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When, in 1X77, this private enterprise was succeeded
by the First National Bank of Franklinville, the second
institution of its kind in Cattaraugus county, Mr.
Case became its cashier and active manager ; and he
has held that responsible position until the present
time. He has devoted to the work keen business
foresight and a special aptitude for financial affairs ;
and the remarkable success of the institution ever
since its organization is due to his indefatigable
efforts more than to any other one cause. This bank
easily holds the first place among similar institutions
in its vicinity, and is to-day one of the solid financial
establishments of western New York. When the
Bank of Ellicottville was started, a year after the
First National Bank of Franklinville, Mr. Case be-
came one of its directors, and he has held the posi-
tion ever since. In addition to this, he has been
president of the Citizens' Bank of Arcade from its
organization in 1888 ; and he makes frequent visits
there, in order to maintain an active supervision of
all the details of its management. It will thus be
seen that Mr. Case is a prominent figure in banking
circles in the neighborhood in which he resides, and
it is not surprising to learn that he is a large owner
of bank stock in that vicinity. He is also a director
of the People's State Bank of Mazo Manie, Wis.

Although Mr. Case has devoted his best energies
to banking, he has been interested in the produi linn
of oil ever since his early experience as superintendent
of the company in Pennsylvania; and more recently
he has been instrumental in forming the Manufactur-
ers' (las Co. of Bradford, I'enn., of which he is a
director. In connection with W. H. ( Idell and A. K.
Darrow he has operated some Pennsylvania oil prop-
erty very successfully. He was influential in forming
the canning company of Franklinville, and is a
director of the new Conklin Wagon Co. at (Mean.



Franklinville possesses one of the most beautiful
cemeteries in western New York, and this is due
largely to Mr. Case's efforts first, in promoting
the organization of the Cemetery Association in
1878, and ever since in the active interest he has
taken in its management, as trustee and treasurer.

Mr. Case has been for many years a prominent
member of the Free and Accepted Masons.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL O G Y Jason D.
Case 7i'ii.\- born at Lyndon, N. Y. , October 3, 1847 ;
it'll s educated in the district schools and in Rushford
(N. Y.) Academy ; herein business in 18H3 as assisf-
ant to his father, an extensive produce dealer ; accepted
a position as superintendent of an oil company in Penn-
svlrania, in 18<i!i became manager of a private bank
in Franklinville, N. Y., in 1S73 : married Helen C.
Morgan of Cuba, N. Y., January .,'?, 1873 ; has been
cashier and manager of the First National Bank of
Franklinrille since 1877, and president of the Citizens
Hank of Arcade, X. Y., since 1883.



S 1fo.



presents a career interest-

ing in various ways. An active business man in
Jamestown, N. Y., for fifty-five years, the war-time
president of the board of trustees of the village, a
member of the board of education for twenty-one
consecutive years, and a trustee of the First Baptist
Church for forty-four years such a man must have
led a life of great usefulness, and must have com-
manded the respect and confidence of his towns-
people in an unusual degree.

Mr. Clark is a representative of that sturdy New
England stock from which so much of the best blood
of western New York has come. He was born in
Worcester county, Mass.. in President Monroe's first
term. He attended the public schools of his native
village, and was afterwards sent to school at Salem,
Mass., and at Winchester, N. H., thus obtaining a
good education in the common branches of learning.
His studies were interrupted, however, at an early age,
when he went West, as New Englanders of that time
regarded western New York. He arrived in Chautau-
qua count}- in 1X30, and obtained a little more
schooling before taking up the serious business of life.

Mr. Clark settled in Jamestown in 1835, and has
lived there since with the exception of about two
years in his early manhood, which were spent in New
Orleans, Cincinnati, and 1'ittslnirg. When only
twenty-two years old, he engaged in the foundry and
machine-shop business in Jamestown. He had two
partners at first, and there were frequent changes in
the firm during its early years ; but he retained his
interest throughout, and since 1 ' s -~>7 he has conducted
the business alone.



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Mr. Clark was early recognized as a public-spirited
citizen who had the interests of his town at heart.
Two years before the war his townspeople elected
him a member of the board of trustees Jamestown
was a village then and he held this office continu-
ously for ten years. Throughout the war he served
as president of the board. The duties of
the position at such a crisis were far more
important than in the ordinary times of
peace. Jamestown, as one of the princi-
pal places in Chautauqua county, was
naturally a center for enlistment and for
the collection of the heavy taxes made
necessary by the war. Moreover, when
the nation was calling for so great sac ri-
fices, unusual prudence and conservatism
were necessary in the management of local
affairs. Jamestown justly looks upon Mr.
Clark as one of the men who laid the
foundations for the present prosperity of
the city.

Mr. Clark takes a characteristic New
England interest in the welfare of the
public schools. In 1870 he was elected
a member of the board of education, and
served in this office for twenty-one con-
secutive years : for fifteen years he was
president of the board.

From early life he has been an attend-
ant of the Baptist church. He was
chosen a trustee of the First Baptist
Church of Jamestown in 1852, and still
holds that position. He is also a mem-
ber of the Chautauqua County Historical
Society, and is one of its executive com-
mittee.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY-
Josephus H. Clark was born at Petersham,
Mass., Defaulter 1, 1819; was ciluealed
in /he pub/if schools ; moved /<> western
New 1 'ork in 1830 ; married Jane E. Marsh of
Panama, N. Y., July 1-1, 1S'>1 ; was trustee of
Jamestown, N. Y., 1859-69, and member of the
board of education, 1S70U1 ; has conducted a foundry
in Jamestown since IS 41.



and opportunities accorded to the "old school."
The warfare between allopathy and homeopathy has
lost much of the intensity that characterized it when
the renowned Hahnemann first enunciated his famous
principles of medicine. The new school has dem-
onstrated its right and its power to exist, and has




StOlte COUCb has devoted his life to the
study, teaching, and practice of medicine. He
ranks among the foremost expounders and defenders
of homeopathy in the United States. In medical
conventions, in the press, and before legislative
committees, he has vigorously upheld the tenets of
the " new school," and has demanded for its pra< ti-
tioners, against fierce opposition, the public rights



JOSEPHUS H. CLAKK

obtained a recognized standing before the law. It
may be said without exaggeration that this condition
of things has been brought about by Ur. Couch as
much as by any one man. His voluminous writings
on this burning question in medical science have
given him fame and reputation wherever the contro-
versy between the old school and the new has been
carried on. In addition to his controversial works
he has written numerous books and pamphlets on the
doctrines and methods of homeopathy, besides
occasional papers and articles on subjects connected
with the education and qualifications of physicians.
Dr. Couch has an ancestn imird in the fields of
medicine and education, and he inherited in an



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unusual degree those qualities of mind that mark the
patient investigator and man of science. After an
academic and a classical training in the Westfield
Academy and the Chamberlain Institute, he took up
the study of medicine under the supervision of two
eminent physicians of Vermont. He attended




ASA ST\'I i nCCff

courses of study at both allopathic and homeopathic-
institutions, and graduated from the Homeopathic
Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1855. He
immediately entered upon the practice of his profes-
sion in association with Professor Gardner of Phila-
delphia. In the same year his alma //<?/ appointed
him demonstrator of anatomy and assistant surgeon.
\Vith this rich experience added to his theoretical
studies, the young doctor concluded to devote his
entire time to practice. He returned to his native
county in New York, and opened an office in Fre-
donia, where he has practiced for forty years. The
esteem in which he is held in his profession and in
the community in which he lives, is best attested by



the positions of trust and honor to which he has
frequently been summoned. He was for several
years vice president of the Homeopathic Medical
Society of the State of New York, and for one year
its president. He was one of the founders of the
Chautauqua County Homeopathic Medical Society
and of the Homeopathic Society of West-
ern New York.

In 1877 he was appointed professor of
special pathology and diagnosis in the
Hahnemann College and Hospital in
Chicago, where his lectures were noted
for depth of thought, broad knowledge,
and painstaking research. His profes-
sional brethren showed their estimation of
his ability by recommending him to the
regents of the University of the State of
New York for the honorary degree of
Doctor of Medicine, which was promptly
conferred upon him, in 1879 ; and in
1891 the Homeopathic Society of the
state nominated him for the state board of
homeopathic medical examiners, to which
he was duly elected by the state regents.
Dr. Couch was chosen president at the
first meeting of the board, and was
appointed examiner in pathology and
diagnosis.

In 1x94 by Governor Flower, and
again in 1895 by Governor Morton, Dr.
Couch was commissioned one of the man-
agers of the Collins Farm Homeopathic
Hospital for the Insane. He is very much
interested in the work of this institution,
and means to make it, so far as he can,
second to no similar establishment in the
world in perfection of detail for hospital
purposes.

As a popular lecturer Dr. Couch enjoys
a wide reputation, presenting complicated
subjects in a simple, intelligible way. He has
lectured before the Buffalo Society of Natural
Sciences, and he delivered the opening address before
the 'World's International Homeopathic Congress
held at Atlantic City in 1801. Dr. Couch's whole
life has been one of unceasing activity in the prac-
tical and theoretical branches of his profession ; and
he is to-day, in consequence, justly regarded as a
< umplete, all-round physician and scientific man.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL O G V Asa Stone
Condi !''ii.< I'ttrn at \\~estjield, N. Y., October 22,
1883; was educated at WestfieM Academy and
Cliambfrlain Institute : graduated in medicine fn>//t
the Homeopathic Medical L'lillege, Philadelphia, in



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121



lS.~i.~i : miirrieJ Martha L. Slicnnan of \Vestfield
April .', 1S~>7, and Mrs. Ellen S. Barrett of Dun-
kirk, A'. )". , Fel>rnar\' 11, J87U ; wiis anointed a
member nf tlie state board of lu'menpathic medical
examiner* in 1S'>1 ; /lets practiced medicine in Fre-
donia, N. Y. , since



IB. IDOW <>f Randolph, N. Y., was born
of Puritan parents at Plainfield, Cheshire county,
N. H., August l(i, 1.SO.S. He was the eighth of the
ten children of Captain Solomon and Phoebe Dow,
who removed from Hartland, Vermont, to Genesee
county in 1816.

Albert Dow's father died in Pembroke, N. Y., in
1*22, and soon after Mr. Dow, in his fifteenth year,
began the battle of life on his own account, and
commenced a business career that has continued
uninterruptedly for over seventy years.
He lived a year in Batavia, where he
learned the shoemaker's trade ; next went
to Panama for a short time ; and then
settled in Silver Creek, Chautauqua
county, in 1827, which continued to be
his home for nearly twenty years. Here
he conducted a shoe business until Jan-
uary, 1840, when he entered the hard-
ware business, having George I). Farnham
for a copartner. This partnership con-
tinued about a year, and on its dissolution
Mr. Dow opened a hardware store at Sin-
clairville. In the fall of 1842 he resumed
the business at Silver Creek in partner-
ship with Horatio N. Farnham, and this
continued until his removal to Randolph
in 1845. In 1843 he had opened a
dry-goods store at Randolph, his nephew,
James Nutting, being associated with
him. This store they conducted as co-
partners until l.S.")l. I 'pon his removal
to Randolph he opened there a hardware
store that he continued until 1863 : his
son Warren was his partner during the
last three years.

In i860 he established a private bank
in Randolph, which was the first institu-
tion of the kind in that section ; and
from that time he has been prominently
identified with the banking interests of
Cattaraugus county. From 1875 to 1X80,
the last five years of Mr. Dow's banking
in Randolph, his son, Charles M. Dow, now of
Jamestown, N. Y., was an active partner. In 1881
Mr. Dow organized the Salamanca National Bank at
Salamanca. He was the principal stockholder and



president of the institution until 1890, when he re-
signed the presidency, but continued to be a director.

Since then he has not been actively engaged in
business, but has devoted himself to the care of his
investments and the enjoyment of a well-earned rest.

All through his extended business career he has
found it a pleasure and deemed it a duty to interest
himself in public affairs, and he has discharged faith-
fully and well the duties of various public offices.
He was a Democrat up to the time of the Civil War.
Like so many others he changed his party affiliations
at the outbreak of the war, and since 1861 he has
been a Republican and an active and unswerving
member of that party. He was early elected to local
offices in Silver Creek, and acted as justice of the
peace for eight years in Randolph. He served as
supervisor of that town for ten years. In IMi.'i and




ALBERT <;. DOH



1S(>4 he served as a member of the legislature from
the 2d district of Cattaraugus county, and in 1872
he was elected state senator, representing what was
then the r!2d senatorial district. In all these positions



MEN OF NEW YORK WESTERN SECT/OX



he displayed the good sense and faithful devotion to
duty that characterized him in private affairs.

Mr. Dow has always been actively interested in
religious work and in educational movements. When
a young man he united with the Presbyterian church
in Silver Creek, and upon his removal to Randolph




CKAXT DUKE

he joined the Congregational church of that village,
of which he has ever since been a member, and in
which he has often served in official capacities.

In ISoO he was active in the organization of the
Randolph Academy (now Chamberlain Institute),
which has been a power in the intellectual and moral
development of western New York ever since its
foundation. He was one of the original trustees of
this school, and has held that office uninterruptedly
up to the present time.

Mr. Dow's strong personality, sound judgment,
purity of character, honesty of purpose, and con-
scientiousness in the discharge of duty, has won
the respect and admiration of a large circle of



acquaintances and the friendship of all classes in the
community in which he liu-s.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Albert Gal-
latin Dots iL'its born at Plainjield, X. II . , August 16,
I Si is : Ciirrifii tvi /? s/ioe /'i/si/iess /'// Sifrer Creek.

.Y. )'., 1827 4.0, and a hardware business, is '/n-'/.'i .
married Freelore Mason <// liatavia,
N. Y., October 4, !$,>!>, and Lydia A.
Mason April .'!, 1850; en-et^c,/ in the
hardware business in Randolph, N. \ ". ,
184 ; ">-t>3 : established a private bank in
Randolph in ISiiu ; uw.s member of as-
sembly, IS*;. !-/;',, and state senator in
is]'.',; iuas president of the Salamanca
\ N. Y. } National Bank, 1881-90.



SHlfte is one of the most
prominent figures among the younger
generation in his native town of Wells-
ville, X. V. So large a majority of our
promising young men follow Horace
(Ireeley's advice and "go West," or turn
their backs on the country to seek the
more extended field of activity offered
by some large city, that it is a pleasure
to read the story of a life like Mr. Duke's.
It is a fortunate thing for the prosperity
of the nation that there are cases, like
this one, where young men of ability and
enterprise are content to devote their
talents to the development of the smaller
towns.

After attending the common schools of
Wellsville, Mr. Duke spent two years at
the Pennsylvania Military Academy at
(.'Hester, Penn., and one year at Alfred
University, and finally took a course at
a business college in Rochester. He was
thus well equipped as regards both general
culture and practical commercial training
when he began the business of lumbering and oil
producing with his father. The name of Duke is well
known in southwestern Xew York and northwestern
Pennsylvania, for in that region William Duke, the
father of our subject, and four of his brothers, had
been engaged all their lives in these industries. The
tow n of Duke Center, Penn., was named for them, and
practically owned and controlled by them for many
years. At present Mr. Duke and his two brothers
are associated with their father, and their interests
throughout Allegany county are varied and extensive.
Mr. Duke is an ardent Republican, and is devoted
heart and soul to the interests of his party. He is
full of enthusiasm for all plans looking toward the



.]/E.\ OF NEW YORK WESTERN SECTION



improvement of the village of Wellsville and the
county of Allegany. When the Allegany County
Firemen's Association was organi/.ecl he was made
the first president ; and he is president of the Wells-
ville hose company, which is named in his honor.
His popularity in his native place was abundantly
proved by his election, in 1894, as president of the
village, although his opponent was deemed one of
the strongest men in the town. He was re-elected
in 1895, and his fellow-townsmen have every reason
to be satisfied with his successful administration of
the affairs of the village ; for he has displayed great
executive ability, and has made one of the best
presidents the village ever had.

Mr. Duke has traveled extensively in the United
States, and has thus expanded his sympathies and
interests, and gained that knowledge of men and
affairs which is so desirable, and which
the man who has lived all his days in a
small community sometimes fails to ac-
quire. His genial good-fellowship is
amply evidenced by the number of clubs
and fraternal organizations to which he
belongs. He is a member of the Horn-
ellsville Club, the Acacia Club of Buffalo,
the Genesee Club of Wellsville, DeMolay
Commandery, No. '2'2, of Hornellsville,
the Damascus Temple of Rochester, the
Knights of St. John and Malta, and other
organizations. He is an Episcopalian.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Grant Duke was born at \\~ellsville,
N. ., June 1, 1863 ; was educated at
the Pennsylvania Military Academy an I
at Alfred University : married Anna B.
Taylor of Wellsville March 24, 1884;
?I',M president of the village of \\~ellsrille,
1894-95 ; has been engaged in business
in \\~ellsville and Allegany county, as
lumber merchant and oil producer, since
1883.



JE. JDUSeilbUrg has expended

the efforts of a vigorous and varied busi-
ness life upon interests centered in Port-
ville, N. Y., where he was born anil has
always resided. He had only the edu-
cation afforded by district schools and a
course at Binghamton Academy, but he
was endowed with a generous equipment
of common sense and sagacity. He has recognized
each opportunity that came to him, and has made
the most of it, until he now controls extensive and
varied concerns.



Mr. Dusenbury's father, in partnership with
William F. Wheeler, carried on for many years a
country store in connection with a large lumber
business, and young Dusenbury, on attaining his ma-
jority, became proprietor of this store. Two years
later, on the death of his father, Mr. Dusenbury, to-
gether with his brothers, succeeded to a partnership
in the firm, which then became known as Wm. F.
Wheeler & Co. Later on, the firm added the manu-
facture of leather to its previous undertakings, and
finally the production of oil. In these successive
developments Mr. Dusenbury has contributed a large
share of enterprise and executive ability.

The qualities that make a man successful in manu-
facturing pursuits or in general business are likewise
of great value to a bank official, and it is not strange
that Mr. Dusenbury was a prime mover in the estab-




JOH.V E. DUSE W.VAT

lishment of the First National Bank of ( (lean, twenty-
odd years ago, and that he has been actively connected
with the institution ever since. I" pon the death of
his father's old partner, William F. Wheeler, in



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l.S!i:>, Mr. Dusenbury succeeded him as president of
the institution.

Mr. Dusenbury has no liking for the scramble in
which those desirous of the emoluments of office too
often engage ; but he has been willing to serve the
public when called upon, as is proved by his ten



MILTON M. FE\\ER

years' incumbency of the office of town supervisor.
He has also remained aloof, as a rule, from all so-
cieties or fellowships, which many men find necessary
to satisfy the social instincts of their nature. He is,
however, an attendant of the Presbyterian church.

One diversion in which Mr. Dusenbury finds re-
laxation from the perplexities of a complicated
business is that of horse raising and training.
\Yith a particular liking for the fine points of well-bred
horse flesh, he has given some attention to horse
breeding as an avocation, and now owns an estab-
lishment of this kind.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY John E.
Diisenbur\ ivas born at Pi>rlrille, N. ., /line
10, IS- Hi : vv<z.v educated in common schools a nil at



Binghamton (N. Y. ) Acadcm\ ; commenced business
as a con lit r\ merchant in Portville in IS'iS , engaged in
lumbering in tin- s,nne place in ISHO, and later in the
maniijactiirf oj leather and in the oil business ; married
Hattie A. Foster of Chili, N. Y., in February, 1861,
and De-lie /". Mather of Soiithwick, Mass., in July,

lSi,'.i : established, with others, the />/
Xational Bank of Olean, X. }'., in IS* .',

and has been president of the same since

is:'-;.




/IIMltOll /ID. JfClWCr is a farmer's
boy who has risen to success in medicine,
business, and politics. He was born at
South Stockton, Chautauqua county, and
until he was eighteen years old divided his
time between farming and such schooling
as he could get in the district schools.
Then he set himself in earnest to obtain an
education. He went to Ellington Acad-
emy at Ellington, N. Y., and then to
Allegheny College at Meadville, Penn.
Finally he entered the Eclectic Medical
Institute at Cincinnati, and graduated
therefrom in 1860, at the age of twenty-
three, with the degree of M. D. Through-
out his school career he paid his way by
teaching.

For about a year after graduation Dr.
Fenner practiced medicine in Michigan,
first in Goodrich and then in Flint.
Then he decided to enter the army. He
enlisted, in 1861, in the 8th Michigan
volunteer infantry, served as hospital
steward, and was afterward promoted suc-
cessively to the rank of 2d and 1st lieu-
tenant. In l<S(io he was appointed assist-
ant surgeon in the United States navy.
Finally he retired from the service, in
1864, to devote himself to private practice, and re-
turned for this purpose to his native county, settling
at Jamestown. There he remained until lS(5i), when
he moved to Fredonia, N. Y., which has since been
his home. He conducted a general practice until
1872, and still carries on an office practice. In 1872
he began the manufacture of proprietary medicines,
in which he has met with great success.

Dr. Fenner has held various official positions in
the line of his profession. He was consulting sur-
geon to the Chautauqua County Insane Asylum from
1866 to ISlill. During the same years he was



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