary (CliiTord) Kane, old and respected
residents of Dunkirk, who still reside there. The elder
Mr. Kane and his wife were the parents of four
children, Julia, Frank John, with whom we are here con-
cerned, Daniel and John.

Dr. Kane was born at Dunkirk, Feb. 26. 1894, and passed
his childhood at the home of his parents in that city,
attending, when he became old enough, the public
schools. He passed through the grammar grades and
later entered the high school, where his general educa-
tion was completed and he was prepared for a collegi-
ate course. As a youth he was ambitious of a profes-
sional career, and accordingly matriculated at the Dental
School of the University of Michigan at Ann .\rbor.
There he took the prescribed course and graduated with
the class of 1916, having established a reputation as
an intelligent and industrious student. In 1916 also he
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and Xew York, and for the following year was asso-
ciated with a prominent dentist of Detroit. It was in
1017 that he opened his own office at Dunkirk and began
the practice of his profession there. His office is one
of the most perfectly equipped in the city, having all
the most modern instruments and appliances for the
dental surgeon, and his own skill and knowledge is
generally recognized so that his practice has developed
in the three years of his activities here and is still grow-
ing rapidly. Dr. Kane has always interested himself in
the general life of the community and takes a prominent
part therein, being a member of a number of organiza-
tions of various kinds. He became a member of the
t'hi Psi Phi fraternity during his college days, and
since then has become affiliated with the local chapter
of the Knights of Columbus of the third degree and
the^ .\merican Preparedness League. In politics he is an
Independent, associating himself with no party but pre-
ferring to exercise his own judgement on all matters
of public issue without regard to partisan considerations
of any kind. He is a Roman Catholic in religious belief,
and attends the Church of St. Mary of that denomina-
tion at Dunkirk.



CHARLES L. ECKMAN— Throughout the length
and breadth of our country we find men who have
worked their way unaided from the lowest rung of the
ladder to positions of eminence and power in the com-
munity, and not the fewest of these have been of
foreign birth or descent. The more credit is due them
for the additional obstacles they had to overcome, and
the indomitable courage with which they have been
possessed. Financial affiairs have been especially bene-
fited by this influx of foreign ideas, and those of
Swedish birth or descent have earned distinction to an
even greater extent than those of other nations. An
example in point is the life of Charles L. Eckman,
of Jamestown, X. Y., who was born May 9, 1866^ near
Kaimar, Sweden, a son of N. P. and Sophie Eckman.
.Mr. Eckman, Sr., was a native of Sweden, but came to
this country in 1869 and was for many years employed
ir. the business of refining petroleum in Western Penn-
sylvania. He is at present living retired.

Charles L. Eckman received his education in the pub-
lic schools of Titusville, Pa., and Buffalo, N. Y., and
after finishing his studies became a telegraph operator,
continuing along this line for some time, then accepted
a position as clerk in the Commercial Bank of Titus-
ville. He later became an accountant for S. S. Bryan
& Company of the same city. In 1894 he became suc-
cessively, secretary, treasurer and general manager of
the Breed-Johnson Furniture Company of Jamestown,
and some years later Mr. Eckman, with his brother,
J. A. Eckman, purchased the interests of the other mem-
bers of the firm and the name was changed to The
Eckman Furniture Company, of which Mr. Eckman is
now the head.

Politically Mr. Eckman is a staunch Republican, but
he has never cared for the emoluments of office. He is
a member of the commission governing the O. E. Jones
Ocn'-ral Hospit'd, and was formerly on the Board of
the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, but since the organ-
ization of the American National Bank has been on its
executive committee, which office he holds at the present



time. Fraternally Mr. Eckman is a member of the
Masonic bodies ; a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows; a member of the Norden Club, of which
he was oite of the founders and president for some
time; was also the first vice-president of the Board of
Commerce from its organization up to 1920; on the
executive committee of the Manufacturers' Association;
on the Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce of
New York; is the chairman for this district of the
American Scandinavian Foundation of New York; and
is a member of the Swedish Historical Society of Amer-
ica. Ever since the Jamestown Furniture Market Asso-
ciation was organized he has served as its treasurer.
Mr. Eckman also had the high honor of being knighted
by King Gustav V, of Sweden, receiving the degree,
Royal Order of Vasa, First Class, in 1916. In religious
affiliations Mr. Eckman and wife are prominent mem-
bers of the First Lutheran Church of Jamestown, and
are active in all its social as well as business afl'airs.
Mr. Eckman is chairman of the Pension Committee of
the Lutheran Augustana Synod for the Eastern States.

On Aug. 5, 1897, in Jamestown, N. Y., Mr. Eckman
was united in marriage with Agnes Branney, a daughter
of Caroline Branney. Mrs. Eckman is a woman of true
refinement and culture and is very popular in the social
circles of Jamestown. She is a member of the Board
of Education of the city, secretary of the Visiting Nurse
Association, also active in other organizations in James-
town as well as elsewhere.

It can be said that the business career of Mr. Eckman
has been one which he carved out for himself, his
advancement being due to the exercise of his powers,
and to the possession of an industry which his will
never allowed to falter, as well as to a close study of
business conditions and his utilization of opportunities
which others might have employed had they as carefully
sought the way to success. He is a man of progressive
ideas, has been successful in his business, and has proved
his ability as manager of an enterprise which calls for
intelligence, tact and skill. He has long been one of
Jamestown's representative citizens, ever ready to give
practical aid to any improvement which he believes will
advance the public welfare. He is, as all who know him
can testify, a man of pleasing manners, and what is
better still, he is equally well known as a man of experi-
ence and trained mind. He is a most conspicuous
example of the man who wins the confidence and respect
of his fellowmen by strictly following the rules of life,
both in a private and business way.



HENRY R. HOUGHTON— Prominent among the
successful farmers of Chautauqua county, N, Y., is
Henry R. Houghton, born in Lewis county, N. Y., April
24, 1849. the son of Thomas Bennett and Elizabeth



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