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son arc the parents of fourteen children, as follows :
Ernest E'lward, born March 7, 1888; Paul, born Dec. 19,



1889; Agnes, born Nov. 17, 1890, died June 11, 1901 ;
Victor E., born Oct. 26, 1892; Jennie, born Aug. 4, 1894;
Arvid, born July 21, 1896; George, born Aug. 19, 1898;
Margaret, born Aug. 20. 1900; Flovia, born Aug. 10,
1902; Lorena, born July 6. 1904; Milton, born July 16,
1906; Evelyn, born Oct. 6, 1907; Iva, born March 8,
1909; Genevieve Elizabeth, born and died March 30,

CLAUDE D. TRASK— The Trasks of Busti herein
recorded are descendants of the Trasks of Rhode Island,
an ancient and prominent family. Eben Trask, great-
grandfather of Claude D. Trask, was born in Rhode
Island, Jan. 12, 1754, and there married, in Smithfield,
Huldah Reed. In the year 1800 he moved to Oneida
county, N. Y. He had a large family of children, one
of whom, Elijah, settled in the town of Busti, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., he the father of Silas Trask, and grand-
father of Claude D. Trask. Silas Trask was born in
Busti, and there spent his life, a cooper by trade and a
farmer. He married Clarissa Way, and they were the
parents of Claude D. Trask, now a farmer of the town
of Busti.

Claude D. Trask was born in the village of Busti,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1862, and was edu-
cated in the public schools. He spent his youth on the
farm, but later located in Jamestown, where he spent
eighteen years of his life, then returning to the town of
his birth, where he owns and cultivates a good farm.
He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, the Meth-
odist Episcopal church, the Knights of the Maccabees
(Jamestown), and in politics is a Republican.

Mr. Trask married, in Busti, Dec. 4, 1895, Mary A.
Banks, born in England, March 14, 1865, daughter of
John and Sarah Banks. Mr. and Mrs. Trask are the
parents of a son. Alba B., born Jan. 12, igoi, who re-
sides at the home farm with his parents.

AUGUST HANSON, who, with his industrious
sons, has successfully developed some good farming
property in the Gerry district of Chautauqua county, N.
Y., where the family has become prosperous and re-
spected, is a native of Sweden, although he has lived the
greater part of his life in this country. Since he came
to the United States, and to Chautauqua county, August
Hanson has had a worthy record of honest, industrious
and productive effort, and for long has enjoyed a repu-
tation for integrity, both moral and material. He has
raised a worthy family, and his sons have indicated that
they possess much of the commendable characteristics
which have carried him, despite many discouragements
in early life, to substantial, financial competence.

August Hanson was born in Sweden, Dec. 16, 1852,
and as a boy attended the public school of his native
place. His parents had a small agricultural holding in
Sweden, and in his early days August used to help till
the family property. But as he grew to manhood he
became possessed of a desire to do as so many other
young men of his country had done, and had prospered
by so doing, that is, to emigrate to the new country across
the seas. So many men of Swedish birth had come to
America, and so many had done well, that it was only
to be expected that knowledge of such happenings would
have a very influential effect upon a venturesome young

man, whose home condition was not what might be con-
sidered bright. The future in Sweden wa^ of limited
scope for him, it appeared, and he was possessed of that
confident spirit which made him feel that he would do
well in America. So, to America he came in May, 1871,
coming almost immediately to the Jamestown district of
Chautauqua county, N. Y., where he had no difficulty in
finding employment. He married a countrywoman,
Martha Johnson, and reared as he had been upon a farm
he eventually felt that desire for farm life so stn;ngly
that he eventually gave up industrial occupations and
purchased a farm.

His marriage to Martha Johnson occurred in the First
Lutheran Church, Jamestown, Oct. 25, 1882. And their
union has been blessed by the birth to them of eight
children, who by name and in the order of their coming
were : Jalmar, who lives with his parents, and owns a
good farm adjoining that of his father; .Arbay ; Eva;
Ellen ; Josephine ; Henry ; Carol ; Arthur. The farming
of the family property in Chautauqua county is now done
mainly by the sons, who seek to save their father all
the heavy tasks possible in his declining years, and as a
family they have gained general esteem among their

The Hansons are members of the Lutheran church,
and since August Hanson first came to America he has
held membership in some church of that faith. He is an
earnest Christian, and has many times during his life
indicated that he observes strictly and conscientiously
the teachings of that faith. In political allegiance, he is
a Republican, but he has not taken an active part m po-
litical affairs and he has never sought, neither nas he
accepted, public office, although he has manifested an
unselfish interest in all that makes for the betterment
of the community. Many men of Swedish origin have
reached worthy success in Chautauqua county, bul gen-
erally it has been in connection with some manufacturing
enterprise. The success of August Hanson, by the hon-
est, intelligent tilling of the soil, is therefore all the more
noticeable and just as commendable.

AUGUST A. ANDERSON— Now just in life's full
prime and one of the substantia! farmers of the town of
Harmony, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Mr. Anderson
reviews a life which began in Sweden, March 30, 1863.
There he was educated, and passed the first years of his
life. He then came to the United States and located in
Chautauqua county, N. Y., where he is now the owner
of the acres he tills. The farm lies in the town of Har-
mony, and is a well improved property, well stocked and
well managed. Mr. Anderson is a member of Panama
Lodge, No. 272, Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
Panama Grange, Patrons of Husbandn,-; is a Republican
in politics, and a member of the Baptist church.

Mr. Anderson married, Oct. 28, 1885, in Harmony,
lona Pier, born May 14, i8;i6, daughter of Silas and
Ellen (Sackett) Pier, of Harmony, her father a farmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of eight chil-
dren : I. Dorothea M., born Nov. 23, 1886; a graduate
nurse; married Lieut. Carroll Hutchins, who entered the
military service and went overseas during the World
War : both are yet in the employ of the United Stages
Government. 2. Grace E., born Feb. 12, 18S9; married
William Howes, and has a son, William J., and resides in



Xew Mexico. 3. Augusta L., born June 16, 1S91. 4.
Margerj- M.. born Oct. 15, 1893: married Alfred C.
Davis, and has two children : Eva G. and Dorothy ; this
family resides in Shanghai, China, Mr. Davis being in the
export and import business. 5. Eunice B., born Oct. 16,
1S05 : married Claude Cartwright, and resides in \\ est
Hoboken, X. T. 6. Christine O., born Nov. 26, 1900, died
while in training at \V. C. A. Hospital, Jamestown, July
14, 19JO. ~. Theodore, born March 28, 1905. 8. Holland
B.. txrn April 21, 1910. The elder children \vere all
given the advantages of education and all are graduates
of high class institutions. The yoimger children are
receivinc the same advantages.

ALBERT ANDERSON— .\mong the many success-
ful farmers of Swedish origin in EUicott township, Chiu-
tauqua county, N. Y., none is more prominent or highly
respected than Albert .\nderson, who has been engaged in
agricultural operations in that region for a number of
years. Mr. .\nderson was born in Sweden, Jan. 24, (877,

a son of M. Andrew and (.\brahara) Anderson,

also natives of that country. The elder Mr. .Anderson
was also a farmer for some eighteen years, and during
the remainder of his life followed mining as an occupa-

His son, Albert Anderson of this sketch, came ti the
United States as a lad and here attended the common
schools of Chautauqua county, N. Y., and obtained an
excellent general education. Upon completing his stud-
ies he took up farming, and later became the owner .if his
present property, cultivating the soil and making a nota-
ble success in his chosen work. He has taken advant.ige
of the great agricultural opportunities offered in the
region of his adoption, and has grow-n to be one ot the
substantial citizens of the community. He also takes a
keen and active interest in the general life of the neigh-
borhood and keeps himself abreast of the questions of
the day. He is a Republican in politics, but has never
been ambitious nor sought for public office of any kind.
He is a member of the Home Protective Society and the
local Grange. Mr. Anderson is a man of strong religious
beliefs and feelings, and is a valued member of the con-
gregation of the Swedish church in Ellicott township, as
arc also the members of his family.

Albert .Anderson was united in marriage, Nov. 27,
K)02, at Falconer, N. Y., with Celia Nelson, a native of
Jamestown, X. Y., born Oct. 21, 1879, a daughter of Carl
.August and Jonah M. ("Johnson) Nelson, the former a
successful cabinetmaker of that city. Three childien
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, as follows:
Mildred I. M., born .Aug. 3, 1903; Albert Leo Carious,
V^rn Feb. 8, k/jS; and Florence Lydia Elaine, born July
30, 19 10,

WILLIAM M. SMITH, a farmer of Ellington,
Chautauqua coimfy, N. Y., was born in Randolph, N. Y.,
March i*), 18O3, a son of Royal and Charity CKibby)
Smith, who were resiK-cttd residents of that town.

William M. Smith acromfianied his parents upon their
removal to the town of Carroll, N. Y., where he at-
tended the district school for a numlx.r of years. Since
then he has devoted his attention to farming, his opera-
tions bcinif conducted on a farm in Ellington. He has
always been a staunch supporter of the Republican party.

and he is a member of the Ellington Grange, as is also
his wife. On Nov. 2, 18S3, at Frewsburg, N. Y., Mr.
Smith married Edith Olson, daughter of Lars Olson, a
respected resident of that vicinity, her mother having died
shortly after they came to this country, when Edith was
a young child. Four children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Smith, namely: i. Goldie A. 2. Myrtle C. 3.
Wesley W., born June 19, 1S93; he enlisted in the regu-
lar army, Aug. 29, 1917, as a private in the 39th Regiment
of Regular Infantry, and spent one year in France and
Germany : he was honorably discharged. May 24, 1919. 4.
Royal A., born May 2, 1000; he enlisted in the regular
army, June 25, 1917; was transferred to the 5th Ma-
chine Gun Battalion, was sent to France with the Amer-
ican E.xpeditionary Forces in September, 1917, was
wounded at Chateau-Thierry, June 15, 1918, and died
June 20, 1918, in Base Hospital No. 30, at Royan, France,
thus making the supreme sacrifice for his country.

GEORGE RHINEHART— .Among the younger
farmers of the town of Busti, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
Mr. Rhinehart has gained honorable standing as a man
of energy and ability, actuated by a worthy ambition to
act well his part in the battle of life. His farm, on
Rural Delivery Route No. 79, is well located and under
his management yields freely in return for the labor ex-

George Rhinehart was born in the town of Gerry,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., April 28, 1882. He was edu-
cated in the public schools, and has been engaged in farm-
ing for five years. He moved to his present farm in the
town of Busti, in March, 1920, and there conducts gen-
eral farming operations very successfully. He is a Re-
publican in politics, a member of the Patrons of Hus-
bandry, and the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Rhinehart married, Sept. 12, 1905, Isabclle Hall,
born Dec. 25, 1881, daughter of Frank and Elnora (Car-
nehan) Hall, of Falconer, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Rhine-
hart are the parents of five children : Nathan, born June
I, 1906; Glen, born -Aug. 13. 1908; Burdette, born Jan.
4, 1912; Margaret, born Jan. 11, 1915; and Elnora, born
Dec. 9, 1918.

CARL R. NELSON— The county of Chautauqua,
N. Y., owes no small amount of its material wealth and
prosperity to the thrifty, hard-working and intelligent
people of Sweden, who have settled here in great num-
bers and taken an active and successful part in many
different departments of enterprise. Especially is this
true in the agricultiiral realm, in which so many men of
Swedish birth or parentage have participated, their farms
in practically all cases being models of well kept and
highly cultivated properties, a credit alike to their owners
and to the communities where they are situated. Such,
for example, is the place of Carl R. Nelson, of Jamestown,
N. Y., who for nearly two decades has operated a highly
successful dairy farm within the city limits, and who
from small beginnings has worked his way up to a
pejsition of high respect and influence in his adopted city.
Mr. Nelson is a son of Oscar and Amanda (Erickson)
Nelson, of Sweden, and was born in that country, Nov.
4, 1855. He came to the United States alone at the age
of 16, settled in Chaiit.'uiqua county, N. Y., where he re-
ceived his erlucalion at the local country schools, attend-



ing these institutions for a number of years. His father
was a farmer by occupation, and the lad learned agricul-
tural methods in the school of experience, assisting the
elder man as a member of a hardworking family, all of
whom were expected to do their share in supplying the
family needs. After his schooling had been successfully
completed, Mr. Nelson continued to follow, farming as
his chosen calling and eventually engaged in it. In 1910
he became the owner of his present fine property, which
he has since consistently cultivated and kept in a higli
state of productivity. For two years he devoted himself
to general farming, but in 1904 he began to specialize in
dairying, and now (1920) for the past sixteen years, has
exclusively concerned himself with that line. He began
about the same time to develop a milk business in the
city of Jamestown, and in this has met with notable suc-
cess, having now the largest milk route in the place. His
enterprise has thriven wonderfully and his success, which
is due entirely to his own efforts and intelligence, has
given him a high standing among the merchants of the
city. Mr. Nelson is one of those men who, however suc-
cessful, never lose sight of the interests of others in
their own projects, and has always maintained an inter-
est in the general welfare of the community and in the
lives and affairs of his fellow-citizens generally. He
takes part in the social life of Jamestown, and is a well
known figure in fraternal circles, being a valued member
of the Order of Eagles. In politics he is a Republican,
and he attends the Lutheran church.

Carl R. Nelson was united in marriage, at Jamestown,
with Hannah E. Johnson, a native of Sweden, a daugh-
ter of Andrew and Eva (Denburg) Johnson, who are
residents there to this day. One child has been born to
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Charlotte.

South Dayton, Cattaraugus county. N. Y., Dec. 16, 1866,
son of Theodore and Christine Peters, his parents, born
in Germany. Henry T. Peters was educated in the public
schools of South Dayton, and after leaving school became
a farmer, being now the owner of a good farm in the
town of Cherry Creek, near the village of Cherry Creek.
He is an energetic, capable farmer and through his indus-
try has won success. He is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church and a Republican in politics.

By his first marriage l\Ir. Peters has a son, Henry
David Peters, who enlisted in the United States Navy,
July 3, 1918, and while not on active duty, is held on the
payroll. Henry T. Peters married (second) Oct, 8, 1910,
in Cherry Creek, Mrs. Selma (Midler) Stuart, a widow,
born Oct. 9, 1867, in Germany, daughter of Laurence
and Regina (Blnmenstahl) Miiller. Mrs. Peters came
to the United States in 1892, and by her first marriage
has a son, Clinton Laurence Stuart, who enlisted, went
overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces, took
part in nineteen skirmishes and battles, and was honor-
ably discharged. May 8, 1920, with the rank of corporal.

youth in Ellery, there attended public school, and later
was a student at Jamestown High School. He early
began farming on his own account, and is one of the
prosperous, substantial men of his town. He is a Demo-
crat in politics, but takes no active part in public afifairs,
devoting himself to his private business affairs.

Quincy O. Parker married, in Ellery, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1885, Mary Frances Hale, born
in Ellery, Dec. 31, 1864, daughter of John and Mary
(Brownell) Hale, the Hales one of the old families of
the town of Ellery, and descendants of Robert Hale, who
came to Cambridge, Mass., in 1632. Mr. and Mrs.
Parker are the parents of twelve children : Alton H., born
April 9, 1887; Ervin G., born April 4, 1889; Carl Q.,
born Aug. 25, 1890; Mary F., born March 9, 1892; Earl
J., born June 15, 1893; Archie A., born Dec. 9. 1894;
Mark M., born April 30, 1896 ; Orin H., born Sept. 24,
1897; Wayne, born Jan. 24, 1899, died May 25, igoo;
Claude, born April 10, 1900; Charles N., born April 9,
1901 ; Maude S., born Sept. 26, 1904.

CARL ALBERT ANDERSON— In the year 1894,
at the age of seventeen, Carl A. Anderson, now a farmer
of the town of Ellicott, came to the United States and
located in Jamestown, N. Y. More that a quarter of a
century has since elapsed and the lad of seventeen is
now a successful dairy farmer, a business he operates
on Lake View Dairy Farm. He is a son of John August
and Christine (Peterson) Anderson, natives of Sweden,
his father a farmer.

Carl A. Anderson was born in Sweden, Nov. 17, 1877,
and there spent the first seventeen years of his life. He
was educated in the State schools, and was his father's
farm assistant until 1894, when he came to the United
States and found a home in Jamestown, N. Y. There
he was engaged as a butcher for eight years, but since
1902 he has been a farmer, his farm in Ellicott, James-
town, R. F. D. No. 77, now being operated chiefly as a
dairy, he maintaining a herd of thirty-five cows. He has
been very successful and rents a well improved farm.
He is a member of Lakewood Lodge, No. 628, Indepen-
dent Order of Odd Fellows, is a Republican in politics,
and in religious faith affiliated with the Swedish Lutheran

Mr. Anderson married, Aug. 11, 190S, at the Gustavus
Adolphus Orphanage, in Jamestown, Jennie M. Gus-
tavus, theirs the first wedding to occur at the Orphanage.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of three chil-
dren: Ruth Marie, born Jan. 12, 1907; Helen Alberta,
born Aug. 4, 1911; and William Carl born Oct. 18,

QUINCY O. PARKER is one of the prosperous
farmers of the town of Ellery, Chautauqua county. N.
Y., his father before him a farmer of the town of Ellery,
where Quincy O. Parker was born Aug. 11, 1859, son of
Aaron H. and Sarah (Miller) Parker. He spent his

WILLIAM MEE, who is well known as one of the
most successful and prosperous farmers in the region of
Jamestown, Chautauqua county, N. Y., is a native of
Leicestershire, England, where his birth occurred Jan.
15, 1843. Mr. Mee is a son of William and Ann (Corah)
Mec, the former a prosperous farmer, both in England
and in Western New York, whither the elder Mr. Mee
came while yet a young man,

William Mee, of this sketch, passed only the first few
years of his life in England, and was brought by his
parents to the United States while yet a small boy. He



settled with them in Chautauqua county. N. Y., and as a
lad attended the local public schools in this region, show-
ing himself to be an intelligent and industrious student
while tliere. Upon completing his studies at these insti-
tutions. Mr. Mee assisted for a time his father in the
■work upon the latter"s place and there gained not only
a complete knowledge of modern agricultural methods,
but the fine health and strength which has been his pos-
session ever since. In the year 1883 Mr. Mee became
the owner of a tine farm near Jamestown, which he has
since kept in a high state of cultivation and where he
raises stock for dairying purposes, disposing of the milk
and butter to the local dealers in the region. Mr. Mee is
also a well known figure in financial circles hereabouts,
and is affiliated with the Chautauqua County Bank of
Jamestown. In addition to his private business activities,
Mr. Mee is a conspicuous figure in the general life of the
community, and is a staunch supporter of the principles
and policies of the Republican party. In his religious
belief he is a Methodist and attends the Wesleyan Metho-
dist Church at Levant.

William Mee was united in marriage, .\pril 11, 1875,
at Levant, N. Y., with Josephine Kent, a native of that
place, born June 22, 1S53, a daughter of Ira W. and Lucy
Ann (Xeate) Kent, old and highly respected residents
there. Mrs. Mee's death occurred April 19, 1919. Mr.
and Mrs. Mee were the parents of si.x children, as fol-
lows : .^nna, born. May 3, 1879; William W., born Sept.
23, 1883: Thomas W., born May 21, 1887, met his death
in an accident, Sept. 30, 1890; Clarence R., born June 30,
1889: Raymond, born Jan. 15, 1894; and Mary A., born
April II, 1898.

period .\Isace-Lorraine was under German sovereignty
anr| rule, Mr. Menges was born, his father, Henry Menges,
and his mother, Salome (King) Menges, also being na-
tives of .■\lsace-Lorraine, now restored as a result of the
World War to its right place among the provinces of
France. Mr. Menges was a man of twenty-four when
he came to the United States, and here he has proved to
be a man of industry and versatile ability. His wife,
Angeline (Carpenter-Leonard) Menges, is a grand-
daughter of Morrison Carpenter, the Carpenters being
early settlers of the town of Harmony, Chautauqua
county. Josiah Carpenter, from Rensselaer county, N.
Y., purchased in 1808 about 1,000 acres in township i,
range 12, southwest of Ashville. In 181 1 he located on
his purchase and built his log cabin, his sons also select-
ing sites on the same tract.

Henry Menges, born in .Alsace-Lorraine, served his
time in the French army, alter which Alsace-Lorraine
became a German province. He then served the re-
quired years in the German army as an infantryman,
after which he held a position under the government as
road su7>erintcndent for fifty years. He married a girl of
the province, Salome King, and in Alsace-Lorraine their
son, Philipp A., was born. This son came to the United
Staffs and later found a home in Chautauqua coimty,
N. Y.

Philii»f) .Mbtrt Menges was born in Alsace-Lorraine,
Aug. 27. iWi. He obtained a good common srhool edu-
cation in the German schvils of the province. lb- thi-n
traveled through different states of Europe, then sirved

in the scouting cavalry for three years and became a
colonel. In 1912 he came to the United States. He in-
vestigated the resources of different States and was em-
ployed in varj-ing ways. He finally chose farming as his
occupation, and is one of the prosperous young farmers
of the town of North Harmony. He cultivates a farm
of 117 acres, once owned by Orange C. Leonard, who
died Nov. 18, 1914, leaving a widow, who is now Mrs.
Philipp Albert Menges. Mr. Menges is a general farmer,
but specializes in live stock, having a fine herd of regis-
tered .Ayrshire cattle. He is a member of the Patrons
of Husbandry, attends the Seventh Day services, and in
politics is an independent.

Mr. Menges married, in the village of Panama, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1918, Angeline (Carpen-
ter) Leonard, born in Harmony, N. Y., Oct. 16, 1876,
daughter of Herbert and Eliza Ann (Jennings) Carpen-
ter, and widow of Orange C. Leonard.


Andrew J. McMillan bought the farm property on Fair-
mount avenue, town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county, N.
Y., and there lived the life of a contented, substantial,
retired farmer. He is a son of John L. and Pamela (Van
Duscn) McMillan, his father born in Warren county,
N. Y., but later was a farmer of Poland, Chautauqua
county, N. Y.

Andrew J. McMillan was born in the town of Poland,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., April 28, 1845, and from the
time of his leaving school until his retirement, was con-
tinuously engaged in farming. He was successful in

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