Biography of Francis William Fanson





Fanson, Francis William. manager and secretary treasurer of the Cold Spring Creamery Co. of Bergen, N. Y., was born in the State of Illinois. in May, 1862. His father, William, was a native of England, who, when nine years of age, came to America with his mother. His mother did not marry again, and William lived for seven years with Samuel Dart in Bergen on a farm, and when sixteen began work for himself at farming. He married and moved to Illinois. but in 1864 returned to Bergen. In 1866 he went to Michigan, returned to New York in 1870, and in 1874 again moved to Michigan, where he still resides. Francis W. received his education in the common, district and city schools and remained with his parents until twenty-three years of age, when he married, and in 1884 left Michigan and came to Bergen to live on the homestead fàrn of his grandparents, Moses and Jane Berry, which he has occupied to the present time Ia March, 1888, he interested himself in and became one of the active organizers of the Cold Spring Creamery Co. with a capital stock of $1,400, which was later increased to $2,000, Mr. Fanson being one of the principal stockholders at that time, and the largest stockholder now, and one of the directors since the organization of the company. In 1893 he was elected superintendent and secretary-treasurer of the company, which offices he is now filling. Under the excellent management of Mr. Fanson the business has thrived, the output of the creamery varying from 40.000 to 90,000 pounds of butter a year. In politics Mr. Fanson is a Republican; is an advocate of the temperance cause, and has served his town on the board of excise commissioners, but declines further proffered nominations. He is a member and master of the Bergen Grange, a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and commander of his tent. He is actively connected with church and Sunday school work, and a member of the Baptist church, of which he is deacon. He married Charlotte E. Cobert of Michigan; they have one son, Orla F.



Source:
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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