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(2) ; John, of further mention ; Morton, Peter, Franz,
Hannan, Sophie, Betsey, Jerusha and Maria.

John Bargar was born in 1748, died in 1818. He was
a farmer of Putnam Valley all his active years, and
during the Revolution served with the Seventh Regiment,
Dutchess County Militia. He married Martha Tomp-
kins, daughter of Cornelius Tompkins, of Putnam Val-
ley. Children: i. Cornelius, born 1770, died Feb. 27,
1847. 2. Mary, born July 21, 1778, married Jeremiah
Chapman, Jr. 3. John, born July 21, 1779, died Dec.
24, 1856, and is buried at Adams Corners, N. Y. 4.
Nathaniel, of further mention. 5. Jane, born Nov. 14,
1781, died Oct. 17, 1851. 6. Phebe, born 1786, died Sept.
g, 1830; married Jedediah Hill. 7. Fanny, born April
22, 1789, died May 22, 1874; married Annanias, son of
Bartholomew Tompkins. 8. Reuben, born 1792; mar-
ried (first) a Miss Horton, and (second) Mary Travis.

Nathaniel Bargar was born in Putnam Valley in 1780,
died Dec. 28, 1816; his will bearing date of Dec. 23,

i8i6, names his father John, wife Susannah, two sons
and three daughters. The witnesses to his will were
John and Reuben Bargar. He was a farmer of Putnam
Valley. He married Susannah Crawford. Children : i.
Nathaniel C, of further mention. 2. Mary, born Sept.
II, 1812, died April 30, 1833. 3. Martha (or Sarah). 4.
Susan, born Oct. 16, 1815, died Jan. 15, 1872; married
Samuel F. Smith, of Putnam Valley, born Feb. i, 1814,
died March i, 1899. 5. Elias, removed to Kansas.

Nathaniel -C. Bargar was born June 24, 1808, in Put-
nam Valley, New York, died in Gerry, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., Jan. 16, 1859. He was one of the early
pioneers in Chautauqua, having come here with his
young wife, driving all the way in an ox-cart. He mar-
ried (first) Catherine Tompkins, born in 1812, daugh-
ter of John Tompkins. She died Feb. 14, 1837, at Ellery,
Chautauqua county, N. Y. They were the parents of
three sons: i. John D., born Sept. 10, 1829, died June
20, 1889, at Charlotte, Chautauqua county, N. Y. ; he
married Elizabeth Lewis, and lived the greater part of
his life on a farm about two miles north of Sinclair-
ville; a son, George L., was born to them in 1847.
George L., the son, married Hattie M. Putnam, and
they had one son, Allen E., torn 1889, a graduate of
the law department. University of Buffalo, admitted to
the New York bar, 1915, served overseas in France with
the United States Army, attorney in Jamestown, N. Y.,
in 1921. 2. Nathaniel T., born Feb. 17, 1834, died Jan.
9, 1903, at Sinclairville, N. Y. ; he married (first) in 1854,
Ruth A. Austin, who died in 1886, leaving twin daugh-
ters, Jennie and Jentie, born in 1866; he married (sec-
ond) Ella Tyrrell, who survived her husband a few years.

3. Lowrec D., born Feb. 7, 1837; he enlisted during the
Civil War, fought with the iS4th Regiment, was cap-
tured and died in Libby Prison ; he married Sarah Van
Wert, and had a son, Seth, born in 1861. Nathaniel C.
Bargar married (second) Tamar Tompkins, a sister of
his first wife, and they were the parents of five children :

4. Emory O., born May 2, 1838, died in Sinclairville,
N. Y., July 16, 1885; married Cynthia J. McCullough,
and they had six sons and a daughter ; Emory O. Bar-
gar was proprietor of a drug store in Sinclairville, which
after his death passed to his six sons : John M. C, who
was well educated, a musician, and prominent in church
and community life at Springville, N. Y. ; Edgar N., a
wealthy business man of Buffalo, N. Y. ; Emery J., Floyd
L., Clayton T., Victor H. Ethel is the name of his
daughter. 5. Mary A., born 1840, died 1845. 6. Martha
J., born 1843, died 1845. 7. Elias C, of further mention.

8. Westoby, born Sept. 8, 1851, died in Eskeridge, Kan.,
Oct. 20, 1884 ; was a well known merchant of that town.

9. Lewis C, died aged sixteen years.

Elias C. Bargar was born May 19, 1846, in the town
of Gerry, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and until 1891 was
a farmer of that town. In that year he moved to James-
town, where he later engaged in the grocery business,
continuing until 1905, when he retired and continued to
reside in Jamestown. From 1908 to 1910 Mr. Bargar
served in the City Council as alderman from his ward,
and still takes an active interest in all public affairs.

Elias C. Bargar married (first) in 1870, -Mice E. Tot-
man (see Totman), born in the town of Pomfret, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., March 4. 1851, died Jan. i, 1906,


in Jamestown. Mrs. Bargar was a woman of refinement,
with marked literan.- ability, fluent of speech and ready
of pen. Unselfish, loyal and womanly, she was to her
children a faithful counselor and guide, and they "rise
up and call her blessed." She was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church of Jamestown, the James-
town Political Equality Cluh, and Union Grange, Patrons
of Husbandry, being an officer of the two last named
organizations at the time of her death. Elias C. Bargar
married (second) lOoS, Elnora King (Bowen) in James-
town. Elias C. and .\lice E. (Totman) Bargar were the
parents of five children: i. Lewis T., born Feb. l6,
1S75, resides in Jamestown, a machinist; he married, in
190:;. Elizabeth Rogers, and they are the parents of eight
children ; Lewis T., Jr., born April 12, 1903 ; Thomas D.,
born Feb. 9, 1905; John C, born March 22, 1907; Mary
A., bom July 20, 1909; Clarence E., born 1911, died
1914: G. Arthur, born July 9, 1914; Roger, born Oct.
23, 1916; Lawrence ^L, born Oct. 12, 1920. 2. Daniel
T., bom May 23, 1S77, died Dec. 13, 1905, a graduate of
Jam.estown High School, class of 1899; his death in
young manhood was a great shock and loss to his family ;
he was a man of lofty ideals and keen mind, as was
evidenced in all that he undertook; at the time of his
death he was engaged as a partner in the grocer>' busi-
ness with his brother Crawford K. 3. Crawford N., of
further mention. 4. Mary A., of further mention. 5.
Alice E.. born .-Vugust 7, 1882, died Jan. 30, 1884.

Crawford X. Bargar was born June 4, 1878, in Gerry,
X. Y. After receiving a sound education in the James-
town public and high schools, he entered the grocery
business as an employee in his father's store, remaining
in such capacity for eight years, when he with his
brother, Daniel T., purchased their father's interest.
This partnership was continued for two years until
Daniel T. Barger's death, after which time Crawford N.
Bargar resumed business alone for the subsequent seven
years. In January, 191 1, he became manager of the S.
M. Flickinger Company, Inc., wholesale grocers of
Jame;town, a position he continues to the present time.
Mr. Bargar is a director of the S. M. Flickinger Com-
pany, Inc., the Flickinger Stores, Inc., the Empire
Worsted Mills, the Bank of Jamestown, and the Pren-
dergast Building Company. He is a member of Mt.
Moriah I^dge, Xo. 145, Free and Accepted Masons;
Western Sun Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons;
Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar, and
the Crescent I-.odge, Knights of Pythias. He also rs
affiliated with Union Grange, the Young Men's Christian
Association, Kiwanis Club, the Norden Club, and active
in the Board of Commerce. He is a progressive, public-
spirited citizen, always ready to "lend a hand" in f\irthcr-
ing any cause in his community.

He married, in Jamestown, April 28, 1917, May H.
Sellstrom, daughter of Fabian and Emily E. (Lundberg)
Sellitrom Csee Sellstrom). Mrs. Bargar is a woman of
culture and refinement with musical talent. She is a
graduate of the Jamestown High School, 1904, and of
the Sherwood Music School, Chicago, III. Mrs. Bargar
ha^> ap[;eared in concert work in both Chicago and Chau-
tau'i'ia. While in Chicago she was a member of the
Amateur Musical Club. She is a member of the Mozart
Club, Union Grange, Ladies' Auxiliary of the Norden
Club, and the Northsidc Sunshine Club. Mrs. Bargar

was once president of the Campaign Club of Jamestown,
an organization that was instrumental in the suffrage
movement of Chautauqua county. Mr. and Mrs. Bargar
are the parents of one child, Robert Sellstrom Bargar,
born August 8, 1010. Mr. and Mrs. Bargar are mem-
bers of the First Presbyterian Church.

Mary A. Bargar is one of Jamestown's best known
women, and has been prominently in the public eye for
several years as teacher and public official, her three
years in the office of city clerk bringing her forward.
Her political career has been unmarred as yet by defeat,
even though in a city where nothing without a Repub-
lican label can survive, she made her entrance as a candi-
date on the Prohibition ticket and was elected over her
Republican competitor, and so acceptably served her
term that two years later she carried the Republican
primary and was reelected at the March election, 1920.
Mary A. Bargar was born May 20, 1879. She was edu-
cated in the public schools, finishing with graduation
from Jamestown High School, class of 1899. The four
years following graduation, she taught in the James-
town grade schools, then entered Syracuse University,
whence she was graduated, class of 1910. The next
eight years Miss Bargar spent in teaching, three years
in high school at Gloversville, N. Y., two years in high
school at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., and three years in
Jamestown High School. In March, 1918, she was
elected city clerk of Jamestown, which position she holds
at the present time. She is interested in many of James-
town's organizations, social, charitable and religious, and
is a woman of fine quality, her public service being of
most efficient and praiseworthy character. She is a
member of the First Methodist Church.

(The Totman Line).

There were four of the Totman brothers: Abijah,
Daniel, Harvey, and Joshua, sons of Joshua Totman, who
was also a son of a Joshua Totman, born in 1751 ; two
of these sons were by a first wife of the father, and two
by the second wife. Abijah Totman, the eldest brother,
was born about the year 1800, and in 1826 married Betsey

, aged twenty-five years. They were the parents of

nine children: Levi, David, Edscl, Julia, Phoebe, Esther,
George, Perry, and Sophia, all deceased, the last sur-
vivor dying in 1920. Harvey Totman, the third brother,
had two sons. Joshua Totman, the fourth son, had a
son, Joshua (2), whose son, Roy Totman, now resides
in Cassadaga, Chautauqua county, N. Y.

Daniel Totman, the second brother, was born April 8,
181 1, died June 27, 1880. He was a man of strong char-
acter and high ideals, his early life a fitting e.xample to
his children, and his influence in his community always
for good. He married Elvira P. Fisher, and they were
the parents of two children: Stephen D. and Alice E.
Stephen D. Totman, born May 26, 1846, married and left
three children: George, born 1879, married Flossie A.
Poiie, and died Feb. 15, 1912; Franklin D., born 1880,
married Emily Adell Webber, who died in 1900; Alice
E., born 1885, married Leslie S. Wood.

Alice E. Totman, only daughter of Daniel and Elvira
P. fFisher) Totman, was born March 4, 1851, in the
town of Pomfret, Chautauqua county, N. Y., died in
Jamestown, N. Y., in 1906. She was educated in the
district schools, Gainesville Seminary, and Jamestown

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High School, and before her marriage she taught school.
In 1870 she married Elias C. Bargar, of previous men-
tion in this review, and for twenty years thereafter their
home was on the farm in Gerry, Chautauqua county, and
their five children were born there.

Mr. Lenna was married in Johnsonburg, Pa., in 1903,
to Hilda M. Nordstrom, and they are the parents of
three children : Harry A., Reginald A., and Helen M.

OSCAR A. LENNA — Like many other prominent
business men of Chautauqua county, Oscar A. Lenna is
of Swedish birth, having been born April 16, 1876, at
Helsingborg, a seaport of Sweden, where he spent his
youth. At the early age of seven it became necessary
for him to seek employment away from home to assist
a widowed mother with two younger children to support ;
he, however, attended school five winters, and at the
age of twelve was prepared to enter high school, but
instead he continued to work away from home to assist
his mother.

In 1894 he came to United States, arriving at the
port of New York, and immediately went to Ridgway,
Elk county. Pa., where he worked in the lumber woods
for about two years ; for Several years after that he
worked in the steel mills at South Chicago, 111., Niles and
Hazelton, Ohio ; he then engaged in the hotel business
at Johnsonburg, Elk county. Pa., and continued there
until 1904, when he moved to Jamestown, N. Y., and
entered the wholesale liquor business. In 1914 he began
an active career as a manufacturer — organized the
Jamestown Car Parts Manufacturing Company, which
concern was incorporated in August of that year, and is
now capitalized at $500,000. The company manufac-
tures automobile, truck, and tractor radiators and other
car-parts. Mr. Lenna has been its president from the
beginning. A factory was rented at first where sixty
people were employed. The expansion of the business,
however, soon made a larger plant necessary and a site
was purchased on Allen street extension, where a large
factory was erected in 1917 and occupied in December
of that year. From the very outset this company has
been ably managed and has had a prosperous career, Mr.
Lenna giving it his personal attention, and it is among
the leading manufacturing concerns of the city of James-

In June, 1920, Mr. Lenna, with several other promi-
nent business men of the city of Jamestown, incorporated
the Jamestown Malleable Products Corporation, which
concern was capitalized at $500,000.00 and is now erect-
ing a large plant, and when plans are completed will be
one of Jamestown's largest industries ; since its incor-
poration Mr. Lenna has been its president. Mr. Lenna
is also a director of the Union Trust Company of James-
town, N. Y., and has other business interests of impor-
tance ; in fact, is one of the prominent and well known
figures in Jamestown's business aflfairs.

The rise of Mr. Lenna in business, and as a well
known, esteemed and honored citizen has been indeed
remarkable and can be attributed to these essential quali-
fications — an energetic and careful well trained business
man, and a genial personality of the kind that makes
friends; in fact, in every respect he is a self-made man.
Mr. Lenna is a member of several of the leading clubs of
the city of Jamestown, N. Y. ; is also a Mason, and a
member of other leading fraternal societies.


native of Jamestovifn, is by profession an attorney, and
by practice a soldier of honorable, indeed notable, war

He was born in Jamestown, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1888, the son
of Edward A. and Edith (Kirkpatrick) Peterson, the
former a much esteemed resident of that city, where for
so many years he was one of its leading merchants.
Mrs. Edith (Kirkpatrick) Peterson died while her son,
Auguste Bartholdi, was still an infant. He received his
academic education wholly in local schools, attending the
Jamestown Grammar School for primary instruction,
and in 1908 graduated from the Jamestown High School.
Deciding upon law as a profession, he then entered the
Albany Law School of Union University, and in 1912
was graduated therefrom with the degree of Bachelor
of Laws. After serving a clerkship of one year with
one of the leading law firms of Jamestown, Auguste B.
Peterson established himself in independent practice in
Jamestown, and gave indications of an alert mind, a
good understanding of law, and a readiness of expres-
sion which promised well for his success in his future
practice at the legal bar.

Of course, when the national emergency came in 1917,
all private interests became secondary, and the men of
professions, important and unimportant, and the men
of business, employer as well as employed, stood pre-
pared to cease their civilian occupations when the
national call came. As a matter of fact the national call
came to Major Peterson quite a while before the entry
of the United States into the World War. He was pro-
bation officer of Jamestown at the time National Guard
regiments were federalized in 1916 to proceed to the
Mexican border because of the trouble with Mexico, and
when the local company of the New York State National
Guard was mustered into the Federal forces. Attorney
Peterson set aside his personal and professional affairs,
and took his military post of junior command, first lieu-
tenant of the Jamestown unit. That was on July i, 1916.
Proceeding to the Mexican border. Lieutenant Peterson
was detailed to headquarters company and had full charge
of all the signalling of the corral and of the mounted
scouts and orderlies, and detailed to act as adjutant of
the second battalion, in addition to his company duties
with his own unit. Company E. In February, 1916, the
New York National Guard units returned to their home
stations, and were mustered out of the Federal service,
but scarcely a month had passed before another call came
from Washington for the federalization of State Na-
tional Guard units, this time because of the grave and
almost certain involvement of the United States in the
World War. On March 28, 1917, Lieutenant Peterson
was mustered into the Federal service, and left with
his company on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, for Silver
Creek for guard duty. He was later detailed back to
Jamestown on recruiting duty, and on August 13, 1917,
left for Buffalo with a detachment of eighty recruits.
On Sept. 29, 1917, he, with former New York State Na-



tional Guard units, left Buffalo for Camp Wadsworth,
Spartansburg, S. C. While there he was trans-
ferred from Gimpany E to Company C, and detailed as
assistant judge advocate of the General Court of the
division. On Jan. 31, 191S, he was detailed to Aurora,
111., there to take a special course in cipher and code,
and upon his return to Camp Wadsworth was detailed
to the office of the chief of staff of the 27th Division,
as instructor in this work. Shortly afterwards, on May
16, 1018, he sailed for France. The glorious record of
the J7th Division in France is too well known to make
necessary a reviewing herein of its achievements, and it
will suffice if the writer adheres strictly in this article
to a recounting of Major Peterson's part in the work of
that division, which brought fame to itself and to \\
American -\rmy and Nation, particularly by its thrilling
achievement of piercing the supposedly impregnable
Hindenburg Lijie. Major Peterson was intelligence
officer of the division, and as such had to constantly
follow the fighting, and as is well known the 27th Divi-
sion had to endure some of the most desperate fighting
of the war. He was in three major battles : At the
Hindenburg Line, near Bony, Sept. 29, 1918; at La Selie
River, near St. Souplet, Oct. 17, 1918; and at Jonc de
Mer Ridge, near .\rbie Guernon, Oct. 18, 1918. And he
was present at the following engagements : Vierstratt
Ridge, near Mount Kemmel, Sept. 2, 1918 ; at the Knoll,
Guilmont Farm, and Quennemont Farm, Sept. 27, 1918;
and at St. Maurice River, near Catillon, Oct. 19, igi8:
and also in minor actions at the East Poperinghe Line,
July 9 to August 20, 1918, and in the Dickeburch sector,
August 21 to 30, 1918.

Major Peterson's work as intelligence officer was ap-
parently meritorious, as the following citations indicate :

Headquarters, 27th Division, U. S. A.,

A. E. F., in France. Jan. 11. 1918.

1. I recommend that Captain Auguste B. Peterson,
assistant chief of staff of this division, be appointed a
(reneral staff officer. This officer has satisfactor-
ily performed general staff duty, as G-2 in this divi-
sion, for the past four months, part of which service
was rendered during active operations. He has demon-
strated special qualifications for the duties performed
by him. Captain Peterson pos.sesses the bearing,
habits, and manner which an officer should possess
to refiect credit upon the general staff. He Is thor-
oufrh In his work, quiet and unassuming in manner,
enert''-tlc and resourceful In the performance of duty.
I am Informed that at the staff college at Longres, Brlt-
l?h ofticer.s who have lectured on Intelligence work,
have noticed and recommended, as an example, the
intelligence work of this division during operatione
If so. credit is due to Captain Peterson.

2. The prohibition of further promotion prevented
the promotion of this officer to the grade of major.



Eventually, however, the arbitrary order of the gen-
eral staff prohibiting further promotion of officers after
Nov. II, 1918, the date of the signing of the armistice,
was withdrawn, and Auguste B. Peterson, who had been
promoted to a captaincy on Oct. 15, 1918, was promoted
to the grade of major in February, 1919, having served
a? acting chief of staff throughout tlie stay of the divi-
sion in France.

Further evidence of the value of Captain Peterson's
services to the division is contained in the general report
of the division commander. The following is extracted
from the section regarding intelligence work:

The foregoing comments would be incomplete with-
out recognition of the marked efficiency of Captain
Auguste B. Peterson, Div. intelligence olBcer, by rea-
son of whose services you had a valuable assistant,
and whose charge of the intelligence work during the
La Selie River operations was marked by a high
order of excellence.

Again, the official citation of Captain Peterson, by
Major-General O'Ryan, dated Feb. 18, 1919, reads:

Captain Auguste B. Peterson, G-2 division head-
quarters. For exceptionally efficient and meritorious
service, as intelligence officer of the division, during
the periods of operations in Belgium and France. The
work of this officer was frequently commented upon,
for its special value, by officers of our own and Brit-
ish armies.

B. Peterson. Intelligence Officer, 27th Div.. for excep-
tionally meritorious and conspicuous services as intel-
ligence otficer. 27tii Division, France, American Expe-
ditionary Forces.

In testimony thereof, and as an expression of appre-
ciation of these services, I award him this citation.

Awarded on 20th June, 1919.



Upon the return of Major Peterson to his native place,
he was appointed secretary of the Jamestown Board of
Commerce, and took hold of matters with a zest which
indicates a true interest in the community with which
his family has had such a long association. Andrew
Peterson, his grandfather, whose life is elsewhere re-
corded in this work, was one of the first Methodist
Episcopal ministers of Jamestown. In February, 1920,
Major Peterson resigned his position as secretary of the
Board of Commerce and affiliated himself with Lyman R.
Van Vlach and Allen E. Bargar for the practice of law
under the partnership name of Van Vlach, Peterson &
Bargar. Major Peterson is a commander of the Ameri-
can Legion, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars; Distinguished Service Order of the United States;
Mt. Moriah Lodge ; Jamestown Club ; Rotary Club, and
several other fraternal and civic organizations.

While in military service and in recruiting duty in
Jamestown, he was married at Chautauqua, July 28,
1917, to Clarissa May Starling, of Sandford, Fla., daugh-
ter of B. J. and Elizabeth Starling, of that place, where
the former owned and operated some fruit farms. Major
and Mrs. Peterson are the parents of one son, Robert
Bartholdi, born in Jacksonville, Fla. Through her
mother, who is regent of the Florida Chapter, Mrs.
Peterson belongs to the Daughters of the American
Revolution, and also to the Daughters of the Con-


iCK^ Dr. Hanvey has practiced his profession in James-
town, coming the year after his graduation from the
Rochester School of Optometry. His office and plant is
in the Wellman block, and tiiere eyes are tested, ex-
amined, and prescribed for, the prescriptions now num-
bering seventeen thousand, being filled by experts who
grind the glasses to the requirements of the prescrip-
tion. This latter branch of his business was added by
IJr. llanvcy as a convenience to his clients, the time
consumed in sending work away and awaiting its re-
turn being saved by doing the work at his own plant.
OlJtometry is imw rccoi^nized as a sep;iratc profession

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