Hiram Taft, eldest son of Isaac and Laura (Leach) Parmele, was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario county, New York, in 1831. He was educated in the public schools of the town and at private schools at Honeoye Falls and Bloomfield, thus acquiring knowledge that qualified him for the activities of life. For a few years after completing his studies he followed farming as a means of livelihood, and then devoted his attention to the management of a general store in West Bloomfield, conducting the same until 1871, and two years later he removed to Canandaigua and engaged in the milling business at Chapinville, where he was the proprietor of the flouring mill for a period of six years. In 1882 he embarked in a new enterprise, opening a bank at Victor, conducting business under the firm name of Parmele, Hamlin & Company, and on December 1. 1887, he established the Canandaigua National Bank at Canandaigua. both of which proved profitable investments and added greatly to the benefit of the towns in which they were located. He is an adherent of the Republican party and has held numerous offices of honor and trust, the principal one being that of supervisor of West Bloomfield, to which he was first elected in 1866, reelected for four successive terms, serving daring his last term as chairman of the board.
Mr. Parmele married, in 1853, Mary, daughter of Melangton Gates, of West Bloomfield, New York. Children: 1. Laura, married J. H. Johnson. 2. Henry M., see elsewhere. 3. George H., born November 7, 1867, attended Canandaigua Academy. Graduated at University of Rochester in 1889, admitted to the bar in 1891, and since 1893 has been a member of the editorial staff of the Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company of Rochester, New York; married, in 1898, Katherine Murray; children: Hiram Taft Parmele and Mary Katherine Parmele. 4. Mary.