Biography of Holton A. Bushnell
Madison County, NY Biographies





Bushnell, Holton A., p. o. Bridgeport, the genial and popular proprietor of the Servis Hotel at Bridgeport, is descended from one of the oldest local families. His father is James A. Bushnell, whose large farms are situated on the lake road near Lakeport. James Bushnell is a staunch Republican and has for years been a prominent factor in town politics, besides filling various offices of responsibility, such as assessor and town auditor. Holton Bushnell was born at the homestead farm. March 8, 1869, and began his education at Yates Polytechnic Institute at Chittenango. taking the full course of three years. Returning to the farm for a year he decided to prepare for a life of business activity and took a course of study at the Wells Business College, Syracuse, during the winters of 1887 and 1888. Then, after an extended tour of the West. he accepted a Situation as freight clerk with the N. Y. C. R. R. at Canastota, N. Y., remaining there a year. After a few months in the office of Hill & Co., wholesale jewelers of Chicago, he became a traveling salesman for Groveham & Co., Chicago jobbers in grocer's specialties, having the State of Michigan for his field of operations. The year following was spent still further west, traveling through Minnesota and Wisconsin for a Syracuse manufacturer of silverware and novelties. Mr. Bushnell's wanderings were cut short May 3, 1896, by his marriage to Nellie Grace Nichols, daughter of J. H. Nichols, a prominent merchant of this place. Soon after marriage he leased the somewhat venerable hotel then known as the Nichols House at Bridgeport, operating it with success until November of 1897, when he secured a lease of the Servis Hotel, which he now conducts as a first class hotel.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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