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Betsey Sylinda Todd Packard of Rochester NY

PACKARD, Betsey Sylinda Todd8, (John7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 17, 1836, in Rodman, N. Y., married July 4, 1852, Dr. Morgan D. Packard. She is now (1913) living at 529 Parsells Ave., Rochester, N. Y. Children: I. Dianna Nancy, b. May 18, 1853, d. Dec. 19, 1912, m. Caton Crandall and had issue: (1) Ella May, b. July 4, 1855, and m. Warren Standish; she and her infant son died in 1881 and were buried in the same grave. II. Myrtie...

Henry Perine Todd of Rochester NY

Henry Perine Todd8, (Caleb7, Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 22, 1839, died June 14, 1911, married June 18, 1879, Mary Stone, daughter of Timothy Marther and Elizabeth Ann (Swain) Todd, who was born Dec. 9, 1844. She is now (1913) living in Rochester, N. Y. For her ancestry see No. 582. Mr. Todd was born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, N. Y., where his father was a farmer at one time. When he was about ten years of age, the family moved to Dewitt, Onondaga County, N. Y. He attended the Academy at Moravia, N. Y. In July, 1861, at the outbreak of the civil war, he enlisted at Syracuse, N. Y., and became a member of Company B., 3rd New York Cavalry, and saw much hard service until early in 1862, when he was discharged for physical disability. He survived the very severe illness incurred in the service, however, and after the war moved with his parents to Spencerport, Monroe County, N. Y., where they purchased a farm. There he lived until 1908, when he retired and moved to Rochester, N. Y. At the time of her marriage, Mrs. Todd was a teacher of music in a private academy in Haddonfield, Penn. Her home was in Fayetteville, N. Y. She was born in Manlius, Onondaga County, N. Y., her father owning and operating “Todd’s Mill” at that place. Child: 1983. Harry Swain, b. July 11, 1880, unmarried in 1913, he resides with his mother in Rochester, N. Y.; he attended the Spencerport Union School, and the Brockport State Normal School; graduated from the University of Rochester,...

Biography of Frank B. DeVine

No history of Riverside purporting to record her growth and prosperity can lay claim to real value and interest that does not award the merit to her mercantile enterprises, and the men who have conducted them. Most prominent in this record would be the names of Boyd & DeVine, commission merchants and jobbers, whose establishment is located on the corner of Eighth Street and Pachappa Avenue. This is one of the most important wholesale and commission houses in the city, dealing extensively in groceries, grain, honey, etc. They are also large fruit and raisin packers, placing their products on the markets under the celebrated “Sunbeam” brand. Their packing business was first established by the German Fruit Company, who sold out their interest to Boyd & DeVine in May 1887. The few brief facts gathered regarding Mr. DeVine’s career previous to locating in Riverside are of interest. He was born and reared in Rochester, New York, dating his birth in 1848, had the advantages of a good schooling, and graduated at the high school of that city with honor. He then entered into mercantile life as a clerk and bookkeeper, in the well-known establishment of Burke, FitzSimons, Hone & Co., of his native city. In 1870 he went to New York City, and for the next twelve years was engaged in mercantile pursuits, holding responsible positions in some of the largest business houses in the city. He was for many years connected with the firm of Wright, Bliss & Falyan. In 1882 Mr. DeVine came to Southern California and located at Los Angeles, and there associated himself with the German...

Biography of Barnabas Tibbals

Barnabas Tibbals, owner of a fine orange grove in Brockton Square, on the south side of Bandini Avenue, about two miles south of Riverside, purchased this place in August, 1887 and immediately commenced his horticultural pursuits. At this writing his land, consisting of ten acres, is all in orange trees, except a few deciduous trees and table grapes. About one-half of his trees are seedlings, and the rest Washington Navels. He has spent much labor in pruning, fertilizing and cultivating, since buying the place, and has now a very productive grove. The improvements on the place consist of a commodious two-story residence surrounded with ornamental trees and flowers, and substantial outbuildings. Mr. Tibbals was born near Rochester, Monroe County, New York, in 1824. He was the son of Lewis and Betsey (King) Tibbals. His father was born in Cayuga County, New York, and his mother was a native of Suffield, Massachusetts. In 1826 Mr. Tibbals’ parents moved to Michigan, and located on what afterward became the township of Avon, Oakland County. They were, among the earliest pioneers of that section, the country at that date being wild and uninhabited except by roving tribes of Indians. The subject of this sketch spent his early youth and young manhood in hard labor upon their pioneer farm, deprived of all schooling except such as could be obtained in the pioneer schools of that date. He remained on the old homestead farm until his marriage, in 1852, and then started in farming on his own account. Mr. Tibbals was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1884. He then established his residence in Ypsilanti, where...

Biographical Sketch of R. B. F. Watrons

R. B. F. Watrons. – No man in Redlands is more worthy of mention in a work of this kind than is B. F. Watrons, M. D. He came to Redlands with $350, with which he bought a team and went to work. He had previously contracted for ten acres of land for $1,000, and had paid $250 down. He began improving it the second year and put up a $400 house. He afterward bought ten acres more for $1,500 and borrowed money for the first payment. In five years he had bought and paid for thirty-one acres in Redlands and twenty in San Diego County. Since then he has bought and sold in this and also in San Diego County, and is recognized as one of Redlands most enterprising and prosperous citizens. He was born in Cortland County, New York. He received his literary education at Homer Academy and his medical education at the Pennsylvania University, from which latter institution he was graduated in 1870. He at once commenced the practice of medicine in Ithaca, where he remained six years; he then went to Rochester, where he remained two years. Then he went to Brodhead, Wisconsin, and from that place came to California. Dr. Watrons was Second Sergeant in the Seventy-sixth Regiment New York Volunteers, and rendered his country good service at the battles of Fredericksburg, South Mountain, Antietam, Bull Run and the Wilderness. Since coming to California he has given up his profession, and has given his entire time and attention to horticulture and to making a home in the beautiful, healthful and enterprising city of...

Biography of Ebenezer Griffin Brown

Ebenezer Griffin Brown (“Judge Brown,” as he is familiarly known) is one of Riverside’s well-known pioneers. He was one of the original members of the Southern California Colony Association, and with the late Dr. Greves visited the lands now occupied by the city June, 1870, the first members of the association on the grounds. From the very first he was the strongest advocate in demanding the purchase by the association of these lands. His persistency was of little avail at first, but he was in earnest, and when Judge North, the president of the company, refused to act in accordance with his wishes, the judge returned to his home in Iowa and set about forming another colony association, with the express view of purchasing the Riverside lands. This move hastened the actions of the old association, and in September, 1870, the purchase was made and the colony established. That being the result desired by the Judge, he abandoned all further proceedings, never intending or desiring a rival to Riverside. He then settled his affairs in Iowa, and in May 1871, established himself and family in the new colony. He located upon Government land in sections 13 and 24, securing 104 acres lying one-half mile north and east of the Riverside town site on Colton Avenue. His means were limited, but he commenced his new life and pursuits with that indomitable energy and perseverance so characteristic of the man, and which not even the fifty years that had constituted a life’s struggle could abate. His little cabin 12 x 16 feet was erected; his ground cleared, and horticultural pursuits entered...

Biographical Sketch of R. J. A. Mack

R. J. A. Mack, of Redlands, is a native of Syracuse, New York, born June 24, 1842. He received his education in the schools of Syracuse and Fulton, New York, and commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Townsend, of Syracuse; he also attended and graduated at the college at Geneva. He began practice at Syracuse, afterward continuing at Rochester, and later at Lyons, New York. Thence he removed to Chicago, where he attended Bennett Medical College (Eclectic), graduating in 1876. He practiced in Chicago until 1886, when he removed to California, and on the 9th of November of that year settled in Redlands; being one of the Chicago colonies that located here. He conducted the Prospect House a year and a half, practicing also at the time. He then built his present handsome residence, on a tract of one and a half acres which he purchased. He has 40,000 orange seedbed stock, 2,000 of last year’s buds and 6,000 of this year’s buds, on his home place. He also has ten acres of land in the Crafton District, part of which is already planted to oranges, and the remainder will be in 1890. Dr. Mack was married November 26, 1876, to Annetta Bishop, a native of New York City. They have three children living, viz.: John A., Jr.; Roy A. and Raymond. One is deceased, Grace, aged seven years. Dr. Mack is a member of the A. O. U. W., of Lyons, and K. G. R, of Illinois. He is an active worker for the improvement of Redlands, and his own property interests in that vicinity. The Doctor...

Biographical Sketch of Bernard Borgman

(II) Bernard (2) Borgman, subject of this sketch, was born in Rochester, New York, September, 1854. His elementary education was received in the schools of his native city, and he then attended those of Yates county, New York. He had learned the cabinet-maker’s trade, and at the age of twenty-five years he made his first business venture, establishing himself in the furniture and undertaking line in Penn Yan, Yates county, New York. For nine years he conducted this business successfully, then sold his interest in the concern to his partner and established himself in the same manner, but independently, in Geneva, New York, where he soon attained the first rank in this business. He continued this until 1905, when he sold it advantageously and became connected with the Vance Boiler Works. His first step was to reorganize the company and he is now (1910) the principal stockholder as well as president and treasurer; T. A. Kam is the vice-president, and Charles H. Sweeney is the secretary. The factory has been equipped with the latest improvements and the transactions show an annual increase. There is an average of fifty men employed in the manufacture of steam and hot water boilers, marine and stationary engines, tanks, smoke stacks and all kinds of sheet iron equipments. Mr. Borgman has amassed considerable wealth and is the owner of two fine farms in Yates county. He gives his political support to the Democratic party and is a member of the Catholic church. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Ben Hur Association. Mr. Borgman married, 1880, Mary Freer,...

Biographical Sketch of Bernard Borgman

Bernard Borgman, president and treasurer of the Vance Boiler Works of Geneva, New York, owes his present high position in the community, and his present prosperity entirely to his own efforts, rising from the ranks by dint of earnest and unremitting toil and energy. (I) Bernard Borgman, father of the present Bernard Borgman, was born in Germany, and died in America, 1896. He came to this country at the age of eighteen years and lived for one year in Albany, New York. He then removed to Rochester, where he was employed as a car builder in the Rochester Car Shops, his trade having been originally that of carpentry. He married in Germany, Christina Evercamp, who came to America at the same time that he did, and who died in...

Biography of Patrick Henry Leahy

Patrick Henry Leahy, who is clerk of and counsel for the board of supervisors of Ontario county, New York, in addition to attending to his large legal practice, is a fine example of what may be achieved by earnest and unremitting striving, when heavily handicapped by adverse circumstances. He owes his present high standing in his profession and in the community entirely to his own unaided efforts, and his inflexible and unfaltering courage in every relation of life have won for him the respect and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact. Judging from the success which has attended his labors in the past, a most brilliant future apparently lies before him. John Leahy, his father, was born in Castle Island, Ireland, in 1833, and died in this country in April, 1873. He had labored diligently as a workman all his life, deeming no work too humble, as long as it was honorable. During the civil war he enlisted in 1862, served as a private in Company E, One Hundred and Sixtieth New York Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out with honor at the close of the war. His untimely death left his little family unprovided for. Patrick Henry Leahy was born in a log cabin in Canadice, Ontario county, New York, June 21, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of this county, and in the Geneseo State Normal School, from the classical department of which he was graduated in 1895 with honor. Studious and ambitious as he had always been, it is small marvel that he made an excellent use of his time...
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