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Biographical Sketch of William B. Parmele

WILLIAM B. PARMELE, of North Adams, prominent in the progress of Western Massachusetts, in connection with the production and distribution of lumber, is bearing an eminently practical part in present day affairs, and as a forward looking executive his work is counting definitely for the general welfare. Mr. Parmele is an able and efficient executive, and his usefulness is well appraised by his success. He is a son of G. N. and M. E. (Speaker) Parmele, both natives and long residents of the State of New York. William B. Parmele was born in East Bloomfield, New York, September 12, 1859. His education was begun in the local schools and completed at Canandaigua Academy, also of this State. Coming to North Adams as a young man, Mr. Parmele associated himself with the S. B. Dibble Lumber Company, and throughout his entire career he has continued with this concern. This is a long and worthy record of consistent purpose and tireless endeavor, and his work has counted largely for the progress and extension of the company’s interests. Beginning in a subordinate capacity and familiarizing himself with the details of the business, Mr. Parmele rose steadily in the organization until he now serves as treasurer of the concern. He is not widely affiliated with affairs, outside the business world, but is a member of the Berkshire Club and attends the First Congregational Church. William B. Parmele married, May 20, 1884, at North Adams, Alice G. Bixby, daughter of W. H. and Mary...

Biography of Henry William Hamlin

(VII) Henry William, fifth son and tenth child of Elijah and Lydia (Pope) Hamlin, was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, New York, October 20, 1807, died there November 30, 1881. He was a leading citizen and prominent business man of Ontario county and for many years was engaged in various lines of activity; was farmer, trader, merchant, banker and successful in all his undertakings. He established a character for rectitude and uprightness that stands unsurpassed in any community. Of him the well-worn saying that “His word was as good as his bond” was literally true. His advice and counsel were liberally sought by all and were always followed with confidence, as from his wide and varied business experience he was eminently qualified to advise. He was an attendant of the Congregational church and in politics a Whig and Republican. He married in Sharon, Connecticut, October 5, 1841, Sibyll Blackman Sears, born in Sharon, September 22, 1813, died in East Bloomfield, July 15, 1870. Dr. John Sears, her father, was born in Sharon, Connecticut, in 1784, was a physician in Sharon for forty years, then removed to East Bloomfield, where he died in 1866. He was a descendant of Captain Samuel Sears, born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, January, 1663-1664, son of Stephen and grandson of Benjamin Sears. Captain Samuel, one of the earliest settlers of Harwich, Massachusetts, was constable in 1702; lieutenant 1706, later captain. He married Mercy, daughter of Deacon Samuel Mayo. They had eleven children, of whom Benjamin was the youngest, born June 16, 1706. He married (first), Lydia Ryder, of Yarmouth. He married (second) Mercy, daughter of...

Biography of Elijah Hamlin

(VI) Elijah, eldest son and second child of Captain Seth and Mary (Pitcher) Hamlin, was born in Alford, Massachusetts, February 8, 1767, died April 12, 1858, and was buried at Clarkson, New York. He witnessed as a boy many of the stirring scenes of the revolution and related to his grandchildren many interesting incidents of those clays of hardship and danger. He removed to Barre, Massachusetts, and from there to East Bloomfield, New York, about 1791. He purchased and operated a farm there which is now (1910) owned by his grandsons, John S. and Frank H. Hamlin. He was a man of kindly heart and upright character; a granddaughter relates that the first time she ever saw him he dismounted from his horse, waded through deep snow (1910) to get her some green boughs she wanted from a distant pine tree. He built an addition for Dr. and Mrs. Hurlburt to live in. (The doctor was an old pensioner and his wife taught school.) He was a successful farmer but involved in financial difficulties through contracts for building the locks on the Erie canal at Lockport, New York. He was unaccustomed to such work and lost money, but was able to settle honorably. The first home on his East Bloomfield farm was built of logs, this was later replaced by a wooden farmhouse in which he resided until the death of his wife in 1839. After this he spent much of his time in Rochester, Michigan, where his sons Elijah, John, Calvin and daughter Olive Burbank resided. He made Rochester his home but annually visited his children in New...

Biography of Frank Harwood Hamlin

(VIII) Frank Harwood, second son and third child of Henry William and Sibyll Blackmail (Sears) Hamlin, was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, March 29, 1846. He prepared for college at Fast Bloomfield Academy, entered Yale University where he was graduated A. B., 1869. He decided upon the profession of law and entered Albany Law School, where he was graduated LL. B. in class of 1870, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He engaged in the practice of law for a short time in Albany, New York, then he moved to Canandaigua, New York, where he formed a partnership with William H. Smith, county judge of Ontario county. This association continued for fifteen years and was then dissolved by mutual consent. He practiced alone until 1901, when his son George W. was admitted a partner. In 1904 his son Henry W. entered the firm of Hamlin & Hamlin, George W. Hamlin retiring in 1905 to assume the duties of vice-president of the Canandaigua National Bank, of which his father Frank H. Hamlin, was one of the organizers in 1887 and is the first and only president. In 1901 he was one of the incorporators of the Genesee Valley Trust Company of Rochester, New York, was elected vice-president and in 1908 president. In 1910 he was elected president of the Rochester Clearing House Association. In both legal and financial circles, Frank H. Hamlin holds a high position. He is a member of the Genesee Valley and University Clubs of Rochester. He is a Republican in politics and was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1893-94....

Biographical Sketch of George Collins

George, son of Guy Collins, was born at East Bloomfield, June 20. 1833. He attended the district schools and the academy at Bloomfield. He devoted his attention chiefly to farming. but was also an auctioneer. and traveling salesman for the Walter A. Wood Company of Hoosick Falls, and in 1862-63-64 was in England for the purpose of introducing and selling the agricultural machinery of this concern. In politics he was a Democrat and he served two terms as supervisor of the town of Farmington and for several years was postmaster. He was a member of Victor Lodge, No. 29, Free and Accepted Masons, of Canandaigua Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Canandaigua. He died April 17, 1903. He married, January 5, 1860, Ann Maria Victoria Hathaway, born November 12, 1838, now (1910) living at Farmington, daughter of Perez and Hannah dapham) Hathaway. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Collins: Perez Hathaway. born at Farmington, September 18. 1860, in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad since 1878, now (1910) agent at Newark, New York; married, August 16, 1904, Anna May Shappee, of Horseheads, New York, now (1910) living at Newark, New York. 2. Eliza Briggs, born at Farmington, September 23, 1867, married George J. Loomis, January 15. 1896; child, Harold Frederick Loomis, born December 23, 1896. 3. Guy N., born at Farmington, August 9, 1872, married, August 3, 1903, Christine Hudson; children: George Briggs, born January 3, 1906, and Perez Hathaway; he is now (1910) in the employ of the United States government at Washington in the agricultural department and in the service of the government has investigated agricultural conditions abroad, visiting...

Biographical Sketch of Guy Collins

(VII) Guy, son of Cyprian (2) Collins, was born in Bloomfield, in 1804. He was a prominent citizen in East Bloomfield, owning a farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres, and was for many years an extensive dealer in cattle and in wool. He was also an auctioneer. In politics he was a Whig and in later years a Democrat, and for two years was supervisor of the town and for several years an assessor. He spent his last days in the home of his son, and died at East Bloomfield at an advanced age, August 3, 1894. He married, November 5, 1829, Maria Ellis, born in Schoharie county, died March 30, 1876. Children: Cholett, born September 22, 1830; Elizabeth, January 25, 1832, died September 19. 1882; George, mentioned elsewhere; Daniel, March 26. 1836, died December 12, 1895; Harskaline, December 16, 1839, died October 23,...

Biographical Sketch of Captain Timothy Buell

Captain Timothy Buell, son of Jonathan Buell, was born at Goshen, May 3. 1757. He served in the revolution, and in May, 1794, was appointed captain of the Fourth company of militia, Thirty-fifth regiment, Connecticut. In February, 1799, he removed with his family to East Bloomfield. He married, 1777, at Goshen, Connecticut, Olive, daughter of Colonel Ebenezer Norton. Children, all born in Goshen : Lucy, married (first) Daniel Steele, (second) Bayze Baker; Eunice, married (first) Azael Sprague, (second) Thomas Kellogg; Jonathan, see elsewhere; Theron, married Love Lee, daughter of Rev. Aaron Collins; Timothy, see elsewhere ; Eben Norton, married Rebecca, daughter of Jesse Root, of Hartford, Connecticut. Roll Of Capt. Timothy Buell’s Company...

Biographical Sketch of Henry M. Parmele

Henry M., eldest son of Hiram Taft and Mary (Gates) Parmele, was born in January. 1865. He was educated at Canandaigua Academy. He entered the bank of Hamlin & Steele, East Bloomfield, 1884. In 1886 he was made member of firm of bankers, Hamlin & Company, other members of firm being Henry W. Hamlin and John S. Hamlin; this firm was continued until July 1, 1911, when the business was merged into The Hamlin National Bank with Henry M. Parmele as president. He is vice-president of the Locke Insulator Manufacturing Company of Victor, New York, capital, $3,50,000; vice-president of the Citizens Bank of Penn Yan, New York, capital, $50,000, surplus and undivided profits $50,000; director of the Canandaigua National Bank of Canandaigua, New York. capital, $100,000, surplus, $100.000. He married. 1891. Elise Migeon, daughter of Henry and Arcene (Migeon)...

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