Biography of Borden Wilcox of Elba, NY

Borden Wilcox became a resident in 1812, and we will mention the settlers of his neighborhood as he said he found them: Dudley Sawyer, Dea. Seymour, Enos Kellogg, and Sylvanus Humphrey. Mr. Wilcox also mentions Chester Scott, who came about 1817. He was a valuable man for the new settlement. Mr. Scott taught the first school in the town, assisted Comfort Smith in perfecting the first grist mill, becoming the owner, and completing the carding works started by Solomon Smith, and rebuilding an old log distillery to enable the pioneers to realize some cash for their grain. The raising of the mill, Mr. Wilcox said, was a memorable event for the town, and took the settlers for miles around to a jubilee. Col. Kellogg mounted the highest part of the frame, with the bottle, as was the custom of the day, and announced "another addition to the population of Pleasant Valley." The usefulness and enterprise of Capt. Scott is gratefully remembered by the elder and middle-aged citizens of the county as well as the town. He carried on the distillery for 10 years, and then moved to Batavia. Whisky in those days was only 15 cents per gallon for new.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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