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and later gave his attention to farming operations, be-
coming in course of time the owner of a productive
farm in Falconer, which he has cultivated and improved
to a great extent, being ever ready to consider the adop-
tion of modern scientific methods of farming which has
stood the test as to cost of operation and increase or
superiority of yield. Mr. Fisher is a Republican in
politics, believing that the principles and policies of
that party are for the greatest good of the people-at-
large, and holds membership in Grange No. 52S, Patrons
of Husbandry, of Ellington.

Mr. Fisher married, Dec. iy, 1S82, in Jamestown,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., Miranda Lees, daughter of
Samuel and (Toothill) Lees, both natives of England,
born in Halifax and Bradford, respectively. Mr. and
Mrs. Fisher are the parents of one child, Ethel Violet,
born in the town of Poland, N. Y., Dec. 13, 1883 ; she
became the wife of Austin Peterson. Mr. and Mrs.
Peterson are the parents of four children : Raymond,
Lillian. Irene and Caroline.

HORACE O. FISHER, respected and prosperous
farmer of Falconer, Chautauqua county, N. Y., is well
known among the agriculturists of that section of the

ELMER M. JOHNSON, an energetic and success-
ful farmer of Chautauqua county, N. Y., owner of
a good agricultural property in the Gerry district of
that county, was born Dec. 14, 1880, the son of .\ugust
and Gustava (Anderson) Johnson.

In his youth he attended the (Jerry public schools,
and after leaving school applied himself industriously
to farming occupations upon his father's farm, and
eventually he married and became possessed of a farm-
ing property of his own in the district. He is a
worthy representative of the Chautauqua county suc-
cessful farmer, liard working, enterprising, and hos-
pitable; a man of strong religious conviction, and
definite views upon many subjects. He is an ardent
Methodist, and a good supporter of the local church
which he has attended since his youth.

Mr. Johnson is one of those who, by successful pro-
duction, are helping to keep Chautauqua county in con-
tinued prosperity. He is of the enterprising j-ounger
generation of the county's agriculturists, and in the
operation of his farm is ever ready to adopt modern
methods which have been proved to be more advan-
tageous than those formerly used and so he is likely to
continue to increase the value of his farm holding.
During the late war, he heartily cooperated with the
government in its plan to bring increasing yield of
foodstuffs from American farms. In that way, he had
an appreciable share in the supreme national effort. He
also patriotically contributed, to his uttermost, to the
war loans and other funds raised for the necessities of
the war.

Elmer M. Johnson married, March 21, 191 2, in Fal-
coner, Chautauqua county. N. Y., Lillian, daughter of
C. J. and Hannah (Anderson) Johnson. They have
one son, Burwell, born April 15, 1915.



OSCAR F. JOHNSON, member of the Gerry family

of that name, and a successful young farmer of that
part of Chautauqua county, N. Y., is a native of the
county, and gives indication that he will worthily take
place among the substantial agriculturists of the county.

He was born in Gerry, Chautauqua, county, N. Y.,
Nov. 2;^. 1SS4, the son of August and Gustava (Ander-
son) Johnson, of that place. The family is of Swedish
origin, but in its present generation is American by
birth, as well as inclination. August Johnson, father
of Oscar F. Johnson, was bom in Sweden, but has lived
in this country most of his life, and has been a natural-
ized citizen for very many years. He has, by his life
of useful, productive effort, proved himself to be a
good citizen, one of the type by whose energy the coun-
try has advanced so rapidly during the last few

Oscar F. Johnson attended the public schools of
Gerr>-, after passing through the grades of which he
began to work upon his father's farm. In course of
time, he married and took a property of his own, at
the same time giving his father all the aid he could in
the cultivation of the home farm. And he has applied
himself to agricultural work with a will to accomplish
»nd he consequently has accomplished, his farming
being in the main very successful. He is popular in the
district, is a good neighbor and an earnest churchman.
He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church,
and a regular co-worker and attendant at the local
church of that faith.

On .Aug. 2. 1005, at Gerry. Mr. Johnson was married
to \'ida Wilson, daughter of Darrin and Lottie Wilson,
and of a family which has long been resident in Chau-
tauqua county. They have one child, Clyde 0., born
Sept. 28, 191 1.

Mr. Johnson has held closely to the district of his
birth and has lived a commendable, straightforward,
steady life, one such as will eventuate in the possession
of a competence, both of material things and of sincere

MASON H. TERRY, who for many years has been
a prominent figure in the general life of Ellington,
Chautauqua county, N. Y.. and where he has run suc-
cessfully a saw mill, besides conducting a splendid farm,
is a native of this place, horn Oct. 2. i860. He is a son
of Hiram and Jerusha (Hatch) Terry, old and highly
respected residents of Ellington.

Mr. Terry attended as a lad the local common schools
and after completing his studies at these institutions
assisted his lather in the work ujjon the latter's farm.
Later he Ixrcame the fKisscssor of a farm of his own
which he has conducted with a high degree of success
ever since, and which is now regarded as one of the
models of its kind in this district. Later Mr. Terry
began the <)iK.ration of a saw mill at Ellington, where
he handles a large quantity of timlx-r felled in this
part of the county, and for the finished product of which
he has a large market, not only in Ellington, but in the
region adjarcnt thereto. He is now recognized as one
of the succ'ssful men of the eommimiiy, and is promi-
nently afrilialcd with the Jamestown National Dank. In
jKditirs he is a Republican, being a staunch supporter of
the prinriples and policies of that party and taking an

active part in its affairs, although he has consistent!;
avoided anything like public office or political prefer
ment of any kind. He is a member of the local Grange
In religious belief Mr. Terry is a Congregationalist anc
attends the church of that denomination at Ellington.

Mason H. Terry was united in marriage, April 7
1S97, at Ellington, with Harriet M. Rice, born here
Aug. 20, 1870, a daughter of Augustus C. and Harriet
(Bush) Rice, and they are the parents of four chil-
dren, as follows: Howard R., born July 10, 1900; Rich-
ard B., born Sept. 30, 1902; Lewis M., born July 4,
1006. and Edward H., born Aug. 11, 1911.

MARY R. ALLEN, who is now living in com
fortable retirement at Kennedy. Chautauqua county,
N. Y., and esteemed by a large circle of friends in that
section of the county, is a native of the county, and
comes of an old Chautauqua county family; also Charles
G. Allen, whom she married, came from a family which
for at least three generations has had residence within
the county.

Mary R. Allen was born in the town of Clymer, April
24, 1843, and received her academic education in the
schools of that place. Her maiden name was Randall,
her parents being Moses and Larry (Carr) Randall, of
Clymer, where her father was a prosperous and re
spected farmer. She married, at Kennedy, N. Y.,
Charles G. Allen, son of Charles and Delilah Allen.
He was born in Ellery township, in 1843, 3nd lived a
long life of industrious and successful farming at Ken-
nedy, N. Y. They were the parents of George Randall
Allen, who was born at Kennedy, and has, by his steady
life and commendable characteristics, gained for himself
a firm place in the respect of most residents in the dis-
trict. Mrs. Allen has for more than fifty years had part
in the social and community activities, included in which
has been much church work in Kennedy and the vicinity,
and she is revered by many people for her kindly qual-
ities and charitable s|}irit.

MARCUS L. WAITE, well-to-do farmer of Ken-
nedy, N. Y., in which section of Chautauqua county he
has lived practically al) his life, is a representative of
the successful agriculturists of that part of the county.
He has developed a substantial acreage until it has
become valuable, has aquired a comfortable competence,
and has raised a worthy family of seven children. He
comes of an old Chautauqua county family, and was
bom in Poland, Aug. 14, 1849, the son of John B. and
Deliiha (Crandall) Waite. His father did some farm-
ing in the county, and later in life was a general store
keeper at Mud Creek.

.Marcus L. Waite received his early education in
the public schools of his native place and eventually
was a student al the Jamestown College. For three
years after leaving college he was a school teacher, but
eventually he took a farm and has reached success in
that lu)tiest occupation. He has for very many years
given loyal allegiance to the Republican party in poli-
tics, but has not taken active part in political work; he
has preferred to attend to matters "i production upon
his i>wn farm, and has always steadfastly refused any
suggestion that he take public office In affairs con-



nected with the local Grange, however, he has taken a
keen interest ever since he became a member of it and
has also, with his family, taken good part in the social
community activities of the neighborhood, where the
family is generally respected.

During the recent war. he took proper part in the
activities that came within the scope of the home people;
he bore his quota of subscription to the various funds
willingly, and he did much, in the way of closer farm-
ing, to aid that national result which surprised the
world, the abnormal yield of foodstuffs gained from
American soil by the united patriotic effort of whole-
hearted American farmers having no inconsequential
part in the final victory won by .America and her allies.

Marcus L. Waite married, in Poland, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1883, Henrietta E. Holladay,
born Dec. 2, 1864, to Henry H. and Louisa Holladay.
To Mr. and Mrs. Waite have been born seven children :
I. Kittie M., born June 27. 18S4, married John Johnson,
to whom she bore five children, by names and in order
of birth, Edith, Sallie, Dora, Josephine and John. 2.
Carl M., born July 25, 1889. 3. Bessie G.. born April
23, 1891, married Laurence Washburg, becoming the
mother of four children, Mavies, Berdina, Clebert and
Clarence. 4. John C, born May 10, 1896. 5. William
K., born March 30, 1898. 6. Mollie E.. born Oct. 3,
1906. 7. Jabez A., born March 18, 1908.

Mr. Waite has lived a worthy life of industrious and
productive effort, and now in his old age enjoys the
blessings which are the result of wholesome living and
honest dealing. His home circle is a happy one, and
his friends are many.

SAMUEL A. WILKINSON, a respected resident,
substantially placed, at Kennedy, Chautauqua county,
N. Y., where he owns a farming property and also acts
as telegrapher, has had an interesting career. For
seven years he served the Nation in its military and
naval forces, and is a man of broad mind, and one who
has been to many parts of the world. Withal, he is a
man of commendable, industrious habits, and a Chris-
tian of consistent observance of honorable principles.
He is yet in the vigor of his early manhood, and is tak-
ing proper part in the responsibilities, political, com-
munal, and productive, of the section of the county in
which he has taken up his abode.

He was born May 28. 1882, at Cartmell, Mo., the son
of A. B. and Elizabeth (Beach) Wilkinson. His father
owned a farm in that place, and there the boy spent
his early days, attending the public schools of the
place. Eventually, he took a commercial course of
study in the Valparaiso Business College, from which
he ultimately graduated. However, he appears to have
been of adventurous spirit and manly mind, and when
he became old enough he enlisted in the Marine Corps
of the United States Navy, serving a regular term of
four years, during which he saw much of the world.
He served in the regular forces of the Nation for a
further three years, the second enlistment term being
in the Signal Corps and it was probably during that
term of service that he became an efficient telegraphist,
in which capacity he still acts, in civil life. In addition
to this, he has been a farmer in Kennedy.

As an old soldier, he took keen interest in the progress

of the recent war, and but for a time of family tension
during 191 7 and 1918, when his daughter was in earliest
infancy, he probably would have been unable to resist
the inclination to again enter the service and take active
part with the fighting forces. As it was, he did his
utmost in another phase of the national war effort, an
effort which had appreciable effect upon the linaj deci-
sive victory, which might not have come so quickly had
it not been 'for the encouragement given the starving
allies by the abnormal yields of foodstuffs gained by
American farmers. He is a staunch Republican in
politics, and religiously belongs to the Baptist church.
He and his wife attend the church of that faith at
Kennedy, and have many friends in the community.

Samuel A. Wilkinson was married, at Saginaw. Mich.,
June 17, 1914, to Nellie E. Elkins, born July 8, 1883,
at Gratton Centre. Mich., daugliter of William Joseph
and Margarite Elkins, of New York City. Mr. and
Mrs. Wilkinson have one child, Ruth B., born Dec. 8,

Although he so recently came into Chautauqua county,
Mr. Wilkinson gives indication of the possession of
traits such as will make him a worthy cooperator in the
advancement and maintenance of good production of
the county. He has many sincere friends in the Ken-
nedy district.

JAMES C. PERRY, successful and respected farmer
of Kiantone township, Chautauqua county, N. Y., who
has lived practically all his life within the county, and
who purchased the property in Kiantone, in 1906, upon
which his father first settled in 1864, was born in Kian-
tone township, Jan. 3, 1854. His parents, Clinton and
Satira (Sherman) Perry, were both well known in that
section of the county, and later Clinton Perry showed
that he was a true patriot, for when the Civil War was
in its darkest days of uncertainty, he enlisted in the
Ii2th Regiment of New York Volunteers, and served
with that famous regiment in all the campaigns in
which it participated for three years and nine months.
During his service, Clinton Perry was a sharpshooter,
and later in life had prominent place in the activities
of the organization constituted by his comrades, the
Ii2th Regimental Association, and also in the local
post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

James C. Perry attended the district school nearest
to his home in his youth, and after leaving school took
employment in the neighborhood. He has farmed
practically all his life, and has prospered. He has been
hard working, enterprising, and businesslike and above
all has been straightforward in all his dealings. His life
has been lived in accordance with the dictates of a
high moral standard, and it has brought him much
sincere respect from the people amongst whom he has
lived. By steady, enterprising and skillful farming he
has accumulated a satisfactory competence and by a
steady, earnest, unselfish life he has gained a wealth
of esteem from his neighbors. He has been a member
of the Congregational church for the greater part of
his adult years and he has been liberal in its support.

As was to be expected from the son of a Civil War
patriot, he was intensely interested in the recent war.
He endeavored to cooperate, to the best of his powers,
with the aim of the government in one respect, namely,



to bring every possible acre of American agricultural
land into successful bearing. .\nd he closely super-
vised the operations upon his farm so as to prevent all
waste, which was part of the government's plan by
which it hoped to he able to ship a vast surplus of food-
stuffs to Europe to replenish the seriously de-
pleted granaries of our allies. The result of that
effort is national history, and duly recorded in its im-
posing aggregate importance, but the part of the indi-
vidual farmer has not, in fact hardly could have, been
recorded, excepting in local histories such as this, in
which usefulness, this current local history serves a
good purpose, for to every loyal farmer who had part
in the war effort which was of such vital weight in
deciding the war in favor of America and her allies,
this recording is due. In former days armies fought
for nations ; in the last great war, whole nations fought,
although of course not all in the theater of military
operations, but in recognizing the participants, the
nations have held to the old method of only bringing
into conspicuous record those who had part in the
military and naval operations. It must have been a
great source of gratification to a patriot of the fervor
of James C. Perry to have been able, even in an unos-
tentatious, prosaic way, to have had some part in the
great struggle of Christian nations to circumvent the
inhuman and unrighteous aims of might.

Tames C. Perry married, Sept. 3, 18S1, in Kiantone,
Christine Weiss, daughter of George Weiss. They have
two children : Clinton ; Ray, who eventually entered the
teaching profession, and now is a member of the teach-
ing staff of the Syracuse High School.

James C. Perry has lived a long life of useful, pro-
ductive industry, has carved his way to success by his
own efforts, and in all his dealings has observed the
promptings of an honest intention. He has conse-
quently held the esteem of his neighbors, most of whom
are his sincere friends.

WILLIAM NEWMAN, well known in the Kian-
tone township section of Chautauqua county, N. Y., for
long an inspector of lumber, and of late years a pros-
perous farmer in Kiantone township, where he is re-
spected for his steady qualities of industry and his
likable character, was born April 24, 1877, in Kiantone
township, N. Y, He is the son of William J. and Mar-
garet E. (Johnston I Newman, the former connected
with agriculture for the greater part of his life, and
later overseer at the Buffalo Creamery.

As a boy, William Newman attended the district
school of his native place, and afterwards took employ-
ment as an agriculturist. He has always been energetic,
never shirking honest toil, and bringing to his labor an
intelligence which produced results. He has prospered
in his industrious efforts, and has reared a gooil family.
In the course of his occupations, he acquired a good
knowledge of lumber, and for some years gave most
of his time to lumbering enterprises, being an efficient
inspector. Politically, he is a Kcpublican, but has not
ontered actively into i»oIiticaI affairs, that is, those of
national sco[>c. He lias always been interested in the
public affairs of his own district, and has more than
once taken prominent part in such movements, but be
has never held office in the local administration, neither

has he sought office. He is a Granger, member of thf
local Grange, and by religious persuasion is a Metho-
dist of earnest practice. He has been a member of tht
local Methodist church for many years, and has loyally
contributed to its support and in his general life has
indicated that he is a conscientious churchman anc

During the war, he contributed, as much as he was
able to, to the various war funds, and in many othet
ways showed that he was wholly patriotic. His eldest
son, although not of age to come within the selective
draft, enlisted in the naval forces, and while the war was
proceeding he endeavored to cooperate with the gov-
ernment in its aim to procure a surplus of foodstuffs
by giving close attention to the prevention of waste and
to the bringing into cultivation every possible acre of
agricultural land. The resulting surplus of foodstuffs
had an important effect upon the outcome of the war,

William Newman was married, April 20, 189S, to
Grace, daughter of Frank A. Hall. To Mr. and Mrs.
Newman have been born six children: i. Philip, born
Nov. IQ, 1890; he enlisted in the United States Navy
before the end of the European War, and was in the
naval school at Charleston, S. C. 2. Edna B., born May
4, 1901. 3. James T., born Sept. 22, 1904. 4. Ruth E.,
born Nov. 10, 1907. 5. Clair W., born July I, igi2. 6.
Ernest D., born May 8, 1017.

Mr. Newman has gained for himself a good reputa-
tion both for material and moral integrity, and has
very many friends in the Kiantone township, and that
part of Chautauqua county.

EARL WILLIS CLARK— Of the farming interests
of Chautauqua county Earl Willis Clark is a worthy
representative. He is overseer of the farm of Homer
M. Preston, consisting of 11,000 acres, and in IQ20
raised 4.000 bushels of corn. It is well improved, with
modern equipments, and it forms one of the pleasing
features of the landscape.

Mr. Clark was born in Warren county, Pa., Aug. 13,
1881. We have no record of his father and mother,
his family having been broken up when he was very
small. He was reared to manhood in Warren county,
and to the public schools he is indebted for the early
educational advantages he received. Later, however, he
received a course of study in the Agricultural School of

In politics, Mr. Clark is an enthusiastic Republican,
but in local affairs he votes for the men and measures
he thinks are for the best interests of the people. He
and his family are members of the Methodist church,
and they lake an active part in all things pertaining
to its advancement. Mr. Clark is also connected finan-
cially with the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, of James-
town, N. Y.

In Russell, Warren county. Pa,, April 12, IQOI, Mr.
Clark was united in marriage with Gertrude C. Vanorde,
a daughter of James and Marcel (Smith) Vanorde, and
to this union have been born three children, as follows:
Eleanor M., born Dec. 20, 1902; Willis E., born March
8, T'X)(; anrl Howard B., born July 21, 1906.

Mr. Clark's life has been one of untiring industry,
and his well-directed labor has resulted in gratifying
success. All who know him esteem him as a man of



genuine worth and upright qualities, and in matters of
citizenship he has never withheld his support from
movements for the general good.

and stock raising interests of Carroll township have a
worthy representative in E. P. Hazzard, a prosperous
agriculturist, who engages there in general farming.

Mr. Hazzard was born Feb. 4, 1848. He received his
early education in the public schools of his native town,
and after completing his studies took up the agricultural
business. For some time he was engaged in the livery
business, but gave this up to accept a position as a
mail carrier, which he continued for nearly three years.
He then took up agricultural work again and continues
in this at the present time. Mr. Hazzard was for some
time commissioner of the highways. He is also a mem-
ber of the Grange, and in religious affiliations is a
Methodist. Mr. Hazzard married, July 4, 1871, in
Fentonville, Alma Tittlefield, born Feb. 12, 1851, in the
town of Carroll, daughter of George Washington and
Almira Tittlefield. To Mr. and Mrs. Hazzard were
born two children: i. Wesley M., born May 29, 1877,
married Anna Birch, and they are the parents of three
children : Ethel A., Edith Sarah, and Rosemon. 2.
George .\ldridge, born Dec. 6, 1878.

Mr. Hazzard, having spent nearly his whole life in
Chautauqua county, has a wide acquaintance and is
popular with his many friends. In business he is noted
for his capability and trustworthiness, and is today one
of the valued representatives of the township.

ODIN B. ARNOLD, for many years a successful
farmer and an influential figure in the affairs of Bemus
Point. Chautauqua county, N. Y., is a native of the
town of Ellery, a son of John and Mary B. (Griffith)
Arnold, of Saratoga Springs and Ellery, at both of
which places the former carried on the occupation of
farming at different times.

Air. Arnold had come from Saratoga Springs to
Chautauqua county some time before the birth of his
son, and it was at Ellery that his childhood was passed
and that he received his education, attending for this

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