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to .^merica to join his father, who was in business as
a fruiterer and confectioner at Xewcastle, Pa. After a
while John D. Costianes left Xewcastle and went to
Wheeling. W. \'a.. where his uncle was established in
a business somewliat similar to that of his father. He
remained with his uncle for some time, learning the
business. For a while he attended the high school at
Greenville. Pa., and later, for live years, was in business
in St. Marys. Pa. In KHT. he came to Jamestown. N. Y.,
and in .\ugust of that year joined his uncle in estab-
lishing a confectionery business at Xo. 7 Main street.
In .\pril, 1919. he acquired his uncle's interest in the
local business, and since that time has conducted it
independently. He is an .American citizen, and gives
indication of making a success of his Jamestown enter-
prise.

Mr. Costianes was married, in Pittsburgli, Pa.. May
II. 1916, to .Xntoinette Zabutare. They had two chil-
dren, one now living. .Xngeline.



THE BLACKSTONE MANUFACTURING

COMPANY, the (■]<k-x conrcrn in the United States
making washing machines for dmncstic use, is one of
Jamestown's oldest and largest industries. Il i^ also
the oldest concern in this country making washing ma-
chines lor domestic use. having a trade that extends
over not only all parts of the United States but the
world as well. This concern was established in ICS71
by the I.Tte William A. lilackstonc and f.iorgp V. Black-
sumt-. The prescn! officers arc: William .\I. I'.larkstone,
pr'-idf-nt ; John P. .Moynihan, secretary, and Andrew
J. Lind. treasurer.



ORRIN MINER JONES, one of the most progrcs-
Mv i-i'l si;r."s' ful amoiit; the younger fanners of
f,"f.aiil.-iiir|ii:i. Ch;Mit.iUf|iia county, N. V., is a native of
the (own of .Miner, born .March 11, |W<7, a son of Ivlgar
and U','.:, fUhit.» Jon-v, The elder Mr. Jones was
bcrii at Sinrlairville, N. \^ and for many years was



the owner of the old Jones homestead, a farm of 160
acres.

.\bout the time of the present Mr. Jones' birth, this
region was infested witli a terrible plague of grass-
hoppers which damaged the crops so greatly that the
family decided to remove to the West. Accordingly,
when he was a lad of about three years of age. they
took up their abode in the State of Missouri, where the
father continued his agricultural pursuits with success,
and it was in the West the son received his education,
attending for this purpose the local public schools.
Upon completing his studies at these institutions, he
assisted his father with the work on the farm and re-
mained thus occupied until he had reached the age of
twenty-two years, when he purchased a farm for him-
self, consisting of forty acres of excellent land, and
there carried on general and dairy farming and main-
tained a herd of thirty-five fine Durham cattle. Here
he remained until June, 1919, meeting with notable
success in his enterprise, and then purchased a farm of
137 acres at Chautauqua. He is now engaged in the
development of this fine property as a dairy farm, and
has a fine herd of fourteen Holstein cows which supply
him with milk and other dairy products for the sur-
rounding markets. He is an expert farmer and well
posted in his calling, keeping himself abreast of all
the very latest advances in agricultural methods and
theory. He is also actively interested in local public
affairs, especially in connection with education, and for
four years held the position of director of the School
Board, while a resident in Wisconsin. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, and is an ardent advocate of the princi-
ples of that party.

Orrin Miner Jones was united in marriage, Aug. 24,
1 010, with Margaret Jane Wallett, of Wisconsin. Mr.
and Mrs. Jones are the parents of the following chil-
dren: Edna Jane, now a student at school; Lucille Mar-
garet and \ernon Margaret.



CHESTER RICHMOND SHULTES, successful

farmer, owner of a good agricultural property at Chau-
tauqua, of which place he is one of the responsible
residents and substantial ta.xpayers, is not a native of
Chautauqua county, but he may be considered to be
among the representative agriculturists of the county,
of the older generation.

He was born in Springville, lirie county, N. Y.. June

16, 1848. the son of and Eliza (Weeden) Shultes,

the former a farmer of that place. Chester R. was
educated in the district school nearest to his home, and
afterwards spent many years industriously farming the
paternal acres. Eventually, he bought a farm of his
own, seventy acres in extent, and for many years lived
there. Ultimately, however, he came to reside in Chau-
tauqua, this county, having sold his old farm to advan-
tage, and in 1910 purchased the Edward Coleman farm
in Chautauqua township. The farm is a good one. 133
acres in extent, and well adapted to general and dairy
farming, and Mr. Shultes. having been a farmer all his
life, and a man of comprehensive knowledge of things
r<latinK to agriculture, has so directed its oinralion that
he has had good return nn his investment.

In general charactirislics he is ;i man of commenda-
ble thf)roughness, and of indepen'knt original thought.



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Upon certain questions, he has evidently delved deeply
into fundamentals, for his expressed views indicate a
wide knowledge and understanding. He is a Socialist
of the true type, which has nothing in common with the
forces of disorder by which the designation, socialism,
has been brought into disfavor. The true socialism is,
and for long has been, practiced in most rural com-
munities, and is based on good fellowship, and in kindly
interest one in another. In such actions of community
well-being. Mr. Shultes has always been prominent,
ready and willing at all times to help forward any
project that might promise good results for his own
community. In his younger days he was active in per-
sonal services in such projects and he has always been
known for his generous hospitality. Mr. Shultes has
been an active member of the local Grange, which in
its functioning fulfils some of the fundamentals of
socialism. As a steady successful producer, who is
keeping in good cultivation a substantial acreage of
agricultural land within the county, and contributing
more than the quota of one man to the maintenance in
progressive effort of Chautauqua county, he comes into
place among the worthy and responsible workers of the
county and by his consistent life and fellow- feeling has
gained many friends among his neighbors, and the
general respect of the people of the community.

Mr. Shultes married D. Ida Multen, of Ashville, Cat-
taraugus county, N. V., and to them have been born five

children: i. Madge, who became the wife of

Whitmire. 2. Lamont. who is now in civil service,
attached to the tax department of the State of New
York, and making his residence in the State capital,
Albany. 3. Glen. 4. Via. 5. Harold.



CHARLES RATER, who for seventy-seven years
has lived in Chautauqua county, and since early man-
hood has been a responsible farmer, cultivating for the
greater part of the time an extensive acreage in Ripley,
has prospered well in his farming and has for very
many years been one of the representative agriculturists
of that section of the county. He is almost considered
to be a native of Chautauqua county, and he might well
be so thought, for he was only three years old when
his father came to the county and settled and by his
actions throughout his adult years Charles Rater has
proved himself to be a worthy American, useful,
industrious, productive, enterprising, and always re-
sponsible, able to make his own way, and to add some-
thing to the progress of the community in which he
labored. He has been a conscientious churchman, an
energetic public official, and an interested and useful
supporter of community affairs throughout his life, and
has gained the good will and respect of his neighbors,
and of other people throughout the county with whom
he has become acquainted.

He was born in Germany, June 26, 1839. the son of
Henry Rater, who later became a respected and pros-
perous farmer at Mina. this county. Charles Rater lost
his mother when he was very young, and he was only
three years old when his father, in 18-12, brought the
family to the United States. .Apparently. Henry Rater
was of agricultural occupation in his native land, for
as soon as he came to this country he settled upon a
farm in Mina, Chautauqua county. N. Y., and there-



after passed his entire life in farming at that place.
At the outset he purchased a tract of fifty acres, but
later acquired a further sixty acres, and upon that, with
the help of his sons, he prospered. The son, Charles,
received the whole of his academic education in the
district school of Mina, and after leaving school set
willingly and industriously to work to help his father
cultivate the family holding. As a matter of fact,
Charles had learned and undertaken many minor duties
in connection- with the farm operation long before he
left school, and he soon became an experienced farmer.
He was always of industrious habits, self-reliant and
capable, and quite early in manhood he embarked upon
an independent farming enterprise, renting a farm at
Mina. One j-ear later he purchased from Charles Win-
ter a farm of 175 acres in Ripley township and since
that time that has been his home. He has farmed the
acreage well, and has very much improved the property,
adding to the house and barn, and raising the condition
of the land. He has been enterprising in his farming,
has had good success in sheep rearing and in dairy
farming, and has quite an appreciable acreage in grapes.

Politically, he has been a Democrat for the greater
part of his life, but he has never sought, nor wished
for, political office. As a father, he has been interested
in the school administration, and as school trustee has
had part in its administrative affairs for many years.
At one time also he undertook the responsibilities of
tax collector for his district. By religious conviction,
he is a Methodist, and he has been one of the substan-
tial supporters of the local church of that denomination
for many years. In his younger days he took active
part in community movements, and has at all times
been ready to support local projects that in his estima-
tion promised well for some phase of the community.
During the World War. he was one of the most loyal
and patriotic in contributing to the various funds raised
by the government and governmental agencies for the
proper prosecution of the war.

On Sept. 22, 1864, when twenty-five years old, Charles
Rater married Margaret Jane Gilburn, daughter of
Henry and Elizabeth (McPhee) Gilburn. of Ripley; the
union has been blessed by the birth to them of five chil-
dren, all of whom were reared to manhood and woman-
hood, and to useful citizenship. The children, in order
of birth, are: I. Frank, who married Minnie Marshall,
and became an independent farmer in his native place,
Ripley. 2. Henry, who married Lotta Hunt, and is
also succeeding, as a farmer, with a property of his
own in Ripley. 3. Bert, who has taken from his father's
shoulders the burden of operating the extensive family
holding. 4. Irving, who is also at home, and assists
his brother Bert in conducting their father's farm. 5.
Mrs. Nettie Belle .\lday, wife of a successful Ripley
farmer of that name.

Charles Rater is fortunate in having all his children
near him in his declining years, and to know that
they are all satisfactorily conditioned in material things,
and also that they have all lived lives of commendable
steadiness and usefulness. If they, in their turn, gain
the general esteem in the community that their father,
Charles Rater, by his estimable life has gained for him-
self, they will indeed have lived lives of enviable use-
fulness to the community and county. Others of his



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lamily. and ot his generation, have also lived commend-
able lives in the county, he being one of eight children
born to Henry Rater. Charles was the third-born, and
his brothers and sisters, in order of birth, were: Julius,
Augusta. Henry, Levi, Selina, Allen, and Frank. The
family is well known in Ripley and Mina, and all have
succeeded in life.



EGBERT S. OSTRANDER, successful and re-
spected farmer in or near Gerry, Chautauqua county, N.
v.. and a justice of the peace at that place, is a native
of Chautauqua county, and comes of a worthy Ameri-
can family of Swedish antecedents. Both on the pa-
ternal and maternal sides, however, the genealogy is
American for some generations hack, his father being
of the Ostrander family of Tompkins county, N. Y.,
bom in the town of West Danby. that county, in 1829,
in the Ostrander family homestead, and his mother
having been of the Fargo family of Chautauqua county.

Egbert S. Ostrander was born in the town of Gerry,
Chautauqua county, X. Y., Sept. 6, 1854, the son of
David Ostrander, who was born Feb. 20, 1829, in West
Danby, X. Y., and Maria Antoinette (Fargo) Ostrander,
who was a native of Gerry, born there, April 17, 1833.
His father was a farmer, possessed of a good property
at Gerry, and there the boy was reared. During his
early years of schooling, he attended the graded schools
of Gerry, and later went to Jamestown to attend the
Jamestown High School, from which he graduated in
"due course. From that time he has mainly followed
agricultural occupations in or near his native place, and
has taken interest in the local administration. Politi-
cally. Mr. Ostrander is a Republican, and although
during national campaigns he has not manifested a
desire to cooperate actively in the local activities for
the national party, he has always exhibited a keen in-
terest in local attairs. He is a good neighbor, and has
always been willing to aid, either financially or per-
sonally, any cause which he thought might have good
bearing upon the well being of the community. He is
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and in the affairs of the local Grange has for many
years taken substantial part.

He has endeavored to live an upright, honest and use-
fully industrious life, and his association and dealings
with the people of Gerry during his long life have defi-
nitely and markedly shown that he is, and has always
.striven to be. a man of good moral purpose, and that
he is a man in whom they might place trust. In the
administration of justice he has, since he was appointed
justice of the peace at Gerry, manifested not only a
spirit of the strictest impartiality in his finding, but
also a judicial mind of high order, and more than a
superficial knowledge of the law. He is also a notary
prblic. commissioned as such by the State of New
York administration. .'\n earnest Christian, Mr. Os-
trander has been a member of the Congregational
church since early manhood and he is a substantial
supporter of the local church of that faith.

He was married. Sept. 23, 1H-5, to Celestia T. John-
son, who was born in Fllcry, N. Y., Sept. 27, 1853, the
daughter of Bcnoni and Sallic Maria CMillcr) Johnson,
of that place. To Mr. and Mrs. Ostrander have been
horn three children: 1. Forest Egbert, born I'"eb. 25,



1S77; at present superintendent and general manager
of the State Normal School at Tempe, Ariz. ; married
Marion Austin. 2. Fort Leroy, born Jan. 31, 1886; mar-
ried Alice Freeman. 3. Alton C, born July 6, 1892;
married Cecelia Anderson.

'Mr. Ostrander has had good part in an important
phase of the atTairs of Chautauqua county during the
last four or five decades, and rightly should have place
in the county historical record. He has done well both
in agricultural and judicial activities, and his private
life has been enviable.



JAY KAPPLE BEDIENT, enterprising and suc-
cessful farmer in Gerry, and continuing worthily the
connection his ancestors have had with Chautauqua
county for so long, comes of one of the pioneer families
of the county. The name is encountered in the early
historical records of Chautauqua county, and for gen-
erations has been familiar to residents in the Gerry dis-
trict; as a matter of fact, four generations of the Be-
dient family have had home and existence upon the
farm Jay K. Bedient now tills ; his grandfather was the
pioneer, his father continued the development, he has
maintained the farm in good bearing and condition, and
he has two sons who, in their turn, may continue the
connection of the Bedient family with the worthy agri-
culturists of Chautauqua county. Certainly, the family
should have good place in this historical record of the
county.

Jay Kapple Bedient was born in Gerry, Sept. 28, 1884,
so that he is yet in his early prime of manhood. He is
the son of William and Addie { Kapple) Bedient, both of
whom lived worthy lives of kindly spirit and good
neighborliness. In his youth, he attended the public
schools of Gerry, and when his schooldays were over,
he took part of the responsibilities of the farm man-
agement and operation. In due course he became the
head of the house, and is continuing to work the an-
cestral estate with good profit. He is alert, intelligent,
hard-working and enterprising, and is introducing
many modern methods of farming with good results.

He is a prominent and active member of the local
Grange, and is interested in all things pertaining to his
calling. In politics he is a Republican, but has not been
active in political affairs. He has the spirit which
brings success, the spirit of assiduous concentration
upon his own work, and he has accomplished, conse-
quently, results in farming that have been gratifying
and worth-while. During the war just ended he was
consistent; he interested himself even more closely in
matters of production upon his farm. But during those
years his concentration upon his farming operations had
a patriotic bearing. Like so many more loyal Amer-
icans, strong in body and whole-hearted in love of
country, his inclinations were oftentimes prompting
him to take military capacity in the great struggle, but
his family and the almost as vital maintenance of agri-
cultural production from .'\mcrican lands forced him to
greater effort in the prosaic, unheralded war labors of
the home field. He faithfully did his part as a loyal
.'\merican farmer to aid the government in its endeavor
to bring such increased yields of foodstuffs that the
threatened famines in allied countries would be met by
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no individual recognition, save in the satisfaction tliat
must of necessity have come to every American farmer
who participated and eventually knew what a conse-
quential part their combined effort had upon the for-
tunes of the country and its allies. But in a volume of
individual histories, such as this is, it is proper to make
reference to such individual effort put forth at a time
when the Nation, as a whole, was at war, and was in
vital need of the whole interest of all its producers.
And in the financial burdens which came upon the home
people during the war, Mr. Bedient cheerfully took his
full share, glad to cooperate in every way that was
possible to him.

Mr. Bedient married, in Gerry, June 21. 1905, Hattie
Johnson, born Nov. 26, 1886, in Gerry, the daughter of
August and Gustava (Anderson) Johnson, who were
both born in Sweden, but who lived for the greater part
of their lives in America, and in Chautauqua county,
N. y. Her brothers are worthy and successful farmers
of the neighborhood. ^Ir. and Mrs. Bedient are the
parents of two children: Jay Fletcher, born July 12,
1908; Sherwood, born Sept. 18, 1915. Mr. and Mrs.
Bedient have a comfortable home, are very hospitable,
and are esteemed by their neighbors.



HENRY SPRAGUE MACKINZIE is a native of
Chautauqua county, N. \., and after a successful
career in industrial life in another State has returned
to the scenes of his boyhood, and is taking consequen-
tial part in the affairs of his native place. During the
World War he came into prominence as a patriotic
citizen and worker, loyally codperating with the gov-
erment in many phases of its work; he was chairman of
the first Liberty Loan drive, and was a liberal subscriber,
as well as an active worker, for the other governmental
agencies, the Red Cross and the Young Men's Christian
Association, when those organizations sought to raise
funds for the purposes of their war work.

He was born on a farm near Dewittville, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., May 16, 1S79. the son of William P. and
Mary (Lacodie) Mackinzie. The land upon which his
father, William P. Mackinzie, settled in 1879, and upon
which Henrj' S. was born, is still in the family, and at
present is under the administration of the son named.
The Mackinzie family was in the county earlier than the
year in which William P., father of Henry S.. acquired
the property in Dewittville; a grandfather, Barnhart
Mackinzie, came to the county much earlier, and may
be considered to have been among the pioneer settlers.

Henry Sprague Mackinzie was educated in the De-
wittville district school and at the Mayville graded
school, and after closing his school days worked upon
his father's farm. In fact, he began farm work long
before he had left school, for before and after school
hours, and during vacations, he was entrusted with the
execution of many of the minor duties on the home
farm. He did not remain long at farming after he had
finished his schooling. He was naturally inclined to
things of mechanical nature, and he decided to learn the
machinist trade. Eventually, to follow his trade, he
went to Cleveland, Ohio, and there remained, in re-
sponsible employment, until 1917, when upon the death
of his father he returned to his native place. His
mother is still living, but as he, with his brother, was



appointed administrator of his father's estate, which
also includes that of his grandfather, he decided to
remain in the county and devote himself to the care
of his mother, and to the affairs of the estate. He is
the active administrator, and as such the actual man-
agement of the farming properties devolve upon him
and he has shown during the last two years that he
has not forgotten the knowledge of farming that he
gained in the days of his youth. Especially during the
war did he attend closely to farming matters. As a man
of ultra-loyal spirit, his patriotism drew him heartily
into war work and not the least consequential was his
direction of the family agricultural properties. The
food question, which was such a factor to the allies of
this country, caused him to closely observe his farming
operations, to prevent waste and to bring all possible
acreage into bearing, so as to cooperate with the govern-
ment in its desire to ship to Europe an immense quan-
tity of foodstuffs, which quantity could only come by
closer attention to farming by loyal American farm-
ers. Enough has been written in national history of the
effect the ultimate enormous surpluses of American
foodstuffs had on the final victory which came to the
allies, but little recognition has been given to the
individual American farmer by whose long-sustained
efforts the surplus came. However, in local histories
such as this is, appropriate mention might be made of
individual efforts of home people during the period
when the theatre of war was practically the whole world,
and when whole peoples, not only armies, entered into
the struggle, which was of such vital consequence to
the future of great nations. .A.nother consequential,
and more publicly known part taken by Mr. Mackinzie
in war work was in connection with the national cam-
paigns to raise funds for the needs of the nation in
the prosecution of the war. He was chairman of the
local committee for the first Liberty Loan drive, and
was a substantial contributor and an indefatigable
worker ; and he also interested himself actively in the
work of raising the enormous funds needed by the
Red Cross, the Young Men's Christian Association, and
other governmental organizations, for war needs. Alto-
gether, the war work record of Henry Sprague Mac-
kinzie is commendable.

He is a member of the local Grange, and in politics
is an independent voter. In local affairs, he is mani-
festing much interest, and now that he is back among
the scenes of his early days, he will probably take ac-
tively to public work, for he is markedly public-spirited.
He is able, capable, and will be an asset to his district.
Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order of



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