Biography of Martin H. Reese

Reese, Martin H., was born in the town of Leray, Jefferson county, N. Y., December 22, 1852. His father died when he was seven years old, from which time he worked out summers and did chores winters for his board, going to school until he was sixteen. He then conducted a farm of fifty acres for his mother in the town of Clayton for four years. December 22, 1872, when he became twenty years of age, he began work on a farm by the month, which he followed until September 14, 1873, when he married Martha J. Lingenfelter of Clayton, and on March 1, 1874, went to housekeeping near Evans Mills, town of Leray, and worked out by the month until November 25, 1874, when by accident he received an injury to his right elbow, resulting in the loss of the ulna bone which was taken out by Dr. Grafton, laying him up for nine months. After recovery he worked about for two years, when he learned the cheesemaking business, which he followed for six years, successfully managing factories. October 23, 1883, he removed to Watertown and embarked in the retail meat business at No. 82 Factory Square, where he has since conducted a large and growing business.

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