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Hovey, Edgar A., was born in the town of Hounsfield, March 26, 1860. He was educated in the district schools and in 1861 came to Sackets Harbor, where he engaged in the baggage and express business for himself. He next owned a stage line from Sackets Harbor to Watertown for three years, when he embarked in the livery business, in which he continued for five years; each of these he sold and returned to the first named, which he carries on together with retailing large quantities of coal, wood and ice. He is also a dealer in agricultural implements, binding twine, etc. He owns a fine farm upon which he has thirty choice cows, the product of which he disposes of on a good milk route in the village. Mr. Hovey is a member of Sackets Harbor Lodge No. 135, F. & A. M., also of the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Episcopal church and in his political choice is a thorough Republican. His father, Joseph Hovey, was born in this town also in the year 1835. He was educated in the schools of his day, and married Minerva McWay of his native town, and they had five children: Edgar A. (as above), Nellie, Frank, Martha and Justus M. Mr. Hovey died in 1871, and his widow still survives. Nellie married Henry V. Stokes, now of Nebraska, and they have three children: Sarah. Ethel and Georgie; Martha married Henry H. Reader of Hounsfield, and they have one son, Edgar H. Mr. Reader died April 15, 1896. It will be seen that at the death of Mr. Hovey, Edgar A. was only eleven years old, and upon him and his mother devolved the responsibility of the family and right well has he performed his part and made a home for the family and a success of business.

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