Biographical Sketch of Roswell Munson Lee
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Roswell Munson, son of Colonel Seth Lafayette (2) Lee, was born at East Bloomfield, September 20, 1854. He was educated in the public schools of South Bloomfield, and worked on his father’s farm during his youth, taking charge of it when seventeen years old. Two years later he went to Belding, Michigan. where he was employed in a saw mill for four years. He returned to his home and bought the homestead which he conducted until 1903, when he came to East Bloomfield, and engaged in business as a dealer in agricultural implements, coal and produce. He is a partner in the firm of Wheeler Brothers & Lee. one of the leading firms of this section. He also has a farm of about one hundred and eighteen acres and has been a successful breeder of Merino sheep and is a member of the American Merino Sheep Association. At one time he took a shipment of valuable Durham and Holstein cattle and American Merino sheep to South Africa. and one of his customers was Paul Kruger, then president. He is a prominent Democrat. He was highway commissioner of East Bloomfield two years, and from 1895 to 1902 was supervisor of the town. He was deputy sheriff of the county for three years. In religion he is a Universalist. He is a member of the Maccabees.
He married, March 7, 1878, Ella A. Gooding, born February 23, 1856, daughter of Russell W. and Betsey (Thurber) Gooding, the former of Ontario county, New York, and the latter a native of Vermont. He resides at Holcomb. Children : Bessie May, born February 13, 11579, died April 1, 1881 ; Raymond S., born June 23, 1880, of New York City; Hester A., born October 22, 1883, married Roy Stiles; Pauline G., born July 27, 1888; Earl, born August 5, 1898, died February 12, 1899.