Biography of Charles E. Pratt
Madison County, NY Biographies





Pratt, Charles E., son of Edward J. and Harriet (Partridge) Pratt, was born in Fayetteville, Onondaga county, N. Y., December 24. 1853. His father, Edward J. Pratt, was born on the old homestead at Pratt's Falls purchased by Daniel Pratt and still in the possession of the family. During the greater part of his active life he was engaged in the hotel business, and at different times conducted the Grove House in Fayetteville, Pompey House at Pompey Hill, Oran House at Oran, and the Cazenovia House at Cazenovia. The family had originally settled in Connecticut, and Daniel Pratt removed from that State to the site of the present settlement of Pratt's Falls in 1796. He built a saw and grist mill and became one of the influential men of the region. He is recorded as having been a pensioner of the war of 1812. Charles E. Pratt was educated in Fayetteville and Auburn, and spent three years in and near Lincoln, Neb. Following this period he became station agent of the Chenango Valley Railroad at Oran, and later was connected with the old Remington Hotel in Syracuse, then owned by the Syracuse University. He came to Cazenovia in 1877 to take a position as clerk in the Cazenovia House, then conducted by Perry Crandall, with whom he remained until the latter's death in 1884. At this time he assumed the management of the Cazenovia House, being associated with his father until 1894, since which time he has conducted the business alone; his hostelry is one of the landmarks of Cazenovia and has always had a fair share of patronage. In politics Mr. Pratt has been a Democrat and has served in both the town and county committees for upwards of ten years. He has been a member of the school board two years and of the sewer commission since the inauguration of the system. He was a charter member of Cazenovia Lodge, of the A. O. U. W., and for a number of years a member of Ledyard Hose of the old Volunteer Fire Department. He married, in 1881, Pearl Clarke, daughter of Lewis Clarke, and their children are Edward L., Homer D., Lena and Eugene B.

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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