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Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, NY

In this volume will be found a record of many whose lives are worthy the imitation of coming generations. It tells how some, commencing life in poverty, by industry and economy have accumulated wealth. It tells how others, with limited advantages for securing an education, have become learned men and women, with an influence extending throughout the length and breadth of the land. It tells of men who have risen from the lower walks of life to eminence as statesmen, and whose names have become famous. It tells of those in every walk in life who have striven to succeed, and records how that success has usually crowned their efforts. It tells also of many, very many, who, not seeking the applause of the world, have pursued “the even tenor of their way,” content to have it said of them, as Christ said of the woman performing a deed of mercy – “They have done what they could.” It tells how that many in the pride and strength of young manhood left the plow and the anvil, the lawyer’s office and the counting-room, left every trade and profession, and at their country’s call went forth valiantly “to do or die,” and how through their efforts the Union was restored and peace once more reigned in the land. In the life of every man and of every woman is a lesson that should not be lost upon those who follow after. Genealogists will appreciate this volume from the fact that it contains so much that would never find its way into public records, and which would otherwise be inaccessible. Great...

Biography of James W. Blain

One of the really remarkable men of Riley County, Kansas, is James W. Blain, who notwithstanding the weight of ninety-four years, still is actively interested in all that concerns the welfare of his state and county. For many years Mr. Blain was one of Riley County’s most enterprising, public spirited and useful men, a pioneer upbnilder, an honorable public offlcial, a substantial and successful agriculturist and an irreproachable citizen. He is one of the best known men in the county and is respected and esteemed throughout its length. James W. Blain was born at Warwick, Orange County, New York, September 17, 1822. His parents were Nathaniel and Polly (McCamley) Blain, both of whom were born in the United States, but the father was of Scotch-Irish lineage. When James W. was twelve years old, his parents moved to Goshen, New York, where his mother died, and a few years later the father removed to New York City. The boy had but limited educational opportunities and early was thrown entirely upon his own resources. He worked as a clerk in stores in New York City until he was uineteen years of age, when he secured a position with a land company operating as Hicks & Co., and went to Hicksville, in Northwestern Ohio. There he kept the books and did copying for the company. In 1856 Mr. Blain came to Kansas, landing in what is now Riley County on April 29th of that year. He took up land, a part of his present homestead in Zeandale Township. The federal land office was then at Ogden and the land Mr. Blain bought...

Biography of Richard Blain

Richard Blain, for the last four years Mayor of Galt, is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Little) Blain, both natives of the County of Cumberland, England, where the son was born January 26, 1821. His father was in general business. In 1839 he came to Upper Canada, and at Dundas learned the millers’ trade with James B. Ewart, for many years a prominent manufacturer in that town. Mr. Blain worked for him five years in Dundas and ten in Galt, settling in the latter place in 1844. In 1854 he commenced milling with his brother, James Blain, leasing and afterwards purchasing the Dickson Mills, which he is still running. They have four run of burrs, and turn out from 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of merchant flour annually. Its brand is unsurpassed in this part of the Province, and it finds a ready market largely in the lower Provinces. During the thirty-five years that Mr. Blain has been a resident of Galt, he has been in its municipality the greater part of the time. He was in the Council twenty-one years and has been Mayor since 1876; has also served as School Trustee, and has held, instead, nearly every office in the gift of the people. He has been President of the Mechanics’ Institute, and is now President of the Grand River Mutual Fire Insurance Company, with headquarters at Galt, and of the Merchants’ Line of Steamboats, with headquarters at Hamilton. He seems to take great pleasure, not to say pride, in engaging in any enterprise which will advance the interests of the town or community at large; no...

Biography of David Blain, LL. D.

David Blain, exmember of Parliament for the constituency of West York, Ont., is a native of Scotland, and was born on Brown Carrickhill, near Ayr, on the 15th of August, 1832. The Blain family were originally French, but sometime during the early wars between France and England, they settled on the border lands between Scotland and England, whence descendants have spread to different parts of the world. The grandfather of our subject spelled the name Blaine, and the final e is still retained by some branches of the family. David Blain was the fourth of six sons, his father being John Blain, J. P., a manufacturer of agricultural implements in Ayrshire, Scotland, but who came to this country in 1842, to engage in farming and obtain lands for his boys. He located first in King, County of York, Ont., but subsequently removed to South Easthope, Perth, and later to Stratford, in the same province, where he died in 1870. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Elizabeth McCutcheon, of a well known Scotch family of that name. David Blain received his primary education at his native place, and at the Provincial Normal School, Toronto, obtaining a first class certificate from the latter school; afterwards entered the University of Toronto, whence he was graduated in 1860, taking the degree of LL.B. In 1870 he received from the same institution his degree of LL.D. In 1856, he became a student-at-law with Alexander Macdonald, of Messrs. Macdonald and Brother, and was called to the Bar, U. C., in Trinity term, 1860. Immediately commenced the practice of his profession in...

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