Biography of Robert Call

Call, Robert, was born in Chawleigh, Devonshire, England, June 5, 1831, a son of John and Grace (Paine) Call, who were the parents of Mary, Ann, John, William and Elizabeth. John Call died in 1873. Robert Call was educated in the common schools and came to America in 1853; in 1854 be married, at Fitchburg, Mass., Charlotte, oldest daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Joslin, born May 25, 1834, at Filleigh, Devonshire, England; their children are: William A., Albert H., Charles J. and Lizzie A. Mr. Call was a gardener for five years near Boston, and in 1858 came to Stafford, Genesee county, N. Y., where he engaged in farming. In 1868 he purchased the farm where he now resides, making a specialty of potato raising. He cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, and he afterward voted for Grant, Hayes and Garfield. In 1882 he joined the Prohibition party and has voted with it ever since and worked for its success, devoting much time and money to the cause. He was vice-president of the Silver Lake Temperance Assembly for a number of years. He has been a member of the First Christian Church of Stafford for thirty-five years, has been its trustee and clerk for more than twenty years, also trustee of the Ministers' Aid and Benevolent Society, and one of the advisory board for the Aged Ministers' Home for all the Christian churches of the United States and Canada, which is located at Castile, N. Y. He has been sent as a delegate by the church to its annual conference sessions for the last twenty-five years, has been treasurer of the conference for fourteen years, and twice was sent by that body as a lay delegate to the Quadrennial Convention of all the Christian churches of America and Canada. From small beginnings Mr. Call has, by thrift and enterprise, become one of the largest land owners in the county.

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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