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he was called to Jamestown, X. ^'., to assume
direction of the store interests in that city. The
NfcCrory st'ire, which was opened in 1889, in the new
WarnT Mock, Brooklyn Square, was managed for a
f'-v.- months aftT C'lablishmcnt by Mr. J. G. McCrory
him.'i'lf. and 'he center was considered an important
one for the company, and demanderl the services of a
provd manager. Hence, in I'/),;. Mr. .Anderson was
callf-d to it and has since remain'-d. In August, loo^,
it wru removed to its present location, N'os. 207-209 Main
• treet. Jamf-t^town, and for a time the two stores were
main'atn»-d in operation. Mr. .Anderson having the di-
r'- lion of V.th, Evntually, however, the Jamestown



business of the company was concentrated in the new
store, and the original store was closed.

It is almost needless to say that as a store manager
Mr. .Anderson is a success; that might be inferred from
the fact that he has been in the employ of, and in
managerial capacity with such a corporation as the J, G.
McCrory Company for so long. Men who rise to the
position of manager in stores of such a corporation
necessarily do so by ability only. And continuance in
oflice indicates that no mistake was made in the choice
of manager. Such corporations have so many men to
choose from, and do business upon adaptability and
merit only, that appointment is practically a certificate
of amply demonstrated efficiency.

Outside business hours, Mr. Anderson has given his
time unselfishly to community afliairs. He is an ardent
member of the First Baptist Church, Jamestown, and
interests himself actively in Sunday school work, being at
present assistant superintendent. Fraternally, he be-
longs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
is a member of the Chautauqua Encampment.

On Oct. I, 1908, Mr. Anderson was married to
Carrie M. Howe, of Jamestown. Tliey have five chil-
dren : Lowell, Maxine, Burdett, Irene, and Kermit.



GILBERT THOMAS BOUCK— As a builder of

small boats for lake use. Mr. Bouck is well known in
Celoron, Chautauqua county, N. Y., where his yard is
located. He is of Canadian birth, son of John F. and
Elizabeth (Fader) Bouck, who at the time of the birth
of their son were living at South Mountain, Province
of Ont.Trio, Canada.

Gilbert T. Bouck was born April 22, 1850, and ob-
tained his education in the schools of his native place.
He learned the ship carpenter's trade, at which he has
worked all his active life, and in Celoron established a
yard where he builds small boats and transacts a general
business in that line. Mr. Bouck is a man well liked
and esteemed, a member of the Masonic order, the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Protected Home
Circle, and the First Baptist Church. In politics he is a
Republican.

Mr. Bouck married, Dec. 14, 1880, in St. Lawrence
county, N. Y.. Arzetta Smith, born Dec. 12, 1863. dau.gh-
ter of Harrison and Laura Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Bouck
arc the parents of two children : Mabel, born Sept. 28,
1882; and Alviii, born Feb. 28, 18S4.



REUBEN R. WILLIAMS, for more than fifty
years a resident in Conewango Valley, Chautauqua
county, X. Y., and for long well known throughout the
county as a prosperous farmer and stock raiser, and as
an extensive dealer in cattle, was born in Leon, Cattar-
aui'tis county, N. Y., March II, 1S67. the son of Norman
I). Williams, formerly of Otto, N. Y., and Rebecca
L. (Ross) Williams, who was a native of Leon. His
father possessed a farm in Lenn, and there Reuben R.
was borrr.

After passing through flu- grades nf the district school
nearest to his home, Reuben R. Williams entered the
Ellington High School, and eventually graduated there-
from, after which he entered seriously into farming
pursuits. He resolved to become a skilled farmer, and



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throughout his life has followed the developments in
scientific farming with keen interest and comprehen-
sive understanding, and has been particularly interested
in modern methods of stock raising and dairy farming.
As a judge of cattle, and an extensive dealer in them,
as well as an extensive raiser, he has gained an enviable
reputation, as well as substantial success, and probably
the subject in which he is most keenly interested, and
upon which he can talk with the authority of an expert,
is the raising and care of cattle. He is a member of the
local Grange. Politically, he is a Republican, but
throughout his life has manifested much more interest
in agriculture and stock raising than in national political
issues. And he has never sought political office. He has
felt, with one exception, that the proper management of
his farm was of greater consequence to him than even
the most far-reaching political issue could ever be. The
one exception was the World War, just ended so suc-
cessfully, and even in that issue he felt that attention to
production on his own farm was vital both to him and,
in its degree, to the cause. He gave his son to the
cause, as an American soldier, and he fought at home
to win for the country and its allies his portion of that
increased production of food stuffs the government
stated that it relied upon the farmers of this country
to furnish for the sustenance and continuance in the
fight of its allies. And in the various financial cam-
paigns to raise necessary national funds during the war,
Mr. Williams took his due share, and when his son also
returned safely from the inferno of the battlefields of
France, it was with gratification and sincere thankful-
ness that he looked back upon the contribution of his
own family to the success gained by the forces of
Right, against the breakers of international law and
honor, who threatened to bring the entire world into its
heartless dominion.

Reuben R. Williams was married at Conewango, N.
Y., March i6, 1893, to Amy Mason, born May 2, 1873,
daughter of George J. and Josephine (Cowen) Mason,
They are the parents of eight children : George M., born
Jan. 22. 1S94; Helena J. born Aug. 18. 1S9S ; Jesse P.,
bom Aug. 9, 1897; Florence R., born Aug. 15, 1899;
Cora M., born June 13, 1903; Laura M., born Feb. 7,
1909; Vincent G., born Feb. 8, 1914; Margaret P., born
April 21, 1919.

Jesse P. Williams did not wait to be drafted; when
war was declared, or rather when President Wilson
declared this country to be in a state of war, he re-
solved to enlist as soon as ever he could close his
business and private affairs, and on July 26, 1917, he
became a member of Company H, 49th Infantry, at Syra-
cuse. Eventually, he was sent to Camp Merritt, N. J.,
and sailed for France, July 23, 1918, just after the
commencement of the historic counter-drive which
kept the Germans on the run, and eventually accom-
plished their defeat. Young Williams was in France
for six months, returning to America in February, loio,
and being honorably discharged, Feb. 15, ipig.



neers. Baker street, Jamestown, received that name as a
tribute to his grandfather. Colonel Henry Baker, who
was one of the first settlers and acquired extensive real
estate holdings in the locality, and even to this day a
copy of his deed is attached to transfers of real estate
once belonging to the Baker family. Baker Park, the
first park in the city of Jamestown, was a gift of
Colonel Baker.

Scott Baker was born in Jamestown, Aug. 18, 1876,
the son of Charles S. and Katherine (Heffernan) Baker.
He attended the Jamestown public schools, and after-
wards passed through the High School, graduating there-
from in 1895. To properly fit himself for a business
career he pursued the full course of study at the James-
town Business College. His first employment was in
the local freight office of the Erie Railroad Company,
where he was well-grounded in clerical work. Later,
he entered the employ of the Atlas Furniture Company,
of Jamestown, and still later was connected with the
Bailey Table Company, in each case in executive capac-
ity. He evidently was a reliable executive, for in the
spring of 1904 he was offered the secretaryship of the
Star Furniture Company of Jamestown. Since that
year he has been connected with that important man-
ufacturing company, latterly as treasurer, and has taken
due part in its development. Mr. Baker's well ordered
life, both in business and private affairs, has brought
him a host of sincere friends in Jamestown, and his
success is all the more gratifying to the historian to
note because of the early association of the Baker fam-
ily with the city of Jamestown.

He is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, a di-
rector of the local Young Men's Christian Association,
a member of the Norden Club, the Kiwanis Club, Satur-
day Night Club, Moon Brook Country Club, and Mount
Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons.
Although he does not very actively interest himself in
political affairs, he took prominent part in furthering
the cause of the Progressive party during the years of
its existence. Primarily, he attends to the affairs of his
business and to the maintenance of his home circle in
comfort and wholesome Christian spirit.

Mr. Baker married (first) in 1895, at Jamestown,
Blanche Fisher, who died Jan. 17, 1914. On March 17,
IQIS, he married (second) Bernice A. Lawson, of Sugar
Grove, Pa. He has four children, all born to his first
wife. They are : Ruth E., Margaret J., S. Sheldon,
Scott F.



SCOTT BAKER, well regarded citizen of James-
town, N. Y., one of its representative men, and treas-
urer of an important manufacturing industry of that
place, comes into Jamestown history in another notable
connection, for he is of the family of one of its pio-



ALTON E. HAZELTINE, who was a city con-
tractor in Jamestown, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and
also is a prosperous farmer in the county, is a native of
Chautauqua county, born in Jamestown, the son of one
of the honored veterans of the Civil War.

Alton E. Hazeltine was born May 4, 1867, a son of
Daniel C. and Margaret Jane (Robbins) Hazeltine. His
father was a blacksmith by trade, but during the Civil
War had a notable record as a member of the famous
Ninth New York Cavalry. Alton E. Hazeltine received
a good education in Jamestown schools, passing from
the graded school to the high school of the city. He
satisfactorily graduated from that school, and then
entered business. For many years he was a contractor
in Jamestown, in partnership with another well known



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Jamesiown man of business, aiui acquired substantial
means. But his inclination has led him into farming
pursuits, and as a man of keen business intuition and
alert intelligence, he has seen the advantage of and has
adopted many modern methods of scientific farming,
to his material advantage, while many a farmer of the
old school has continued on in the old way while ponder-
ing over the problem. And he has found much delight
in farming, as well as profit, and has many friends
among the leading agriculturists of the county.

Politically. Mr. Hazeltine is a Republican; fraternally,
he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He
is well known in Jamestown, and is also very popular,
and had he wished for public office he probably might
easily have secured election. He has never, however,
shown any indication that he would favorably consider
the question of standing for office ; in fact, he has more
than once made it clear that political office has no attrac-
tion for him. and would not in tlie slightest influence
his decision upon any vital question. He. however, is
an earnest Christian, and has been a member of the
Congregational church for many years.

On July II, 1894, Mr. Hazeltine married Jennie W.
Wills, born Oct. 6, 1867, daughter of Christopher Wills.
They have one child, Robert L. Hazeltine, born Dec. 3,

During the progress of the recent World War, Mr.
Hazeltine took keen part in many of the home activities
connected therewith. He subscribed to the various
funds promoted to further some phase of the nation's
activities, and upon his farm he did his share in further-
ing the ctTort of the .\merican farmers, as a class, to
farm more closely, so as to bring an increased yield
of loodstufts, which increase the nations of Europe
stood so desperately in need of. So much has been
written about the glorious achievements of the young
Americans who went into the actual field of battle, that
one is apt to overlook the less spectacular, but in reality
very consequential part played in the final victory by the
American farmer and others who worked in the national
cause at home. In its comprehensive aspect, the part
taken by the American farmer has been recorded; in
the individual aspect, the part of the individual -Amer-
ican farmer might well be recorded whenever oppor-
tunity occurs. In all his business activities, Mr. Hazel-
tine has ever held to the truest surety of success —
honesty. He has endeavored always to do to others as
he would expect to be done by, and thus he has gained
general respect as well as material success.



EMMETT PARD BARMORE. prosperous and
rfip(!rt'-d farmer of Gcrrry. Ch;iMtaur|ua comity, N. Y., is
rcjiresentativc of the enterprising younger g'-ncration of
successful agriculturists of the county. He has a good
prfi(K-rty, farms it f-ncrgetically, but intelligently, and is
cvT r'-ady to intrwlucc modern methods which have
l)*-<m demonstrated to be an improvement upon the
method? of former days. AnrI he fakes an active in-
terest also in public and community affairs, and partic-
ularly in school and church work. He is a trustee of
th<- I'.ral school I)'<ard.

}]<■ is a native of Chautauqua county. N. Y.. the
Earmorc family having had residence within its borders



for at least four generations, including that of his
children. And he is enthusiastic in all matters that have
reference to the comity and its advancement; and
certainly, in his productive farming, he is well carrying
through the part of one resident to maintain the county
in substantial prosperity. His birth date was March 3,
iSSi, and place of birth, Gerry, where his parents,
Frederick \'. and Rachel O. (Shepardson) Barmore,
had lived all their married life and where his father had
been born. He received the customary public school
education of the time, and after leaving school took to
farming occupations upon his father's farm. He has re-
mained at farming ever since, and always in or near
the place of his birth. Mr. Barmore is a Prohibitionist,
althougli a Republican in politics, but is not a blind
follower of any party. And upon certain questions of
national politics he has, in the past, been outspoken in
his opinions. During the recent World War, Mr. Bar-
more followed the progress of national affairs with in-
tense interest ; he was a substantial contributor to the
various funds which were raised, in the form of loans
or subscriptions, to meet the purposes of the nation in
the prosecution of the war. Mr. Barmore has prob-
ably a generation of productive effort in agriculture
still before him. but up to now he has done commendably,
and has proved himself to be a good patriot, a good
citizen, and a good neighbor.

Mr. Barmore married, at Gerry, June 5, 1906, Mildred
Ostrander, who was born in Gerry, April 7, 1888, and
also comes from a family long resident In the county,
her parents, Orville and Lana (Fargo) Ostrander,
having also been born in thecounty. To Mr.and Mrs. Bar-
more have been born three children : Merritt, born May
24, 1908; Harriet Oneita, born May 22, 1910; Elwood
O.. born March 25, 1015.



KLOID STANLEY RICE, a prominent and pros-
perous farmer of Klliiigtoii. where he has been en-
gaged in agricultural pursuits for a number of years,
is a native of this place, his birth having occurred Jan.
9, 1891. Mr. Rice is a son of Charles H. and Myrtle C.
(Carpenter) Rice, respected residents of Ellington, where
the former is also a farmer.

Mr. Rice attended the Ellington public schools and
was graduated from the high school here with the class
of 1909. His childhood was spent on his father's farm
where he became familiar with farm work, and he later
purchased farm property of his own in the vicinity of
the former place. Since that tme he has devoted his
attention to dairying and apple growing and disposes
of this, his produce, in the surrounding local markets.
He has already Imilt up a large and substantial business,
and is known as one of the substantial citizens of the
place. Mr. Rice, in addition to his farm activities, has
taken a considerable interest in the business operations
of the community, and is associated with the Conewango
Valley National Bank of Conewango Valley. Mr. Rice
has also been prominent in public affairs and was
elected in the year 1917 to the office of justice of the
peace, which he continues to hold at the present time.
Mr. Rice is a member of the local Grange of Kllington,
and has been active in promoting the general agricul-
tural interests of the region. In his religious belief, he is




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a Congregationalist and attends the First Congrega-
tional church in Ellington.

Kloid Stanley Rice was united in marriage, Aug. 24,
1918, with E. Frankie Johnson, a native of Sheridan,
N. Y., where her birth occurred July 10, 1892, a daughter
of William E. and Cora E. (Aldrich) Johnson, Mr.
Johnson a native of Sheridan, Chautauqua county, N. V.,
and Mrs. Johnson a native of Hamburg, Erie county, N.
Y.

FRANK MATHEWS EVANS, D. D. S.— In view
of the fact that he is now postmaster of Fredonia, and
e.x-president and ex-trustee of the village, the public
might almost be expected to become unmindful of Dr.
Evans' professional standing were it not that the skill
which has brought relief to so many does not allow them
to forget it. Dr. Evans is influential in Masonic affairs,
and a figure of prominence in the social circles of his
home town.

Frank Mathews Evans was born Oct. 29, 1S76, on his
father's farm near Boston, N. Y., a son of John and
Mary (Hatch) Evans. Mr. Evans is now deceased, and
his widow resides at Springville, N. Y. Frank Mathews
Evans attended local district schools, passing thence to
Springville, N. Y., High School, from which he was
graduated in 1900. It was Mr. Evans intention to study
for admission to the bar, but in 1900 he obtained a
position at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo,
and while there was induced by the prediction of a
clairvoyant to turn his attention to dentistry. Accord-
ingly, he worked his way through the dental depart-
ment of Buffalo University, being obliged to take four
years for a three years' course, and in 1905 graduating
with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. After
working one year in a dentist's office. Dr. Evans came
to Fredonia in August, 1906, where he has built up an
extensive and lucrative practice.

As a staunch supporter of the principles of the Dem-
cratic party. Dr. Evans has been for many years a
prominent political worker, and before coming to Fre-
donia was well known as a campaign orator, taking the
stump as a supporter of William J. Bryan. .After serv-
ing as president and trustee of the village, he was ap-
pointed in .April. igi6, postmaster of Fredonia, and his
administration has been, as his fellow-citizens can
testify, fully satisfactory in every respect. He affiliates
with the Masons of Fredonia, the Elks of Dunkirk, and
is a member of the Citizens' Club of Fredonia. He
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of his
home town.

Dr. Evans married, Dec. 6, 1905, ^^abel, daughter of
Randolph and Sarah McWilliams, of Pittsburgh, and
they are the parents of the following children : Stanley,
Mendal, Charles, and Arthur. All these are in school with
the exception of the youngest who attends the kinder-
garten. Dr. and Mrs. Evans first met while the former
was employed at the Pan-American E.xposition in Buff-
alo. Frank Mathews Evans is, most emphatically, a
man who counts in his community and always on the
side of progress, reform and enlightened government.



one of the representative, responsible and industrious
residents of that section of the county, was born in
Poland, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Oct. 25, 1875, the
son of George Frank and Eunita (Page) Williams.
His father, who by trade was a carpenter, was well
known in the district and erected many buildings in
that section of the county. He was an industrious, un-
assuming, steadygoing man and had many sincere
friends.

Earl R. Frisbee, who has taken the name of Myron
Frisbee, who adopted him when he was two years old,
and with whom he remained until his marriage,
went to the Ellington public school in his boyhood,
and he had not advanced far into his teens when he was
in full work, from morning until night, taking any
honest labor that offered. Eventually he became estab-
lished as a blacksmith and farrier at Conewango Valley.
As such, during the long period he has been at the forge
and anvil, he has come into close contact with most of
the agriculturists of the neighborhood, and he is gener-
ally held in high regard. And his business has steadily
prospered. In political allegiance, he is a Republican,
but he has shown, on more than one occasion, that he is
a man of original thought, and that he will not follow
any party platform blindly. And although he has taken
some part in political activities, he has never accepted
political office. He does not belong to any fraternal
societies, secret orders, nor other organizations of that
type, but throughout his life, since he reached adult age.
he has been an earnest Congregationalist. conscientious
in his observance of Christian duties and principles.

Mr. Frisbee married, March 9, 1898, at Cherry Creek,
Chautauqua county, N. Y.. Edna M. Hinds, born March
7, 1875, daughter of Thomas P. and Mary M. CArnold)
Hinds. They have two children : Eunice Bell, born
May 13, 1903; Myron George, born July 21, 1908.

During the terrible war just ended, Mr. and Mrs.
Frisbee took proper and enthusiastic part in the various
movements promoted to further the cause, and they
contributed substantially to the several patriotic funds.



EARL R. FRISBEE, who has been in independent
business as a blacksmith in Conewango Valley, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., for so many years, and who is



PETER E. LARSON— There have been few ele-
ments in the general life of Jamestown. Chautauqua
ccunty, N. Y., so highly valued as that supplied by the
large population of Swedish birth or extraction that
have made that city their home, members of which have
engaged in well nigh every form of activity in the
region and become successful financiers, manufacturers,
business men, merchants and farmers. Among these
there is no name better known than that of Peter E.
Larson, who conducts a successful business in the city.

Mr. Larson is a native of Sweden, born March 23,
1861, a son of Peter and .\nna (Krestena) Larson, the
former an agriculturist in his own land. He was a
young man when he came from Sweden to the United
States, and it was on July 13, 1883, that he first came to
Jamestown to make his permanent home. He had al-
ready received a thorough training In agriculture as a
lad on his father's farm, as well as an excellent educa-
tion in the schools near his native town in Sweden. He
is engaged in the sale of milk and cream, and is a
much respected figure in the business life of the com-
munity. In his religious belief, Mr. Larson is a Sweden-



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borgian and attends the church of that denomination
at Jamestown.

Peter E. Larson was united in marriage, December,
-. lS5,-, with Sophia Grieph, a daugliter of John and Anna
S. ( Erepon) Grieph, old and highly respected residents
of Jamestown, and they are the parents of eight chil-
dren, as follows: l. Walter, horn Sept- 22. 1S88, was
educated and grew to manhood in Jamestown ; he was
drafted into the United States Arniy, Sept. 30, 1017,
and was sent to Syracuse. X. Y., for his preliminary
training: from there he went to France and saw active
scr\ice in the terrible closing campaigns of the World
War, taking part in no fewer than five battles. 2.
Plenney S.. born March 15. iSgi ; he was also drafted,
entering the army, July 20, igiS, and three days later,
upon his acceptance by the board, was sent directly to
Europe, where his training took place : he remained six
months abroad and was honorably discharged from the
service, Feb. 4. IQIO. 3. Elmer E., born Nov. 24, 1S92; he
received his education in the Jamestown schools, and



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