Biography of John W. McCullough


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McCullough, John W., was born at Clarksville, Albany county, N. Y., in 1858, a son of Peter and Polly (Van Wie) McCullough. He was educated at the academy in Mechanicsville, Saratoga county, where his father had removed some years previous. After completing his education he entered the employ of Howland & Sons, paper manufacturers of Mechanicsville, where he thoroughly mastered every detail of the business during the five years he remained with them. About this time a better position was offered him as superintendent of the machinery department of D. A. Bullard & Sons' paper mills at Schuylerville, where he remained until a better position was offered him with the Ontario Paper Co. of Brownville. He was for a year and half connected with the Ontario Paper Co. of Brownville and the St. Lawrence Paper Co. of Dexter. In 1893 Mr. McCullough received the appointment of general superintendent of the extensive plant of the Brownville Paper Co., where he has since remained. In politics Mr. McCullough is a Democrat and has held the position of president of the village since 1894. He has been twice married; his first wife was Nettie Ford of Stiliwater, and his present wife is Sadie M.. daughter of John Johnson of Brownville, and. they have one daughter, Margaret, aged six years. Mr. McCullough is a member of Brownvifle Lodge No. 53, F. & A. M. his residence three miles south of Redwood, where his son had cleared up the farm where the pioneers ever afterward lived and where he died. The farm is now owned by his grandson, John L. Norton of Carthage. The children of John Norton, the elder, were John, who spent his life on the old farm; Polly, who married Jeremiah Austin and settled in Montgomery county; Rebecca, who married Mr. Austin and lived in Montgomery county; Jeremiah, who spent his life in St. Lawrence county; and Nancy, who died unmarried. John Norton, the pioneer, died on the old home farm at the age of 102 years, while his wife died at the still more advanced age of 104 years. John Norton, son of the pioneer, also died on the old farm aged 103 years. He was a farmer, a respected man in the town and in all respects a useful citizen. He came there in advance of his father and was his mainstay during the latter's farming life. He prac. tically cleared and paid for the land. His wife was Pamelia Gardner and to them seven children were born: George L, now a merchant in Fair Haven, Mo.; John L,, of Carthage; Silas W., formerly a successful business man at Schell City, Mo., now dead; Minerva J., wife of Homer Redington; Marie Antoinette, wife of Edward S. Slack of Ithaca, N. Y.; Oscar M., of Watertown, N. Y., and Alice A., wife of Rudolf Barner, now living in Wisconsin.

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

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