Tozer & Davenport (American Mills, Evans Mills, N. Y.)
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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Tozer & Davenport, millers and proprietors of the American Mills, Evans Mills, N. Y., was formed in 1895 and is composed of William F. Tozer and Arthur P. Davenport. The business consists of general grinding of wheat, corn, buckwheat and all kinds of mill feed. They are large dealers in flour, handling the Grand Republic flour of West Superior, Wis., and Rhodie & Bills's best patent of Ogdensburg. Their business is extensive, reaching out beyond what is usually termed local trade limits. The mill is of historical interest, having been erected in 1820 by Ethan Evans, the founder of the village. The individual copartners are energetic, pushing business men. Mr. Tozer was born in the town of Alexandria at Alexandria Bay, in 1861, a son of Regot and Mary (Potter) Tozer, respected citizens of Evans Mills. Mr. Tozer received his education in the schools of the neighborhood and was graduated from St. John's High School at Ogdensburg. For two years he was employed in the government survey from Little Rock, Ark., to Vermilion county, Dak. Returning to Evans Mills he engaged in his present business with W. H. Osborne which continued for three years and in 1895 he formed the present copartnership. Mr. Tozer is a member of Pisgah Lodge No. 720, F. & A. M. He has been through all the chairs and was for two years master of the lodge. Mr. Tozer and Mr. Davenport's grandfather, Elisha Potter, was a soldier in the war of 1812 and fought at Sacket Harbor. Mr. Tozer and Mr. Davenport's families run back through two important channels, one on the Potter side reaching to Robert Potter of Warwick, Eng., who came to Rhode Island in 1600, and through their great-grandmother, Polly Wolcott, and their grandmother, Polly Steele, who dçscended from the Wolcott's of Rhode Island, of which Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of the State, and Roger Wolcott, also governor of Rhode Island, are representatives. Mr. Davenport was born in the village of Evans Mills twenty five years ago, a son of Platt W. and Amelia M. (Potter) Davenport. His early life was passed in his native village, receiving his education in the public schools of the neighborhood and at the academy at Holland Patent. After completing his education he went to Nebraska, and was connected with the Omaha Street Railroad for three years, when he returned to Evans Mills, and entered upon the present business, where he has remained ever since. Politically Mr. Davenport is a Democrat. His father died in 1895 and his mother still survives and resides with her son. Messrs. Tozer & Davenport are cousins.

 

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