Biography of Byron J. Strough
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Strough, Byron J., son of Samuel W. and Emeline (Tallaman) Strough, was born on his father's farm in the town of Theresa, February 6, 1844. His early education was received in the schools of the neighborhood and at Theresa Academy, and he obtained a State certificate in 1866. After graduating he taught school until the commencement of his business career with his brother Lucien S., in 1872, at which time a copartnership was formed and the brothers bought the drug and grocery business then carried on by Clark B. Bushnell in the Bushnell Block. Here they continued in trade with gratifying success until the inauguration of their present business, buying and shipping hay and grain, and doing the largest amount of business in that line of any firm in Jefferson county. On June 12, 1867, Mr. Strough married L. Marie Ford, daughter of Rev. Lewis T. Ford, a clergyman of the Baptist faith and prominent as a preacher thirty-five years ago. Mrs. Strough is a sister of W. F., William G. and Charles H. Ford, the former a prominent attorney of Lafargeville and the latter an enterprising farmer and dairyman. Although the town of Orleans is naturally Republican by what is considered a safe majority (about 100), Mr. Strough has been repeatedly returned at each election since, 1885 to the office of supervisor of the town of Orleans, proving conclusively that his popularity runs in a deeper groove than that merely political. It has been lengthened and broadened year by year as his intercourse with the farming community has increased, until the man, not his politics, becomes the central object. Mr. Strough is a thirty-second degree Mason, was W. M. of Lafargeville Lodge No. 171, F. & A. M. for twenty-one years; district deputy grand master of the 16th Masonic district for six years, and is at present vice-president of the board of trustees of the Hall and Asylum Fund.

 

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