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to business pursuits, and Mr. Green's
career amply exemplifies the fact. His
real-estate operations have been on an
extensive scale, and his numerous success-
ful ventures in this direction have marked
him as a farsighted investor. One of his
most successful efforts was the reclaiming
of swamp lands on the northern shore of
1 ,ake Chautauqua, and the creation of
" Greenhurst on Chautauqua," a pictur-
esque and popular resort, named in his
honor. In keeping with his interest in
lake-shore property have been his public-
spirited efforts in establishing the artificial
propagation of muskellunge (a kind of
pike) at Chautauqua Lake. To this end
Mr. Green has devoted time, money, and
energy, and the successful establishment
of the industry is the result.

In politics Mr. Green is a Republican,
and while he has been a prominent and
influential member of his party, he has
also won the esteem and confidence of
all political parties. When, therefore,
in 1<S94, he consented to become a candi-
date for mayor of Jamestown, he received
2,J)7!I votes out of a total of :!,:>L'"), although there
were two other candidates in the field. In 1X95
Mr. Green was a candidate for district attorney of
Chautauqua county, and although there were two
other candidates before the Republican county con-
vention, he was nominated on the first ballot 1>\ ;i
large majority, and was elected in the following
November.

Mr. Green holds many offices of trust. He at-
tends the Congregational church, and is one of its
active supporters.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Eleazer Green
was born at Rcinscn, \. }.. March 10, 1846: was
educated at U'estfie/if ( .V. )'. ) Academy and at the
Albany Law School, from which he received the degree



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of Bachelor of Laws in 18G8 ; married Mar\ /t.
Brown of Jamestown, N. Y., November '>, 187-1 :
7c>as elected clerk of the village of Jamestown in /.v,".<,
and mayor of tlic city of fames/own in 1894 was
elected district attorney of Chantanqita county in As'/'.* ,
has practiced law in /iimcstown since 1870.



%, (BtOSS 'as thrown early in life
upon his own resources, and has achieved success by
his own energy. He was born in a village of
( )ntario, Canada, and his schooling was limited to
about five years in the common schools of his native
place. Before he entered his teens he had taken
up the study of telegraphy, and while a mere boy he
began to support himself. He served as telegraph
operator for the Montreal Telegraph Co. and the
Dominion Telegraph Co. at Brighton, ()nt., and
later engaged in the railway service in
a similar capacity. The hours were long
and the work was hard ; but it is precisely
such conditions that prove and develop
character. Mr. Gross's abilities and per-
severance were equal to the test, and his
progress was steady.

He continued in railway employment
until 1882. The service called him to
various places, and March, 1873, found
him at Dunkirk, N. Y. , as train dispatcher
for the Erie railroad. While there he
came under the observation of Horatio ( '<.
Brooks, founder of the Brooks Locomotive
Works of Dunkirk. Widening opportuni-
ties, due to the recognition of his abilities,
called Mr. Gross to more important posi-
tions in the railway service in the West.
Thence he returned in March, 1882, to
form a partnership with Mr. Brooks, M. L.
Hinman, and others connected with the
Brooks Locomotive Works. His rise
there, like that of his earlier career, has
been continuous and rapid ; and he is now
the vice president of the company. His
business has made him an extensive
traveler, as well in foreign lands as in this
country ; and he has been instrumental
in the introduction of the American loco-
motive into Cuba and Brazil.

Mr. Gross's business ability and energy
have been called into use by other institu-
tions than the Brooks Locomotive Works.
Since May, 1890, he has been president of the United
States Radiator Co. of Dunkirk ; and upon the organ-
ization of the Hartford Axle Co. of Dunkirk in
January, 1895, he was chosen a director. Since



January, 1893, he has been president of the Young
Men's Building Association, Limited, of Dunkirk.
This association, with a view to the improvement of
the city, built and has conducted the fine Hotel
Gratiot in Dunkirk.

Though he has not sought office, Mr. Gross has
been an active and public-spirited citizen, and has
taken a citizen's proper interest in political duties.
He is an earnest Republican, and in 1883 served as
chairman of the Republican committee of Chautauqua
county one of the strongest Republican counties
in the Empire State. Since June, 1893, he has been
a member of the board of water commissioners of
Dunkirk a life position that is considered one of
the most honorable distinctions within the power of
the municipality to bestow. In all matters concern-
ing the prosperity of the city Mr. Gross takes an



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ROI1ERT J. GROSS

active interest. Since January, 1895, he has been
vice president of the Dunkirk Board of Trade, a
body devoted to the advancement of the city in its
manufacturing and commercial relations.



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Mr. Gross has a wide circle of friends. He is a
member of the Union League Club of Chicago, the
Old-Time Telegraphers' Association, the American
Railway Master Mechanics' Association, and the
Engineers' Club of New York city. He is a Mason
of the 32d degree, and belongs to the order of the




CHAR I US /:. HEQUE.MIitH'KC,

Mystic Shrine. He has been a trustee of the First
Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk since 18S.'i.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY - Robert J.
Gross was born at Brighton, Canada West, November
.'/. IS50 ; received a common-school education: was
in /he telegraphic and railway service, 186- 1 -,s' .' .
married Helen . Wheeler of Milwaukee, //'/>..
[line .!>, 1881 ; lias been a partner in the Brwks
Loenmotire Works, Dunkirk, X. ]'.. sines /.S'.s'.'.



(Ibarles E. Ibequembourg possesses in a

marked degree the qualities of self-reliance, courage,
and inflexibility of purpose. Apply these character-
istic s mentally to the branches of activity wherein
his energy has found an outlet, and it is easy to



understand why he has been a successful contractor
upon a large scale, and an instrument in the develop-
ment of important material interests.

Mr. Hequembourg began life in the village of
Dunkirk, N. Y. , and received a common-school edu-
cation there, in Dansville, N. Y., and in Warren,
Penn. To this education he added an
| experience gained in the war, having been
mustered, as a boy of eighteen, into the
68th regiment, company D, X. Y. N. G.
After receiving an honorable discharge at
the expiration of his term of enlistment,
he entered the quartermaster's department
of the Army of the Cumberland, where
he was employed until after the close of
the war. Since then he has been engaged
in business in various capacities as
mechanic, clerk, contractor, and civil
engineer.

His first large contract was the erection,
for the board of education, of the second-
ward schoolhouse in the village of Dun-
kirk. The next year he put up the first
brick schoolhouse built in the city of
Titusville, Penn. In 1871 he constructed
the Dunkirk waterworks. In 187374
he built the Hyde Park waterworks, near
Chicago. In 1879 he erected, with asso-
ciates, the St. James hotel at Bradford,
Penn. , which was the second brick build-
ing in the place, but which was so well
constructed that it holds its own among
the later buildings of the city.

As a natural result of his location, Mr.
Hequembourg became interested in oil
development. He was one of the early
operators in the Bradford oil fields, and
has since been concerned in oil and gas
production in many other parts of the
country. In 1878 he built, with others, the plant of
the Bradford Gaslight & Heating Co. the first cor-
poration in this country to supply natural gas to a
municipality for both illumination and heat. In 1880
this company, of which he was president and engineer,
installed a gas-pumping station of 6,000,000 cubic
feet daily capacity at Rixford, Penn., to pump gas to
the city of Bradford. This was at that time the only
plant in the world pumping gas through a pipe-line.
Later he was instrumental in carrying out the same
idea upon a much larger scale. As president and
engineer of the Columbus Construction Co., he un-
dertook in 1888 the building of a natural-gas pipe-
line connecting the gas fields of Indiana with the city
of Chicago. In 1892 the corporation completed and



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turned over to the owners the Indiana Natural-gas
& Oil Co. and the Chicago Economic Fuel Gas Co.
the largest and longest natural-gas pipe-line sys-
tem in the world, fully equipped with modern pump-
ing stations and appliances ; and the plant is now in
successful and profitable operation.

Mr. Hequembourg has exhibited, as a citizen and
in official life, the same qualities of progressiveness
and firmness of purpose that have characterized his
business career. Though his political affiliations
have always been Republican, he was chosen mayor of
Dunkirk, a Democratic city, by a large majority over
the Democratic candidate. His election was due in
great part to a movement, outside of party lines, to
make fitness and not politics the controlling element in
municipal affairs. The application of business meth-
ods to municipal politics proved here, as elsewhere,
eminently satisfactory. His administra-
tion was marked by a large increase in
local patriotism, and exercised much
influence upon the prosperity of the com-
munity. At the election in March, 189.3,
Mr. Hequembourg was re-elected mayor
without opposition. The only other pub-
lic office he has held is that of civil engi-
neer of Dunkirk. He has also rendered
public service to that city as president of
the Commercial Association.

Mr. Hequembourg has been a member
of the Masonic fraternity for many years.
He is a Knight Templar and a 33d degree
Mason, belonging to the body known as the
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons
as organized by 111. Joseph Cerneau in
1807. Mr. Hequembourg is Commander
in Chief of Dunkirk Consistory, No. 34.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL O G V-
Charles Ezra Hequembourg was horn at
Dunkirk, N. Y., July 9, IS 4.5 ; was edu-
cated in the common schools ; served in the
United States army from 1863 to the close
of the war ; married Harriet E. Thurber
of St. Louis, Mo., July 31, 1872 ; was an
early operator in the Pennsylvania oilfields,
and a pioneer in the development of natural-
gas transportation ; was elected mayor <>l
Dunkirk in March, 18! >4, and again in
March, 1895 ; has been engaged in business,
chiefly as civil engineer and contractor, in
Dunkirk since 18H5.



( >lean, N. Y. ; the second is that of an able manager
of public institutions ; the third and most distinctive
is that of a high authority in the complicated busi-
ness of oil refining. To this business Mr. Irish has
devoted over half of his sixty-odd years ; and both
his experience and knowledge, which is as scientific
as it is practical, place him among the experts whose
opinions are frequently called for in the various
departments of oil refining.

Mr. Irish was a Yankee boy, who began earning
bread and butter at thirteen years of age. For
eleven years thereafter he worked in a grocery,
finally leaving that business to accept a clerkship in
the New Bedford ( Mass. ) custom house. He re-
tained this position through the Pierce and Buchanan
administrations 1 So 3-61. He began his connec-
tion with the oil industry, first with the Fairhaven




\VIL[JAM .!/. IRISH



Militant /ll>. flrtSb has earned no less than
three reputations, each of them enviable. The first
is that of one of the most actively useful citizens of



Oil Co., and then with the New Bedford Oil Co.,
holding the office of superintendent for two years in
each concern. In 1 *(>">, with more experience and
skill than were generally possessed by those who



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flocked to the oil country, Mr. Irish decided to in-
vest his talents where the promise of return was
greatest. Arriving at the oil district, he immediately
became treasurer and superintendent of the Wam-
sutta Oil Co. in Venango county, Penn. Since that
time he has occupied similar positions in several
other companies, including the Octave Oil Co. at
Titusville, Penn., and the Acme Oil Co., to which
the former company sold out. He is now general
manager of the Acme Works, which are owned by
the Standard Oil Co.

U'herever he has lived Mr. Irish has been promi-
nently identified with the best interests of the com-
munity. In his native town, in Titusville, and in
Olean, he has served long and with distinction as a
member or as president of school boards. In connec-
tion with the requirements of this office, as he regards
the matter, he has carried on courses of study result-
ing in a broad culture that has been at once a satis-
faction in itself and a source of power. Mr. Irish
was the president of the first board of water commis-
sioners in Olean during the construction of the city
waterworks. That his acquaintance with the scien-
tific side of municipal management is by no means
narrow is proved by the fact that he has for several
years been a member of the local board of health,
and is now its president. Other conspicuous- posi-
tions, such as that of vice president of the Olean
Electric Light & Power Co. and of the Board of
Trade, indicate the commercial talents possessed by
Mr. Irish. Altogether it may be said that Olean is
healthier, better taught, better lighted, and better
watered, because of Mr. Irish's residence within its
borders.

Executive ability such as that of Mr. Irish has not
been allowed by state officials to go to waste. Gov-
ernor Cleveland appointed him to a directorate on
the board of the State Hospital for the Insane, located
at Buffalo, and Governor Hill reappointed him.
Mr. Irish is an attendant of the Presbyterian
church. His spare time is devoted to efforts to pro-
mote the social and educational interests with which he
is identified, or to study connected with these interests.

PER SO NA L CHR ONOL OGY William
Mitchell Iris /i ?i'<7\ horn at Fairliaven, Mass., July 3,
l<^'2i> ; attended district schools in early youth ; was
clerk in a grocery, 184~-5-l ; married Sarah fane Dun-
ham- of Fairhaven December 11, 1851 ; was a
custom-house clerk, !S-~>3-61 : rtw superintendent of
nil concerns, IXill-ii.', ; ?,'<r\ treasurer and superin-
teiiient of \\~amsittta Oil Co., McClintockvillc, Penn.,
lSi;.'i~', ,;, and of Octave Oil Co., lSi.l~fJ; has
fired at Olean, N. Y. , since /.S'.SYV as manager of the
Acme Oil ll'o/ks.



Z. XillCOln has done his part in
making the fame of the Cattaraugus-county bar. On
many occasions he has shown his fellow-lawyers the
value of fundamental training in the principles of the
law and of persistent research into legal history.
Mr. Lincoln at present holds the important position
of chairman of the New York commission of statu-
tory revision, to which he was appointed by Gov-
ernor Levi P. Morton in January, 1895. In virtue
of this office he is also the confidential legal adviser
of the governor. How important this position is
may be seen from the fact that every bill passed by
the legislature is referred to Mr. Lincoln for his
opinion as to its constitutionality and its other legal
aspects, and many bills have been amended, at the
governor's suggestion, to meet the objections raised
by Mr. Lincoln to the form or phraseology or re-
quirements of the bill. Mr. Lincoln is also chair-
man of the commission to revise the code of civil
procedure. As may be inferred from the facts already
cited, his legal attainments are of a high order.

He is a son of Vermont, though he has lived in
Cattaraugus county since his early childhood. His
mother died when he was four years old, and his
father when he was eight, and he was left to fight his
way in the world as best he could. The story of his
life resembles that of so many successful men, in re-
counting efforts to obtain an education under the
most adverse conditions. He ultimately succeeded
in taking an incomplete course at the Chamberlain
Institute at Randolph, N. Y.; but his school attend-
ance stopped at this point.

Determining to study law, Mr. Lincoln entered
the office of Cary & Jewell, of Olean and Little Val-
ley, in 1871, and three years later was admitted to
the bar. In August, 1874, he opened an office in
Little Valley, where he has practiced ever since.
His time and advice have been freely given to the
community in which he has lived, and in which he
is honored. For four years he represented the town
of Little Valley on the board of supervisors ; twice
he has been president of the village of Little Valley,
and once trustee of the same ; and for seven years he
served as a member of the village board of education.

When the 32d senatorial district needed a sound
man, an able thinker, and a hard worker to represent
it in the constitutional convention that sat in this
state in 18!)4, Mr. Lincoln was chosen. It is not
too much to say that he was a force in that body of
able men, and was early recognized as one of the
best of the constitutional lawyers who joined in guid-
ing the action of the body. He served on a number of
very important committees, including those on appor-
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Mr. Lincoln has a ready pen. A series of articles
on "Young Men in Politics " which he wrote in
1 .ss4 proved very popular, and attracted consider-
able attention throughout his section of the state.
He has also written much on legal and historical
topics for newspapers and legal journals during the
last twenty years ; and in 1893 he wrote
a history of the bench and bar of Catta-
raugus county. At his home in Little
Valley he has a fine library, particularly
rich in subjects of history and law. Out-
side the practice of his profession he has
found his chief recreation in the study of
history, especially the branches that have
a leaning toward the law. He is likewise
a master of the philosophy of law. The
education that was denied him in his
youth has been won as he went along.
He is a thorough student, and is remark-
ably well grounded in the law of the
ancient Romans. His lectures and ad-
dresses on law and history involve im-
mense research, and are in great demand.

Though so thoroughly devoted to the
law, Mr. Lincoln has never neglected his
social duties. He is a member of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen, and
of the Methodist Episcopal church.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY-
Charles Z.. Lincoln was /'/>rn at Graf ton,
Vt. , August ~> , /.S'^.V / was educated in tite
ctniimon schools and at Chamberlain Insti-
tute, Randolph, N. }'., married Lusette
Bonsteel of East Otto, N. V., November
12, 1874 ' was a member from tlie 32d
senatorial district of the state constitutional
convention in 18!>4 : was appointed chair-
man of the commission of statutorv revision
and governor 1 s confidential legal adviser, l>\
Governor Morton, January ', 7.V.9J . 7iw appointed
chairman of the commission to revise the New } 'ork code
of civil procedure June /.->, ISO.'); has practiced law at
Little Valley, N. }'., since 1874-



Itt. /ID a HUH is a business man, a pro
gressive citi/en, a man whose name stands among
the first in good causes in short, one of the men
who help generously to make the wheels go round in
whatever community they live. As he has spent his
whole life in Jamestown, he has the unusual good
fortune of seeing about him the fruition of the efforts
he has put forth during a remarkably active career.
With such preparation as could be obtained from
public and private schools, a course at Hartwick



Seminary, Otsego county, N. Y., and the training
of a business college, Mr. Marvin began his career.
He started in business life as a bookkeeper, and soon
after became manager of the business of his father,
the late Judge Richard 1'. Marvin. This position
he held for nearly twenty-five years. He also




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became connected with the lumber business, and
organized the firm of Marvin, Rulofson & Co.,
which still continues under his management. To
give a detailed account of the business interests with
which Mr. Marvin has been identified, and to re-
count the labors prompted by the philanthropic,
patriotic, and fraternal instincts of his character,
would require more .space than our present limits
allow. Merely brief mention can be made of the
efforts that have rendered him a potent and valuable
factor in the community.

The city of Jamestown has to thank Mr. Marvin's
active public spirit for a number of the civic advan-
tages that it enjoys. He was chairman of the com-
mittee that formed the charter under which the city



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was organized ; he first set on foot the movement
that resulted in free mail delivery there ; he was
largely instrumental in supplying the city with good
water ; he organized the local telephone company,
and was for years its president ; he has been a volun-
teer fireman in the (amestown fire department, and







RORF.RT X. MAfU'IN

chairman, vice president, and president of the State
Firemen's Association. In addition to local services
rendered to the Republican party as supervisor, dele-
gate to conventions, and nominee for state senator,
he served as elector on the Republican ticket in



Mr. Marvin's brain has been prolific in conceiving
and carrying out commercial ventures that have con-
tributed to the prosperity of the community. The
Jamestown street railway, the Chautauqua Lake rail-
way, and other enterprises are indebted to him as
promoter, incorporator, or president. He was an
incorporator of the Lakewood Land & Improvement
Co., whose holdings border beautiful Lake Chautau-
(jiia, and is a director of the company. He holds a



similar position in the Wyckoff Harvester, Mower
& Reaper Co., in the Preston Farming Co., and in
the Chautauqua County National Bank.

In the midst of these manifold business interests
Mr. Marvin has found opportunity to serve his
fellows in other ways as well. As chairman of the
committee to raise funds for the Gustavus
Adolphus Orphanage, as a member of the
advisory board of the Women's Christian
Association, and as advisory member of
the State Charities Aid Association, he
has proved himself the friend of the unfor-
tunate. He is a trustee of the James
Prendergast Library Association of James-
town, and is a lover of books and works
of art. He is one of the charter mem-
bers of the Jamestown Club, and was for
eighteen years its president. He is a
member of Mt. Moriah lodge, F. & A.
M., and of the A. O. U. W. ; an honor-
ary member of the 13th Separate Com-
pany, N. G., S. N. Y. ; a member of the
Chautauqua County Historical Society,
and of the Sons of the Revolution. With
the death of Mary A. Prendergast ended
the historic family of the founder of
Jamestown James Prendergast, from
whom the town was named. The prop-
erty accumulated by him and his descend-
ants has gone into permanent monu-
ments, such as the Prendergast Library,
and the beautiful stone church that adorns
the city of Jamestown. Mr. Marvin was
one of two executors of the Prendergast
estate.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Robert Newland Marvin was born at
Jamestown, N. V. , October 13, IS^fi :
attended public and private schools, Hart-
wick Seminary, and Bryant & Strattoii 1 s Business
College, Buffalo : began business as bookkeeper, and
later became manager of his father's business;
organized tlie lumber business of Marvin, Rulofson &
Co. in 1870, and has been manager of the same ever
since : was Republican candidate for state senator in
1881, and presidential elector in 1884 > married Mar\
Elizabeth Warner of Jamestown February 6, 1890.



C. ID. /IIMirmg has an interesting and signifi-
cant lineage. His father, Dauphin Murray, was
sheriff of Steuben county, New York, and participated
in the war of 1812 ; while his grandfather fought at
Bunker Hill and in other revolutionary battles. On
the maternal side the line is equally distinguished,



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