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all his life associations have been with people of that

The farm he now owns he bought in 1902: it was a
big farm, more than 150 acres, but in very poor con-
dition. Mr. Rater has brought about a remarkable
improvement in the soil, has remodeled the house and
barns, has built a silo, and in many other ways has
improved the property with thoroughness and fore-
thought. He set out a grape vineyard, twenty-two
acres in extent, and has twenty-eight acres in other
fruit; has rich pasture land and raises much wheat

and corn. He has some fine horses and twenty cattle.
Altogether he has a valuable property, for which pos-
session he may thank himself, for it was only by his
own energetic labor and management, and his compre-
hensive understanding of farming, that he was able to
bring the land into its present high state of cultivation.
He has not been able to get all the farm help that he
would like and could find employment for, yet his
average outgoing in wages for farm help is about $1,000
yearly. It will therefore be appreciated that his farm-
ing operations "are consequential. He is a member of
Ripley Grange, and is much interested in all things
that have any relation to farming. He is particularly
interested in dairy farming and fruit growing. He and
his wife attend the Presbyterian church, and fraternally
he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
North East, Pa., and the Encampment, Erie, Pa. In
national politics he is a Democrat; in local affairs has
taken a somewhat active part and he might have been
elected to many local offices, but he has been too busy
in his fanning enterprises to give the time necessary in
such offices; he has, however, accepted the responsibili-
ties and labors of the offices of school trustee and tax

On Dec. 8, 1891, Mr. Rater married Minne Mar-
shall, of North East. To them was born one child,
Harry, who. however, died when only two years old.

Mr. Rater is well representative of the energetic,
enterprising, and successful argriculturists of Chautau-
qua county, of this generation, and by reason of the
association of his family with the county for so long
it is gratifying that record of his family can be made in
the present work.

FRANK O. REMINGTON— The Remingtons came
to Chautauqua county from Cattaraugus county, N. Y.,
William W. Remington being a farmer of the town of
Dayton, where he married Emma Markhara, also of
Dayton, removing about the year 1800 to the town of
Red House, N. Y. They were the parents of Frank
O.. of whom further.

Frank O. Remington was born in the town of Day-
ton, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., July 24, 1867. He was
educated in the public schools of the district, removing
with his parents to the town of Red House, Cattarau-
gus county, N. Y., where he grew to manhood. He
married, in Salamanca, Cattaraugus county, N. Y.,
April 20, 189.^, Jessie E. Vickery, born in the town of
Salamanca, May 27, 1874, daughter of John T. and
Clotilda E. Vickerj-; her father was born in Baldwins-
ville, N. Y., her mother born in Randolph, N. Y. Mr.
and Mrs. Remington are the parents of six children:
I. Carey V., born Jan. 25, 1894. 2. Corolyn A., born
Sept. 5, 1895. who became the wife of E. H. Le Bar-
ron, who joined the L^nited States army in .August,
1918, and was honorably discharged in New York City,
without seeing foreign service. 3. Arthur B., born
June 12, 1897; he joined the L^nited States army Sept.
18, 1918, saw serx-ice in a replacement camp (Wheeler)
in Macon, Ga., receiving an honorable discharge be-
fore going overseas: he was married Oct. ,10, 1915. to
Minnie Troutman, of Gowanda, and has three chil-
dren. 4. M. Jay, born Feb. 8, 1902. 5. Carl A., born



May 21. 1004, died Sept. J5. 1004. 6. Richard F., born
Sept. 21. IQII. Mr. Remington purchased his present
farm Sept. 15, 1004: it lies in section 12. South Dnyton,
Xo. o3. town of \"illenova.

Frank O. Remington had relatives who were the
early pioneers of Chautauqua county, his great-grand-
father. Mayo, being killed by the fall of a tree as he
was helping clear what now is Main street, Jamestown,
Chautauqua countj-, N. Y.


prominent citizens of Kennedy, is a native of Lavant,
Chautauqua county, X. Y., where his birth occurred
Sept. 14, 1SS6. Mr. Putnam is a son of Frank and
Caroline (Alorley) Putnam, old and highly respected
residents of this region, where the former was a promi-
nent newspaper man for a number of years.

Charles Raymond Putnam attended as a lad the local
pubHc schools. Upon completing his studies at an
early age, Mr. Putnam secured a position with the
local telephone company and was rapidly advanced
until he reached the position of wire chief. Prior to
entering the service of the United States, he was em-
ployed as automobile salesman for the Eagle Garage
Company, Jamestown, X'. Y. Mr. Putnam, at the time
of the entrance of the United States into the great
World Conflict, became a candidate for a commission
in the Second Reserve OiTicers' Training Camp, .Aug.
27. 1917, and was given the rank of second lieutenant
three months later. He was sent to France with the
90th Division, .American Expeditionary Forces, and on
Feb. 28, 1919, was commissioned first lieutenant for
meritorious services in that country. He was wounded
in the great battle of the Argonne Forest, Xov. 8, 1918,
three days before the signing of the armistice, while
serving with the 179th Brigade Headquarters as
liaison officer. Mr. Putnam also acted as intelligence
officer with the 179th Brigade, and as aide-de-camp to
Brigadier-General J. P. O'Neil, from Nov. I, 1918,
until April 17, 1919, being honorably discharged from
the service on the latter date at Camp Di.x, N. J. Mr.
Putnam is a member of the Masonic order and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a well
known figure in social and fraternal circles here. In
his religious belief he is a Protestant.

Charles Raymond Putnam was united in marriage,
April 17, 1909, at Kennedy, X'. Y., with Fern Campbell,
a dau.ghter of Levi and Sophronia (De Jean) Campbell.
Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Putnam,
as follows: Charles Campbell, Jan. 29. 1910, and Evelyn
May, Dec. 24, 1912.

JASON EDWARD PRATT, well-to-do farmer of
the Mayvillc- district of Chautau'jua cnunfy, X. Y., has
lived his entire life of fifty-six years in the county, a
life which for about forty years, in fact, ever since he
left school, has been passed in .steady, productive labor.
.And in return for that consistent labor he has accu-
mulated a monetary competence to make his remaining
days comfortable, and when he feels so disposed, leisur-
ablc. .And he comfs of one of the oldest families of the
county. His grandfather, Rufus Pratt, comes into the
early history of Mayvill'-, for he was a Methodist h'pis-

copal minister in different places in Chautauqua county
for many years.

Jason Edward Pratt was born in Mayville, Chautau-
qua county. X. Y., Feb. 21, 1864, the son of John Gal-
loway and Sarah Cordelia (Franklin) Pratt. His
mother, who was born in 1838, is still living, and is re-
vered by a very large circle of friends. His father,
however, died in 1914, but during the youth and early
manhood of Jason E., was a building contractor, under-
taking important contracts in the vicinity of Mayville.
Many of the finest residences in the Mayville district
were built by John Galloway Pratt.

Jason E. Pratt was educated in the Mayville schools,
and eventually became apprenticed to carpentry, and
for fifteen years thereafter worked at that trade, mainly
upon contracts undertaken by his father. In igoo, he
acquired the farm upon which he has since lived, and
in its cultivation and management has since passed
his days industriously, profitably and happily. ?Iis
farming property, which is 80 acres in extent, is a
good one, suitable for dairy and general farming, and
for years it has yielded hay, corn, cattle, dairy prod-
ucts and hogs satisfactorily. He has also raised many
horses upon the farm.

Mr. Pratt is enthusiastic in matters pertaining to
farming, and is an interested member of the Chautauqua
County Farm Bureau, the X'ew York State Dairymen's
League, and the local Grange. Politically, he is a Re-
publican, but of independent mind. He has very defi-
nite opinions upon certain political issues. Mr. Pratt
is an earnest member of the Mayville Episcopal
Church, and a substantial supporter thereof. And dur-
ing the war, he generously supported the various war
funds raised for the needs of the nation. And in an-
other way, he substantially aided the cause by applying
his entire efforts during the time of stress to gain, if
possible, an increased yield in food stuffs from his farm-
ing property. The part the American farmer, of ear-
nest, loyal heart, played in the war is now national
history of distinct credit to the nation, and every farmer
who had part in the abnormal yield is entitled to receive
a written record of that success.

Jason E. Pratt was married. May 7, 1885, to Mary
Eftiedene Bond, daughter of Ferando and Ellen (I\hu-
bottom) Bond. She comes of a very old Chautauqua
county family, one of her great-grandfathers having
been Solomon Potter, who with a team of oxen came
alon.g what now is the Lake road and got as far as
what is called Hunts Hill at Potter Cemetery, and
found a large tree across the road and could go no
farther, but with the philosophical placidity of a
typical pioneer, Solomon Potter pitched his tent near
the wagon and settled permanently in Chautauqua
county. He was a man of stalwart type, and many
were his achievements that were unusual. Once he
walked to Vermont and back and in those days such
travel would not consist merely of walking, the gun
having to be constantly handy.

The material success Mr. Pratt has gained is all the
more conunendable seeing that it was entirely as the
result of his own initiative and industry. Mr. Pratt
.still attends closely to agrictUtural affairs, and when he
needs recru;ition he finds pleasure in ;uitomol)iling.


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the leading village and business center of the town of
Harmony, Chautauqua county, N. Y., was the ancient
home of the Polley family, and there Clayton L. Polley,
his father, Eugene Polley, and his mother, Ella (Tan-
ner) Polley, were born.

Clayton L. Polley was born Jan. 30, 1880, and at the
age of seven moved to Jamestown, N. Y., where he
attended the public schools. At the outbreak of the
war with Spain he enlisted in Company E, 65th Regi-
ment, New York Volunteer Infantry, his term of en-
listment beginning June 15, 1898, and terminating the
same year. On Sept. 9, 1899, he again enlisted, this
time in the 46th United States Volunteers, and was sent
to the Philippines: he served with his regiment until
they left for the United States to be mustered out, when
he took his discharge, later joining the Military Police
of Manila, Philippine Islands, where he spent several
years, si-x of them in the police department of the city
of Manila. He returned to the United States in
1907, and was in the office of the Secretary of War for
a year. He was then appointed deputy United States
marshal for Washington, D. C, and served several
years, finally resigning and returning to Chautauqua
county, N. Y. In 1912 he bought the farm in the town
of Busti upon which he now resides. He is a Repub-
lican in politics.

Mr. Polley was married in North Clarendon, Pa.,
Dec. 15, 1910, to Mae E. Glidden, born in Panama,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., May 7, 1885, daughter of
Frank M. and Ella Jane (Osborn) Glidden, her father
also born in Panama. Mr. and Mrs. Polley are the
parents of two children: Luella Glidden, born Oct. 9,
191 1 : Alberta Glidden. born Nov. 4, 1914.

ALBERT NELSON, one of the most successful of
the dairy farmers of Chautauqua county, N. Y., where
he has been actively engaged in this occupation for a
number of years, is a native of Sweden, and a prominent
member of the large group of men of Swedish birth or
parentage who have settled in this region and done so
mucli to advance the material interests of the com-
munity. Mr. Nelson is a son of Charles and Char-
lotta (Johnson) Nelson, and was born at his parents'
home in Sweden, March 31, 1872. His father came to
the United States with his family in the year 1884, and
they became respected and esteemed residents of Cat-
taraugus county, N. Y., Mrs. Nelson passing away
July 29, 1920.

Albert Nelson was but twelve years of age when he
made the trip to this country, and for the short period
of seventeen days attended the public schools of his
adopted home, and although his school days were short,
he educated himself by study and reading. His family
had been for many years engaged in farming operations,
and the lad gained his first knowledge and experience
in his future work while yet a boy. Thereafter he
engaged in the same line on his own account, and has
ever since continued therein with a notable degree of
success. It was in the year 191 1 that he became the
owner of his present fine property in Ellery township,
and in 1915 he moved to it; he at once proceeded to
bring it to a high state of cultivation, and has made
it one of the model farms of the locality. He has im-

proved the place and erected a number of buildings in
order to more adequately equip it for the uses of dairy-
ing. In 1914, he built a large and modern barn for the
housing of his herds, and his dairy buildings contain
all the latest devices and implements for the sanitary
handling of the milk and other products. His success
has been uninterrupted, and in 1915 he erected a very
handsome brick residence on his property. Mr. Nel-
son has also taken a public-spirited interest in the gen-
eral life of Ellery township, and is well known socially
and fraternally in the region. He is a member of the
local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and is a Methodist in religious belief, attending the
church of that denomination at Ellery.

.■\lbert Nelson was united in marriage. May 21, iSq8,
at Salamanca, with Mary Olive Carlson, like himself a
native of Sweden, where her birth occurred Jan. 2"},
1877. She is a daughter of Olaf and Matilda (Mag-
nusson) Carlson, of Sweden, and was but three years
of age when she accompanied her parents to America.
In 18S1, the Carlson family settled at Falconer, N. Y.,
and there Mr. Carlson continued in the occupation of
farming, which he had followed in his native land.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlson only lived in Falconer si.x years
after coming to the United States, and at the present
time (1920) Mr. Carlson lives in the town of Ellington.
Mrs. Carlson died July 30, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson
are the parents of two children, as follows: Clarence A.,
born in Busti, May 3, 1900, and Olive Marie, born in
Jamestown. June 22, 1914.

ALLEN RATER— As an all but lifelong resident of
Ripley, Mr. Rater is numbered among the representa-
tive men of his township. Successful as an agricultur-
ist and active as a citizen, he holds a prominent place
in his community and stands high in the esteem of his
neighbors of three generations.

Allen Rater was born Jan. 17, 1852, in Mina town-
ship, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and is a son of Henry
and Henrietta Rater. When the boy was three or
four years old his parents moved to Ripley township,
and there he received his education at district school
No. 10. Having been born and reared on a farm it
was natural that, on reaching manhood, Mr. Rater
should choose agriculture for his life work. The farm
of 106 acres on which he now lives is the Rater home-
stead, every one of its numerous improvements having
been made by Mr. Rater or his father. It is situated
at Rater's Corner and there Mr. Rater carries on a fine
dairy in conjunction with general farming. Eighty-six
acres are under cultivation, and the estate includes
the best timber land. The livestock comprises nineteen
cows, three horses, four hogs and one hundred chick-
ens. In politics Mr. Rater has always been faithful to
the principles of the Republican party, and at various
times has served as trustee of school No. 10, his tenure
of office comprising in all ten years. He is a member
of the Lutheran church.

Mr. Rater married, Jan. 7, 1880, Mary Meader, of
Westfield, and they are the parents of three living
children: i. Edward Allen, educated in district school
No. 10; married Winnie Russell; they live in Ripley
village, and have four children: Howard, Luella, Gladys
and Clara Belle. 2. Frederick Herbert, educated in



the same manner as his brother: married Mary Booth;
they live on the homestead with Mr. and Mrs. Rater,
and have two children: Doris Mildred and Ethel \'ir-
^nia. 3. Bertha Lillian, educated at the same school as
her brothers: married Louis J. Curtis, Nov. 12, igio:
they reside in Xorth East. Two of the children of
Mr. and Mrs. Rater are deceased: Louis Murray, who
died at five years old, and Maud, who was educated at
district school Xo. 10, married E. \\'. Watson and be-
came the mother of one child, Harold. Mrs. Watson
passed away in June, 1017.

The veteran farmers of an agricultural community
are the men who have laid the foundations of its prog-
ress and prosperit>\ Allen Rater, by aggressive, per-
sistent and honorable industry, has helped to make
Chautauqua county what it is today.

PHILIP B. PICKUP, prosperous and respected
farmer of Conewango \'alley, Chautauqua county, N.
v.. and a man of admirable characteristics, was born
Feb. JO. 1876, at New .\lbion, Cattaraugus county,
\. v., the son of Chancy W. and Kate Juda ( Rich)
Pickup, the former a retired farmer, well known in
Chautauqua county.

Philip B. Pickup was well educated, passing from
the graded to the high school, and successfully gradu-
ating therefrom. In due course, he became a farmer,
his early years as such being with his father. Eventu-
ally, however, he took the responsibility of the farm
management, and proved himself to be a capable farmer.
He has always been energetic, and he has given modern
methods of farming close study and has profited
thereby. He is a member of the local Grange, and is
active in his co-operation therewith. And in all mat-
ters pertaining to farming, he takes marked interest.
.•Mso in community affairs he has taken much part.
During the \N'orld War he was particularly active: he
would have liked to have entered the military forces,
and when the time came for those over thirty-six years
of age to register for such service he did not hesitate
to comply, notwithstanding that he was the father of a
large family. His greatest value to the country, how-
ever, was as a farmer, and he probably would not have
been taken for military service. But, as a whole-souled
patriot, he had felt keenly upon matters relating to the since the natir.n first entered the struggle, and had
been one of those zealous ones among American farm-
ers who had applied themselves more closely to the
cultivation of their own holdings as soon as it was an-
nounced by the Government that the allies of the
nation looked to America for food. The supreme efifort
made by the .American farmer is well known, in the
aggregate, and the effect it had upon the war is also
well known, and is a creditable page of national history
of that trying period, but the individual part taken
in the national war efTort by the individual American
farmer could not be noted excepting in local histories
?uch as this. And not only in personal services did
Philip B. Pickup help in the national war work; he
subscribed to the limit of his means to the several funds
raised for the purpo'-es of the war and his home was
ever open to welcome returning soldiers. Had he been
younger, and less encumbered, he would undoubtedly
have joined the military or naval forces, for his heart

was in the cause, from the beginning until the final,
victorious end. Mr. Pickup is an earnest churchman,
a Methodist, and a member of the local church, to
which he contributes, and in the work of which he
has taken an active part. Fraternally, Mr. Pickup is
an Odd Fellow, member of the local branch of that

Mr. Pickup married. Dec. 15, 1895, at Lavant, N. Y.,
Jessie May Potter, daughter of Allen and Amanda
(Hodges) Potter. She was born in Dayton, N. Y.,
Jan. 5, 1877, and is the mother of si.x children: Arthur
Gerald, born June 20, 1897 ; Leigh D., born Dec. 13,
1899: Marguerite Mabel, born Nov. 29, 1901; Everitt
P., born April 24, 1905 ; Sidney Paul, born May 13,
1908: Catherine Phyllis, born Feb. 25, 1918.

Mr. Pickup is yet in the prime of manhood, but has
prospered well in his farming, and has earned a good
reputation, being straightforward in all his dealings,
which characteristic has made him a good neighbor and
a valuable citizen. As a farmer, he comes well into
the responsible class of representative Chautauqua
countv agriculturists.

CHARLES HENRY NUNDY, esteemed and well-
to-do farmer of the Westfield section of Chautauqua
county, N. Y., is a native of the county, born in West-
field, March 29. 1871, Although he learned the print-
ing trade, and spent about six years at it, he has lived
in the vicinity of Westfield throughout his life, and for
more than forty years has lived on a farm. He has
been a responsible farmer for almost thirty years, and
has always been very keenly interested in all that per-
tains to farming. He has had prominent connection
with the local Grange, is past master of the lodge, was
treasurer and also purchasing agent for it, and is one
of its best workers. He has held office in the local dis-
trict administration and his church record is com-
mendable, indicating that he is a man of strong char-
acter and conscientious Christian spirit: he is steward,
trustee and deacon of the Methodist Episcopal church
at Volusia.

Charles Henry Mundy married, Dec. 30, 1903, Bertha
M. Fowler, of Owosso, Shiawassee county, Mich. They
have two children: i. Janet, who is now (1920) six-
teen years old, and is a student at the Westfield High
School. 2. Lloyd, now thirteen years of age, and in
the seventh grade of the public school.

PETER ALFRED NELSON— The farming and
stockraising interests of Chautauqua county, N. Y., have
a worthy representative in Peter Alfred Nelson, who is
the owner of a fine farm. It is a well improved place,
its neat and thrifty appearance indicating the supervi-
sion of a careful and painstaking owner, as well as a
man of good business ability, who thoroughly under-
stands the vocation which he follows. A native of
,Swc<len, Mr. Nelson was born March 23, 1862, a son
of August and Christine (Safey) Nelson.

Peter A. Nelson received his education in the schools
of Sweden. Soon after leaving school, he came to the
United States, locating in Chautau(|ua county, N. Y.,
and immediately took up the tailoring trade, at which
occupation he worked for a number of years. How-




ever, believing that farm life was better and more suited
to his tastes, he purchased some land and turned his
attention to the development of a good farm. There
he carried on agricultural pursuits, and since that time
success has attended his efforts, he now owning about
150 acres of the best farm land in the county. Mr.
Nelson has lived in Chautauqua county the greater part
of his life, and is numbered among its active and influ-
ential farmers. Deeply interested in all the affairs of
his county, he takes an active part in all measures for
the general good. He is regarded throughout his town-
ship as an honest man, enterprising, energetic and reli-
able, who is willing to give a helping hand to all in

In politics, Mr. Nelson is a Republican, but in local
affairs votes for the men and measures that he thinks
are for the best interests of all the people. He is also
prominent in social circles, as well as business, being a
respected member of the Grange. Mr. Nelson is finan-
cially connected with the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank
of Jamestown, N. Y. He and his family are prominent
members of the Swedish Mission Church of James-
town, and are interested in all its affairs, whether social
or business.

On Feb. 3, 1903, Mr. Nelson was united in marriage
with Anna Mary Johnson, who was born in 1874, in
Sweden, a daughter of Nels and Ellen Johnson. To

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