Biography of Archer B. Foote


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Foote, Archer B., son of Handly J. and Angeline (Sarvey) Foote, was born in Towanda, Pa., November 7, 1865. His father was a boat builder and was engaged in this business at the time of the birth of Archer B. When he was one year old his parents removed from Towanda to the town of Orleans, where his father engaged in farming. After a residence of five years at that place, his father removed to the town of Philadelphia, where he remained for fourteen years. Archer B. received his early education in the public schools of the community and, after a suitable preparation he entered Ives Seminary at Antwerp. After completing his education at this institution he engaged with his father in the saw mill at Antwerp, which business they jointly conducted for four years. About this time an opportunity offered itself which would enable Mr. Foote to obtain an insight into the great west and accordingly he accepted an offer tendered him to travel in the interests of a leading eastern insurance company. His success led him into new fields until he finally reached Waitsburg, Wash., thence southerly to San Francisco and east to Omaha and Chicago; reaching Utica he continued in the life insurance business for six months, then accepting a position with the Dexter Brothers, chair manufacturers at Black River. Purchasing a farm some time afterwards he remained on it until his present venture in 1896. Mr. Foote carries a well selected stock of boots, shoes and rubbers, has a harness and saddlery department and deals extensively in farming implements. He is the general agent for the D. M. Osborn & Co.'s binders, mowers and corn harvesters, which have a large sale in Jefferson county, Mr. Foote is still unmarried; his parents are both living and, his brother, Hurbert J. Foote, is a prominent attorney at Antwerp. Three sisters, Ella B. and Nina B., are teachers in the public schools of the county, while Abbie L, is a well known music teacher of Antwerp. Mr. Foote is a member of Pisgah Bodge No. 720, F. & A. M., of Evans Mills.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898