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fn Johnsonburg. I'a., .Sept. 20, loo.^, Patrick Henry
Garrity was married to Elizabeth Frances McCormick,
the daughter of John McCormick, who was at one
time engaged in the making of sulphur and acids. He
is now retired from active work and lives at his home
in Johnsonburg. \fr. and Mrs. Garrity have no chil-
dr».-n. Mrs. Garrity is a member of the National Order
of the daughters of Isabella, being a trustee of the
.Vational ,\s<-r.ciation. Mr. and Mrs. Garrity make their
home at No. .^.^ Chestnut street, Jamestown.



MAGNUS ANDERSON, for many years an enter-
prising and successful farmer in Kiantone township of
Chautauqua county, N. Y., and well regarded in that
place, was born in Sweden, Nov. 7, 1S52. He was edu-
cated in the public school of his native place, and came
to America at the age of twenty-two years. Soon after
landing, he settled in Jamestown, N. Y., and prospered.
Eventually he purchased a farming property in Kian-
tone township, and since that time has resided there,
industriously and intelligently farming his acreage to
good advantage. He has lived a steady, unostentatious
life, and is a hospitable and helpful neighbor, generous
in his support of all projects that pertain to the well-
being or the advancement of the community in which
he settled. He has much improved his farming prop-
erty, and has a comfortable home.

In political matters Mr. .Anderson gives allegiance to
the Republican party, but he does not enter actively into
national politics; however, in the public affairs of his
community, he has taken a marked interest, indepen-
dently, however, of whether a man he approves for a
certain local office is a Republican or a Democrat. In
all matters bearing upon agriculture he takes close heed,
and has adopted many modern methods and appliances
upon his farm. He is a member of the local Grange.
In church matters he is consistent and conscientious,
observing in his daily life and business dealings a high
code of Christian conduct.

Mr. Anderson married (first) Christine Magnison,
who died and left four children : Olga, who became the
wife of George Cedarquist; Minnie, deceased, the wife
of David Sundell ; Arthur, who married Esther Miller;
and Clarence, who lives at home. Mr. Anderson mar-
ried (second) Feb. iS, 1905, Jennie M. Nelson, daughter
of G. A. and Matilda Nelson, and they have three chil-
dren : Marguerite, born Dec. 14, 1907; Richard, born
March 27, 1909; and William, born Feb. 2, 1912.

Magnus Anderson has held the sincere respect and
friendship of many people of Kiantone township since
he came into it to reside, by his responsible industry and
his commendable private life.



ROSCOE B. MARTIN— Prominent among the citi-
zens of Forestville, N. Y., is Roscoe B. Martin, assistant
cashier of the First National Bank, and a resident of
the community for the past two years.

Joseph B. Martin, father of Roscoe B. Martin, was
born in Silver Creek, and for fifty years carried on a
machinery business for the cleaning of grain, and was
very successful. He married Rose Bermont, and they
became the parents of the following children: i. Alta
R., a resident of P>uffalo, N. Y. 2. Dow, deceased. 3.

— ■ , now Mrs. Charles T. Howson, of Silver Creek,

N. Y. 4. Roscoe B., mentioned below.

Roscoe B. Martin was born Aug. 27, 1880, at Silver
Creek, N. Y., the son of Joseph B. and Rose (Bermont)
Martin. He entered the public schools of Silver Creek
when a young lad and passed through the consecutive
grades to his graduation from the local high school, en-
tering upon his business career at this time as a travel-
ing salesman for a wholesale grocery house and sub-
se(|uently becoming purchasing agent for the S. Howes
Company at Silver Creek, with whfim he was associated




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until 1918, when he was appointed assistant cashier of
the First National Bank at Forestville, which position
he still holds at the present time. In politics, Mr.
Martin is a Republican and takes a keen interest in the
activities of the organization. He affiliates with the
Masonic fraternity and is also a member of the Chau-
tauqua Historical Society and of the i\Iotor Boat Club.

With a vigorous and luminous intellect, Mr. Martin
combines strength of character and a genial disposition.
This union of traits explains in large measure his suc-
cess. He is a close student, keeping fully abreast of
modern thought, and possesses the high esteem of the
general public.

On Aug. 9, 191 1, Roscoe B. Martin was united in
marriage with Inez May Armstrong, daughter of John
C. and Nellie (Hawkins) Armstrong. They have no



GEORGE HENRY SINDEN, well regarded resi-
dent of Ripley, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and for forty
years a responsible and progressive farmer in that
district, was too young to take part in the Civil War,
but he enlisted in the national military forces a few
years after the end of that terrible devastating struggle
and saw much service on the frontier, in Kentucky,
Kansas and Wyoming, during a time when the Indian
unrest was such that the frontiersmen needed to keep
unceasing vigilance. And since he left the national
service, in 1876, and returned to Ripley, he has shown
commendable characteristics of steadiness and industry,
which have brought him a security both in material
wealth and in sincere friendships within that commun-
ity. He has taken a leading part in agricultural affairs,
an active part in public al¥airs, and a consistent, consci-
entious part in church work and maintenance.

He was born in Mina, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
Nov. 5. 1849, the son of William and Phoebe (Birch)
Sinden, of that place. He was educated in tlie district
school nearest to his father's farm, and was only eleven
years old when the Civil War began. He saw his elder
brother, James William, march off to war, and young
as he was, he seriously thought of endeavoring to go
also. However, that was impossible, and he had to
continue his schooling. His soldier brother was a mem-
ber of Company F of the famous iiith New York Regi-
ment, and eventually died of sickness at Pittsburgh.
Another brother, Charles Edward, later took a farm at
South Dayton, N. Y., where he still lives. Denied
service during the Civil War, because of his youth,
George H. Sinden, as a growing boy, still longed for
military service, and eventually, when he had reached
the age of nineteen years, enlisted at Buffalo in the
Fourth Infantry. He was assigned to Company G and
sent to Governor's Island, N. Y. During the following
seven years he saw some adventurous service on the
frontier, going from Lexington. Ky., to Frankford,
thence to Paducah, Ky., later to Little Rock, Kan., and
eventually to Fort Sanders, Wyoming. Those districts
were at that time practically on the outskirts of civiliza-
tion, and Mr. Sinden would no doubt be much interested
in visiting the localities in this day, and in noting the
great change that has taken place in the meantime. He
received his honorable discharge from the army in 1876,
and returned to his native county, taking up work upon



his father's farm of 125 acres in Ripley. Upon that
property, which since his father's death he has owned,
he has lived ever since, and into it he has put the best
effort of his years of vigor. Most of the improvements
upon the farm were executed by him ; he remodelled the
homestead ; built a modern barn, commodious and sub-
stantial ; and in many other ways enhanced the value
of the property and the productiveness of the land. He
has worked the farm upon approved methods, intro-
ducing many modern methods into his operations. He
has always been keenly interested in all things that
relate to agriculture, and has been one of the most
active members of the local Grange, of which he is
still overseer.

Politically, Mr. Sinden is a Republican, but he has
not given national political campaigns the active sup-
port he has at times manifested in local affairs. He
has never sought political office, but might have been
elected to many local offices had he so wished, for he is
popular and respected in his district. He has always
felt that he was better employed in attending to matters
of production upon his farm than in matters of dis-
cussion in the State, county, or local administration.
He has, however, performed the duties of tax collector.
Religiously, he is a Methodist, and has been a steady,
consistent and conscientious supporter, both in personal
work, and financial contribution, of the local church.
And in community work he has always indicated a
lively interest, in his younger days taking much part
in social movements, and at all times he has shown a
readiness to financially support all worthy community
projects.

Denied, as he was, participation in the Civil War. he
still was destined to give his country war service, not in
military capacity, but in a capacity just as valuable and
most practical. During the great World War just
ended, at a time when the government sought to interest
all patriotic American farmers in the purpose of the
administration to. if possible, sustain the allies of this
country upon the surplus yields of foodstuffs from
American soil, Mr. Sinden entered with a will into the
project, paying close attention to the prevention of
waste upon his farm, and to the cultivation of every
possible acre. The result of the combined effort of
patriotic American farmers, and the effect it had upon
the successful ending of the war, is well known ; and
every man who contributed to that result is entitled to
individual record of that participation. Mr. Sinden also
contributed, to the limit of his means, to the various
national funds raised for the purposes of the Nation
in the war, so that he may be considered to have
done his part for his country during the war which
was so stupendous that nations, not only national arm-
ies, were called upon to fight.

In Ripley. Mr. Sinden married Mary Nockton, daugh-
ter of Owen and Anna (Ireland) Nockton, of Ripley.
Her parents were of British birth, her father having
been born in Ireland, and her mother in England. To
George Henry and Man,- (Nockton) Sinden have been
born four children, who in order of birth are : i. Le-
vula, who married Fred West, a prosperous farmer at
Cassadaga. N. Y. 2. Charles William, who married

Hawkins : since leaving school he has aided his

father in the operation of the farm. 3. Velma, who



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married Gilbert Stetson, a well known farmer of Rip-
ley. 4- Edith, who married Bert Haug, also an indus-
trious farmer. Owen Xockton, father of Mrs. George
H. Sinden. was at one time a tanner at Meadville, Pa.,
and Mrs, Sinden is one of the live children born to her
parents, her sisters and brother being Margaret, Ella,
Elizabeth, and Henry.

Reviewing the life activities of George Henry Sinden,
they show him as a man of stalwart, courageous pur-
pose, of earnest, patriotic spirit, of energetic, steady,
industrious inclination, and of thoroughness in his
actions. He is widely known among agriculturists of
that section of the county, and generally respected. His
seventy years of connection with Chautauqua county
have been such as to make his place a good one in this
historical record of worthy Chautauqua county men.



MELFORD STEVENS— For twenty years, 1900-
lOJO, Mr. Stevens has been superintendent of the Lake-
wo:d Ice Company, a Jamestown corporation with of-
fices in the Bank of Jamestown building and plant on
the shores of Lake Chautauqua, near Celoron. Mr.
Stevens is of German birth and parentage. He left his
native land and made his home in the United States,
becoming a resident of Chautauqua county, N. Y. He
is a son of John Stevens, who lived and died in Ger-
many, as did also his wife.

Mel ford Stevens was born in Germany. March 30,
1857, He there attended public school until coming to
the United States, He was variously employed until
1900, when he became superintendent of the Lakewood
Ice Company, a position he yet most acceptably fills
(1021). He married, in Oil City, Pa., Anna Nelson,
born in Denmark, Jan. 25, 1S54, daughter of Lawson
and Hannah Nelson, both born in Denmark. Mr. and
Mrs. Stevens were the parents of two daughters, one
deceased. The family home is on Jackson avenue, in
the village of Celoron.



CLIFTON D. HOLLENBECK, who for many
years has been succe.-sfully ciig.iged in agricultural op-
erations in Ellicott township, Jamestown, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., and who is one of the well known and
highly esteemed citizens of the community, is a native
of the neighborhood where he is dwelling at the present
time. He is a son of Daniel and Delia (Williams)
Hollcnbeck. the former a native of Germany, from
which country he came at an early age to the United
States and settled in this region, marrying a lady who
was born here. He was in turn a son of an earlier
Daniel Hollcnbeck, who was the founder of the family
in this country, and a pioneer .settler of Ellicott town-
ship.

Clifton D, Hollcnbeck was horn on his father's f:irm,
.Aoril 13. 1H70. and during his childhood ami youth
divided his time between attending the local public
schooh and working at less difficult jobs about the
home place. He thus learned two lessons at once, and
uiKin hi.s graduation fr'im the Jamestown High School
tnriV. up the agricultural pursuits of his forbears as his
own career in life. Erom 1K87 until !><'/), a period of
nine ycarii, he sp'-nt in the State of Washington. He
i? now the owner of a fin'- farm in Ivllicott township,



Jamestown, the high state of cultivation and productiv-
ity of which is the direct result of his indefatigable
industry and expert knowledge of his work. Mr. Hol-
lcnbeck has given liberally of his time and energy to
the public life of Jamestown, and has served his fellow-
citizens with disinterestedness and devotion as assessor
of the township of Ellicott. He is a member of Mt.
Tabor Lodge, No. 7S0, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Jamestown, and of the local Grange. Mr.
Hollcnbeck attends the First Methodist Episcopal
Cliurch of Jamestown, of which his wife is a meinber.
Clifton D. Hollenbeck was united in marriage, March
ID, 1897, at Jamestown, with Minnie Strunk, like him-
self a native of Ellicott township, born Aug, 3, 1872, a
daughter of William Frank and Edna A. (Parker)
Strunk. who were born here May 7, 1840, and Sept, 19,
184s, respectively. The Strunk family is an old one
in this neighborhood, and Mrs. Hollenbeck's grand-
parents, William and Jane (Vanbleek) Strunk, were
old and highly respected residents of Ellicott. Mr. and
Mrs. Hollenbeck are the parents of two children, as
follows: F. Parker, born .\pril 18, 1905, and Edna B,,
born Nov, 30, 1909,



FRANK M, ADAMS, who is well known as a fruit

grower in the region of Fredonia, Chautauqua county,
N, Y,, and an active and public-spirited citizen, is a
native of that town, born on the old Adams homestead,
Sept. 29, i860, a member of one of the old pioneer
families of the county.

Bishop Adams, paternal grandfather of Frank M,
Adams, was a native of Massachusetts, and came from
that State in early days to .\rkwright Hills, but looking
down upon Lake Erie he decided to go thither and
ascertain if there was any better land there, not so
hilly and rolling, so he traveled through the forest,
encountering many Indians, but they were friendly and
sent one of their number to guide the party to the
lake, and upon arriving there the Indian told them there
was good hunting and fishing there, Mr, Adams pur-
chased from the Holland Land Company 320 acres,
paying for the portion that was partly cleared $15.00
per acre, and for the remainder, $6.00 per acre. He
earned the money for same by cutting down the trees,
burning them in one large fire, saving the ashes, which
he converted into lye and took to Buffalo, N. Y,, on an
old flat boat, built by an old minister and himself, the
former having come there to find a place to rear his
family of nine boys, two of whom died with consump-
tion. He started a school which was located about one
and a half miles from their home, and the boys went to
school barefooted, carrying their shoes and stockings
with them, putting them on after reaching the school
house. They grew into manhood, became a strong lot
of men, and after laying their father to rest, they sold
out and went West, David Adams, father of Frank M.
Adams, then a boy of twelve years, went to school with
them. He often received letters from the boys after they
settled in the West, which seemed far away then, but
was only in Cleveland, Ohio, where they started a
lumber mill, built a large barge and took the lumber
to Huff.-ilo, the greater part being white oak, which was
us-'d to build bnats and railroad ties. The region was



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at that time a complete wilderness, and through the
almost endless forests ranged the Seneca Indians, the
most western of the Five Nations of the Iroquois, which
were unquestionably the bravest and fiercest of all the
tribes of savages with whom the white settlers came in
contact. Nothing, however, daunted these hardy pio-
neers, who made it their task to clear the great forests
and turn the fruitful country into prosperous farms,
a brush with the natives being a frequent incident in
the day's work. Bishop .A.danis took his part in this
labor and cleared ninety-eight acres of his tract, the
remainder being uncleared, and later he left this for
another tract of virgin forest consisting of ninety-one
and one-quarter acres located at Pomfret, now Fre-
donia. This, with the aid of his son, he also cleared,
and the fruitful farm which resulted from their labors
remains in part in the possession of their descendants.

David Adams, son of Bishop Adams, received his
schooling, as aforesaid, and accompanied the family
upon their removal to Pomfret, where he grew to man-
hood, devoted his time and energy to agriculture, and
eventually inherited the old farm. He was a man of
mature years when the Civil War broke out, and al-
though lie had a family dependent upon him, he enlisted
in the Union army and played his part in the great
struggle. David Adams married Mary E. Woodcock,
who bore him four children, as follows : Florence, Mar-
vin Bishop, Eva; and Frank M., of further mention.

Frank M. Adams passed his childhood upon his
father's farm, attended the local public schools during
the winter months and assisted with the work on the
home farm in the summer months and vacation time.
He afterwards was a student in the Fredonia Normal
School, from which institution he graduated. Since
that time he has devoted himself to the cultivation of
fruit, especially grapes, and has met with a notable de-
gree of success in his occupation, being now the owner
of one of the finest places in this section. Mr. Adams
has always been a staunch member of the Republican
party, and has been a factor in local affairs, although he
has never held office, being quite unambitious for po-
litical distinction. He is a member of the Society of
the Sons of Veterans.

Frank M. Adams was united in marriage. May 4,
18S0. with Sarah E. Van Whey, of Fredonia, N. Y.,
daughter of Charles Van Whey, of Fredonia. Mrs.
Adams died Feb. 14, 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Adams
adopted a daughter, Mildred, who is now (1921) fifteen
years of age.



JAMES DELOS STE'VENS, respected and respon-
sible farmer of Gerry, Chautauqua county, N. Y., comes
of a family which has earned place in the historical
records of Chautauqua county, N. Y. He is a brother of
the young patriot, Joseph Robert Stevens, whose body
now lies with those of other national heroes upon
French soil, he having made the supreme sacrifice upon
the field of battle where America reached her greatest
fame, at Chateau-Thierry, thus ending a life which had
been full of good promise and much nobility of char-
acter.

James D. Stevens was born July 28, 1887, the son
of Charles Morris and Frances Henrietta (Sweet)



Stevens, who in later life lived in Gerry, Chautauqua
county, N. Y. Charles Morris Stevens, father of
James D. Stevens, was born May 19, 1857, and for
nineteen years was connected with a business enter-
prise in the oil fields of Pennsylvania, making his
home during that period at Bradford, Pa. Eventually
he purchased a farming property in Gerry, and retired
from the oil business. Thereafter, he lived in Gerry
until his death, Jan. 25, 191 1. Charles M. and Frances
Henrietta (Sweet) Stevens were the parents of seven
children: I. Alice Ann, born June 21, 1883. 2. Morris
L., born Jan. 30, 1885. 3. James Delos, of whom fur-
ther. 4. George Allen, born Aug. 23, 1889. 5. Charles
v., born July 18, 1891, was in the military forces of
the Nation during the European War, being called to
the colors, July 10, 1918, and assigned to the 338th
Machine Gun I3attalion, and as such prepared to take
his part in the thickest of the fighting, which fortu-
nately ended in 1918. 6. Lee Lovell, born Jan. 21, 1893.
7. Joseph Robert, who gave his life to the cause, born
Oct. 25, 1896; he did not wait for the selective draft;
he was unencumbered, and full of martial ardor and
patriotic spirit, and on July 5, 1917, enlisted in the
regular army of the United States, becoming a mem-
ber of Company I, 23rd Infantry; was with one of the
earliest divisions sent overseas, and took part in the
earliest European fighting in which .American troops
were engaged ; it was at the famous battle of Chateau-
Thierry, July 15, 1919, when the untried .American
forces met the experienced veterans of the victorious
German army in the last terrific drive it made, the
drive which was to take it to Paris, and to victory, and
his was one of the arms which fought and held, and
finally threw back the astonished and stupified Germans;
that, the turning point of the five-year struggle, was a
battle which will ever stand out among those of the
Great War, will stand out not only in American history,
but in the histories of the countries of Europe that were
effected thereby; and the Roll of Honor, commencing
first with those brave patriots who laid down their lives
in that supreme test, and continuing with those who
were fortunate enough to be alive when the fighting
ceased, will be a roll such as any American family will
be proud to think that it has representation therein.
Joseph Robert Stevens, however, was among those who
gave their lives in that great battle, and his body now
reposes in an American cemetery upon French soil, to
which cemetery in the succeeding generations count-
less Americans will make journeys, to honor the heroes
of their own Nation, buried in that sacred spot.

Tames Delos Stevens, elder brother of Joseph Robert
Stevens, and third child of Charles Morris and Frances
Henrietta (Sweet) Stevens, was educated mainly in the
public schools of Gerry, eventually graduating from the
Gerry High School. He assisted his father in the op-
eration of the family farm, and at his father's death
took over the full management of it. He has taken a
good part in the public affairs of the community, and
he and his wife have entered wholeheartedly into the
various phases of community life. They are well re-
garded, and of enviable repute. Mr. Stevens is an
earnest ^Methodist, and a loyal member of the local
church, substantial in his support thereof. He is closely



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idcntitied with the local Grange, and in political mat-
ters is a Republican. Fraternally, he belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Follows.

On June jo. 1010. at Jamestown. James D. Stevens
married Ellen, daughter ot" .\ngust and Elizabeth (Fon-
dant^ Bergj;ier. of Jamestown. She was born Aug. 14.
1S05. and their marriage has been blessed by the birth
of one child. James M., born May 10, 1017.

During the World War, James D. Stevens was in-
tensely interested in its progress, and loyally took his
share of the financial burden it brought: and w-hen the
heart-blow came in tlie death of his brother, he and his
brothers and sisters bore the pain with fortitude, rec-
ognizing that in that end the life of one of their own
family had been completed nobly, and in the most
famous battle in which the American Nation has had
part.



JOHN D. COSTIANES, who is now in independent
business as a confectioner at Xo. 7 Main street. James-
town, X. Y., an enterprising young man, was born in
Zoupena, Greece, .\pril 15, iSoo. He was educated in
Grecian schools, equivalent probably to the high schools
of this country, and when seventeen years of age came



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