Biography of Horace E. Townsend

Townsend, Horace E., p. o. Pavilion Centre, N. Y., son of the late Elbert Townsend and Emily Olmsted Townsend, was born in the town of Pavilion, Genesee county, N. Y., April 26, 1864, on the home farm, which he now owns and successfu1ly manages, raising thoroughbred stock, with a dairy, shipping milk; also with feeding facilities and modern improvements in silos, etc. On September 10, 1884, Mr. Townsend married Grace, daughter of Albert P. and Katharine Holbrook Hendee. They have had three children: Pearl, born March 25, 1887, died April 11, 1888; Spencer A., born October 24, 1891, and Gladys Emily, born December 9, 1897. Mr. Townsend now holds the office of justice of the peace, has been a delegate to the different Republican conventions and served on the Republican county committee. The late Hon. Elbert Townsend was one of Genesee county's most prominent and respected citizens; he was not only well and favorably known in his own country for the breeding of American Merino sheep, but in foreign countries as well. At the time of his death, which occurred in 1890, "Oatka Valley Stock Farm" contained imported Holstein cattle, Percheron horses, and American Merinos. The products of his flock came into competition with those of different parts of the world, and were awarded the highest prizes at the Paris Exposition in 1872. Mr. Townsend held prominent offices in the Genesee County Agricultural Society and was a life member in the State Society. For years he was an officer of the American Merino Sheep-Breeders' Association. In 1872 and 1873 he represented his county in the State Legislature. at the age of thirty-two years. His father, Ashley Townsend, was a native of Vermont and the inventor of the grain separator now in use; the latter was first manufactured at Pavilion Centre. The Olmsteds and Holbrooks on the mother's side were among the pioneers of Genesee county, holding prominent positions as citizens. agriculturists and horticulturists. Their native State was Vermont.

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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