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have for their object the general good of all the people.
Mr. Lundgren married, in Kiantone, N. Y., June 30,
1897. Bertha Crick, born in 1874, a daughter of Adel-
bert and Margaret (Seekings) Crick, well known resi-
dents of that place. To this union have been born si.x:
children, as follows: Mildred G., born March 25, 1900:
Beulah M., born Oct. 31. 1903; Clifford O., born March
22, 1906: Doris E., born Jan. 31, 1908; Helen M., born
March 19, 1910; and Vera G., born Jan. 9, igi2. All
the above mentioned are attending school.



ALBRO LAWRENCE, who for many years has
been prominent in the life of the community where he
resides, Ellington, N. Y., is a native of Ellington, born
May 28, 1856, son of Simon and Mary (Potwin) Law-
rence, old and highly respected residents of Ellington,
the former named having been the first white child born
in the town of Ellington, and there was engaged in
farming for many years. Simon Lawrence was a son of
Simon and Hannah (VVilco.x) Lawrence, who came to
this region of New York State from Mt. Holly, Vt., in
the year 1816, making the trip through what was then
well nigh a wilderness, in an o.x cart.

Albro Lawrence attended as a lad the common
schools of his native town of Ellington, and proved him-
self an industrious and painstaking student. He as-
sisted his father in the management of the farm, be-
coming familiar with the agricultural methods of that
day, mowing out the corners of rail fences and swampy
places with a scythe, following after the load of hay
with a hand rake, and thrashing out grain with a flail,
this being the way work was done prior to the intro-
duction of machines. Mr. Lawrence is a stockholder
in the Farmers' & Mechanics' Bank of Jamestown, has
always maintained a keen and active interest in public
affairs and is well known and influential in the local
councils of the Prohibition party, with which he has
been affiliated since 1884. In religious belief. Mr. Law-
rence is a Free Methodist and attends the church of
that denomination in Ellington.

Mr. Lawrence married, July 4, 1880, in Sugargrove,
Pa.. .Alida Phelps, who was born in West Turin, Lewis
county, X. Y., May 19, 1857, came to Ellington when
a child with her parents, William and Catherine (Ja-
cobie) Phelps, old and highly respected residents of
Ellington.



MELVIN FRANKLIN JOHNSON, who has lived
in Chautauqua county, N. Y., for forty-two years, and
for thirty-seven years has lived on the good farm he
owns on Lake Road, in the township of Westfield, is an
enterprising, progressive farmer, and has good place
among the leading residents of that section of the
county, being generally respected for his industry, his
high moral character and public interest. He has
reached a satisfactory competence in material wealth
entirely by his own efforts, and has gained a wealth of
respect by his upright, honorable standard of life and
business dealings.



Melvin F. Johnson was born in L-nion City, Erie
county. Pa., Aug. 10, 1859, the son of Titus and Mary
(White) Johnson. His great-grandfather, Obadiah
Johnson, fought in the Revolutionary War and attained
the rank of colonel. His father was a prosperous
farmer of that section of Pennsylvania, and as a boy
Melvin F. attended the district school nearest to his
home, later attending the village schools of Union City.
He was reared in the wholesome environment of farm
life and a good Christian home, and long before he
had closed his schooling and taken to the serious af-
fairs of life, he had become familiar with most of the
operations of farming, so that it was natural that he
should take to farming pursuits eventually and seek to
emulate his father. He has farmed steadily throughout
his life since leaving school and for almost the whole
of the time in Chautauqua county, N. Y. He left his
native State when he was eighteen years old, and set-
tled on a farm in Clymer, Chautauqua county, N. Y.
He now lives on his own farm in Westfield. Some
years ago he purchased additional acreage, adjoining
his own. In the two farms, which Lake Road divides,
he has more than one hundred acres, all well improved
and productive land. The improvements consist of two
complete sets of buildings, and he has an extensive
vineyard of thirty-seven acres, which yields him a
considerable quantity of grapes yearly. Both farms are
managed by Mr. Johnson, and in addition to dairy
farming, he keeps a large number of chickens. Alto-
gether Mr. Johnson has prospered well since he came
to Chautauqua county and may be considered to be
representative of the substantia! agriculturists of the
county.

Mr. Johnson has not taken a very active interest in
national politics, but has closely followed local affairs,
and during his life has taken a share in the administra-
tion of the public afTairs of his township; by political
allegiance he is a Republican, and has been a school
trustee of No. 10 school for several terms, and at pres-
ent is collector for that school. Religiously he is a
Methodist, a member of the local Methodist Episcopal
church, and a steady supporter of same. Mr. John-
son is a member of the local Grange, and throughout
his life has shown keen interest in agricultural mat-
ters, and his methods of farming indicate that he has
given close study to modern ideas of scientific farm-
ing. He has always been most progressive, and ready
to adopt any method that would be likely to bring
greater productiveness from his farms. The home life
of the Johnsons has been estimable, they have many
friends, are very hospitable, and well liked.

The marriage of Melvin F. Johnson to Addie Bourne,
of Westfield, was solemnized on Feb. 20, 1885. Mrs.
Johnson's parents were among the early settlers of
Westfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson three children
have been born, one, a daughter, Mary Anna, who died
in infancy. The surviving children are: Hattie May,
who was educated in the district school of Westfield
township, and eventually attended the Westfield High
School; she is the wife of Earl Saigeon, and they have
three children: Earl Webster, Melvin Franklin John-
son, and Lovina Ann ; and Frances, who also was edu-
cated in the district and high schools of Westfield, and
has taught in Westfield public school.



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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY



TOWNSEND JACKSON— On Section 2. of the
town of Ellicott, stood a building erected for a tavern
and used as such for one year. In 1S55 Townsend Jack-
son bought the farm and tavern, and there resided until
his death, when it became the property of his surviving
children, Edward M. Jackson, of Youngsville, Pa.,
Louise A. (Jackson') Garfield, and Olive B. Jackson.
The farm has been shorn of many of its acres, as the
demand for lots and small tracts became insistent, until
now the homestead is surrounded by but twenty of its
original acres.

Townsend Jackson, son of Obadiah Jackson, of Eng-
lish descent, and his wife, Sarah (Boreman) Jackson,
of Holland descent, was born in the village of Roslyn,
Long Island, N. Y., Aug. 16, 1824, died at his home in
the town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Nov.
24. looi. He spent his early life in his native section
of the State, then came to Chautauqua county, locating
in the town of Ellicott, where he bought the farm pre-
viously referred to and now the present home of his
daughters. Louise A. (Jackson 1 Garfield, and Olive B.
Jackson. In addition to his farming operations, he dealt
in fine horses, not more for a desire for profit than for
a genuine love for a good horse. He owned several
during his lifetime, to which he became greatly at-
tached, and the sale of them was often postponed. He
was a man of strong and upright character, devoted to
his family, and universally liked. He was successful
in his undertakings, and an excellent business man. In
politics he was a Republican ; in religion a Quaker or
Friend.

Townsend Jackson married, in Greenvail, Long
Island, March 14, 1843, Margaret A. Nostrand, born
Nov. 2, 1825, in Jericho, L. I., died March 25, 1903, at
the farm in Ellicott, Chautauqua county, daughter of
Epenetus and Eliza (Burt) Nostrand, of Holland de-
scent. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were the parents of six
children, as follows: Sanford, deceased; Jones, de-
ceased; Louise A., married Albert P. Garfield, of Busti;
Epenetus N., deceased; Edward M., of Youngsville,
Pa., and Olive B.



EMMIT DAVID HOUSE, a successful farmer of
Westfield. N. Y., descends from an English family who
came from England prior to the Revolution and set-
tled in Chautauqua county, N. Y.

David House, father of Emmit D. House, of this re-
view, was born June 27, 1832, and was reared on the
farm in Chautauqua county which his Grandfather
House, who served in the Revolutionary War, pur-
chased, improved and cultivated until his death in 1838.
The boy David early commenced work on the farm, and
spent his entire life sowing and reaping the harvest of
his fields, together with the conducting of a fine grape
vineyard, which he had cultivated. He was a Repub-
lican in politics, but being of a modest and retiring
nature, he cared not for political honors, although he
was ever willing to advance the interests of his party
by honest and legitimate means. He marrietl, in 18C0,
Mary Anne Cadwell, daughter of Samuel Cadwcll, of
f'ortlari'I, and th'-y became the parents of nine chil-
dr'.T) : Edwin M., James S., Xabby S., Nancy, Emmit



D., of further mention; Almedia A., Clara, Arthur J.,
Lydia A.

Emmit David House was born in Westfield, N. Y.,
Nov. 24, 1868. the son of David and Mary Anne (Cad-
well) House. After receiving his education in the local
schools, he became a farmer. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, and as a true citizen he gives his influence and
support to the furtherance of all good measures that
conserve the interest of good government.

Emmit David House was united in marriage with
Lizzie A. Noxon, who was born Dec. 21, 1868, the
daughter of Matthew S. and Ermina (Weaver) Noxon.
Matthew S. Noxon was born in Delaware county, N. Y.,
the son of Claudius and Loduma (Farrington) Noxon,
and when the boy Matthew S. was nine years of age he
was sent to live with his uncle, Daniel M. Farrington,
in Westfield. It was here that he was educated and
later learned farming. He was a Republican in poli-
tics, and was noted for his honesty and fair dealings.
Mr. and Mrs. House have no children.



FRANK WILLIAM GIESLER, a family name
known in Chautauqua county agricultural records since
1863, when his father purchased the farm he now oc-
cupies, has shown himself to be a man of commendable
characteristics and likeable nature. He has conse-
quently many friends among his neighbors, and has had
good success in his farming enterprises.

He was born in Brant township, Erie county, village
of Farnham, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1856, the son of Adolph
and Frederica (Hindenburg) Giesler. His father,
Adolph Giesler, was a man of strong character and
democratic tendencies ; in fact, because of his dem-
ocratic leaning he thought it advisable to leave Ger-
many soon after the unsuccessful revolution in Ger-
many, in 1848. He brought his wife to the United
States, and in 1852 rented the farm in Farnham, Brant
township, Erie county, N. Y., upon which their son,
Frank W., was born. In 1863 Adolph Giesler acquired
the first forty-five acres of the farm in Chautauqua
county, now owned and occupied by his son, Frank W.,
the family home in Erie county being retained, while he
gradually cleared his Chautauqua county tract and
brought it into satisfactory cultivation. Eventually,
the family moved into Chautauqua county, and in
course of time Adolph Giesler added another fifteen
acres to his holding.

Frank William Giesler received a district school edu-
cation, and since has given his time mainly to agricul-
tural occupations. At the outset he assisted his father
in the operation of the home farm, and did some car-
pentering. During the years 1873-74, he worked as such
in Sheridan, returning to the farm in 1875, and
remaining with his father until he married in 1881, soon
after which he went to work in the shops at Dunkirk,
Chautauqua county. However, in 1888, he returned to
the farm, and since that time has steadily worked it,
a period of thirty-two years of productive, profitable
labor. After the death of his father, he purchased an
additional fifteen acres, so that his holding is now
sevenly-fivc acres in extent, a well-improved property,
embracing vineyard, stock, and chicken farm. Mr. Gies-



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ler maintains sixty acres in cultivation, and the re-
mainder is in pasture, with some timber. He has
erected some modern conveniences, including a thirty-
ton silo, and has some fine cattle and horses. His grape
cultivation is also quite extensive.

In political allegiance he is a Republican, but has not
followed actively national politics, but in local affairs
he has always taken much interest, especially in educa-
tional matters. He is at present clerk of school dis-
trict No. II. He and his wife have taken good part
in community life, and they have many friends. Mr.
Giesler has also taken active interest in the local Grange,
of which he has for very many years been a member.
Religiously, he is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran
church, and attends St. Peter's Church, at Westfield,
contributing loyally to its support.

On Feb. 24, 1881, Mr. Giesler married Frederica
Nieman, of Ripley, N. Y., and to them have been born
three children: i. Emma, who was educated at the
district school, and at Westfield High School; later
married William Keopka, of Summer Dale, Chautauqua
count}', and they are the parents of four children :
Fredia, Frances, Herman, and Edna. 2. Rosa, who was
educated in the district and Westfield high schools, and
has since lived at home. 3. John, who received educa-
tional advantages similar to those afforded his sisters ;
eventually married Hattie Neill ; they both live with his
parents, and he ably assists his father in the operation
of the family agricultural estate.

Altogether, Frank William Giesler has had a satis-
factory and successful career, made so mainly by his
own energy and steadfastness of purpose. He has
always worked hard, but it has been intelligent, well-
directed labor, and he has consequently had good return
materially for the labor expended. And he has had a
certain and gratifying return in the respect in which
he is held by his neighbors and many friends through-
out the county.



GEORGE W. FULLER, esteemed and prosperous
farmer, with a good agricultural property in Kiantone
township of Chautauqua county, N. Y., had the honor
of seeing two sons leave home for national service in
the military forces during the recent war, and had the
supreme gratification of welcoming them both home
again, after the termination of the war.

George W. Fuller was born in Ellery, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., May 7, 1851, the son of John W. and
Sarah M. (Buell) Fuller. His father was a farmer,
and as a boy George W. attended the graded school of
his native place. Thereafter he spent his years of in-
dustrial effort mostly in farming operations, for a
while assisting his father in the management and opera-
tion of the family property, but eventually branching
out for himself and taking upon his own shoulders the
responsibility of a farm, and also a family. He gave
indication of the possession of commendable, reliable
traits, and was business-like as well as energetic in his
farming, and so he gradually prospered. He has for
very many years been a staunch Democrat in national
politics, although he did not enter actively into national
political work ; in local affairs he was not necessarily a
Democrat; he followed the dictates of common sense
and voted for the man whom he thought was best fitted



for the responsibilities of the oflSce. He sought no office
for himself, although had he done so he would in all
probability have secured one or more, for he has always
been well respected and popular in his own community.
And he was ever ready to aid in any way he thought
possible any local project which he considered might
prove advantageous for the community. For very many
years he has been a member of the local grange. He is a
conscientious Christian, and has given matters of reli-
gion and theology deep study.

Mr. Fuller was married, Dec. 22, 1881, in Kiantone,
to Mary L. Perry, daughter of Clinton and Satira
(Sherman) Perry, also of Kiantone. She was born in
Kiantone township, Nov. 20, 1858. Her father was a
whole-souled patriot, for when she was only three years
old he left home to join the Union forces and did not
return home again until the Civil War had been won,
passing through three years and nine months of severe
campaigning. To George W. and Mary L. (Perry)
Fuller have been born six children: I. Perry, born June
16, 1884; married Grace Grou, and they have one child,
Louise. 2. Carl J., born June 27, 1886. He married
Ethel Hale, and they have one daughter, Elmira A. 3.
Phoebe A., born Dec. 5, 1888; she married Frank
Thayer, and became the mother of his three children :
Margaret, Kenneth, and Priscilla. 4. Ezra, born May
18, 1800; saw nine months' of military service in Amer-
ican stations during the European War. 5. John W.,
born Feb. 10, 1896; a veteran of the Great War; he
entered the United States army, Nov. 21, 1917, and was
assigned to the battery of Heavy Artillery, which
eventually became part of the First Division; with that
unit he served in France and Germany, and returned
home safely in August, 1919, being honorably discharged
on the 22nd of that month from an American demobili-
zation center. 6. Henry B., born Sept. 13, 1901.

Mr. Fuller naturally was very closely interested in
the progress of the war ; he would have been so whether
his sons were with the military forces or not, for he is
essentially a patriot. And while his sons were with the
forces, he did his best to cooperate in the national effort
to the limit of his means by subscribing to the various
funds raised for the purposes of the government in its
comprehensive prosecution of the war, and in many
other ways Mr. Fuller managed to do what he consid-
ered to be his part in the struggle. He has lived an esti-
mable life, has proved himself upon more than one occa-
sion to be a man of high, moral character, and a citizen
of worthy type, and he has the sincere friendship of
all of his neighbors.



WILLIAM P. FRISSELI^One of the most pros-
perous and successful farmers of Chautauqua county is
the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He owns
and operates a fine farm and is engaged in general
farming. He is a man of good business and executive
ability, as well as a practical and progressive agricul-
turist. He has met with gratifying success and today
ranks among the substantial men of his community.
Mr. Frissell was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 10,
1861, a son of George C. and Marie (Perry) Frissell.

William P. Frissell received his early education in
the public schools of Jamestown, N. Y., and after grad-
uating from the high school accepted a position as a



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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY



school readier and taught in the country schools for
nearly seven years. Some time later he bought a strip
O! land and began the occupation of general farming, in
which he continues at the present time.

Since casting his tirst presidential vote, Mr. Fris-
seil has never wavered in his allegiance to the Repub-
lican party. Though he has never sought public office,
when it was offered him he accepted and gave to his
county. State and nation, long and faithful service. He
was elected justice of the peace and was also trustee
for a number of years. Fraternally, Mr. Frissell is a
member of the Grange, and he is one of the most promi-
nent and respected members. He and his family are
also members of the Congregational church, and con-
tribute liberally to its support.

Mr. Frissell married, .Aug. 28. 1889, at Kiantone,
Jennie \V. Creal, who was born in Kiantone, N. Y.,
Sept. 23. 1869, a daughter of John and .Adelaide
(Cowan) Creal, natives of that town. To this union
have been bom the following children : Kathleen, born
Aug. 18, 1890, the wife of Ralph Robeson, of James-
town. N. Y. ; and Helen A., born Sept. i, 1890, the wife
of Rudolph Xordland. of Jamestown, N. Y.

Mr. Frissell is well known throughout the township
where he has made his home, and by the possession of
those o,ualities which in every land and clime command
respect he has won many friends. His career has been
one of unfaltering industry, and through strong purpose
and diligence he has worked his way upward to a plane
of affluence.



ALVAH I. DRAYTON— It has been recorded by
the pioneers of Chautauqua county that when that sec-
tion of Western Xcw York State was first explored
and settled, there were found covering it one of the
most magnificent forests that the New World had to
offer, providing in those days splendid hunting grounds
for the aboriginal Indians and since then unsurpassed
opportunities for the lumberman. Its fertile soil and
favorable climate seemed especially fitted for this lux-
uriant growth and produced groves of pine equal in
quality and quantity to anything to be found. .Although
today large portions of the magnificent primeval forest
have been cleared away to make room for the broad cul-
tivated acres that are now one of the chief glories of the
region, and the cultivation of which have made the
county one of the most agriculturally flourishing in the
country, there still remain great tracts of fine timber
which are a vast source of wealth and provide occupa-
tion for the hardy lumbermen there and enormous
supplies of lumber for the world markets. Among those
who have been engaged in the lumber business should
be mentioned .AK-ah I. Drayton, a iirospcrous and re-
spected citizen of Bemus Point. Mr. Drayton is a
son of Evert E. and Elizabeth fSmilcy) Drayton, and
on the maternal side is descended from an old P.emus
Point family, his mother having been born at that
place His maternal great-grandfather, Israel Rush,
settled at Bemus Point in tSuj. The elder Mr. Dray-
ton is a native of Randolph, X. Y., and for twenty-
seven years conducted a successful livery business at
Jamestown, although he also resided for a time at Be-
mus Point. He added farming to his other business.

.Alvah I. Drayton was born Se|)t. 22, 18S5, at Bemus



Point, Chautauqua county, N. Y.. but most of his child-
hood was passed at Jamestown, where he attended the
local public schools. During his youth he gained a con-
siderable knowledge of argiculture on his father's
farm, but early in life his attention was called to great
opportunities in the lumber trade, and upon reaching
manhood he became actively interested therein, working
for twelve years for two firms in Jamestown. He has
never, however, given up agriculture entirely. He
owns a portion of the farm which has been in the pos-
session of his family for four generations, and for sev-
eral years has devoted his attention to farming and
gardening. Mr. Drayton has always been interested in
local atfairs and is a strong supporter of the same, al-
though up to the present he has never taken an active
part in politics nor sought public office for himself. In
his religious belief he is a Lfniversalist and attends the
church of that denomination at Bemus Point, making
his home also in this charming town.

Mr. Drayton was united in marriage, April 10, 1913,
at Jamestown, with Martenette P. Dunham, a native of
Corry, Pa., born March 12, 1890, a daughter of Laverne
and S. Pauline (Phillips) Dunham.



ERNEST R. DIBBLE, progressive and enterprising

farm owner of Westfield, and prominently identified
with important agricultural organizations of the county,
is a representative Chautauqua county farmer of the
yotmger generation. He has been active in the work
of the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau since its es-
tablishment, and is one of the county's representatives
upon the directorate of the Dairymen's League. He is
still in the early prime of manhood, but he has lived a
verj' active and useful life, and has come into prom-
inence among agriculturists.

He was born in Portland, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
March 22. 1878, the son of George E. and Miriam
(Quilliam) Dibble. His father, who is still living, has
lived his entire life in the county, and is a successful
farmer. Ernest R. Dibble is one of nine children born
to George E. and Miriam (Quilliam) Dibble, his broth-
ers and sisters, in order of birth being: i. Oliver H.,
who owned and edited a newspaper at Sinclairville, N.



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