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Grow, William R., was born in the town of Watertown, September 23, 1852, a son of Oliver W. and Luthera (Rodgers) Grow. Oliver W. was born in Houndsfield, April 16, 1818, a son of Oliver Grow, born in Vermont, and was among the first settlers at Houndsfield, where he died in 1859. Oliver W. was married December 31, 1839. He spent forty-six years on the old homestead and then moved to Oswego county and at East Boylston was in the mercantile business. In 1866 he moved to the village of Lorraine and there lived until his death, which occurred on September 6, 1886. In politics he was a Republican and was postmaster for several years. Mrs. Grow died July 12, 1895. The maternal grandfather was killed by lightning about 1832. To Oliver W. Grow and wife were born four sons: Alonzo W., of Iowa; E. J. D., a hardware merchant of Lorraine; William R. and George F. William R. Grow was educated in the common schools and at the age of twenty engaged in pickling eggs at Lorraine in partnership with L. F. Caulkins and carried on a very successful business for about twenty-one years, having done the largest business in the State. In 1892 Mr. Grow bought out Mr. Caulkins and has since continued the business alone. This is one of the oldest and most successful firms in the State. Mr. Grow has a farm of fifty acres and also has a fine residence and a store building occupied by a brother for a hardware store, and in 1880 built in partnership with Mr. Caulkins an egg building 26 by 104, afterward arranged for the store now occupied by C. L. Tucker & Co., and owns an interest in the Lorraine Village Cheese Factory. Mr. Grow was first married in 1875 to Polly Grimshaw, adopted daughter of Joseph Grimshaw; she died in February, 1884, and in November, 1886, he married Anna Hitchcock, widow of Adelbert Hitchcock. Mr. Grow is a member of Rising Sun Lodge No. 234, F. & A. M. In politics he is a Republican and was town clerk several years and supervisor four years. They attend and support the M. E. church, of which Mrs. Grow is a member. Mr. Grow and Mr. Caulkins were for some years with F. D. Pierce in the egg business at Limerick, where they did an extensive business, and at present Mr. Grow is engaged with D. C. Dodge of Pulaski, in the same business and has been for about fifteen years.

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