Biography of William F. Pratt

Pratt, William F., p. o. Batavia, was born in Erie county, N. Y., January 19, 1856. a son of Charles P. and Ellen M. (Humphrey) Pratt. He finished his schooling in Batavia, N. Y., in the winter of 1875-76. His brother, Charles T., was born in the town of Darien, Genesee county, N. Y., March 13, 1847, and from the age of ten years was his father's mainstay, helping him in all his undertakings. On May 1. 1872, he bought out his father's milling business in Indian Falls, N. Y., and ran the mills for four years, or until May 1, 1876, when he took his only brother, William F., into partnership, under the firm name of C. T. & W. F. Pratt; they have since then carried on business together. They conducted the merchant and custom mills at Indian Falls until March, 1886, when they removed to Batavia where they now reside; for ten years they operated a dairy farm, and since have been engaged in general farming and fattening sheep and cattle during the winters, Charles P. Pratt, father of the above brothers, was born in Bennington, Wyoming (then Genesee) county, January 16, 1818; from 1839 to 1849 he ran a saw mill at the "Gulf" in Darien and dealt inlumber; at the latter date he moved to the county line and engaged in the manufacture of shingles for six years; in 1856 he removed to Alden village where he carried on a general store for three years, and in 1859 again took up the manufacture of lumber and also conducted a pump factory connected therewith, at Storm's Mills, Marilla, N. Y., until 1864, when he purchased the grist and flouring mills in Indian Falls, to which place he removed his family the year following; he followed the milling business until 1872, then for five years carried on a farm, after which he again engaged in mercantile trade at Darien Center, which existed until 1882; he then removed his goods to Indian Fails, where he continued in business for eleven years, at the expiration of which period he traded his store for a farm at Corfu, N. Y., which he conducted for two years and retired from business; he has since resided with his sons at Batavia. May 9, 1846, he married Ellen M. Humphrey. who died April 25, 1897. William F. Pratt was married on April 13, 1881. to Lizzie Phelps, born January 3. 1860, daughter of Albert M. and Caroline M. Phelps; they had one child, Gertie, who died July 28, 1289. aged eleven months. Charles T. Pratt is unmarried.

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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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