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assisted his father in his stock and dairy farming until
the latter's retirement from active business, when Owen
M. assumed the entire management of the farm and
continued extensive dairy fanning and stock raising.
The pride of the farm is its tine herd of principally
Holstein cattle, and its dairy is one of the best equipped
in the town. Mr. Cleland also conducts general farming
operations, and is the largest grower of cabbage in the
county. He is a charter member and past master of
Charlotte Grange, No. 669, Patrons of Husbandry, and
takes a deep interest in its business and social affairs.
He is also a member of Sylvan Lodge, No. .■?03, Free
and ,\ccepted Masons, of Sinclairville, and of the Order
of the Eastern Star. In politics. Mr. Cleland is a Re-
publican, but in local aft'airs supports the men and
measures that he thinks are for the best interests of all
the people. He has served Charlotte as justice of the
peace, and is one of the substantial, progressive men of
his town. In religious affiliation, Mr. Cleland and his
family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church
of Charlotte Center.

Mr. Cleland married, Nov. II, 1890, Ethlyn Hollen-
beck, born in Gerry township. Mrs. Cleland is a popular
member of the Eastern Star and Grange, and is active
in their social activities. Mr. and Mrs. Cleland are the
parents of three sons: I. J. Clayton, born Aug. 26,
1894; educated in grammar and high school and Cor-
nell University — agricultural course — now his father's
farm assistant ; he is a member of the Patrons of Hus-
bandry; Sylvan Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows ; New York State
Young Men's Christian Association; and politically, a
Republican. 2. Charles M., born Sept. 26, 1900, was
educated in the same schools as his brother, and is an
assistant in the management of the home farm ; he is a
member of the Patrons of Husbandry. 3. Stillman, born
Sept. 12. 1905, now attending school.

Thoroughly devoted to his business, Mr. Cleland
worthily represents a class of men who cannot but be
regarded as the bulwark of our nation, and a sure de-
fense when the misrule of city and commonwealth
brings confusion and unrest. The agriculturist who is
a landowner has too much at stake to make experiments
in pr>litical economy, and is the rock upon which our
national prosperity— nay our national life, rests. The
reputation of a century of Clelands in the town of Char-
lotte rests safely in his keeping, and he has given to the
town a fonrlh generation of sons, who are agriculturists,
trained in college for scientific farming.




dons of Chautauqua county, X. Y., herein reviewed,
descend from an ancient New England family, the
founder, Isaac Sheldon, coming in 1626, and locating at
Billerica, Mass. He was buried at Kingston. R. I., as
was his brother John, who had located in Pawtucket,
R. I. Isaac Sheldon left two sons, John and Isaac (2),
the latter born in 1627. From Isaac (2) Sheldon sprang
Tichnor Sheldon, who settled at Westfield. Chautau-
qua county, N. Y., on a tract of 150 acres, which he
cleared, improved, and cultivated for forty-five years.
He was the father of Royal Edgerton Sheldon, and
grandfather of Benjamin Tichnor Sheldon, a general
merchant of Sinclairville, Charlotte township, Chautau-
qua county. It was a beautiful tribute Obed Edson,
Chautauqua's grand old man, paid to his friend, Royal
Edgerton Slieldon, which appeared in the Sinclairville
"Commercial," Feb. 8, 1907 :

In the death ot Royal E. Sheldon the community
has not only lost an excellent business man but a
valuable and loyal citizen. He was a man of char-
acter, nerve, aggressive, positive in his opinions, and
outspoken in expressing them. It ever he found
himself hasty, impulsive, or in error, lie had that
superior and rarest of virtues — the courage to
promptly and franlily admit it.

Such was the confidence of the fellow-citizens of
his ability that besides being selected to fill other
important positions he was often chosen to represent
them on the board of trustees of the village corpora-
tion of which he also served as president. He was long
a trustee of the old school district, and when that was
dissolved, of the Union Free School, the village
library, and of Evergreen Cemetery Association, of
which he was for a period the efBcient superintendent.
In all these positions his energetic efforts, business
experience and practical suggestions made him an
influential and valuable member. He was always
solicitous foV tlie prosperity and honor of his town
and village where he had lived so long. He was a
friend of progress and education, and the first to take
a positive position in favor of a Union Free School in
the village. He was a sincere friend, had a warm
heart, an affable disposition, and intellectual tastes.
Sometimes it happens that we wait until the one we
know is gone before we fully recognize and realize
the merits of him whom death has removed. Mr.
Sheldon will not soon be forgotten in the community,
with others who once were leading citizens, promi-
nently identified with its business interests, for his
marked character, public spirit and useful life.


A full line of the ancestry of Benjamin T. Sheldon
from Isaac Sheldon, the founder, follows:

Isaac (2) Sheldon, son of Isaac (i) Sheldon, was
born in 1627. He married (first) Mary Woodford, who
died in 1684 or 1686. He married (second) Mehetable
Ensign, who died in 1720. He had thirteen children,
descent being traced through Jonathan Sheldon, his son,
born in 1689. died in 1769. Jonathan Sheldon married
Mary Southwick, and they were the parents of ten
children, including a son Daniel, born in 1715. died in
1796, who married Mary Herman, they the parents of
ten children.

Seth Sheldon, son of Daniel and Mary (Herman)
Sheldon, was horn in 1739, died April 24, 1810. He
married Hannah Hanchett, who died Aug. 20. 1820, and
they were the parents of seven children, including a son,
Seth (2) Sheldon, born in 1776, died in Chautauqua
county, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1850. He married Philena Ed-
gerton, who died in Chautauqua county, Dec. 14. 1853.
They were the parents of eleven children : Xancy, born
in 1800. married Walter Strong: Philena, married
James Pratt ; Tichnor. of further mention ; Alta, born
in 1807, married Levi Ingalsle ; Franklin, born in 1808;

Julia, born in 1811, married Eli Roberts; Esther, born
in 1813, married Alexander A. Barker; Sarah, born in
181 5, married ^Milton Barker; Seth, born in 1818; David,
born in 1821 ; Charles, born in 1824.

Tichnor Sheldon, eldest son of Seth (2) and Philena
(Edgerton) Sheldon, was born in the town of Pawlet,
Rutland county, Vt., Nov. 16, 1804, died at his home
in the village of Sherman, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
in 1881. He married in Pawlet, Feb. 14. 1827, Lucinda
Brown, born at Attleboro, Bristol county. Mass., Aug.
27, 1804. Soon after their marriage, Tichnor Sheldon
and his wife moved to Chautauqua county, X'. Y., set-
tling in the town of Westfield on a tract of 150 acres,
which was his home for forty-five years, the farm be-
coming under his management most fertile and profita-
ble. At the end of forty-five years' residence and op-
eration of the Westfield farm, he retired to a home in
the village of Sherman, there residing until his death in
18S1. His wife. Lucinda, survived him until 1886, dying
at the home of her son. Royal E. Both are buried in
the village of Sherman. Children: Milton Brown, born
Nov. 26, 1827; Herbert Franklin, born Oct. 12, 1831 ;
Royal Edgerton, of further mention; Fanny Maria,

born Feb. 23, 1842; , died July 21, 1871 ;

Edwin Morris, born March 18, 1847.

Royal Edgerton Sheldon, third son of Tichnor and
Lucinda (Brown) Sheldon, was born Feb. ig, 1835,
died in Sinclairville, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Feb. I,
1907, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery there. He
obtained a good education, and in his younger years
taught in the county district schools. Later he was
clerk in a store at .-Vndes, Delaware county, X\ Y., also
in a general store in Westfield, and finally went to
Boston, Mass.. where he added to his business educa-
tion the city methods of merchandising. In 1861, he
first came to Sinclairville, becoming a clerk in the store
of John M. Brunson. When Mr. Brunson sold his
business to Nelson Mitchell, Mr. Sheldon continued with
the new proprietor as clerk, remaining until 1869, when
he opened a general store in association with Edwin
Williams, they conducting business as a firm until 1S79.
Mr. Williams then withdrew. Mr. Sheldon built the
new store in 1883 and continued in business alone until
1889, when he admitted his son, Benjamin T. Sheldon,
to a partnership, who later took over the commercial
interests of his father, the latter then engaging in the
seed business. Mr. Sheldon continued a successful busi-
ness man of Sinclairville until his death at the age of
seventy-two, having been a resident of Sinclairville for
nearly forty years. He was well known and deeply
respected for his sterling qualities. He was postmaster
of Sinclairville from 1S77 until 1884. His public-spirit
and progressive nature led him to the support of every
forward movement, and there was no limit to his in-
terest in Sinclairville and her people. He served as
president of the village, was a trustee of the Free
Public Library, one of the organizers and a trustee of
Evergreen Cemetery, and a one time superintendent, a
trustee of the Baptist church, member of the village
board of health, a Republican in politics, and in all
things was the tetnperate, high-minded gentleman and
successful business man.

Royal E. Sheldon married (first) Oct. 22, 1863, Caro-
line Laurenda Bridgman, born in Vermont, daughter of
John and Laura (Delano) Bridgman. Mrs. Sheldon was



a woman of education and high character, a teacher by
profession, literary in her tastes, an ideal wife and
mother. She traced descent from historic Xew England
families, and in Sinclairville took a deep interest in the
village affairs which interested her husband. She
was a member of the Baptist church. She died Jan. 21,
iSSo. and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery w'ith her
husband. Children: l. Carrie Lucinda. born Aug. 23.
1S64. died March 8. 1870. 2. Benjamin Tichnor, of
funher mention. 3. Fanny Laurenda. born Sept. 8,
i860, was a graduate of Sinclairville High School in
188,"; Fredonia State Normal School. iSoi ; Cornell Uni-
versity, class of 1896; taught at Mansfield Normal
School. Mansfield. Pa., 1896-1901 ; married. July 10,
looi. Charles Henry Allen, of Detroit, Mich., where
they now reside ; they are the parents of two children,
Henry Sheldon, born June 18. 1903. and Alice A., born
June jS. 1904. 4. Royal Bridgman. born April 25, 1872,
died June 13. 1S73. Mr. Sheldon married (second)
Oct. 18. 1882. Sarah E. Billings, who survives him, a
resident of Sinclairville.

Benjamin Tichnor Sheldon, son of Royal E. and
Caroline L. (Bridgman") Sheldon, was born in Sin-
clairville. Chautauqua county, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1866.
After completing the public school courses of study
with high school graduation, he entered business life
as an associate of his honored father, and became his
partner, later the firm trading as R. E. Sheldon & Son.
Finally, upon the retirement of the senior partner, the
son succeeded him and continues sole owner of the
business. He is a modern, energetic business man, like
his father deeply interested in Sinclairville, its growth
and prosperity. He served the village as president,
trustee of Evergreen Cemetery, and acting superinten-
dent, trustee of the Free Public Library, and since 1889
a member of the Congregational church, which he has
served as trustee and superintendent of the Sunday
school, and in his political action is an independent

Mr. Sheldon married, June 2, 1897, Nettie Langwor-
thy Gape, daughter of Lloyd Glover and Emma (Lang-
wrrthy) Gage, a niece of Lyman J. Gage, of Chicago,
once secretary of the United States Treasury, under
President McKinley. Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon are the
parents of four children : Lloyd Edgerton, born Nov. 29,
1808; Carolyn Gage, born July 10, 1900, died Oct. 7,
1916; Fanny Cornelia, born May 4. 1902; Sarah Eliza-
beth, born Oct. 27, 190S-

life of Herbert J. was cut short by what
seemed at the time an injury of little importance, but
complications caused his death about two weeks later.
He was one of the largest grape growers of the Chau-
tauqua Grape Belt, and at his home farm, west of Fre-
donia. conducted a very prosperous business. He was a
son of Herbert J. and Helen M. (Tremaine) Gouinlock,
his father h'TT) in Toronto, Canada, May 4. 184.S, died in
Frrdonia, N. Y.. at the age of twenty-six. Mr. Gouin-
lock, Sr., was an artist with his pen, his skill in letter-
ing only exceeded by his skill in lithographic engraving,
his cxpertncss at line engraving wonderful. He was
also possessed of strong imaginative genius, and his
designs were most artistic and beautiful. His services

were in demand by well known firms as a designer, for
no one could so effectively vignette a design or portrait
and give it the effect of a steel engraving. He was with
the best known New York hthographing house, and
later, while with a Buffalo house, visited Fredonia. N.
Y., and while there died from the effects of lithographic

He married Helen M. Tremaine, of the well known
Tremaine family of Fredonia and Chautauqua county,
N. Y., and they were the parents of a son, Herbert
John, to whose memory this tribute of love and re-
spect is dedicated.

John Gouinlock, grandfather of Herbert J. (2) Gouin-
lock, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He married
there, Isabella Herbert, well educated, like her hus-
band, and having the advantages of special tutors in
Paris, she was accomplished as a musician and linguist,
speaking several languages fluently. Shortly after their
marriage. John and Isabella Gouinlock left Scotland
and came to America, locating in Canada, where the
husband was a professor of penmanship in Toronto
College, having inherited a talent that was most pro-
nounced in his family for several generations, and which
he transmitted to his third child and only son, Herbert
John (l) Gouinlock, the artist and lithographer. He
also had two daughters, Georgianna and Alice.

From such talented grandparents and parents came
Herbert John (2) Gouinlock, born in Fredonia, N. Y.,
Oct. 13, 1870. died at his farm in the town of Pomfret,
west of Fredonia, Jan. 22, 1921, just in the prime of his
splendid powers. He was educated in the schools of
Fredonia, and after completing his studies engaged in
grape culture on a farm of twenty-five acres, situated
on the North road in the town of Pomfret, three and
one-half miles west of Fredonia. He made special
study of grape growing in all its detail and proved the
value of shallow cultivation, thus proving that the grape
roots should be disturbed as little as possible. .\s tirne
went on he prospered, and as he added to his special
k-nowledge of the grape and its culture, he also added
to his land holdings, and for thirty years the firm of
Freeman & Gouinlock was one referred to as an author-
ity on the grape and how to grow it profitably. His
partner was his mother, and all through those years
they worked hand in hand for the development of the
grape industry in general, and their own vineyards in
particular. To his original twenty-five acres additions
had constantly been made, until Freeman & Gouinlock
had one hundred acres of grape bearing vineyards, and
another one hundred acres under cultivation and in
wood lots. Their vineyards and farm were looked upon
as models of skillful farming, and their products were
noted for high quality. Their vineyards of Concord,
Niagara and Worden grapes aggregated about 250 tons
annually, and of the highest priced quality. Mr. Gouin-
lock was a local director of the Pomfret branch of the
Chautauqua & Erie Grape Union, a member of Forest
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Citizens'
Club of Fredonia.

Mr, Gouinlock married. March 3. ""»04. '" Fredonia,
Mabel Goate. daughter of the late William S. and Mary
E. (Apthorpe) Goate, her parents coming separately
from England, their native land, to Fredonia, N. Y.,
where they were married. Six children were born to



Herbert J. and Mabel Gouinlock : Helen Mary, born
March i, 1905; Herbert John (3), born Sept. 30, 1906,
died May 16, 1916; William George, born Sept. 3, 1909,
died Sept. 12, 1910; Marjorie, born June 25, 1913; Dor-
othy Mabel, born Oct. 14, 1917; Lucy Tremaine, bom
July 21, 1920.

A man of industry and thrift, Mr. Gouinlock held the
entire confidence of his community who appreciated his
labors to promote the best interests of the grape in-
dustry, in which many of them were engaged. He met
every requirement of good citizenship, and as son, hus-
band, and father gave himself unreservedly to those
he loved and cherished. His memory will long remain
green in the town of Pomfret.

ALEXANDER J. ROOD, extensive cattle dealer,
cheese manufacturer, and successful farmer, is one of
the well known citizens of Sinclairville. The Rood
family has been in Chautauqua county since 1835 and
previous to that were residents of Wyoming county,
N. Y., in the town of Pike. Wilson Rood, father of
Alexander J. Rood, was born in 1818, in the family
homestead there. When he had reached the age of
seventeen years he came to Chautauqua county, locating
in Charlotte township, where he found employment on
a farm. He was an earnest, steady, young man, and
within five years was able to purchase a farm in
that township. His farm, which was situated in sec-
tion 16 of the township, was known as the Straight
Farm, and was of considerable extent, 300 acres, most
of which, however, was wilderness when he purchased
it. With the spirit of the pioneer, Wilson Rood reso-
lutely applied himself to the clearing of the land. In
course of time he improved his property, and brought
the land into productive cultivation. He lived and
worked upon that farm until his death, in 1868, in the
prime of life. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery,
Sinclairville. Wilson Rood married, in Charlotte, Sally
Chase, daughter of Stephen Chase. She was born near
Rochester, N. Y., and died on the family farm in Char-
lotte township. Her remains were also interred in
Evergreen Cemetery, Sinclairville. Wilson and Sally
(Chase) Rood were the parents of six children, who
were all successful in life, namely: I. .'Mexander J.,
of whom further. 2. Clarissa, who is the widow of
W. V. Luce, and resides in Cassadaga. 3. George, who
is a farmer in Cherry Creek township. 4. Edgar, a
physician in Westfield. 5. Chancy A., a physician in
Brocton. 6. Mary, deceased, who married Fortis Pond.

Alexander J. Rood, eldest son of Wilson and Sally
(Chase) Rood, was born in the parental homestead in
Charlotte township. March 11, 1846. He obtained his
schooling in District School No. 8, of Charlotte, and at
the old academy at Fredonia, N. Y., after which he took
to farming with resolute purpose, finding ample oppor-
tunity for hard work in the operation of his father's
extensive farm. So employed, he remained with his
father until the latter's death, when he inherited the
300 acres, which he continued to improve. He still owns
that property, and it has been an appreciable factor in
his successful career. In 1882 he entered the cheese
manufacturing business, purchasing the interests of an
already established factory, which he has conducted ever
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since. This has become a good sized business enterprise,
the plant being capable of manufacturing thirty forty-
pound full cream cheeses per day, otherwise 1,200
pounds. In i88q, Mr. Rood decided to move into Sinclair-
ville, which would be a handier center for the commer-
cial phase of his agricultural enterprises. In 1900, he en-
tered into partnership with Burt Putnam, and since that
year these two well known men have been busily and
extensively engaged in cattle dealing, the partnership
being known, under its trade name of Rood & Putnam.
In 1S89, Mr. Rood built the house in which he has
since lived, one of the finest in Sinclairville. and he has
taken close interest in public movements within the vil-
lage since that year. He was one of the organizers of
the Sinclairville State Bank, in 1918, and is a member of
its directorate. He is a trustee of the village, and an
active member of the local Grange. In national politics,
he is a Democrat. Fraternally, he is a Mason, a mem-
ber of Sylvan Lodge. Free and Accepted ]\Iasons, Sin-
clairville, and the Blue Lodge, and he attends the Epis-
copal church in Sinclairville.

Mr. Rood married. Nov. 28, 1872, Annette Tozier,
daughter of Orange L. and Harriet (Humphrey) To-
zier. She was born in Sheldon, Wyoming county, N. Y.,
and in the maternal line is granddaughter of Dustin
Humphrey, member of an old Connecticut family. Mr.
and Mrs. Rood are the parents of three children: I.
Flora R.. educated in public and high schools, and Fre-
donia Normal School ; married Ernest Irvin, cashier of
the Sinclairville State Bank. 2. Clarissa, who was sim-
ilarly educated in Sinclairville schools and Fredonia
Normal School; married Samuel F. Moran, a lawyer of
New York, to whom she has borne six children, Ruth,
Flora H., Frances, Patricia, Virginia, and William. 3.
Carl Alexander, who received his education in the
public and high schools of Sinclairville, and the Uni-
versity of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1907,
with the degree of LL. B. and soon thereafter was ad-
mitted to the bar and is now practicing in New York.
He married Lillian Cahill, and they have two children,
Carlton and Wilson, twins.

TRICAL CORPORATION is a well known James-
town corporation, successors to the Bernhard Hardware
Company. Their store on East Second street is com-
pletely stocked with the latest developments of itr
line, and had its inception in the enterprise of three sub-
stantial business men of Jamestown, Adolf Rosencrantz,
Charles Bernhard and John Carlson, who established
the business, March 7, 1905, with the stated object of
retailing general hardware and other lines. The busi-
ness developed very satisfactorily, but various changes
in the constitution of the firm have been made since
its inception. Shortly after its incorporation, Martin
Gunnarson became connected with it, and he has been
its head ever since. In 1916. a reconstruction occurred
and the officers then and since have been : Martin Gun-
narson, president; Hjalmar Sandberg, vice-president
and treasurer ; and George O. Sandberg, secretary and

Mr. Sandberg is an efficient manager, and since the
reorganization in 1916, the volume of business has been



more than doubled, many new line? being added. Three
of the substantial specialties of the corporation are
furnaces, stoves, builders' hardware and electrical sup-
plies. This company does a big volume of wholesaling
and retailing each year.

GEORGE O. SANDBERG, who of recent years has
been one of the principals of a leading Jamestown firm
of merchants, the Sterling Hardware and Electrical
Corporation, of which he is secretary, as well as man-
ager of its up-to-date and fully stocked store on Second
street, is a native of Jamestown, born Sept. 12, 189;.

He was educated in local schools, attending the
grammar school for the elementary grades, and later
becoming a student at the Jamestown High School, of
which ultimately he became a graduate, having special-
ized in the commercial course. Soon after graduating,
he entered the emploj' of the Davidson Shoe Company.
as clerk, which was not altogether a new experience
for him. for he had worked for the company, after
school hours and on Saturdays, for some years before
he left school. When the Bernhard Hardware Com-
pany was reorganized in March, 1916, under the name
of the Sterling Hardware and Electrical Corporation,
young Sandberg took a certain interest in it, and a
year later was appointed manager of the store, and
elected to the executive office of secretary. He is a
member of the Jamestown Board of Commerce, and
of the Chautauqua County Fair .Association. Mr.
Sandberg regularly attends the Swedish Mission Church
of Jamestown, of which he is a member.

Mr. Sandberg was married, in Jamestown, Aug. 21,

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