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Charles Frederick, Jr. 3. Anna Eliza. 4. Franceska
Rosalia, now with the Atlas Steel Company. 5. Robert
Charles, a graduate of Columbia University, A. B.,
B. S., now principal of Belmont (N. Y.) High School.
6. Werner, partner and manager of the National Auto
Supply Company of Dallas, Tex.; during the World
War he was in the service as instructor at Fort Sill;
he is a thirty-second degree member of the Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite.

paredness League, and the Methodist Episcopal
church. In politics Dr. Hickey is a Democrat.

Dr. Hickey married, June 5, 1918. Mildred Hart, of
Fredonia, daughter of William and Frederica (Gold-
berg) Hart.


period of greatest unrest in our country, owing to
the strained relations with Germany, Dr. Hickey was
about finishing his course in the dental department of
the University of Buffalo. After graduation he re-
mained at the L'niversity as instructor, then entered the
service of his country. After receiving an honorable
discharge, he resumed his interrupted career and is
now established in practice in Fredonia. He is a son
of Frank Harvey and Belle (Shearer) Hickey. who
at the time of the birth of their eldest son, Harold H.,
were residing in the village of Brant, Erie county, N.
Y. Their second and only other child, Roland Hickey,
is an automobile salesman in Buffalo.

Harold Harvey Hickey was born in Brant, N. Y.,
Dec. 26, 1892. He attended the public schools, and
after completing courses at Fredonia High School
entered the dental department of the L^niversity of
Buffalo, whence he was graduated D. D. S., class of
1917. He volunteered for service during the war with
Germany, and expecting to be called at any time Dr.
Hickey spent the months following graduation in tem-
porary practice and as instructor in the infirmary of
the University of Buffalo. He was not called into
the service of the medical department of the United
States army until June 14, igiS. his first detail being
to Camp Greenleaf, thence to Camp Beauregard in
Louisiana, spending four months in each camp. He
was honorably discharged Jan. 23, 1919. Later he
reenlisted in the Medical Reserve Corps, with the rank
of first lieutenant. He spent three months in Miami,
Fla., as assistant to Dr. Laymon. then returned to Fre-
donia, N. Y., and began the private practice of dentis-
try, his specialty orthodontia, the straightening of
teeth. Dr. Hickey is a member of Delta Sigma Delta,
college fraternity; was president of the Barrettonian
Society, a society for the promotion of the welfare of
the student body: was prominent in athletics: is a mem-
ber of the New York State and American Dental soci-
eties, the Masonic Order, .American Legion, the Pre-

FRANK M. TINKHAM— The firm Tinkham
Brothers, wholesale dealers of Jamestown, N. Y., is
composed of Frank M. and Fred B. Tinkham, who
came to that city in 1900, young men but veterans in
business. Medina, Orleans county, N. Y., having been
the scene of their former business activities. The
twenty j'ears which have since intervened have been
years of expansion and development of the business
interests of Tinkham Brothers, who today are impart-
ant wholesale dealers in widely known brands of cigars
whose sale they control in a certain territory in New
York and Pennsylvania. They are maintaining branch
houses in Buffalo and Rochester, N. Y. This has
been Tinkham Brothers' contribution to Jamestown
business development, and their civic record is one of
equal honor.

Frank M. Tinkham was born in Camillus. Onon-
daga county, N. Y., son of Grove L. and Rosa A.
( Baker) Tinkham. In boyhood the family moved to
Medina, Orleans county, N. Y., where Grove L. Tink-
ham engaged in business as a wholesale dealer in gen-
eral produce, and served the village as justice of the
peace for many years. He died in Medina, Oct. I,
1916. Rosa A. (Baker) Tinkham, now also deceased,
was a graduate of Albion Seminary, and a member of
an old Orleans county family.

L'ntil seventeen years of age, Frank M. Tinkham
attended the schools of Medina, then began his busi-
ness career in his father's business. He then made a
change which was destined to determine his business
future, and may be considered the most important
event of his life in its far-reaching consequences. This
was his entering the employ of S. A. Cook, of Medina,
a wholesale dealer in cigars and tobacco, who covered
his territory with a four-horse team drawing a large
covered wagon, from which he distributed his goods to
the dealers he served. This outfit, known as "Cook's
Big Four," became the charge of Frank M. Tinkham,
who drove over the route for four years, gaining high
reputation as a salesman and as a keen, wide-awake
young business man. At the end of four years he gave
up the "Big Four," but continued with Mr. Cook as
salesman for several years. In 1892. his brother, Fred B.
Tinkham. entered Mr. Cook's employ, and in 1893 the
brothers pooled their capital and bought a half interest
in the Cook business, operating under the name, S. A.
Cook & Tinkham Brothers. In 1895, the business was
reorganized under the corporate name S. A. Cook &
Company. George Bowen and D. J. Bigelow were
added to its personnel, and the manufacture of furniture
made a part of the business. In 1900, the Tinkham
brothers sold their interests in S. A. Cook & Company
to their associates in that company and retired to in-
augurate their own private business undertakings.

With their withdrawal from business in Medina
came their removal from that town. Jamestown, N. Y.,
being selected as the seat of their proposed venture.


They came to the city in looo. and under the firm name
Tinkham Brothers, opened a wholesale cigar and no-
tions business in the Gitford building, opposite the
Humphrey House. Eight years were passed in that
lo.'ation, vears of a:rowth as a business enterprise, and
years of development for the partners as practical,
progressive factors in the world of commerce. In
igoS. Tinkham Brothers moved to the newly completed
Barrett building, securing space on the first, second,
third and fourth floors of that building. Prior to this
remo\-al of location the firm bought tlie notion business
of W. W. & C. S. Fish, of Salamanca, which they
added to their own, and in 1009 they bought the United
Hosiery- Company, at Youngsville, Pa. They employ
about thirty people in their business, and confine their
operations to perhaps forty counties of New York,
Pennsylvania and Ohio most convenient to James-
town, their headquarters and shipping center. The
firm is a prosperous one, and in all departments the
business reflects the ability and energy of its guiding

Since his coming to Jamestown, Frank M. Tinkham
has loyally supported all movements for the advance-
ment of the city's interests, and is identified with the
liberal, progressive, public-spirited men who have so
freely given of their time and their means to serve the
common good. He is a director of the Jamestown
Chamber of Commerce: a thirty-second degree Mason,
also a member of Ismailia Temple, Mystic Shrine: the
Fraternal Order of Eagles: the Jamestown Club, and
is president of the Jamestown Automobile Club.

Such is the Hie story of a man hardly yet in life's
prime, who won success by always doing well the duty
in hand, and thus being well prepared to advance to a
higher level in the business world. The prosperity
that has come to him has been fairly earned, and in
advancing his own fortune no man has been wronged
or made to suffer. Tinkham Brothers value their good
name in the trade beyond price, and in private life
honor and uprightness distinguish the members of the

Frank M. Tinkham and his family reside at Xo. 165
Forest a-.enuc. Jnmestown.

on-Chautanqiia-Lake. X. Y., Rev. Thomas H. Har-
rigan. rector, was originally a part of S.S. I'ctcr and
Paul's Parish at Jamestown. Rt. Rev. Bishop Colton,
seeing the necessity of a new parish on the lake for
the accommodation of summer visitors, sent Rev. David
J. Mountain in the summer of 191 1 to attend to their
spiritual wants, and incidentally to look the ground over
with the intention of forming a new parish. Rev.
Father Mountain said mass in the old Town Hall for
a time, later purchasing the vacant church edifice on
Ohio avenue. This building was erected by the sum-
mer colony to be used as a Protestant community
rhurch, an'i was later purchased by Mrs. Rose Kent,
who intended to convert it into a Christian .Science
church. It was later used as a chamticr of commerce
buildinff. then as a firemen's hall, and finally .'is an
electric light station.

In the summer of 1912, Rev. 'Jlionias H. Ilarrigan
was appointed first resident rector. The fir,t mass was

said in the new parish by Rev. Martin J. Blake, C. M.,
of Xiagara University, on Pentecost Sunday, May 25,
1912. The parish, beginning with twelve families, is
constantly growing. The church building has been
entirely remodeled and it is one of the prettiest coun-
try churches in Western New York. The missions at
Mayville and French Creek were also attended by
Rev. Father Harrigan until an independent parish was
formed at French Creek. However, he is still in charge
of Sacred Heart parish and the Mayville mission.

Rev. Father Harrigan is a native of Middletown,
Conn., a son of John H. and Mary (Kellieher) Har-
rigan. He was educated in the parochial schools of
Middletown, and made his preparatory college courses
at Xiagara University, later entering the Seminary of
Our Lady of Angels at Niagara University. He was
ordained May 25, 1907, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Colton in
the old St. Joseph's Cathedral. Buffalo, N. Y. His
first curacy was at the old St. Joseph's Cathedral,
wdiere he remained for three years, later being appointed
rector of St. Patrick's Church, Fillmore, X. Y., leaving
after two years to take charge of the Sacred Heart
parish at Lakewood.

An Altar Society, the Society of the Holy Xame,
and the Sodality of the Children of Mary have been
instituted by Father Harrigan at Lakewood, and the
members of these organizations are very active in the
work of the parish. Father Harrigan is also chaplain of
Jamestown Council, Xo. 926, Knights of Columbus.
During the World War, Father Harrigan took as ac-
tive part in Liberty Loan work and was chairman of
the Committee on the Fifth Loan and also of the Red
Cross drive in Busti township. Archbishop Hayes, of
New York, appointed him a war chaplain, but be-
cause of the signing of the armistice he had no oppor-
tunity to serve in this capacity. It was he who
originated the Victory celebration at Lakewood and
delivered the address to the returning soldiers, Aug. 6,
1919. Rev. Father Harrigan is much interested in
community affairs, and has made a very important
place for himself in the life of Lakewood, where he is
much revered Ijecause of his splendid and unselfish

FRANK A. SMILEY— The Smiley family, of
which today Frank A. Smiley, of Ellery township,
Jamestown, X. V.. is one of the representatives, is an
old one in Chautauqua county, its members having
played conspicuous parts in many different depart-
ments of the community's life during several genera-
tions and are now numerous in the region. Mr.
Smiley was horn in the town of Harmony, March 26,
1862, a son of Freeborn L. and Anna (Brown) Smiley,
the former a prominent member of the community,
where he was engaged for many years in business as
a ni;inufacturcr of wagons.

h'r;ink ,\. Smiley spent his childhood in his native
region, dividing his time between attending the local
district schools and the wholesome sports and pas-
times of country boys. Early in life he began to dis-
play that peculiar talent for doing all things well that
is so characteristic of the sturdy, self-reliant youth of
America, a talent which may be ^ern at present in the
various pursuits and enterprises in which lu- is engaged



and in all of which he has succeeded equally. Upon
completing his studies at the local schools, Mr. Smiley
took up the lumber business as an occupation and con-
tinued therein for fourteen years, and later became the
owner of a well equipped mill. He also entered the
mercantile realm, and for a time maintained successful
stores at Bemus Point and Lakewood. In all his ven-
tures Mr. Smiley met with the well merited success
of his industry and intelligence, gradually becoming one
of the best known and most highly respected figures
in the community and an influential factor in the general
business life. Mr. Smiley is a Republican in politics
and, although his many and various activities prevent
him from taking that part in public affairs for which
his abilities fit him. keeps himself abreast of all the
vital issues of the day, and is a staunch supporter of
the policies of his party. He is an active and valued
member of Centralia Grange, of Jamestown.

Frank A. Smiley married (first) Georgie C. Beck,
whose death occurred June 13, 1906, and by whom he
had four children, as follows: George, born Dec. 5,
1890: Harry A., born April 14, 1892; Raymond F.,
born Dec. 11, 1899; and Agnes A., born Jan. 13, 1902.
He married (second) July 15, 1909, Louise F. Smith,
of Jamestown, N. Y., a daughter of Charles W. and
Delia G. (Strickland) Smith.

of Jamestown, X. Y., where his years, forty-two, have
been spent, Mr. Catlin carries all the dignity and privi-
leges of a "native son," and in his ancestry claims a
reflected prestige attached to early Colonial forbears.
This branch of the Catlins trace to Theron Catlin, born
in Vermont, who later in life purchased a farm in the
historic Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania and there
spent the remainder of his life, a tiller of the soil.

One of the four sons of Theron Catlin (he also had
four daughters) was Linus Catlin, born in Vermont,
in 1799, who did not go to the Wyoming Valley with
his father, but located in North Hudson. Essex county,
N. Y., and lived a farmer until coming to Jamestown,
N. Y., where he died, aged over ninety. He was an
ardent Democrat, and a man of strong character and
upright life. He married Sabrina Jones, and they were
the parents of four children, including an only son,
Ashbill R. Catlin. Mrs. Catlin was a daughter of Pe-
letiah Jones, born in Schroon, Essex county, N. Y., and
there married, reared a family and until death was a

Ashbill R. Catlin was educated in public schools
and Jamestown Academy, and when selecting a life
work passed by the family business of farming and
chose mercantile life. In 1850, he opened a grocery
store in Jamestown on Main street, which he success-
fully conducted for about half a century. He was a
man of clear mind and sound judgment, a good busi-
ness man and citizen. He, like his father, was a Demo-
crat in politics, and well liked. He married, Nov. 20,
1851, Ruth A. Southwick, daughter of Alwin South-
wick, of the town of Busti, Chautauqua county, N. Y.
They were the parents of si.x children, two of whom
died young: the others were: Frank L., of further men-
tion: Ada E., married John C. Palmer, an oil well
supply dealer of Pittsburgh: John B., who became his

father's business associate; Agnes, married Charles W.
Warrington, of Denver, Col.

Frank L. Catlin, eldest son of Ashbill R. and Ruth
A. (Southwick) Catlin, was born in Jamestown, N. Y.,
Oct. 21, 1854, and died in the city of Denver, Col. He
was educated in the Jamestown public schools, and
began business life as a clerk in his father's grocery
store on Main street. Later he engaged in business
for himself at the corner of First and Main streets,
there continuing until his removal to Denver, Col.,
where he engaged in business as a wholesale confec-
tioner and there was living at the time of his death.
He married, Oct. 13, 1875, Addie Julia Carpenter, born
in Jamestown, daughter of Col. Elial Foote and Julia
A. (Jeffords) Carpenter, and granddaughter of John
and Phoebe (Wood) Jeffords. Her father. Colonel
Carpenter, was lieutenant-colonel of the 112th Regi-
ment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and was mortally
wounded at the battle of Proctor's Creek, May 8, 1864.
Colonel Carpenter left three daughters: Belle E., now
Mrs. Granden; Franc C, now Mrs. Brightman, and
Addie J., now Mrs. Frink; all residents of Jamestown.
Frank L. and Addie Julia (Carpenter) Catlin were
the parents of an only son, Elial Carpenter, of further

Elial Carpenter Catlin, son of Frank L. and Addie
J. (Carpenter) Catlin, was born in Jamestown, May 24,
1878, and is now (1920) a resident and honored busi-
ness man of his native city. He was educated in pri-
vate schools in Jamestown, Bradford High School, re-
ceiving his diploma from the county seat at Smethport,
McKean county. Pa., and Jamestown Business College.
He was a young man when he entered the employ of
the American Railway Express Company as cashier
of the Jamestown office, and that responsible position
he filled most satisfactorily until 1912, when he was
appointed agent at Jamestown to fill the vacancy caused
by the death of the former agent, B. R. Hiller. He has
now held that position eight years and has satisfied the
demands made by the public and earned at the same
time the approval of the company officials. Mr. Catlin
is a man of pleasing personality and sterling character,
and is highly esteemed by his many, many friends. He
is a Republican in politics : member of Mt. Moriah
Lodge. No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons; Western
Sun Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons; Jamestown
Council, No. 32, Royal and Select Masters ; James-
town Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar; James-
town Lodge of Perfection: Jamestown Council Princes
of Jerusalem; Buffalo Consistory, .•\ncient and Accepted
Scottish Rite, and Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic

Mr. Catlin married, in Jamestown, N. Y., Nov. 7,
1898, Marion I. Phillips, born in Buffalo, N. Y., Oct.
2, 1879, daughter of Alvin and Olive (Howard) Phil-
lips. Mrs. Catlin is a member of the Congregational
church, Mt. Sinai Chapter. Xo. 132, Order of Eastern
Star: Chautauqua Court, No. 38, Order of Amaranth;
and of the Mothers' Club of Public School No. 7, in
which she is very active. Mr. and Mrs. Catlin are
the parents of a son, Elial Carpenter, Jr., born in James-
town, Nov. 28, 1913.

Mrs. Addie Julia (Carpenter) Catlin married (sec-
ond) Walter Porter Frink, born at Silver Creek, N. Y.,



April 21, iSso, son of Albert and Martha (Penhollow)
Frink, and grandson of Rev. John Frink, a devoted Bap-
tist missionary preacher, who was well known in
Western Xew York. Walter Porter Frink for a niini-
her of years was with tl;e Erie Railroad at Erie. May-
ville. Corseys. N. V.; later in Milwaukee, Wis., and
afterwards returned to Chautanqua county, N. Y.,
locating in Jamestown, where he served the United
States government under Postmaster Charles Wicks.
Later he engaged in mercantile business at Lewis Run,
Pa., conducting a general store there for ten years. He
then sold out and resumed business in Jamestown, con-
tinuing until 1917, when he became connected with the
.-\merican Railway E.xpress Company in Jamestown,
where he still continues. He is a Republican in poli-
tics, member of the Baptist church, Mt. Tabor Lodge,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights of
the Maccabees. The Frink home is on East Second
street, comer of Phillips strett. its site the old \\'illiam
Carpenter home, which has been in the family tor
more than 100 years.

Mrs. Addie J. Frink was educated in Jamestown
schools, finishing in high school. For many years she
was a devoted member of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church, and during the ten years that she spent in
Lewis Run, in the Pennsylvania oil region, she was
ven' active in securing the erection of the church there
in lOio. She became a convert to Spiritualism, and
since 1910 has been very active in promoting that faith
as medium, lecturer and president of the Spiritual
Society of Jamestown. She has read and studied
deeply the doctrine and faith, and from her study, her
personal e.xperiences, and those of others, she has
arrived at a firm belief in Spiritualism, and from that
belief derives deep joy and happiness.

REV. JAMES MARY CARRA was born in Quarg-
nento. Province of Alexandria. Piedmont. Italy. Feb.
II, 1870. He was a son oi Dalmatius and Catherine
Carra. He received his early education at the elemen-
tarj- schools of Quargnento, the grammar and classical
schfX)! of Sampierd, .^rcna, at Genoa, Italy. He then
entered the seminary at .-Mexandria, where he com-
pleted a theological course, and in 1895 he graduated
from the Pontifical College of St. Thomas d' Aquino,
at Genoa. He was ordained, Dec. 17, 1892, at Alex-

His first appointment was as assistant i)riest at
Marengo. .Mexandria, where he remained from June,
l^o.l. to July I, 1894. At that time he became ch.-ip-
lain of the City Hospital of Alexandria, and he served
as chaplain there until Oct. i, 1901, a period of seven
years and four months of faithful and untiring service.
He was next chaplain at Broni, Province of I'avi.a,
ir'im Oct. I. I'jrji. to July I. 1907. Then for a little
more than a year he wa^ chaplain "i the Sifters of the
Sacred Heart at Solero, where he rrmtinucd until
.'\iiKUst. 1908.

In September. 190-8, he came to the I'nited States,
whf-rc he filled a rail to the pastorate at Brant, N. Y.,
in the difx:e<(e of Buffalo, under Bishop Colton. After
scrvinK as pastor at Brant for three months, he went
|o Mt. Carmcl Church at Buffalo, as assistant priest,

and on March i, 1910, in the same capacitj' to St.
Lucy's Church, of Buffalo, a Catholic church of Ital-
ian attendants. On June 8, 1910, he was sent to James-
town, N. Y. Here he built St. James' (Italian) Church.
The congregation of the church at that time was ap-
pro.ximately two thousand, now the church has an at-
tendance of four thousand Italians. Such an increase
of membership in itself bespeaks the success of Dr.
Carra's pastorate, which was one of faithful and de-
voted performance of duties for the benefit of his
brother men and parishoners.

During the Great War, Dr. Carra was commissioned
first lieutenant chaplain. On Oct. 19, 1918, he went
to Hoboken, N. J., where he received orders to leave
for France, Nov. 16, 1918, but was detained by the can-
cellation of his orders, after which Dr. Carra was
assigned to port chaplain officer. While in Hoboken,
he called on the wounded at St. Mary's Hospital, of
that city, until his transfer to the base hospital at Camp
Merritt, X. J. On March 8, 1918, he was assigned to
the Italian line transport "America." He made one
trip to Italy and France, returned, and was discharged
from service, July i, 1918.

Dr. Carra is a third degree member of the Knights
of Columbus, at Jamestown, N. Y., and belongs also
to the Holy Name Society and to the Bellini Club of
Buffalo, N. Y. In connection with his church. Dr.
Carra has a school and convent. Three hundred and
twenty-five pupils attend the school, and seven sisters
are at the convent there. He has done much to build
up the section of his parish through his church. The
average number of marriages per year is about fifty,
while the number of baptisms is almost 200. In connec-
tion with his church are the following societies: St.
Sebastian Society, Holy Name Society, Christopher
Columbus Society, the Italo-Americano Mutual Bene-
fit Society, and St. James' Club. Besides the many
additions and improvements which Dr. Carra has ac-
complished in his present diocese, he has to his other
material results the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, at
Falconer. The congregation in this recently new
church averages about 150 Italian families.

GEORGE N. TOMPKINS, for many years a suc-
cessful and enterprising merchant at Gerry, Chautau-
qua county, N. Y., and a man of prominence in the
public affairs of that district, having been town clerk,
supervisor and postmaster for many years, is one of the
well known citizens of Chautauqua county.

George N. Toinpkins is a native of Gerry, born Nov.
8, 1874, the son of Nathaniel and Martha (Hale) Tomp-
kins, well known and respected residents of Gerry,
where Nathaniel Tompkins operated a farm until his
retircnunt. As a boy, Ge'irge N. Tompkins attended
the Inc-il jiublic schools, and e\entually joined his
father in farming. Later he operated a creamery and
general store i?i Gerry, success attending his enter-

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