Biography of Nelson Bogue

Bogue, Nelson, was born in Elba, Genesee county, N. Y., January 24, 1844. His father, Dan H. Bogue, was a native of Enosburg, Vt He married Miss Maria Turner, daughter of Elijah Turner, who came from Chenango county, N. Y., and who was among the first settlers in Elba. Nelson Bogue, the third son, is in every respect a self-made man. By his own efforts he made his way through Batavia High School, the Alexander Seminary and the State Normal School of Albany, N.Y., where he graduated in June, 1865. He was assistant teacher in the Attica High School, principal of the Oakfield and Elba schools for one term each. Not owning any land he leased an acre here and there; in 1868 began the foundation of the Batavia Nurseries which now rank among the most complete and best equipped nurseries in the State. Mr. Bogue has not been content with a careful observation and study of the methods of the American nurseryman, but has traveled extensively in Great Britain and the Continent with the view of getting more knowledge covering the selecting, propagating and growing of superior nursery stock. He has been prominently connected with both the agricultural and educational interests of his county and State. Has served as secretary and president of the Genesee County Agricultural Society; was member of executive committee of State Agricultural Society, and is now and has been for several years member of the executive committee of the Western New York Horticultural Society. When Mr. Cleveland was governor he appointed Mr. Bogue a trustee of the State School for the Blind at Batavia for a term of six years, and he is now (March, 1899) serving his sixth year of a like appointment from exGovernor Flower. Mr. Bogue is a lover of rural life, and, although personally directing his large nursery interests, has found time to quite largely engage in the breeding of Morgan horses and Jersey cattle, and to add to his surroundings many feaures that make home attractive and happy. He was never married.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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