Biography of Edward Huling

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Huling, Edward, Grand island, p. o. Inland, a prominent Grand Island resident and pioneer, is a native of Bethany, Genesee county, born March 11, 1835. George. his father, was born in Vermont in 1803 son of Rhodes and grandson of Capt. Alexander Huling, a sea captain, and the first Huling to settle in the United States in 1690. George became a farmer and moved to Genesee county in 1827 and in 1847 came to Grand Island, where he purchased and cleared a tract of eighty acres, erected a log house in the woods, the first in town back from the river, and with the assistance of his sons increased the farm until he owned over 300 acres. In politics he was a Democrat and held the office of assessor and other minor offices. He divided his large farm among his Sons and lived to be nearly eighty-eight years of age. During his younger days he acquired quite a reputation locally as a poet, having composed a number of poems. He was also endowed by nature with a mechanical mind which he put to practical use, making many inventions. He was honest, in dustrious and sober. His wife was Harriet Dixon, born in Vermont in 1806, and they reared seven sons and three daughters, five sons now living. His wife died when forty-seven years of age. They were both members of the Presbyterian church. Edward Huling grew to manhood in Grand Island and received a limited education in the common district schools. The early years of the Hulings in Grand Island were attended with considerable excitement caused by wild animals. They lost several hams from their smoke house taken by a bear; one evening while out in the woods cooning Mr. Huling and his brother were chased by a panther. They hastened to a near by vacant shanty in which they were compelled to remain all night. The beast lingered in the near vicinity until morning, making the night hideous with its terrible screams and filling the minds of the young Hulings with consternation. When Mr. Huling's was nineteen years old his motherdied. The father and Sons worked hard together and paid for their land. Mr. Huling has remained on his portion of the farm and by his industry and careful attention to business has prospered, built him a fine home and purchased more land. He, like his father, has always adhered consistently to the principles of Democracy and late years has been a strong believer and advocate of bimetalism. He has for many years taken a prominent part in the councils of the Democratic party in Grand Island. He has been the Democratic candidate in his town for the office of supervisor; was twice elected, to the office of town clerk. He is president of the Farmers' Alliance of Grand Island, of which he was one of the organizers, and a stockholder in and president of the Grand Island Creamery Co. In 1863 he married Martha C., daughter of Adam and Ann Barbara Kaiser of Grand Island, and they had six sons and seven daughters, ten of whom have grown to maturity.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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