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Houghton, William A., was born in the town of Antwerp, November 12, 1862, on his father's farm, known as the Elijah Houghton homestead, seven miles west of Antwerp village. He was educated in the common schools of the vicinity, and at ives Seminary and Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie. After finishing his education he entered the employ of Ira C. Hinsdale, general merchant of Antwerp. as bookkeeper. He left Antwerp in 1891 and came to Dexter, purchasing the opera house block and engaged in general merchandise business in which he continued six years, when he disposed of the business to Messrs. Luther Bros. & Co. During the time Mr. Houghton was in business in Dexter, he was also the owner of a livery business which he ran in connection with his other line of trade. He still continues the livery business and the buying and selling of produce and dealing in carriages and farm implements. In 1888 Mr. Houghton married Alice M. Wicks, daughter of Samuel Wicks, and they have three children: Charles W., I. Fernie and Grace. Mr. Houghton's paternal grandfather, Elijah Houghton, served through the war of 1812 and was at the battle of Sackets Harbor. Mr. Houghton has five brothers: Dr. E. M. Houghton of Detroit, who holds the position of superintendent of the extensive laboratory of Parke, Davis & Co., manufacturers of medical and pharmaceutical preparations: James, who resides on the old homestead at Antwerp; Edwin S., a mining expert of Fountain, Col.; Dr. C. A. Honghton, a prominent dentist of Philadelphia, N. Y., and Roy, a student at the Philadelphia (N. Y.) Academy.

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