Biography of George F. Grow


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Grow, George F., was born in HounsfIeld, May 23, 1858, a son of Oliver Grow. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. At the age of nineteen he built a creamery in Lorraine, and was engaged in that business for four years, when he engaged in the manufacture of cheese boxes for one year and then bought a farm in partnership with W. R. Grow, of 280 acres: he was also in partnership with his brother in the manufacture of cheese. He sold his interest in the cheese factory in 1887. In 1893 he sold his farm and in January, 1894, bought the old Hunt stand and engaged in the hotel business, and has since been proprietor of the Grow Hotel. In politics he is a Republican and has been assessor of the town of Boylston, Oswego county, three years, where he lived six years. June 27, 1878, he married Hattie E., daughter of Philo M. and Adora M. (Gillett) Brown of Lorraine, and they had two sons: Alonzo B., born May 12, 1879, and William L., born November 30, 1881. Mrs. Grow's father, Philo Brown, was born in the town of Lorraine, October 25. 1832, son of Morris, son of Aaron, son of Ebenezer Brown, who came to Adams in 1806 and to Lorraine soon after, where he lived and died. Philo M. was educated at Jefferson County Institute of Watertown aud Falley Seminary of Fulton, N. Y. He succeeded his father in the mercantile business at the age of twenty. He is a Democrat, was supervisor of the town four terms, justice fifteen years and notary public twenty years. He is a member of I. O. O. F. and was noble grand several years and secretary of Lorraine Rural Cemetery forty-three years. In 1856 he marrried Melissa Gillett and they had two children: Ida M. (deceased), and Hattie B., wife of George F. Grow. Mrs. Brown died August 18, 1891.

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