Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County,
ed by William Adams, pub 1893.
Town of Olean
Bios of Olean A through I contributed by Ronda Oberlin
Bios of Olean J through Z contributed by Lee Campbell
LEE Family of Olean. p. 912
M. L. Lee, youngest son of Lyman (see page 780), was born in Little ValIey, Feb.15, 1839, and has been in the employ of the Erie railroad over thirty years. In the fall or 1860 he married Jane E., daughter of Stephen Aldrich, of Little Valley, and Oct.23. 1875, became station agent for the Erie at Olean.
LEWIS Family of Olean.
From: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. edited by William Adams, 1893. pp. 912 -- 913
Stillman E. Lewis, son of Caleb and Joanna (Wade) Lewis, was born in Farmersville, Feb.25, 1845. His father became a settler there in 1832 and cleared a farm where he died in 1856. Mrs. Lewis died in 1861. Stillman Lewis received his education in the common schools and in the academy at Arcade. In August 1863, he enlisted under Capt. G. Fred Potter in Co. C, 13th N.Y. H. M. A., and was promoted orderly to the regimental surgeon and later was hospital steward with headquarters at Portsmouth, Va. He was discharged in July, i865. In 1869 he began the profession of dentistry in Cuba, N. Y., where he was in practice until 1876, when he went to Elmira and remained until 1877. He came to Olean in 1878, where he has since practiced. In 1871 he married Julia A. Huntley, of Angelica, who died in 1873, being the mother of their son Stanley H. In I877 he married Jennie M. Hastings, of Cuba; children: Maud H. and Lina W,
LITTLE Family of Olean.
From: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. edited by William Adams, 1893. p. 913
John Little was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1818, and. coming to America settled in Franklinville in 1843, where he held the office of postmaster from June, 1861, until his death Jan.27, 1886. His son John was born there Jan. 1, 1847, and in the fall of 1882 was elected sheriff of the county, which caused his removal to Little Valley, and at the expiration of his term of office removed to Olean, where he was subsequently appointed under sheriff. In 1870 he married a daughter of Hon. William McVey.
LOCKWOOD Family of Olean.
From: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. edited by William Adams, 1893. p. 913
Thomas Lockwood came to Olean with his brother, Hon. Ebenezer Lockwood, about 1806. He was a lumberman and raftsman, and one of the prominent pioneers of the county. He resided in Olean some thirty or forty years, and about 1850 removed to Hinsdale and settled on a farm on Olean creek, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was supervisor of Olean from 1819 to 1822 inclusive. His son, James M. Lockwood, married Cora E. Hall. He enlisted in the U. S. navy in 1864 and was discharged a year later.
LUTHER Family of Olean. p. 913
James H. Luther, born in North Scituate, R. I., June27, 1826, came with his father Peleg to New Hartford, Oneida county, in 1828, but in 1847 returned to Providence, R. I., to complete his trade of machinist. In 1865 he began the manufacture of oil tools in Petroleum Center, Pa., moved thence in 1872 to Karns City, Pa., and in 1880 came to Olean, where he established a foundry and machine shop under the firm name of J. H. Luther & Sons, the sons being George H. and Charles P. Upon the death of the father the firm becameJ. H. Luther’s Sons and is now the Luther Manufacturing Company. Mr. Luther married, in 1853, Mary A. Stephenson, of Ansonia, Conn. The Luthers—father and sons—have been prominent in the material growth of Olean, particularly in the development of the fire department.
MANDEVILLE Family of Olean. p. 913
William H. Mandeville, son of John D. and Susan (Pomeroy) Mandeville, was born in Millport, N. Y., in 1841. He spent his early boyhood in New York city and his youth in Belmont, N. Y., where he was educated. After a clerkship in a general store of five years he began, in 1863, the business of fire insurance, which he has since continued. In 1865, in company with his father, the senior member of the firm of J. D. Mandeville & Son, he came to Olean and established the first agency of the kind in Cattaraugus county. He has been a commissioned insurance agent a longer period than any other man in western New York. He is now the senior member of the firm of W. H. Mandeville & Co. Since he came to Olean he has paid in losses to the insured more than $1,000,000. Aug.22, 1872, he married Helen L. Eastman and has one son, born in Oct. 1875.
MAYER Family of Olean. p. 913 – 914.
Rudolph Mayer was born in 1827 in Baden Baden, Germany, where he early engaged in business as a butcher and dealer in meats. He married A. Goodsell, and in 1855 they came to America and joined his brother, Max Mayer, in Olean, who had preceded him four or five years. He formed a partnership with his brother in a meat market, and about 1860 established a market of his own on Union street, where he was in business until the fire of Jan, 1865, when his market was destroyed. He removed to State street in 1871 and continued in business until his death April 21, 1876. Mr. Mayer was a pillar of the Catholic church and one of the foremost in aiding to build their church edifice. Frederick C- Mayer, his son, succeeded his father in the meat market. April 28, 1881, he married Anna Grear, of Olean, and has three sons and a daughter.
McCORMICK Family of Olean. p. 914
John H. McCormick is a son of Peter McCormick, who came to Olean in 1850, followed farming, was well known throughout the county, and died here Aug. 13, 1888. John H. was born in Olean, Sept.11, 1856, received a thorough business education, and May 28, 1884, married Maggie McClorey, of Franklinville. He has been engaged in the wholesale wine and liquor business.
MELOY Family of Olean. p. 914
John W. Meloy, born in Greeene, N. Y., Sept. 8, 1834, was educated at the Franklin and Binghamton Academies and entered the law office of Morris & Tompkins, where he remained until 1854, when his father removed to Ellicottville and engaged in mercantile business, where young Meloy assisted him until I859, when us was employed in the banking office of Stanley Martin in Olean. In June 1860, he married Frances J., daughter of Dr. Thomas J. Williams, of Ellicottville. In 1863 he was appointed assistant superintendent of the Nashville, Decatur, and Stevenson lines of U.S. military railroads with headquarters at Nashville, Tenn. Subsequently the Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta lines were added to his charge, and these were almost exclusively used in transporting troops and army supplies to General Sherman. When the march from Atlanta to the sea was begun Mr. Meloy was called to assist in opening the railroads through North Carolina. As soon as the war closed he returned home and was a short time in mercantile business in Jamestown. Returning to Portville in 1865 he engaged in the grocery and provision trade and in buying and shipping lumber. For a number of years he was also in the banking and exchange business. Since 1883 he has had a grocery in Olean.
MOORE Family of Olean. p. 914
George N. Moore, son of Isaac and Mercy (Jones) Moore, was born in Bucks county, Pa., Jan. 10, I827. At the age of sixteen he left home and began to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner. At the age of twenty-five he became a contractor and builder. In 1854 he went to Minneapolis and prosecuted his business through the disadvantages of the year 1857. In 1860 he returned to Bucks county, where he remained until 1865, when he settled in Oil City, where he was a contractor and builder and a dealer in lumber until 1879. He was then an oil producer in the Bradford fields and removed to Olean, where he has since resided. Jan. 10, 1876, he married Kate C. Stanton, who was born in Mt Pleasant, Iowa. Her paternal grandfather was Judge Samuel Stanton, of Wayne county, Pa.; her maternal grandfather was Elihu Chadwick, of New Jersey, a colonel in the Revolution. Children: Clarence Stanton, born March 19, 1877, and Eva May, born March 19, 1879.
MOORE Family of Olean. p. 914 – 915
W.D. Moore, a Canadian by birth, born May I, 1847, in 1864 removed to St. Lawrence county and six years later to Weston’s Mills; in 1875 he came to Olean and engaged in building and contracting. In 1881 he entered into partnership with Charles Gillingham and established the Olean Sash and Blind Factory, which was continued until the buildings were destroyed by fire. Mr. Moore built the Moore block in Union street and his factory in Wayne street in 1883. In 1884, by the failure of other parties, he had a stock of furniture precipitated upon his hands, and since then has also conducted a large furniture trade. He has been active in many suburban real estate transactions. Mr. Moore is a member of the Masonic bodies and has occupied every office in the fire department from pipeman to chief. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trade.
NELSON Family of Olean. p. 915
Alexander W. Nelson was born in Dunbar, Scotland, Feb. 14, 1852. His parents, Walter and Elizabeth (Watt) Nelson, immigrated to America in 1857 and settled in Lockport, N. Y. He was a farmer until he was eighteen, when he became a railroad employee and a conductor at the age of twenty, which he continued until 1889, when he settled in Clean, where he has since been proprietor of and conducted a steam laundry. In 1880 he married Clara Stevens, of Lockport, who died in 1886, being the mother of two children, of whom Clara W. is living. In 1888 he married Jennie M. Williams, of Jackson, Mich.
OAKLEAF Family of Olean. p. 915
Frank H. Oakleaf was born in 1852 in Brooklyn, where his early life was spent, removing finally to Titusville, Pa., where he learned the jeweler’s trade. Coming to Olean in 1874 he was for a number of years engaged in the jewelry business with Fred R. Eaton, and subsequently became connected with the book and stationery trade, which he still follows, having added to it a line of wall papers and house decorating goods. Mr. Oakleaf is a member of the Board of Trade. In 1882 he married Jennie V. Bickford, of Nashua, N. H.
OOSTERHOUDT Family of Olean.p. 915
Samuel Oosterhoudt, son of Zachariah and Polly (Reed) Oosterhoudt, was born in Franklinville, March 28, 1813, and received his literary education in the common schools. The family removed to Olean in 1817, where Mr. Oosterhoudt learned the blacksmith’s trade. When about twenty-three he opened a shop in Olean and used the first money he earned to obtain a deed for his father and mother of the homestead farm. Dec. 20, 1838, he married Mary, daughter of Samuel Bronson and granddaughter of Cornelius Brooks. Mr. Oosterhoudt died Nov. 12, 1884; Mrs. Oosterhoudt died June 16, 1890. He followed his trade four years, when he changed to manufacturing and dealing in lumber, which grew to an immense business and required a small army of men. He began a systematic course of building, erecting business blocks and residences, being the pioneer in that direction and probably doing more than any other in building up Olean. He was a financier of more than ordinary ability and was a successful business man. He was a Republican and served as sheriff, supervisor. town auditor, and assessor. He possessed a harmonious character and was distinguished for his sterling integrity, his honorable dealing, and the modesty with which he bestowed a bountiful charity. He was especially the advisor and friend of young men and set many on the road to prosperity. Children: two who died in infancy; Mary Alice (Mrs. H. G. Allen), born May 23, 1845; Samuel Francis, born Dec. 12, 1847; and Eva Elizabeth, born Nov. 15, 1852, married J. B. Smith, a druggist, and has one son, Samuel E., born Sept. 24, 1879. All reside in Olean.
OVERTON Family of Olean.p. 915 – 916.
Major G. B. Overton born in Athens, Pa., Jan. 9, 1825, was educated at Lafayette College and afterward studied law in his father’s office at Towanda Pa. He was a lineal descendant of George Clymer, one of the framers of the constitution of the United States and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Major Overton was for sixteen years in the service of the Bingham estate (of which he was an heir) and for eight years was sub-agent for the counties of Elk, Potter, and McKean Pa. While holding this office he married Maria Wilmot, a sister of the Hon. David Wilmot, of Pennsylvania. In 1860 he was a delegate to the National Convention at Chicago and voted for the nomination of Abraham Lincoln. At the beginning of the Rebellion he was chosen captain of a company of the 1st Pa. Rifles (Bucktails). Later he was appointed captain of tile 14th U. S. Inf., and served in the various battles of the Army of the Potomac. While on the staff of Gen. George E. Sykes at Chancellorsviile Major Overton was wounded just above the knee by a canister ball. After carrying the ball for twenty-five years it was extracted by Dr. Mudge, of Olean, and was found to weigh over three ounces. Major Overton held three commissions—captain, brevet major, and Iieutenant-colonel. Soon after the war he resigned his commission in the army, and in 1869 was appointed receiver of the Utah Land District. After holding this office eight years he was tendered the position of register in the land office at Fair Play, Col., which he declined, and returned east. In 1880 he came to Clean, where he has since resided.
PAGE Family of Olean.p. 916
Wilson R. Page is a son of Rufus L. Page (deceased), for thirty-five years a respected resident of Olean, and was born here Dec. 29; 1854. Obtaining his education at Andover and Yale he married, Feb.21, 1881, Nellie F. Brett, of Olean, and was appointed postmaster by President Arthur and re-appointed by President Harrison. Mr. Page is an energetic, public spirited citizen, a thorough business man, and a prominent factor in local politics.
PARKER Family of Olean.p. 916
Erastus Parker. son of Robert and Betsey (Brooks) Parker, was born in Orleans county, Vt., Aug. 16, 1807. His father was a Revolutionary soldier. His mother died in Essex, Vt., and in 1813 the family settled in Clinton county, N. Y. At the age of seventeen he went to Ohio and subsequently to Michigan, Indiana, and Chautauqua county, N. Y. In 1848 he removed with his family to Olean and settled on the south hank of the Allegheny, where he still resides. Aided by his sons John B. and Allen he also bought with his son-in-law, Asa F. Burlingame, a tract of timber land and they were quite extensive lumbermen. Mr. Parker is a Republican and has been for fifteen years overseer of the poor. Aug. 31, 1828, he married Marra Bartlett in Michigan. She was born in New Hampshire, March 27, 1808. Children: Emeline (Mrs. Asa Burlingame); John B., born July 26, 1832, married, in Jan., 1859, Sarah N. Van Valkenburg, of Olean, and has five sons and a daughter; Allen (deceased), born March 22, 1834, married Emma Lott (deceased), and had a son and two daughters; Laura, born April 2, 1836, the widow of John Nelson; Alinda (Mrs. Addie Randall); Electa, born Aug. I, 1843, married Wm. Farr.
PENFIELD Family of Olean.p. 916
William Walter Penfield, born in Portland, Conn., March 19, 1796, married Permelia L. H. Russell, April 10, 1817, who was born in Canajoharie, N. Y., March 14, 1799. They settled in Allegany county, where he was a farmer and tanner with his wife’s father, Samuel M. Russell, until 1827, when he removed to Olean, where he built and conducted a tannery (the first permanent one in the place). He manufactured both sole and upper leather and conducted a large shoe shop, and employed about fifteen men. He was the landlord of the Olean House at the time of the construction of the Genesee Valley canal. He was always a Democrat and in religion a steadfast Episcopalian. He was one of the organizers of St. Stephen’s church and for years one of its vestrymen. He died Oct. 10, 1873.
PIERCE Family of Olean. p. 916
William B. Pierce, who was born in Fabius, Onondaga county, April 16, 1824, came to Olean in 1848 and followed his trade of carpenter and builder for a number of years, and in 1856 engaged in the grocery business. He subsequently became a dealer in coal, lime, etc, and at one time was one of the oldest business men in town. Feb. 11, 1850, Mr. Pierce married Eveline L. McClurer of Olean, a niece of O. P. Boardman.
Ormel W.. PIERCE Family of Olean. p. 917
Ormel W. Pierce was born in Machias, Feb. 9, 1866. His father, John S. Pierce, was a native of Franklinville, of which town his grandfather, William Pierce, was an early settler and an extensive land proprietor. Ormel W. Pierce came to Olean in 1887 and established business as a manufacturer of galvanized iron cornice, making the first goods in this line in Cattaraugus county. Dec. 22, 1887, Mr. Pierce married Margaret, daughter of William Follett, of Machias.
PRATT Family of Olean.p. 917
John W. Pratt, son of Aaron S. Pratt, a native of Vermont, was born in Edwards, St. Lawrence county, April 14, 1849. He completed his education at Friendship Academy and taught the village schools of Bolivar and Little Genesee six consecutive terms. His home was then in Bolivar, to which place his parents had removed in 1866. At a competitive examination in the fall of 1872 he received the State free scholarship at Cornell University and entered that institution, but the change from active labor to a student’s life brought on illness and he was obliged to abandon a collegiate course. Since the spring of 1878 he has resided in Clean, where he has been engaged in the grocery trade. He has been a member of the Methodist church since 1879 and Sunday school superintendent, trustee, and treasurer several years. He was a member of the school board three years. While treasurer of his church he collected and paid the large debt on the edifice. Aug.27, 1879, he married Elnora I. Hosley, of Olean, and has two daughters.
REPP Family of Olean.p. 917
Charles F. Repp, son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Wolfinger) Repp, was born in Scranton, Pa., June 6, 1866. In 1886 he was traveling agent for the Grand Union Tea Company, and in 1887 settled in Olean and opened a retail store for the sale of that company’s goods. In the few years Mr. Repp has resided in Clean he has gained a high reputation. In 1891 he married Martha Hart, of Williamsport, Pa.
RILEY Family of Olean. 917.
The firm of Riley & Wands (Millard F. Riley and Charles R. Wands) is one energetically engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery trade. Both members have served long in mercantile pursuits. The retail store was established in 1882 and the wholesale in 1887. They have been largely interested In Clean real estate, and in all their enterprises have been signally successful.
SHAFFER Family of Olean. p. 917
Charles A. Shaffer was born in Cuba, N. Y., Oct. 9, 1851. In March, 1878, he came to Olean and a year later was appointed by the village council a policeman. He was promoted chief in March, 1887, and still holds that position, having won the promotion by arresting the famous John L. Sullivan in Olean. May 12, 1870, he married Emily P. Brown, of Hinsdale; children: Belle and Joseph Francis.
SHANBUCHER Family of Olean. p. 917
Jacob H. Shanbucher was born in Liberty, Pa., March 22, 1843, spent the early part of his life with his father in farming and lumbering, and at the outbreak of the Rebellion enlisted in the 207th Pa. Vols. as second lieutenant, being mustered out as first lieutenant at the close of the war. He apprenticed himself to the trade of harness making and in 1865 located at Williamsport, Pa., where he was a clothier and merchant tailor. In 1874 he commenced keeping hotel in Olean --- the Option House. In 1868 he married Sarah A. Herring of Brooklyn.
SHEPARD Family of Olean. pp. 917 – 918
William Shepard was born April 7, 1773. He came to Olean with his brother—in—law, Willis Thrall, and the two purchased quite a tract of wild land on both sides of Olean creek. He married Elizabeth Hinman. Children: Olean the first white child born in the town, May 22, 1807; and William B., born Oct 21, 1808. Mr. Shepard died Sept.21, 1809. Mrs. Shepard married Jedediah Strong, who died June 25, 1828; Mrs. Strong died Oct. 4, 1830. Olean and William B. Shepard were married simultaneously in the old school house in their district Feb. 117 1833: Olean married Rev. William Butt, a Methodist clergyman, and William B. married Miss Sophia Rice, of Cortland county, and remained on the homestead, where he died Dec. 30, 1883. At an early age he was an Allegheny river pilot and made many trips to Pittsburgh. Mr. Shepard was a prominent citizen. He was early identified with the military interests of Olean and was commissioned captain. He was an active Methodist, of which church he was many years a member and trustee. He was a Whig and a Republican at the organization of that party. His children are Sarah, born Aug. 5, 1835, married Henry Hastings, Sept. 20, 1855; Ellen; Mary; and William E.
SIMPSON Family of Olean. p. 918
W.H. Simpson was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. His early life was spent in Buffalo, where he learned the plumbing business, with particular reference to sanitation. He came to Olean in 1879 and established business, which increased as the town grew, and in which he has been very successful. He has been an active man in town affairs, was excise commissioner one term, an officer of the fire department nine years, and was four years its chief engineer. The present efficiency of the department is largely due to Mr. Simpson’s efforts and he still takes an active interest in the affairs of the firemen.
SLOANE Family of Olean. p. 918
John Sloane was born in Pilltown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Aug. 6, 1852. Until nearly eighteen years of age he attended the National school of his native village and after that was employed in the office of Malcomson Brothers, the great linen and cotton manufacturers having mills at Belfast, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, and Portlaw. He remained with them about two years, when he resigned and came to America, thus realizing the ambition of his boyhood to visit the New World. He arrived in New York city July 11, 1872. From there he went to Buffalo, where he resided five and a half years, during which time he was employed at Dun & Co.’s Mercantile Agency and later at the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern freight office. In Aug., 1879, he came to Olean as assistant to the agent of the Western New York & Pennsylvania railroad. In 1880 he was appointed agent at Port Allegany, Pa., but becoming dissatisfied with railroad business and the position he then occupied he resigned and returned to Olean, where he has since resided. His first employment was in the Acme Milling Company as book-keeper, where he remained six years. He then entered into partnership with Nicholas Hotton, of Portville, and built the Empire Feed-Mills at North Clean, which he operated three years and sold to the Acme Milling Company. Since then he has been engaged in the wholesale grain and mill-feed business. His industry has been untiring and his ambition to make the most of his opportunities has placed him at the forefront of every enterprise in which he has taken a hand. If he could not succeed in one undertaking he would not hesitate to accept the inevitable and to push on to something better, until now he is a recognized representative of the progressive business interests of this city. He has been active in many other departments. In St. Stephen’s church, of which for eight years he has been a warden, his services as lay-reader, superintendent of the Sunday school, secretary of the Guild, and a member of many important committees of the vestry have been invaluable. He is a member of various societies and orders, in all of which lie has held high positions; Master of Olean Lodge, No.252, F. & A. M.; high priest of Olean Chapter, No.150, Royal Arch Masons; prelate of St. John’s Commandery, No.24, K. T.; and deputy district grand master of the counties of Cattaraugus arid Chautauqua; in the A. 0. U. W. and Knights of Honor his voice is often heard upon important occasions when wit, wisdom, and eloquence are required to arouse the interest and enthusiasm of an audience. After a recent visit to Ireland he delivered an instructive lecture upon the old country, and while in Ireland he enlightened his countrymen by lecturing upon the institutions of America. He has sympathized with the struggles of the Home Rule party in his native land, and on one occasion he had the honor to address the constituency of its late distinguished leader, Mr. Parnell, in company with the latter. He is a Republican and chairman of the executive committee of the local organization.
SMITH Family of Olean p. 919
John B. Smith was born in Pike, Wyoming county, and in early life went to Wisconsin, where his youth was spent in school and in learning the printer’s trade. For two years he was a salesman in the establishment of Marshall, Field & Co. in Chicago, and subsequently engaged in the dry goods business in Rockford, Ill. Mr. Smith served one year on the village Board of Trustees, and has taken an active interest in every progressive public movement. He was for a time editorially connected with the Olean Record; he is now engaged in the drug business. Sept. 19, 1877, he married Eva E., daughter of Samuel Oosteroudt, and has one son, Samuel E, born Sept.14, 1879.
David L. SMITH Family of Olean p. 919
David L. Smith was horn in Cameron, N. Y, May 1, 1835, and came to Olean in 1865, engaging in the business of harness making, which he still follows. Sept. 1, 1861 he enlisted in the 1st N. Y. Light Artillery and was mustered out as first lieutenant June 23, 1865. Oct. 7, 1867, he married Emma M., daughter of the late Rufus L. Page, of Olean. Mr. Smith speaks with some pride of his participation in Sherman’s march to the sea and earned his commission as lieutenant for brave and heroic service on April 9, 1862, near Warwick Court House, Va.
Norman M. SMITH Family of Olean p. 919
Norman M. Smith is a son of Julius R. Smith, whose father, Dr. Norman, came to Olean about 1814 (see Medical Chapter), and whose only descendants residing here are the son above named and Adeline P. Norman M. was born in Olean, Feb. 29, 1856, and for some time has been transfer agent for the American Express Company. The family has been prominent in Olean.
STOWELL Family of Olean p. 919
Calvin S. Stowell was born at Friendship, N Y., April 11, 1844, where he received his education and lived until 1864, when he came to Clean as clerk for the late N. S. Butler, and has since resided here with the exception of two years spent in the lower oil fields during the oil excitement of ‘66. He was under sheriff and followed mercantile pursuits until he accepted the tellership of the Exchange National Bank, which position he held six years. Mr. StowelI was supervisor of Olean in 1873-74 and for five years subsequent to 1881, resigning the position to accept the office of postmaster tendered him by President Cleveland. He served his town with fidelity and was honored with the appointment as a member of the commission to purchase the armory site and to audit the accounts of the county superintendent. He is a member and has at various times presided over all the Masonic bodies. Mr. Stowell is a Democrat and a prominent member of the Board of Trade.
TARBELL Family of Olean p. 919
Fred R. Tarbell, son of Dana O.. and Frances M. (Wilder) Tarbell, of New England origin, was born in Farmersville, Dec.20, 1863, and received his education in Ten Broeck Free Academy. His father was a farmer and now resides in Olean. Fred R. became a telegraph operator at the age of fourteen arid has followed that avocation to the present time. He now has charge of the office of the Postal Cable Telegraph Company at Olean.
TAYLOR Family of Olean p. 920
B. U. Taylor, son of the late Rev. Alexander Taylor, a noted and well-known Baptist clergyman, was born in Maine, September 11, 1854, and in his early manhood served three years as apprentice with Rumery, Maxwell & Grant, one of the largest manufacturing firms in Boston, Mass., during which time he received instructions under Prof. Demming in the special branches relating to his line of business. He is one of the leading contractors and buildcrs of Olean, and has given special attention to the setting of boilers, being a known authority on all matters pertaining to boiler setting, and has made also a special study to so construct an oven that it would successfully burn wet tan-bark and sawdust. Nearly every tannery company in this section of country can testify- to the able and efficient manner in which he has succeeded in this special branch of business.
THYNG Family of Olean p. 920
Frank P. Thyng, a native of Perry, N. Y, was born Aug. 9, 1820. His parents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Gilman) Thyng, were born in New Hampshire and were pioneers on Silver hill in Perry. They had eleven children, of whom Frank P. was the youngest. Sept. 7, 1848, he married Sarah E.., daughter of Uriah and Sarah (Patch) Rose, of Centerville. Her father was a soldier in the War of 1812 and her grandfather served in the Revolution. They settled on a farm in Centerville and in 1852 removed to Olean, where he was a general merchant until Aug., 1862, when he was burned out. He then began a trade in oil operators’ supplies. He built fiat-boats, loaded them with farm produce and supplies, and floated them down the Allegheny river to the first oil field in the vicinity of Oil City. He was an oil operator and dealer and bought and sold oil wells. Mr. Thyng is a Republican. His children are: Eugenia, born Aug. 9, 1849, married Rev. T. S. Leonard1 a Baptist clergyman; Elmont W., born 11 March, 1854, died aged nineteen; and Capt. Culver G., born Dec. 25, 1857.
C. G. THYNG Family of Olean.p. 920
Capt. C. G. Thyng, - born the last week of 1857, is a native of Olean. He was early thrown upon his own resources, and his great energy, activity, and venturesome spirit carried him into the stirring life of the oil country at the age of fourteen. There he was successively a pumper, tool-dresser, gauger, well-driller, torpedoer, and scout. He was in the employ of the Bradford Oil Company in 1876-78. In 1879 be was correspondent for several newspapers and was also engaged in the torpedo business. He was in the oil-well supply trade from 1881 to 1883, also an oil operater. In 1883 he became the head of the firm of C. G. Thyng & Co., oil producers. Captain Thyng is still an oil producer and now has a third-interest in a mining company with a capital of $1,000,000 which is operating in North Carolina. He is a member of the Board of Trade and captain of the 43d Separate Company N. G. S. N. Y. of Olean, having served as such since its organization, March 17, 1887.
TROY Family of Olean. p. 920
Edward Troy, born in Olean, March 13, 1853, received his education in the public schools and, began business as bookkeeper and superintendent for the Chamberlin Manufacturing Company in 1881. Since March, 1890, he has been a member of the company and is its business manager. This concern is still engaged in the manufacture of the celebrated Chamberlin screw stump-puller. Mr. Troy is a Republican.
TURNER Family of Olean. pp. 920 -- 921
Charles Edgar Turner was born in Buffalo, N. Y., May 23, 1849. He was educated in the public schools and at the age of sixteen began the trade of machinist, after acquiring which he became a fireman and afterward a locomotive engineer, which he followed until 1877, when he came to Olean and took charge of the mechanical department of the 0. B. W. narrow gauge rail- road, then in construction. He is now the master mechanic of the Olean shops of the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Mr. Turner was elected president of the village in 1888 and held the position two consecutive terms. At the organization of the city he was elected mayor. He is president of the Olean branch of the National Loan Association and a member of the Masonic orders up to the commandery.
VAN CAMPEN Family of Olean. p. 921
Hon. George Van Campen descended from ancient and distinguished Holland ancestry, many of whom served their country in military and educational capacities. John Aerensen Van Campen, farmer, the first of the name to come to America, settled in New York (then Amsterdam) in the year 1658 and was soon followed by others of his family. By 1750 several descendants lived in this State, in New Jersey, in Pennsylvania, and in Delaware, and all became more or less prominent, especially as Indian fighters. Cornelius Van Campen was killed by the Indians on his farm in Pennsylvania. Of his six sons and four daughters was Benjamin, the father of George. George Van Campen was born Nov.13, 1817. His maternal grandfather, George Saunders, and .great-grandfather, Hezekiah Saunders, both served in the Revolution. >From about 1836 until 1843 he conducted the postal service his father had organized in parts of Allegany, Steuben, and Livingston counties in 1826, and Dec. 25, 1843, identified himself in mercantile business in Randolph. In 1851 he exchanged his real estate for timber lands in Allegany, whither he removed March 1, 1869. He came to Olean, where he immediately became identified with the business and social interests. Aug. 4. 1847, he married Sophia T., daughter of Anson and Sophia King; children: James King, born in 1851 George, Jr., born in 1854; Benjamin, born in i866; Josephine Maria, born in 1868 and four daughters who died early. In 1863 Mr. Van Campen was appointed special consul to Liege, Belgium, and in 1867 was elected a member of the constitutional convention.
WEBER Family of Olean p. 921
Blanchard B. Weber is a son of Matthew and Betsy (Hemstreet) Weber and was born in Ashford, April 16, 1848. Educated in the public schools and in Griffith Institute in Springville, N. Y., he entered the office of the Cattaraugus Republican in 1871 as assistant business manager and learned also the trade of printer. Jan. I, 1873, he purchased of his brother-in-law, A W. Ferrin, a half-interest in that newspaper (see page 96), with whom and with which he has since been associated. Dec. 1, 1887, with A. W. Ferrin and S. C. Green, he became connected with the publication of the Olean Times, the firm being S. C. Green & Co, but since Feb., 1891, it has been styled Ferrin & Weber. In all his newspaper enterprises Mr. Weber has acted mainly in a business capacity, and to his excellent judgment and shrewd management is largely due the fact that each has proven comparatively successful. He is an active member of the Congregational church.
WHITNEY Family of Olean p. 921
Christopher Whitney was a descendant of three brothers Whitney who came to America in 1749 and settled at Southold, L. I., whence, in 1765, he moved to Norwalk, Conn. He moved to Tinmouth, Vt., about 1781, where his son Christopher, Jr, was born Nov.12, 1782, and married Rhoda Wilder. They moved to Locke, N. Y., about 1805, and thence to Homer, N. Y., about 1881, where he resided until 1826 or 1827, when he moved to Hinsdale, where he was a farmer. After some years spent in Hinsdale and Allegany he moved to Olean about 1839. He was justice of the peace over twenty years. He died in 1866 in Allegany. He had twelve children, of whom Olive, Noah, Rufus, and John are living.
WHITNEY Family of Olean. 922
Russell M. Whitney, second son of Dr. Lambert Whitney, was born in Olean, April 6, I838. With the exception of seven years in the U. S. army his life has been spent in Olean. In June, 1857, he married Lydia S. Smith, of Northampton, N. Y. He is an extensive manufacturer of wagon hubs. Like his father Mr. Whitney is a respected citizen and prominent in political affairs.
WILLIAMS Family of Olean. From: 922
Henry Williams, son of George and Catherine (Griffith) Williams, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in Sept., 1853. He received an academic education and taught three terms of district school. At the age of twenty he became a dealer in musical instruments in Scio, N. Y. In 1882 he settled in Clean, where he has since continued his trade, having added to it the sale of sewing machines. Mr. Williams married, in September, 1880 Emma, daughter of his partner, Henry Weaver, who was associated with him until he died in March, 1889. They have four sons.
WINTERS Family of Olean. p. 921
George L. Winters, son of Alonzo, was born iii Tecumseh, Mich., April 13, 1838, started in life as a school teacher, and upon. the breaking out of the war enlisted in Co. C, 154th N. Y. Vols. For meritorious service he rose rapidly to the rank of captain and was wounded in the arm at Gettysburg, where he was taken prisoner and subsequently had his arm amputated by a Confederate surgeon. March I, 1865, he married Margaret Z. daughter of John and Mary Pierce, of Ischua, who survived him. Mr. Winters was elected sheriff of Cattaraugus county in 1876 and made a most efficient officer. He was always a Republican and a highly respected citizen, and was influential in political affairs in county, district, and State. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, but on account of ill-health never practiced his profession. Mr. Winters died in Olean, June 8, 1889.
WOOD Family of Olean. p. 922
George Nathan Wood was born in Starkey, Yates county, Nov.11, 1857, and died in Olean, Sept. 25, 1887. He was the eldest son of Elisha Wood. When ten years of age his parents moved with their family to Burlingame1 Kan., where young Wood resided until 1876, when he came to Olean and entered the Times printing office, then owned by his uncle, George Dickinson. In April, 1883, Mr. Wood became business manager of the Times, which was then owned and conducted by a stock company, and through his individual efforts the paper was placed on a substantial business basis. In Sept., 1884, he purchased the plant and became editor and proprietor, and almost immediately acquired a high rank among the inland journalists of the State. Mr. Wood was conscientious, enterprising, progressive, and careful; as a citizen he was public spirited and closely identified with the material prosperity of Olean, giving to every beneficial enterprise a hearty and unstinted support, but scathingly rebuked all corrupt schemes for personal or political aggrandizement. Though he died scarcely thirty years of age he had acquired a reputation and a character as an honorable, upright man, as a kind friend and neighbor, as an exemplary son, husband, and father that is seldom equaled. Aug.25, 1880, Mr. Wood married Nellie B., daughter of J. H. Smith, of Randolph and subsequently of Olean, who bore him three daughters.
Willard C. WOOD Family of Olean. p. 922
Willard C. Wood, of the firm of W. C. Wood & Co., job printers, was born in Starkey, Yates county, in 1867. He learned the printing business of his brother, George N. Wood, late editor and proprietor of the Olean Times. He was employed after the latter’s decease in the Times’ office until the spring of 1891. April 10, 1891, he opened his job-printing establishment on Union street, where he executes job, book, commercial, and law printing.
WRIGHT Family of Olean. pp. 922 – 923
William A. Wright was born in Eldred, Pa., in 1842 and came to Olean in 1889, where he has since been a dealer in hay, grain, carriages, and agricultural implements. He married Orsevelle Stull and has had born to him three children, Fred C., Walter W (deceased), and Bertha.
YARD Family of Olean. p. 923
John W. Yard, a native of Irwin, Pa., was born Sept. 15, 1835, came to this place in 1879, and has been eminently successful in his profession of architect and builder. May 26, 1870, he married Sarah C. Buoy, of Milton, Pa., who was born Sept. 18, 1838, and their children are James B., born March, 14, 1871; William H. born June 7, 1872; Grace, born Dec. 24, 1874; and Blanche, born Dec. 14, 1878.
YOUNG Family of Olean.
Peter A. Young, born in Rathboneviile, Steuben county, April 9, 1851, located in Bradford, Pa., in 1876, and engaged in the business of producing oil. In 1881 he removed to Olean and established himself as a wholesale dealer in wines and liquors, retaining his oil interests, however, until 1884.
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