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County Bank from 1905 to 1918; later, treasurer of the
Dahlstrom Metallic Door Company, and since Jan. I,
1919, has held the position of secretary of the National
Bank Section of the .American Bankers Association
with offices in New York and Washington.

For twenty years Major Hyde served as a clerk of
the Board of Supervisors of Chautauqua county.
During the legislative term in 1903 and 1904, he was
index clerk of the State Assembly. In politics he has
always been and is a Republican. He is a member of the
various Masonic bodies, is a member of the .\rmy and
Navy Club in New York City, City Club of Washington,
D. C., Rotary Club, and Chadakoin Club of Jamestown.

On Aug. 21, 1894, Major Hyde was united in marriage
with Carrie Joie Jones, a daughter of Sidney Jones,
whose biography follows. To this union were born
on Dec. 25, 1896, twin daughters, of whom Carolyn
Elizabeth, wife of Gale L. Cheney, of Youngstown,
Ohio, survives.


born in Dunkirk, N. Y., Feb. 21, 1858, a son of Rev.
William L. Hyde, whose biography precedes this. Major

SIDNEY JONES— In the proud list of her citizens
known and honored throughout the business world for
stability, integrity, and fair dealing, Jamestown and
Chautauqua county have no cause to be other than satis-
fied with the record of that prominent merchant, Sidney
Jones. The methods by which he had attained the high
position which he held in the estimation of his fellow-
men well attested his qualities of mind and heart ; he
was courageous, cheerful, clear of judgment, alert to
opportunity, and untiring in labor.

Sidney Jones was born in Jamestown, N. Y., July 27,
1823, the youngest child and seventh son of Solomon
and Clarissa (Hayward) Jones. His father. Solomon
Jones, was one of the early settlers of Chautauqua
county, coming from Wardsboro, Vt., and making his
home in Kiantone in November, 1810, later removing to
a place on the Chautauqua outlet, about two miles north
of Jamestown, to which the name of Jones' Landing
was given, now Clifton. His later years were spent in
Jamestown, his house on East Fourth street standing
on the site of the residence now owned and occupied by
Sheldon B. Broadhead (1904). To Solomon Jones and


his wife were born fourteen children, of whom thirteen
reached maturity. His death occurred at his home in
Jamestown. Aug. 2. 1S62.

Sidney Jones received his early education in the dis-
trict schools of his native town, and in the Jamestown
Academy. After completing his studies. Mr. Jones
took up the mercantile business. At one time Mr.
Jones owned a grist mill at Dexterville (now East
Jamestown'), but later abandoned this business, and again
took up mercantile pursuits. .\t different times. Mr.
Jones had as partners in his business. E. C. Bailey,
James P. Clarke, and Charles H. Howard. Mr. Jones
retired in 1SQ4. and on Jan. 7. iQoS. his death occurred
at his home in Jamestown, and he is buried in Lakeview

Politically Mr. Jones was a stanch Republican, and
though he never sought for office, when it was offered
him as an expression of faith and trust placed in him
by his fellow-citizens, he accepted and gave to his city
and county the best of his ability. Mr. Jones was
elected county clerk in 1861. and in that capacity served
a term of three years. He also served on the Board of
Education of the Jamestown public schools for many
years. In religious affiliation Mr. Jones was a member
of the First Presbyterian Church.

On Oct. 20, 1862. at Leicester. N. Y., Mr. Jones was
united in marriage with Anna S. Dickey, whose death
occurred June I, 1900. To this union were born two
daughters : Emma C, born Dec. 23. 1863, married
William Archie Kent, of Prescott, Ariz. ; and Carrie
Joie. born July 9. 1S65. who married Frederick William
Hyde, whose biography precedes this.

No element of the city's growth and improvement
sought Mr. Jones' aid in ^'ain. He stood for advance-
ment in public as well as in private affairs, and the
same qualities which made him a prominent figure in
business circles made him a citizen whose loyalty and
support were always to be counted upon. His en-
tire life, with the exception of three years spent in
Mayville, was spent in Jamestown, and those who
knew him. and his friends were numerous, entertained
for him the warmest regard. His life was in large
measure an exemplification of his beliefs in the brother-
hood of mankind. He had never allowed questionable
methods to form part of his business career, while over
his official life there fell no shadow of wrong or sus-
picion of evil. Kindliness and appreciation for the
good traits of others have constituted the salient
features in his career, and his life illustrates the fact
of the Emersonian philosophy that — "to make a friend
you must be a friend."

1807. I Jr. Ognibene first came to I'Vcdonia. .\'. Y.. he
then a boy of six years, accompanying his parents, Ross
and Rosalia (Randazza) Ognibene, who in that year
moved from Buffalo to Frcdonia, and there both yet
reside Civio). While yet a boy, Dr. OKnibc-ne deter-
mined upon his choice of a profession and he never
lost sii{ht of his goal, although he was obliged to help
finance his own medical education. ,\fter obtaining
hik M. D., he did not at once locate in Frcdonia, and
il vas not until March, 1919, that he returned to his

old home where he is building up a fine reputation and
practice as physician and surgeon.

Frank A. Ognibene was born in Buffalo, N. Y., Jan. 7,
1S91. but came to Fredonia in 1897 and there completed
the courses of study furnished by the grammar and
high schools. He then entered Fredonia State Normal
School, pursuing the classical course to graduation with
the class of loio. Through the financial assistance of
his sister, Josephine, he was enabled to enter the medical
department of the University of Buffalo, and in that
way, with that which he was able to personally earn,
the course was financed. He was graduated M. D.,
class of 1914. and for one year he served as interne in
Buffalo, N. Y., and after spending three years in
Amsterdam returned to Fredonia and is building up a
good practice among his old friends and townsmen.
He served the city as health officer. He is a member of
the Dunkirk-Fredonia Medical Society, Chautauqua
County Medical Society, New York State Medical
Society, the Roman Catholic church, and the Knights
of Columbus. In politics he is a Republican.

Dr. Ognibene married. Nov. 28. 1916. Sarah Guarino,
of Buffalo. They have a son, Frank Anthony, Jr., born
in Amsterdam, N. Y., March 14. 1918.

Dr. Ognibene has two brothers, Samuel and Peter,
residing with their parents in Fredonia ; a sister
Josephine, a teacher in Buffalo schools ; and four other
sisters ; Minnie, Mary, Jennie, and Lucy, residing at

DAVID JOSIAH CLARK belongs to that class
of citizens who, undemonstrative and unassuming in
their natures, form the character of the community in
which they live. Mr. Clark has devoted his entire life
to the lumber industry, and though he has engaged in
many other enterprises he has always reverted to his
original business. Mr. Clark, who is now living retired,
is a veteran of the Civil War and a pioneer in the
lumber industry of Chautauqua county. He was born in
the town of Poland, Chautauqua county, N. Y., April
8, 1838, a son of Joseph Clark.

Joseph Clark (grandfather) lived in Otsego county,
N. Y., near Schuyler Lake, where he engaged in the
agricultural business. He married Hannah Wallace,
and among their children was Joseph, of whom further.

Joseph Clark (father) was born in Otsego county, N.
v., on his father's farm, July 4, 181 1. There he attended
the district schools of that time, and after finishing his
education he assisted his father upon the farm. Later
he decided to strike out for himself in the business
world and accordingly journeyed to Chautauqua county
on foot, a distance of some 30a miles. Arriving in Poland
township he found employment with Nicholas DoUph,
a lumber man of some proiriinence, and with him
remained for nearly seven years, receiving $13 a month
with his room board and laundry for his work. How-
ever, desiring to engage in business for himself, he
bought large tracts of land in Poland and adjoining
townships and also succeeded in buying more timber
lands in Cattaraugus county. He cut the timber and
rafted it down the Allegheny river to Pittsburgh and
down the Ohio river to Louisville, where he soon found
a market for it. Not satisfied with the progress he was

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making in the lumber industry he conceived the idea
of keeping a hotel as another means of increasing his
business interests. This he did, keeping a hotel first at
Levant, which was known as the Levant Hotel, for seven
years, later moving to Mud Creek Corners, where they
located a post office and they called it Clark's Corners.
Here he managed the A. H. Phillips Hotel, continuing
in this occupation for nearly ten years. During this
time Mr. Clark had increased his land holdings until he
was the owner of about 700 acres of the best timber
land in Chautauqua count)', and after giving up the hotel
business he engaged in the cattle raising and agricultural
business and continued in this until his death which
occurred at his home in Clark's Corners, Oct. 22, 1876.
Mr. Clark died while still in the prime of life and his
death was sincerely mourned by his family and many
friends throughout Chautauqua county. He is buried
in Myrtle Cemetery, Poland township, N. Y. Politically
Mr. Clark was a Whig until the organization of the
Republican party, of which he was a staunch upholder,
though he never cared for office. In religious affiliation
Mr. Clark was a Universalist and he and his family
were prominent in the church of that denomination at
Kennedy, N. Y. This was built as a union church, but
the different denominations did not agree and it was
sold to the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

On July 14, 1833, at Dolphville, in the township of
Poland, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Mr. Clark was united
in marriage with Abigail Hitchcock, who was bom Dec.
26, 1819. in Poland township, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
a daughter of John Hitchcock. Mrs. Clark's death
occurred Feb. 29, 1898, and she is buried beside her
husband in Myrtle Cemetery, Poland township. To Mr.
and Mrs. Clark were bom nine children, as follows :
I. Joseph L., bom Oct. 21. 1835; he was a hotel land-
lord and lived in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties,
N. Y. 2. David Josiah, of whom further. 3. Joel B.,
born Aug. 5, 1840; he was a soldier in the Civil War,
in Company A, 112th New York Volunteer Infantry, a
farmer, and died at Clark's Corners. 4. Caroline
Melinda, bom Nov. 13, 1842; she married Louis Rush,
and died at Fluvanna, Chautauqua county, N. Y. 5.
Egbert R., born March 13. 1845; resides in Jamestown,
N. Y., and is engaged in the railroad business with the
Erie railroad. 6. Samuel A., born Sept. 13, 1847; died at
Clark's Corners, Chautauqua county, N. Y. 7. Hannah
E.. born July 21, 1850; married Revell Parks and died at
Clark's Corners. 8. Abigail A., born Nov. 12, 1853, died
at Clark's Corners in early girlhood. 9. Clyne A., born
March 14, 1863 ; is residing in the State of Washington
and is engaged in the lumber business.

David Josiah Clark obtained his early education in
the district schools of Poland township. After complet-
ing his education he assisted his father in the lumber
business, making his first trip on a raft down the river
at the age of seventeen. He continued in business with
his father, making as many as three trips down the
river with rafts, until the Civil War was declared. He
enlisted Aug. 2, 1862, in Company A. 112th New York
Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel J. C. Drake and
Captain John F. Smith. He served until the close of
the war. being discharged with honorable mention from
Washington, D. C, for bravery under fire at Raleigh,
N. C, being mustered out of service at Buffalo, N. Y.,

July I, 1865. Mr. Clark participated in nearly every
battle that his company engaged in and was mentioned
twice for bravery. He was in the hospital for four
months with fever during the year 1863, but rejoined his
regiment and fought with them until the close of the

After returning from the war he purchased from
his father about 250 acres of farm land and for some
time engaged in the agricultural business, but finding
this occupation" rather slow and not suited to his liking
he sold back his land to his father and engaged in the
lumber business for himself, rafting it down the river to
the markets in Pittsburgh and Louisville. Later he took
up lumber contracting, delivering the logs to the saw
mills. Mr. Clark was for some time engaged in this
business for M. L. Fenton & Company, both in Chau-
tauqua county and South Valley township. Cattaraugus
county, N. Y. Later he engaged in the same line of
work for Lyman Mason, another well known lumber-
man of the Chautauqua county region, and was with him
for four years, when he went with the Wheeler &
Scudder, lumber manufacturers in South Valley, Cattar-
augus county, N. Y., and continued working for them
for nearly five years. Returning to Poland township,
Mr. Clark bought the Cold Water Creamery and was
for some time engaged in the manufacture of grade
butter. Seven years later he settled in Falconer and
with his son-in-law, P. B. Waite, conducted the Linden
House for seven years under the name of Clark &
Waite. In 1907 he gave up the hotel business and since
then has lived retired, making his home in Falconer,
Chautauqua county, N. Y. Mr. Clark is a member of
the H. C. Sturdevant Post, Grand Army of the Republic,
at Kennedy, N. Y., and is also a prominent member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. I\Ir. Clark has
filled all the offices of both these organizations.

On Nov. II, 1857, Mr. Clark married (first) Susan
Wheeler, daughter of John and Julia (Love) Wheeler.
Mrs. Clark's death occurred July 27, 1864, at Clark's
Corners, and she is buried in Myrtle Cemetery, Poland
township, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark were born
two children, as follows: i. Alfred, who died in infancy.
2. David Josiah. Jr.. born April 25, 1863: received his
early education in the public schools of Poland township
and Jamestown public school; taught four years in the
public school at Falconer, and is now engaged in teach-
ing; resides at Stillwater, N. Y. Mr. Clark married
(second) Sept. 24, 1865, Coralinn Hunt, born at Clark's
Comers, Aug. 7, 1848, daughter of Henry N. and
Cynthia M. (Ives) Hunt. To this union was born one
child, Bernice M., who became the wife of P. B. Waite;
they are the parents of one child ; they reside in James-
town, N. Y.

Mr. Clark is an intense lover of the out-door world
and particularly enjoys life in the woods whither his
business so often led him, delighting to fish and hunt
and being very expert in both these sports. He was
an unusually good athlete and spent as much of his
spare time as possible in pursuit of such pleasures,
the wholesome character of which no doubt accounts
for the excellent health which he has enjoyed through-
out his entire life. A man of unbounded generosity,
gentle and genial in his nature, Mr. Clark has gath-
ered around him a circle of admiring friends who



feel honored by his friendship and proud of his suc-
cess in life. His heart is ever in sympathy with the
unfortunate and his hand ever ready to contribute to
the alleviation of distress. His life is a happy illustra-
tion of the honor and rewards of business fidelity and
industrj-, when combined with high principles and un-
sweri-ing honesty. As a business man his character is
unimpeacliable and unclouded, and he adhered with
staunch consistency to sound, conservative and unques-
tionable methods. His name is known among the highest
circles of the business world as that of a man who can
be trusted, and with whom it was a satisfaction to
transact business. His life teaches the old and ever
valuable lesson that success comes only through tireless
industry, guided by a singleness of purpose. It
emphasizes also the priceless value of unswerving loyalty
to right, and the assured rewards of exemplary living.

THEODORE D. HANCHETT— Self-made in the

truest sense of the word, successful in his business
undertakings and aims, the career of T. D. Hanchett
is an apt illustration of the value of character in the
determining of the measure of success possible to
attain. One of Jamestown's native sons, and through
his long connection with the manufacturing business
one of her best known manufacturers, educated in the
public schools, trained in business methods by James-
town manufacturers and in business in that city until
his death, he was emphatically a Jamestown man, a true
representative of that city, her institutions and her
citizenship. Industry, thrift and perseverance marked
his way through life, and to these qualities he added
business ability of high order and an honesty of purpose
that enabled him to avoid those business and moral pit-
falls that abound in a large city to trap the unwary.
He began life in a career of his own choosing, and
during his years of service for others gained the capital
and e.xperience with which he later entered his own
business. He was an energetic worker and devoted to
his work, but when his day's labor was done his own
fireside claimed him, and there most of his hours "off
dutj" were spent. He was most hospitable, loved to
entertain in his own home his friends in social games
and enlivening conversation, finding in such intercourse
the keen enjoyment that flows from a charitable heart.

No man attained higher reputation than he for honor-
able dealing, and in the business world his friends were
many. His promises or statements could always be
relied upon, for he held his word sacred, and his excel-
lent business judgment often enabled others to profit as
well as himself. He gave close attention to the details
of his large business, never dividing his energy, but
holding closely to the one line of commercial activity he
had chosen as his, that of manufacturer. Neither did
ht seek to hold public office nor allow fads or amuse-
ments to distract his mind from the great business of
life, yet he was intensely public-spirited, every ready and
willing to aid a good cause.

Theodore D. Hanchett was born in Chautauqua
county, X. Y., Nov. 4, 1X47, a son of William and
Eveline Hanchett. He came to Jamestown when but
one year old with his parents, and to the public schools
of this city is he indebted for his early education. Later
however, he t'xik a course of study in the Jamestown

Academy, and after graduating from this institution in
iSOi, he entered the employ of Allen & Grandin. He
remained with this firm for one year, but being offered
a better position with the Breed-Johnson Furniture
Company, resigned and entered their employ. In 1883
he entered the employ of Shearman Brothers, lounge
manufacturers, as foreman of the woodworking depart-
ment, a position which he held for five years, when he
left to assist in the formation of the Jamestown Lounge
Company. On Jan. i, 1SS8, Mr. Hanchett, with Lynn
F. Cornell, Arthur H. Greenlund, and the late Hurley L.
Philipps, formed the Jamestown Lounge Company,
which was gradually developed into one of the largest
manufacturing industries of the city. The .firm continued
as a copartnership until Dec. 11, 1899, when the com-
pany was changed to a corporation with the following
officers: H. L. Philipps, president; T. D. Hanchett, vice-
president; A. H. Greenlund, second vice-president; L.
F. Cornell, secretary and treasurer. In 1904 Mr. Han-
chett was elected president and held that office until he
retired from the lounge business in 1913, but at the time
of his death was president of the Pearl City Veneer

Mr. Hanchett was united in marriage with Charlotte
R. Lamson, July 10, 1872. To this union were born four
children, as follows: i. Bertha V., born June 20, 1873.
2, Ralph Theodore, died in infancy. 3. Donald C, who
resides at home, and who married Caroline L. Stumpf,
a daughter of Henry Stumpf, a well known resident of
this city; they are the parents of one child, Carolyn
R. 4. Lucie R., born March 11, 1890, who is the wife
of Marvin N. Gokey, of Jamestown, N. Y., and the
mother of one child, Robert Marvin Gokey.

In politics, Mr. Hanchett generally voted on the Demo-
cratic ticket, but he wore no party collar, the character
of a candidate and not a party emblem determining his
vote. He was also popular in fraternal circles and was
a member of the various Masonic bodies, including
Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted
Masons, joining in 1883, and serving as master in 1892
and 1893; of Western Sun Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch
Masons, serving as high priest in 1894 and 1895; of
Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar,
serving as eminent commander in 1908; and of Buffalo
Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He was
also a member of Ismailia Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Buffalo. Mr.
Hanchett and his family were also members of the
First Baptist Church, they being prominent in all its
social as well as business affairs. Mr. Hanchett served
as a member of the board of trustees for many years,
and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Hanchett gave of his best to his City, State and
Nation, and was one of the best known and most popular
men in the community in which he lived, and when his
death occurred Dec. 18, 1914, it left a gap in the social
world as well as the business world that cannot be filled.
He was a man of the most genial, open nature, and
that sort of cheeriness which one instinctively feels that
it flows from a charitable heart, a manly, courageous
and gentle heart. It has been said of him by a friend
that people turn naturally to his kindly, sympathetic per-
sonality as the flowers to the stmshine, and this indeed
is ,-in apt illustration of the manner in which strangers



were impelled to make his acquaintance, and acquaint-
ance was speedily turned to the kind of friendship that
does not fail. The occupation that he had engaged in
brought him into contact with a great number of men
of every class and type, and acquainted him with the
motives that spring from human nature beyond the
range of many, making him at once tolerant of his
fellows and filling his memory with a thousand tales
ever at his tongue's end, which made his a most delight-
ful comrade. His home life too was ideal and he proved
himself no less a loving husband and father than a
true friend, a good neighbor and a model citizen. The
true grief of his fellow-citizens at his death is shown in
the following editorial which appeared in the Jamestown
"Evening Journal," Friday, Dec. i8, 1914:

The death of Theodore D. Hanchett, which occurred
this morning, following an illness of some months'
duration came as a sorrow to the business community,
and to the people of the community generally where
he spent his entire life in the activities that naturally
attend the life of a forceful man of affairs.

Mr Hanchett was one of the incorporators of the
Jamestown Lounge Company, more than twenty-five
years ago, and was an important factor in that manu-
facturing plant during the years of its rise from a
small beginning into one of the great industries of
the citv. He devoted his time and talents unsparmgly
to its 'interests, and to him and his associates came
the knowledge and satisfaction of achieving more
than ordinary success in the strenuous competition
found in establishing a modern manufacturing indus-

Alwavs ready to do his part in that which had for
its sole" object the advancement of the interests of his
home citv or its people, he was not one who sought
prominence in the affairs of the community. Ready at
all times to respond to the call of duty as he saw it,
he had no desire to pose as a leader or to win personal
praise for that which he did. , ^^ ■^■

In addition to his attention to the affairs of the big
establishment with which he was concerned, Mr. Han-
chett was devoted to his family, to his church, and to
the Masonic fraternity, with which he was promi-
nentlv identified. There were few men in that fra-
ternity better grounded in the principles of !■ ree
Masonrv than he. He believed earnestly in its teach-

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