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Kiantone township. Therefore it will be appreciated
that he is a man highly regarded by his neighbors. He
was born April ,-^, 1849, in th city of Milwaukee, Wis.,
the son of Alonzo D. and Clarissa (Jones) Martin.

Alonzo J. Martin received a public school education,
and was early in Chautauqua county, N. Y., where he
occupied himself mainly by farming. By political al-
legiance he is a Republican, and for many years was
particularly active in national political affairs: and he
exercised much influence in his own district, where his
word was respected and his judgment recognized. In
local affairs he was especially interested, and for many
years served as supervisor. In the administration of
justice his record is estiinable, and he has continued
to hold the confidence of the people of the community
for twenty-three years, for during that period he has
continuously been a justice of the peace of Kiantone
township. He must therefore be a man of fundamen-
tally sound judgment, and also a man of honorable,
impartial practice. He belongs to the local Grange,
and in all things pertaining to the community, or the
well-being of the community, he has always been inter-
ested and willing to aid in any way that was possible
in furthering any local cause.

Mr. Martin married (first) Dec. 19, 1S66, at .South
Argyle, N. Y.. Eliza Mary, daughter of Philip J. Bain.
She died March i, 1906, after a married life of almost
forty years. On June 26, 1007. Mr. Martin married
(second) Alice Spencer.

The commendable industry and worthy public serv-
ice of Alonzo J. Martin have been such as to warrant
record in tin's current history of Chautauqua county.
He has lived a good life of useful service, honorably
and impartially meting out justice. While the war was
in progress, he loyally subscribed as much as he was
able to the government loans and the various other
public suliscri[)tions of war classification, and in many
other ways showed that he was whole-hearted in his
ji.itriotisni. He has ever been of unselfish disposition,
and during his association with the people of Chautau-
qua county, and particidarly with those in Kiantone
township, manifested a spirit id generous community
interest.



JAMES B. LOWE— I'or thirty-four years, 1886-
i')..'o, Mr, I. owe h.is n sided ujion the f;irin in section 42,
town of liusli. which in the year \(y>n lier:ime his prop-



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erty by purchase. He is a successful dairy farmer, al-
though his farm of seventy-six acres, lying near the
village of Lakewood, has been reduced in size through
the sale of building lots, the property being very de-
sirable for that purpose. Mr. Lowe is a native son of
Pennsylvania, his parents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Mar-
tin) Lowe, being residents of Lottsville, Pa., at the
time of the birth of their son, James B. Daniel Lowe
was born in Lottsville, Sept. 8. 1836, and died Aug. 10,
1912. Elizabeth (Martin) Lowe was born in Sugar
Grove, Pa., March 10, 1837, is yet living (1921), and
makes her home in Busti with her son.

James B. Lowe was born in Lottsville, Pa., July 9,
1862. and was there educated in the public schools. He
adopted farming as his occupation and at the age of
twenty-three came to his present farm in Busti, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y. Fifteen years later, in 1900, he
purchased the farm, and there has passed the last
thirty-four years of his life, a dairy farmer.

Mr. Lowe married, in the town of Harmony, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., Jan. 21, 1886, Carrie Green, born
in that town, Jan. 21, 1859, daughter of Alfred and
Adeline (Moore) Green, both of Chautauqua county
birth. Mr. and Mrs. Lowe are the parents of three
children: Alfred G., born Feb. 5, 1887; Elizabeth, born
July 5, 1890; and Walter, born April 10, 1906.



HERBERT ELISHA PUTNAM— One of the rep-
resentative citizens of Cassadaga, N. Y., is Herbert
Elisha Putnam, a member of an old Massachusetts
family. His father was Allan Putnam, a farmer and
teacher. His mother was Marilla (Smith) Putnam.
To Mr. and Mrs. Putnam were born four children:
Estelle, wife of Oscar Skinner, of Dunkirk; Clayton S.,
of Dunkirk; Clesson A., and Herbert Elisha, men-
tioned below.

Herbert Elisha Putnam was born in Cassadaga, N.
Y., Aug. II, 1866. His education was obtained in the
district schools of his native place and Fredonia Nor-
mal School. He has always made his home at Cassa-
daga, where he owns 156 acres of land, much of which
is under cultivation, and together with this he conducts
a large dairy. Politically, Mr. Putnam is a Republican,
giving to public affairs the interest and attention de-
manded of every good citizen. He has held the offices
of school trustee and assessor of the town. He is a
member of the Grange.

On Dec. 17, 1891, Mr. Putnam was united in mar-
riage with Susannah Johnson, and they are the parents
of four children: Ellen Marilla, a graduate of the Me-
chanics Institute at Rochester, N. Y., as a dietitian, in
which capacity she served eight months in France, dur-
ing the late war ; Ann Meadmore, a student at Syracuse
University; Margaret Haynes; Lorimer Allen, asso-
ciated with his father.

Herbert Elisha Putnam is a quiet but potent factor
in the many movements which promote the welfare of
the community in which he resides. His devotion to his
friends and his strict probity in all his business rela-
tions, so well known to all his associates, have met
with that return of warm personal regard and financial
success such distinguishing qualities merit.



PEARL C. TICKNER— "Meadow View Farm,"
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl C. Tickner, is a beau-
tiful property of 212 acres at Open Meadow, Chautau-
qua county. N. Y., inherited by Mrs. Tickner from her
father, William Henry Casselman. The farm is of
highly fertile land, devoted to general farming, small
fruits and standard fruits. Mr. Tickner is a capable,
energetic farmer, and has devoted his life to the busi-
ness he follows. "Meadow View Farm" is modernly
furnished and equipped with machinery and conveni-
ences, the house filled with electric devices of many
kinds, the work of the son of the house, Leo A. Tick-
ner, who has a genius for electricity and machinery.
Pearl C. Tickner is a son of Hiram and Lucy D. (Con-
ant) Tickner, his father, born Sept. 5, 1818, in the town
of Lock, Cayuga county, N. Y., died Feb. 24, 1901 ; his
mother, born July II, 1828, in the town of Ripley, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., died May 26, 1897. Hiram Tick-
ner was a mason, and a farmer of the town of Har-
mony, Chautauqua county, N. Y.

Pearl C. Tickner was born in Ashville, town of Har-
mony, Chautauqua county, N. Y., June 19, 1862. He
attended the public schools of the district, and early in
life began farming, a business he has since followed
with good success. "Meadow View Farm" is a well
kept and intelligently cultivated farm, its crops of
wheat and hay always heavy, while the orchards and
small fruits show the hand of a skilled grower. He is
a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, the Methodist
Episcopal church, and in politics a Republican.

Mr. Tickner married, Sept. 24, 1889, Kate M. Cassel-
man, born at "Meadow View Farm" (which has been
her life-time home) in the town of Harmony, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., daughter of William Henry and
Susan (Roof) Casselman. her father born in Tomp-
kins county, N. Y., Feb. 2, 1818, died Sept. 22, 1895; her
mother, born in Canajoharie, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1818, died
Nov. 29, 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Tickner are the parents
of a son, Leo A., born April 8, 1900. He is his father's
farm assistant, thoroughly capable and reliable, has an
unusual record in running a threshing machine without a
helper, and has filled up the farm house with many elec-
trical conveniences.



CHARLES A. ADAMS— If a man whose age is
almost identical with that of his estate is, by that fact,
entitled to be ranked as one of the agricultural pioneers
of the county, then the worthy citizen of Ripley whose
name we have just written can undoubtedly claim the
honor. While Mr. Adams has never taken any part in
political affairs, he has always been a man who could
be counted on to do his share in any movement having
for its object betterment of community conditions.

Charles A. Adams was born May 20, 1857, nfiar Buf-
falo, N. Y., a son of John and Lena (Nale) Adams.
When the boy was two years old his parents moved to
the farm on which he himself now lives and which was
then wild land. Charles A. Adams attended the district
schools of Ripley, and has always lived on the old farm,
succeeding in the course of time to its ownership. On
coming into possession of the land which his fatlier had
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the good work by introducins; a number of modern
improvements. The farm comprises 115 acres devoted
to general farming according to the most enlightened
methods and having orchards planted by Mr. Adams
and his father.

Mr. .\dams married, Nov. 10, 1807, at Ripley. Jessie,
daughter of \V. S. Durlin, of Pittsfield, Pa., and they
are the parents of two daughters and one son : Loren
A., married Kay Row Scott, and has one child, Mil-
dred: Ivan Durlin, now adding to the revenue of his
father's farm by carrying on the rabbit business on a
large scale: and Gertrude Irene. The only son and
the youngest daughter are at home with their parents.

While Mr. .\dams has few interests apart from his
work as an agriculturist he has, by the results secured
by his enlightened energy, helped to maintained high
standards of farming and thus to benefit the entire
community. He represents the second of the two gen-
erations which have made the farm what it is, and it is
to be hoped that it will still more richly repay the
labors of a third.



a native of that place, born March 3, 1886, a daughter
of John Godfrey and Mary E. (Clark) Jacobes. Mr.
and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of three children, as
follows: Daris Marion, born March 19, 1904; Bessie
Marie, born .Aug. 7, IQ06; and Clifford Ranson, born
Oct. 10, icxiS.



MARION ANDERSON— Western New York, and
particularly Chautauqua county, is famous for its agri-
cultural development and for the intelligent and effi-
cient men who have made it one of the greatest wealth
producing regions in the United States. Among the
capable and progressive farmers of this region, where
he has been engaged in the occupation of farming for
a number of years, is Marion .Anderson, a native of
Carroll. X. Y., where his birth occurred May ti, 1883, a
son of William and Lena ( Vandenack) Anderson, old
and highly respected residents of this region. The
elder Mr. .Anderson, like his son, was a successful
farmer hereabouts and it was on his father's farm that
Marion .Anderson learned the modern methods in agri-
culture which he has so successfully put in application
on his own place.

.As a child Mr. .Anderson worked as an assistant to
his father, and during the winter months attended the
local public schools, completing his education at the
Frtwsburg High School of Frcwsburg, N. Y. Upon
completing his studies at the last named institution, Mr.
.Anderson devoted his attention entirely to farming, and
in the year 191; became the owner of a fine property,
near Poland, possessed of great natural fertility, and
has since that time been engaged in the raising of poul-
try and fine cattle. This produce he disposes of in the
nearby market and has developed a large and highly
remunerative trade in this line. In politics, Mr. Ander-
son is a staunch Republican and is well known in the
councils of his party, though he is quite unambitious
for political preferment and has always consistently
avoided public office of any kind. He is also a well
kn'iwn figure in the social life of the community and is
afr.liated with the local lodge, Independent Ord<r of Odd
Fellows, of Kennedy. In his religion, Mr. Anderson is
a member of the United Brethren church, and has
always taken an active part in the work of the congre-
Kation, lacing a lib<ral supporter of all philanthropic and
Ij'^cvolrnt undertakings.

Marion .Anderson was united in marriage. June 10,
I'/j3, at Poland Center, X. Y., with F.diia May Jacobes,



HIRAM WARREN ANDRUS, who has been one
of the successful tarmers of Ellington, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., was born in the town of Gerry, Chautau-
qua county, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1852. He is a son of Cyrus
and Clarissa (Thorn) Andrus, and a grandson of Jere-
miah Andrus, who came to New York State from Ver-
mont in tlic year i8,?i, he being a member of an old
\'ermont family. Cyrus Andrus was born in Middle-
town, Rutland county, Vt., July 13, 1813. His wife,
Clarissa (Thorn) Andrus, was born Sept. 14, 1824, died
March 24, 1914, a daughter of John Thorn, one of the
early school teachers of Chautauqua county.

Hiram W. Andrus obtained his education at the old
Ellington .Academy, and later at the high school. Since
coiTipleting his studies, he has given his attention to
agricultural pursuits. Mr. Andrus is a Republican in
politics, and both he and his wife are members of the
First Congregational Church of Ellington. He was
united in marriage, Sept. 16, 1875. with Nellie Waith,
a native of Chautauqua county, N. Y., born April 15,
1854, the youngest daughter of the late George and
Helen (Bates^ Waith, both of whom were members of
English families, being descended on the paternal side
from the Rev. William Waith, a native of London,
England, and who came to the United States at an
early period, and on the maternal side from Joseph
Bates, whose descendants came from England. To
Mr. and Mrs. Andrus the following children have been
born: Herman B., born Feb. 2y, 1877, died July 9, 1877;
Clair Waith, born Feb. 20, 1881 ; Mamie E., born Aug.
8, 1883: Cyrus, bom Feb. 29, 1885, died Dec. 5, 1886;
Helen B., born M,iy 15, 1889, died June 15, 1907.



MARVIN BISHOP ADAMS— Few regions are so
peculiarly blessed by nature with a fruitful soil and
favorable climate as that region of Western New York
State comprised within the borders of Chautauqua
county, and these advantages have been fully appre-
ciated and grasi>ed by the enterprising inhabitants who
have turned what was originally a part of the vast
wilderness which the white settlers found covering the
New World into one of its chief garden spots, pro-
ducing every kind of fruit and vegetable appropriate to
its temperate clime. Although there has grown up here
in recent years many great industrial and commercial
enterprises, its agriculture still remains the most char-
acteristic feature and its fruit growers and farmers are
today probably its most important class of citizens.
.Among the successful agriculturists of the present day
should be mentioned Marvin Bishop Adams, of Fre-
donia, whose fine f;irin in the ncighliorhood of that
flourishing town is vmII known for its high state of cul-
tivalioii anri the splendid quality of its many products.
Mr. Adams is a meniber of a family that has long
been iiromineut in the Pomfrel region, and his farm is
one of the fjMest hereabouts. The family was founded



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in Western New York by Bishop Adams, the paternal
grandfather of the present representative of the name,
who came from Massachusetts at an early date and
settled at Van Buren Point, Chautauqua county, taking
up about i6o acres of land. At that time the whole
region was practically uncleared and was infested with
wild animals and Indians so that the life of the pioneer
and his family was chiefly composed of hard work and
peril but, with the sturdy industry that marked the
men of those days, he persevered and eventually cleared
and cultivated his property. With the true pioneering
spirit, however, he did not long remain to enjoy the
results of his labor, but, perceiving what he believed to
be a better neighborhood, he removed to Pomfret and
there toook up some 321 acres in partnership with a son.
This was of course uncleared forest land and the two
at once set about clearing it and bringing it under cul-
tivation, a great task which they eventually accom-
plished. This farm is yet to a large extent in the pos-
session of the Adams family, and represents some of the
finest agricultural property in the section. One of the
sons of Bishop Adams was David Adams, the father
of the subject of this sketch. He was but twelve years
of age when his father removed to Pomfret, now Fre-
donia, N. Y., and made his home there during his en-
tire life. He served in the Civil War and married
Mary E. Woodcock, one of their children being Marvin
Bishop Adams.

Marvin Bishop Adams was born on the old Adams
homestead, June 7, 1852. He received his education in
the public schools of Fredonia and the celebrated Fre-
donia State Normal School. From early youth he has
been interested in agriculture and, following in the
steps of his forebears, has devoted himself to the culti-
vation of the family acres. He is now the possessor of
one of the finest farms in the neighborhood, where he
raises on a large scale many kinds of grapes and other
fruits, as well as various vegetables. In this he has
been attended with notable success, the result of his
indefatigable industry and his wide knowledge of his
subject, as well as an intelligent use of the opportuni-
ties of his farm. He finds a large market for his various
products in the neighboring ciimmunities. In politics
Mr. Adams is a Republican and has taken a consider-
able part in local affairs, serving for one year as ta.x
collector for Fredonia.

Marvin Bishop Adams married, Oct. 31, 1871, Mar-
tha Anne Fry, a native of Rochester, N. Y., from
which place she removed to Fredonia when but three
years of age. She is a daughter of Alfred and Martlia
(Taylor) Fry, old and highly respected residents of
Fredonia. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are the parents of I wo
children, as follows: i. Ernest Percival, born June 13,
1874, and educated in the local public schools ,''.nd the
Fredonia State Normal School; he married (first)
Sadra Carr, by whom he had one child, Rexford, and
who died March 14, 1900; he married (second) Lulu
Carr, a sister of his first wife, and a daughter of Mary
Carr, and they are the parents of two children- Edna
Muriel and Leah Maye. 2. Leah Bessie, born Nov. 5,
1883, educated at the local public schools and the Fre-
donia State Normal School, and who became the wife of
Clement S. Gillson, to whom she has borne two chil-
dren: Wallace Clement and Russell Earle.



DAVID L. ARNOLD— Among the active and
prominent citizens of Bemus Point, Chautauqua county,
N. Y., who have taken part in the public and agricul-
tural life of the community, should be mentioned David
L. .Arnold, a lifelong resident of the town, and a mem-
ber of a family which has long been highly esteemed
there. Mr. Arnold is a son of Edward B. and Eliza
Jane (Russell) Arnold, the former for many years a
prosperous farmer of the region, and from whom the
present representative of the name inherited his strong
character and high Christian principles.

The birth of David L. Arnold occurred Oct. 8, 1870,
in the old family home at Bemus Point, in which he
resides to the present day, and as a lad he assisted
his father on the latter's farm and attended the local
district schools. He thus gained a wide knowledge of
general farming methods, and when he had completed
his schooling he devoted himself to that occupation as
his business in life. In course of time he inherited
from his father the old homestead, and since that time
has conducted it as a very successful farm, keeping it
in the highest state of cultivation so that it has be-
come one of the most productive properties of its kind
in the neighborhood. Mr. Arnold has displayed as
much ability in disposing of his products as in raising
them, and finds today a large and growing market for
them in Bemus Point itself and the surrounding com-
munities. While he has been thus active in his private
enterprise, Mr. Arnold has also taken a public-spirited
part in the public life of the community, holding for si.x
years the office of trustee of the town, during which
time he administered the affairs thereof in a highly dis-
interested and conscientious manner and won the ap-
proval of all classes and parties there. He is a member
of Bemus Point Lodge, No. 585. Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, and is a well known figure in the social
and fraternal circles of the place. The Arnold family
attended the old LTniversalist church at Bemus.

David L. Arnold was united in marriage. .April 29.
1S96, with Alice Cheney, like himself a native of Bemus
Point, born Dec. 9, 1878, a daughter of Mark H. and
Mary (Bennett) Cheney. To Mr. and Mrs. Arnold
four children have been born, as follows: Richard E.,
born Nov. 16, 1897; Catherine E.. born June 27, 1900,
died Nov. 27. 1903; Esther, born .April 3, 1904: and
Ruth, born Aug. 14, 1900.



RALPH RAY BABCOCK— .\ man of enterprise.
Mr. Babcock has, as a farmer, planted good seed and
has seen a valuable harvest spring forth and ripen,
through his activities in sowing. Mr. Babcock is a son
of Samuel Russell Babcock, a farmer, and his wife,
Ella (Carpenter) Babcock, of Matthews Run, Warren
county. Pa.

Ralph Ray Babcock was born at Matthews Run, Pa.,
May 20, 1881, and is now a farmer of the town of Har-
mony, residing in the village of Ashville. He is a Re-
publican in politics, a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal church, and of Watts Flats Lodge. Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and the Patrons of Husbandry.

Mr. Babcock married, Jan. 31, 1906. Frances Hildum,
born in the town of Ellery. Chautauqua county. N. Y.,
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(.Barney"! Hildum. her lather born in Cherry Creek,
her n;other in Ellen.-. Mr. and Mrs. Babcock are the
parents of a son, Ronald Russell, born Feb. 4. lOio.

Mrs. Frances (.Hildum"! Babcock through her mother,
Mrs. Loretta Jane (.Barney) Hildum, is a descendant of
the Revolutionary soldier, Luther Barney, who is buried
in Ellery. Chautauqua county, N. Y. Luther Barney,
horn in Norwich. Conn.. 175;, died in Ellery, N. Y.,
1S44; enlisted in 1776 as a private in the Connecticut
militia raised to reinforce General ^^'ashington in New
York. Later he enlisted in the na\y, and in an en-
gagement with the enemy was taken prisoner and con-
fined on a prison ship. He was released at the solicita-
tion of General Lafayette, but his brother, Edward
Barney, was retained on the prison ship and died of
small-pox while yet a prisoner. Mrs. Babcock is a
teacher, having taught in several rural schools of the
county and four years in Lakewood High School. She
was grraduated from \'alparaiso College, \'alparaiso,
Ind.. in 1003. with the B. S. degree. During the war,
when a call came to do her bit, she again took up the
profession to help the rural schools and is still serving
in the capacity of teacher.



MARION L. BAGG, a farmer of Ellington, re-
spected in that section of Chautauqua county because
of his steady, industrious qualities and skillful farming,
and because of his upright, manly life in general, was
bom in Ellington, where the family name of Bagg has
been for many decades a familiar and respected one.

His birth date was June 6, 1885, and his parents, C. T.
and Nellie (Terry) Bagg, had for long prior to that
time been residents in Ellington. His father was well
known in many other parts of the county, and in adjoin-
ing counties, for he was a salesman, active, successful,
and well liked.

Marion L. Bagg grew to manhood in the place of his
nativity, and was given a good education in the public
schools of Ellington, eventually graduating from the
high school. Thereafter, he took resolutely to farming
occupations, appreciably improved his property, and now
has a holding which brings him a very satisfactory
return. He is interested in all questions pertaining to
agriculture, and is a regular attendant at the county
fairs. He also belongs to the local Grange, taking part
in its affairs. By political allegiance, he is a
Republican. He loyally followed President Wilson
upon national questions that had bearing upon the recent
war, realizing that he needed the whole-souled coopera-
tion of all true patriots. And he contributed, to the
limit of his means, to the funds promoted successively
during the progress of the war to meet the needs of the
country, in 'omc phase of the military operations.

On iJi-c. I, 191.^, Marion L. Bagg was marrii-d,
in the town of Poland, to Bessie Scars, daughter of
Rufus J. and Nellie fWelch) Scars. Mrs. Bessie



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