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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 
 
 

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BLACKSMITHS

   It is difficult to say of that necessary worker,  who was the first to 
strike hot iron on an anvil, who made the first horse shoe, fashioned 
the first crane for some rude stick chimney, or turned the first trammel which attached the kettle of the early housewife to that crane, but we can come near enough; 

   In 1813, Captain FORBES built for Prendergast, a large, high, well 
framed, clap boarded blacksmith shop on the west side of the alley, on the west side of the BLOWERS house, next to the alley, and over the gully of the swamp stream. 

   In the fall of that year,  Eleazer DANIELS, came over from Cross Roads and made mill irons for Prendergast.  He continued to work there until April, 1815, Daniel's in the summer of 1814, bought property on the Brokenstraw, in the neighborhood of Youngsville, and moved to his new home the following April. 

   About 6 weeks after Daniel's left, Patrick CAMPBELL, came to the 
Rapids,  and set up a forge in a slab shanty on the race , south of the present passenger station of the NYP&O railway. Prendergast gave him $75 as an inducement to come. 

   In 1820, the brother of Thomas W. Harvey,  Charles R. HARVEY, also a blacksmith, a good mechanic, a genius and at last a noted inventor, came to Jamestown with his family, and built a house where S.S. CADY lately resided, on the east side of Pine St. 

   Thomas W. HARVEY had remained not only for the promised 10 years but another 10 upon that.  He had already invented two very important machines but had others more important which took him to NY so often he decided to remove there in 1832. His brother Charles followed him as far as Poughkeepsie, and a few years later also removed to NY. 

   General Thomas W HARVEY sought fame more than riches.  He greatly improved on the methods of making steel, but another appropriated the dea he originated and reaped the immense reward. He was almost a fanatic on the subject of electricity, and this writer frequently heard him say in 1841,  when a member of his family, 
" If you live to the ordinary age of man, you will see electricity the 
great motor power of the world" 

   The Harvey's during their residence in Jamestown were among its most seful citizens, not only on account of the labor they performed and the machinery they built,  but their prominence in all things touching the good and welfare of the village.  They were men who should be remembered as long as Jamestown shall remember any of it founders 
 


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