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1873, in the town of Villenova, Chautauqua county, N.
Y., daughter of Bert and Eunice (Abbey) Shattuck.
The Miller farm is located on section 18, town of Cherry
Creek.



MARION L. GREENLEE— In 1915, Mr. Greenlee,

then a resident of Celoron, bought the fine property on
Wellman avenue, town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county,
and there resides at the present time (July, 1920). He
has prospered in his various undertakings and has
around him substantial evidences of his industry and
thrift.

Marion L. Greenlee was born in Warren county. Pa.,
Dec. 14, 1862, and there attended public school. He is
a cabinetmaker by trade. After coming to Chautauqua
county, N. Y., he was variously employed, and finally
settled in Celoron, there residing until moving to his
present home on A\'ellnian avenue. Ellicott. He is a
Republican in politics, and a member of the United
Brethren church.

Mr. Greenlee married. June 3, 1879, in Warren county.
Pa., Alta E. Thompson, born in Tidioute, Pa., .\pril 20,
1863, daughter of J. A. Thompson, born at Thompson
Station, Pa., and his wife. Frances F. (Blodgett")
Thompson, born in Busti. Chautauqua county, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenlee are the parents of five chil-
dren: Frances Marion, born April 30, 1890; Clara T.,



born Dec. 27, 1892, died Feb. 18, 1915; Alta Rosamond,
born April 21, 1893; J. Earl, born Aug. 3, 1S94; Ivan
H., born April 24, 1896; he entered the United States
army, Sept. 26, 1917, went overseas with .American Ex-
peditionary Forces, May 24, 1918, served with the 307th
Battery, 78th Division, and was honorably discharged,
May 24, 1919.



GEORGE RICHARD HARRIS, a tool maker, re-
siding in West Jamestown, on Rural Free Delivery
Route, No. 77, was born in Thompson, Conn., July 21,
1883, son of John Gilmore and Isabel (Terwilliger)
Harris, his father born in New York City, his mother
in Scotland. After completing his school years, he
learned the toolmaker's trade and has since followed
that occupation. He is a skilled mechanic, a Republican
in politics, an Episcopalian in religious faith, and in
fraternal relation an Odd Fellow, affiliated with Mount
Tabor Lodge, Jamestown.

Mr. Harris married, Jan. 19. 1907, in New York City,
Eva Harriet Leshane. born Oct. 31, 1879, in St. Johns,
Newfoundland, Canada, daughter of William John and
Caroline A. (Tufft) Leshane. In 1918, Mrs. Eva H.
Harris opened a general grocery store on Wicks ave-
nue, Celoron, which she owns and has successfully
operated for two years. This is her own business ven-
ture and she has built up a good trade, her store being
well stocked and attractive. Mr. and Mrs. Harris are
the parents of a son, Joseph P., born July 20, 1909.



ALBERT HOWARD RASKINS— The Haskins
Dairy Farm, located in the town of Busti, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., comprising 175 acres, was purchased by
Albert H. Haskins in the year 1893, and for twenty-
seven years he has devoted himself to its development
and management. He is one of the well known, suc-
cessful dairymen of the county, and his herd of thirty-
five cows is a carefully selected one. Mr. Haskins is
well known in his town and highly respected. He is a
son of Henry and Mary (Holt) Haskins. both parents
born in the town of Carroll. Cliautauqua county, N. Y.,
his father a farmer bv occupation in the town of Car-
roll.

Alliert Howard Haskins was born in Carroll, Chau-
tauqua county, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868. He was educated
in the public schools, completing his studies in Frews-
burg High School. He later turned his attention to
farming, first as his father's assistant, then on his own
account, purchasing a farm in section 24, town of Busti,
upon which he has since resided. He has added to its
value by careful cultivation and modern methods, his
specialty dairy farming. His farm is known as the
Haskins Dairy Farm, and is served by Jamestown Rural
Free Delivery. No. 77. Mr. Haskins is a member of
the Patrons of Husbandry, the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, and in politics is a Republican.

Mr. Haskins married, in Randolph, N. Y., Dec. 12,
1893. Nellie P. Higgins, born in Dunkirk. N. Y.. Dec.
27, 1868, daughter of John and Mary (Ryan) Higgins,
her father born in Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Haskins are
the parents of three sons: Gilbert, born March 15, 1903;
Henry, born Oct. 23, 1906; and Mark, born Dec. 26,
1908. ,



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ERIC A. STROMGREN— Jacob Stromgren, a
farmer ol" Sweden, and his wife, Clara (.Swanson)
Stromgren, came to the United States and settled in
Ludlow. Pa., where their son, Eric A. Stromgren, was
bom, .-Vug. 2~. 1S84. The lad, Eric A., was educated in
the public schools, and has for several years been a
resident of Chautauqua county, his home and farm in
the town of Busti. while he holds a responsible position
in Jamestown. He is a member of the L. B. of A. M.
of Ludlow. Pa., is a Republican in politics, and a mem-
ber of the Swedish Lutheran church.

Mr. Stromgren married, in Jamestown. April 11,

1910, Garnet (\\'etmore) , born in Darby, Pa..

Nov. 7. 188S. daughter of Frank W. and Ida Wetmore.
Mrs. Stromgren at the time of her marriage was a
widow with two children. Beryl Burns, born Dec. 28,
1904, and Edwin, born Dec. 25, 1905. Mr. and Mrs.
Stromgren are the parents of a son, Ivan, born Sept.
10, 1012.



ELOF HANSON — Hanson is a name often found in
Jamestown and vicinity, this branch of the family being
residents of Celoron. Elof Hanson, its head, coming
from Sweden. His two sons, Oliver H. and Bartholo-
mew C, were born in Jamestown, and are connected
with the business life of that city. Elof Hanson was
born in Sweden, Feb. 24, 186;, and was educated in the
public schools. He spent the years of his youth in
Sweden, later coming to the United States and locating
in Jamestown, Chautauqua county, N. Y., where many
of his countrymen had preceded him. His home in
Celoron is on Jackson boulevard. He is a member of
the Swedish Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics
a Republican. Honest and industrious, he has gained
the respect of his neighbors, and all who know him
best have only words of commendation for his upright
life.

Mr. Hanson married, in Oil City, Pa., Sept. 27. 1894,
.Augusta Eleanor Swenson. Two sons were born to
them, namely: Oliver Henry, born June 16, 1895, edu-
cated in the public school, now a bookkeeper with the
Gurney Ball Bearing Company of Jamestown; and
Bartholomew Clarence, born Sept. 20, 1899, a metal
worker of Jamestown.



GLENN LEE WAITH— Among the prominent
farmers of Ellington, Chautauqua county, N. ^'., should
be mentioned Glenn Lee Waith, who has been for a
number of years so engaged in this locality. Mr. Waith
is a son of Erank Lee and Lillian (Davis) Waith, the
former a prominent citizen of Ellington, where he was
engaged in business as a stock buyer and coal dealer.

Glenn Lee Waith was lir.rn at Ellington, April 10.
1885, and passed his chiblhood in his native place,
where he obtained his education, attending the local
public schools for this purpose. Upon crjmpleting his
studic at these institutions, ,\Ir. Waith purchased a
farm at Ellington, and since that time has followed
agricultural pursuits here with a high degree of suc-
cess, ffe has now brought his place into a very high
Slate of cultivation, and it is regarded as r,ne of the
model farms of the region. In addition to his farming
activities, .Mr. Waith has also taken .m active part in



the business interests of Ellington, and is now affiliatec
prominently with the management of the Union Trust
Company of Jamestown, having extended his interest;
to that city. He is a member of the Republican party
being a staunch supporter of its principles and policies,
but although his voice is influential in the party councils
of Chautauqua county, he has always consistently
avoided anything like public office or political prefer-
ment of any kind. In his religious belief Mr. Waith
is a Congregationalist and attends the church of that
denomination at Ellington.

Glenn Lee Waith was united in marriage, March 27,
iQio. at Randolph. N. V., with Ruth Harrington, a
native of that place, born .Aug. 9. 1889. Mr. and Mrs.
Waith are the parents of two children, as follows.- War-
ren Harrington, and Clorie Waymon.



FRANS PEARSON— Of Swedish birth and parent-
age, Fraiis Pearson, a prosperous dairy farmer of the
town of Ellicott. has demonstrated his manly character,
thrift and enterprise by taking rank among the substan-
tial, successful men of his adopted town. He is a son
of Pierre and Clarissa Pearson, his father a farmer.

Frans Pearson was born in Sweden, Sept. 17, 1868,
and there was educated, served three years in the Swe-
dish regular army, and became well acquainted with
actual farm labor. .After coming to the United States
he located in Chautauqua county, N. Y., and in 1917
bought the farm in the town of Ellicott upon which
he now resides. He operates as a dairy farmer, main-
tains a fine herd of Holsteins. and markets 600 quarts
of milk daily in Jamestown. He is liberal in his politi-
cal views, and is a member of the Swedish Lutheran
church. He has won the good opinion of his neighbors
and is respected by all who know him.

Mr. Pearson married (first) May 3. 1891, Helena
.Augusta Joheg, who died Jan. 2, 1908, and they were
the parents of seven children: Carl, Reuben, Edwin,
Henry, Robert, Elmer and Harriet. Mr. Pearson mar-
ried (second) Freda Kellean, born in Sweden, Nov. 22,
1879. and they are the parents of two sons, Vernon and
Richard.



ELVERTON B. CRISSEY, who for many years

was one of the leading financiers of Chautauqua county.
New York, where he was actively associated with
some of the most important banks and financial insti-
tutions, was a member of a family which could claim
a distinguished antiquity, both in this country and in
England. It was founded in the latter country at the
time of the Conquest, its progenitor having been one
of those warlike Normans, who followed William the
Conqueror on his momentous expedition from Nor-
mandy, and took part in the battle of Hastings, 1056,
A. D. The name is found on the Roll of Battle Abbey,
a;id appears under various forms in subsequent English
records. Indeed, at the time of its founding in Amer-
ica by Mighil Cresse, there were no less than twenty-
three spellings of the name in use, and, while in this
coimlry it is not a very cottunon one, it is, neverthe-
less, widespread, and may be found in iir.actically every
Slate of the Union.

H) Mighil Cresse came fn.m England with his



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brother William and located at Salem, Mass., in the
year 1649, his birth having occurred about 1628, so that
he must have been about twenty-one years of age at
the time of his emigration. Mr. Cresse lived for a
time in the family of Lieutenant Thomas Lathrop, who
with sixty of his soldiers fell in the battle of Bloody
Brook, near Deerfield. Sept. 18, 1675. From 1652 to
1663 he lived with the family of Joshua Ray at "Royal-
side." Salem, now Beverly. He married (first) in the
year 1658, Mary Bachelder, who was born at Salem in
1640, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Bachelder, of
"Royalside," and who died in August, 1659. He later
removed to Ipswich, where he married (second) April
6, 1660, Mary Quilter, a daughter of Mark Quilter.
His death occurred in April, 1670, and that of his sec-
ond wife. May 7, 1707. Mighil Cresse had one child
by his first wife, John, mentioned below; and by his
second wife, three children, Mighil, William and Mary.

(H) John Crissey, only child of Mighil Cresse by his
first wife, was bom in August, 1659, at "Royalside,"
Salem, Mass. His father's death occurred when he
was but eleven years of age, and after that event he
lived with his Grandfather Bachelder. In 1675 he
chose in court his uncle, Joseph Bachelder, as his
guardian. As a man he followed the occupation of
tailor at "Royalside," residing on land which he had
inherited from his maternal grandfather, and he be-
came well known in the affairs of the community. He
was a deacon of the second church at Beverly, and was
a man of strong religious convictions. His grave is
marked by a slate stone, upon which appears the in-
scription : "Here lyeth the body of Deacon John Cresy,
who died July 22nd, 1735, in ye 76th year of his age."

He married Sarah Gaines, born Nov. 2t,, 1665, a
daughter of John and Mary (Tredwel!) Gaines, of
Ipswich. Her death occurred at "Royalside," April 4,
1751. They were the parents of the following children:
Mary; John, who died in infancy; Sarah; John; Jo-
seph ; Daniel, mentioned below ; Job, Benjamin, Hannah,
Abigail and Noah.

(III) Daniel Crissey, sixth child and fourth son of
John and Sarah (Gaines) Crissey, was born July II,
1698, at Salem, but removed at an early age to New
Hampshire, and from that State to Connecticut in 1740,
where all trace of him is lost. He married, Oct. 20,
1720, Sarah Ingleson, of Salem, and they were the
parents of the following children : John, mentioned
below; Ruth, who died in infancy; Mary Ruth, Sarah,
Daniel, Joseph, Elizabeth. Richard, Ehenezer and Anna.

(IV) John (2) Crissey, eldest child of Daniel and
Sarah (Ingleson) Crissey, was born at Salem, Mass.,
in the year 1721. and removed to New Hampshire,
where he settled in the town of Bath. From there in
1790 he went to Fairfax, Vt. He was a very religious
man and was the leader of the first public service held
for worship at Fairfax, in June, 1790. This was held
in a log cabin, Mr. Crissey conducting the service,
while his son James constituted the choir. John Cris-
sey married Martha Davenport, and they were the
parents of the following children : John, James, Gould,
Samuel, mentioned below ; Nathaniel and Sylvanus.
The three last named settled at Stockton. Chautauqua
county. N. Y.. and Sylvanus eventually removed to the
Far West.



(V) Samuel Crissey, son of John (2) and Martha
(Davenport) Crissey, was born March 2, 1771, in Ver-
mont, and at an early age came with his two brothers,
Nathaniel and Sylvanus, to Stockton, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., where his death occurred March i, 1848.
In 1815, he is recorded as having taken up 100 acres
of land, and in the following year located his home in
the northern part of Stockton, on lot No. 30, which
comprised about 160 acres of wild land. This tract
Mr. Crissey cleared and improved, and there carried
on agricultural operations during the remainder of his
life. Like his father, he was a deeply religious man,
and was one of the founders of the Baptist church at
Delanti, where he on occasion filled the pulpit in place
of a regularly ordained minister. He married, in the
year 1799, Lucy Grosvenor, and they were the parents
of the following children : Almira, who became the wife
of Ethan Cooley, who bore him a child who died in
early youth; Harlow, mentioned below; Jason, who
married Roxana Winsor, a daughter of the Rev.
Washington Winsor, by whom he had four children :
Mary, Sardis, Jirah. Edward ; Lucy, who became the
wife of Chauncy Winsor, of Delanti, to whom she bore
two children. Wealthy Ann and Washington ; Cynthia,
who became the wife of Zalmon Jennings, and removed
to Pennsylvania ; Martha, who died at the age of twelve
years; Samuel, who married Julia Grant, by whom he
had three children, Lucy, Forest. Myra.

(VI) Harlow Crissey, son of Samuel and Lucy
(Grosvenor) Crissey, was born Dec. 18, 1802, at Fair-
fax, Vt., and went as a child with his parents to Stock-
ton, N. Y., where his death occurred April 30, 1892.
He married, Nov. 2, 1826, Anna Shepard, born in Ash-
field, Mass., March 29, 1807. Children; Newton, a
sketch of whom follows ; Samuel S., mentioned in
sketch of Jay Crissey, which follows ; Seward M., men-
tioned in sketch of Miner S. Crissey, which follows;
and Elverton B., of this review, mentioned below. (A
complete sketch of Harlow Crissey follows this in the
work).

(VII) Elverton B. Crissey, son of Harlow and .-\nna
(Shepard) Crissey, was born June 23, 1843, at Stock-
ton, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and died at Jamestown,
Feb. 29, 1908. As a lad he attended the public schools
of his native place and Fredonia Academy. After
completing his studies at the last-named institution,
Mr. Crissey followed for a time the profession of
teaching in the schools at Stockton and Brocton, N. Y.,
and Marengo, 111. He removed in the spring of 1870
to Missouri, where he purchased a tract of land at
King City, near St. Joseph, and made his home there
for seven years. Mr. Crissey developed a strong af-
fection for Missouri and this remained with him un-
diminished until the close of his life. He took an active
part in public affairs in that community, and held the
office of county assessor. Later, however. Mr. Crissey
returned to Brocton, N. Y., and there for a time re-
sumed his old profession of teaching, but, feeling that
a larger opportunity awaited him in business, eventu-
ally gave this up and removed to Sinclairville. where he
established a mill and conducted that for a time. In
1882. in association with Joy Love, he organized a bank,
under the firm name of E. B. Crissey & Company,
bankers. This was his first introduction to banking, a



CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY



line which he continued to follow uninterruptedly, and
with the highest degree of success, from that time until
his death. In iSoo he organized another bank, at
Cherry Creek, X. Y.. and made his home at that place
for about twelve months. It was in 1891 that he first
came to Jamestown, where he organized the Farmers
and Mechanics Bank and started it on its progress to
a prosperous development. He withdrew from that
organization, however, in order to organize the Union
Trust Company of Jamestown, and a few years later
sold his interest in the latter institution to accept the
office of president of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank,
which he himself had founded some years before. This
institution he continued at the head of until his
death, and under his most capable management it grew
to be one of the leading organizations of its kind in the
county. In addition to the banks organized by him-
self, Mr. Crissey was also affiliated with a number of
other financial institutions, among which should be
mentioned the Cherry Creek Bank and the First Na-
tional Bank at Falconer. He also organized the banking
firm of E. B. Crissey & Company at South Dayton, and
the private bank of Crissey & Crissey, at Little Valley,
X, v.. which was later managed by his son, Harlow
J. Crissey.

Mr. Crissey has enjoyed, with justice, a reputation
as one of the most successful organizers and executives
in this region of the State, and during his life was
regarded as the leading financial authority here. He
was also exceedingly active in the public affairs of the
community, and held a number of important offices in
the gift of the town, including a membership on the
Board of Public Works, in which he rendered invalu-
able service to Jamestown. He was public-spirited in
a high degree, and was a liberal contributor to all
worthy objects connected with the betterment of civic
affairs, and was especially generous to the Associated
Charities, which he aided in organizing and in which
he always held office. Mr. Crissey was independent in
his religious and political views, and was not affiliated
formally with any church or political institution. He
was a member of the local lodges. Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, and was a well known figure in social and frater-
nal circles here. He was a man of profound learning
and the broadest culture, taking a keen interest in lit-
erature and other forms of art, and he was the nosses-
sor of a splendid library in which he found his chief
recreation. Hi^ record as an organizer is practically
unique in Western New York, and in the last thirty
years of his life he founded no fewer than seven banks,
and at the time of his death was in control of four
large and prosperous financial institutions. In spite of
this fact, he had no especial ambition to become wealthy,
and a tale is told of him characteristic of his i)iiblic
spirit. It appears that on one occasion a friend sug-
gested to him that it would be easier for him and
probably bring in larger returns to make impersonal
investments in general securities, rather than in indi-
vidual loans, to which Mr. Crissey replied: "My business
is not first ''I all t'l make money; it is to do good in
this community." He retained in a remarkable degree
his youthful energies and pfiint of view to the last of
hii life, a fart whirh is attributed by the many wlio



knew and admired him, to his always preserving his i
terest in others, so that his activities always contaim
a large element of altruism. He possessed an unusual
positive character, but at the same time a delightf
personality, and his companionship was regarded as
boon by all who knew him. So strong was his sense 1
justice and the rights of others that he never presst
home an advantage which ran counter to the interes
of others, and he often was willing to suffer person
loss rather than transgress his own exceedingly hig
standards of right.

Elverton B. Crissey was united in marriage, Jan.
1867, at Sinclairville, N. Y., with Mary Langworth
born there March 29, 1844, a daughter of Jacob an
Cornelia (Love) Langworthy, and a member of a
old and distinguished X^ew York family. The Lo\
family came from \'ermont to New York in the perse
of John Love, who settled at Sinclairville, where I
married. His daughter, Cornelia Love, was born :
Gerry, N. Y., and died Dec. 24, 1891, at the age c
seventy-five years and eight months. She marrie
Jacob Langworthy and was the mother of Mrs. Cri;
scy. Jacob Langworthy was born in Washingto
county. N. Y.. Sept. 30, 1806, and died Oct. 4. 1883. H
was the son of James and Rhode (Shaw) Langworth;
and came to Chautauqua county, N. Y., when a yout
of eighteen. He purchased here a farm of 200 acre
situated about a mile and a half west of Sinclairvilli
where he carried on the occupation of farming wit
much success until the close of his life. He was
man of very high character and enjoyed the afifectio
and respect of the entire community. He marriec
March 6, 1834, Cornelia Love, and they were the par
ents of the following children : Ellen, who died at th
age of fifteen; John, died April 19, 1896; Janet, die
at the age of eleven ; Mary, who became the wife o
Elverton B. Crissey, as mentioned above; Lewis, o
Cherry Creek ; Emily, who died at the age of twenty
two months ; and Charles, who died at the age of thirty
three years. Jacob Langworthy's father, Jame
Langworthy, came from Washington county, N. Y
where he had been a successful farmer, to Chautauqu:
county, a few years before his death, and made hi
home here with his children. The children of Elvertoi

B. and Mary (Langworthy) Crissey were as follows
I. Lena Cornelia, born Jan. 12, 1868; became the wifi
of Frank Merz, president of the Union Trust Compan;
of Jamestown, to whom she bore the following chil
drcn : Lucy A., Elizabeth L., Margaret C, and Franci:

C. 2. Harlow Jacob, born July 15, 1870; now presidcn
of the Citizens Trust Company of Fredonia ; he mar-
ried Jessie Blackstone, by whom he had three chil
dren as follows : Rachel V., Eleanor V., and Carolin(
F. 3. Lucy Love, born July 17, 1873; became the wif<
of Henry P. Robertson, president of the H. P. Robert-
son I'urniture Company of Jamestown; they were th(
parents of the following children : Mary Crissey, Lu-
cius Elverton. 4. .Harold Elverton, born Oct. 26, 1883
now vice-president of the Farmers and Mechanics Banl<
of Jamestown, of which his father was so long the head
Mrs. Crissey survives her husband and continues tc
make her home at Jamestown, where she is held in re-
gard by the community.

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with some of the resolutions adopted by the boards of
directors of the many institutions which owe their
origin and prosperity to him, at the time of his death :

By the Farmers' & Mechanics' Bank, of which he was
the founder and president: There was about Mr. Cris-
sey a personality which drew men to him. and it was
to him they went, in their hours of adversity as in
their moments of success. His advice and his encour-
agement comforted and aided them in their adversity,
as did his congratulations cheer them in their success.
His love for children was marked; his interest in the
youns' man starting nut nn life's journey, prompted
him to extend much material assistance. He was a



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