Biography of J. Edward Scoville
Madison County, NY Biographies





Scoville, J. Edward, is a native of Pompey, N. Y., where he was born January 17, 1860. His father was Charles Edwin Scoville, a contractor on the Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad, and latterly a farmer. The Scoville genealogy is traceable to Sir Arthur Scoville of the fourteenth century, in England. The first American ancestor was James Scoville, who settled in Pompey, Onondaga county, at an early date. J. E. Scoville spent his boyhood in Manlius, N. Y., where his father had purchased what is known as the Scoville homestead in 1864, and is now occupied by a brother, Addison E. Scoville. His mother was Mary Putnam Gould, a lineal descendant on her maternal side of the famous Gen. Israel Putnam, and a daughter of one of the pioneers of the county of Onondaga. Mr. Scoville early showed a marked genius for the mechanical arts and for adventure. He came to Canaseraga in 1888 and operated a general milling business, having previously been engaged in the same line at Chittenango and elsewhere. In 1895 he installed a telephone line from mill to mill, now grown into a large system, having lines to Lakeport, Bridgeport and to Syracuse, in all no less than sixteen long distance lines. In July, 1897, he went into the Klondike region and established a telephone exchange at Dawson, the first one in that territory, and the most northerly exchange in the world. He is now general manager of the Yukon telegraph and telephone company, also owning several undeveloped gold claims. After a winter within the Arctic circle Mr. Scoville was suddenly recalled by the illness of his wife, who died here August 4, 1898. She was Eva, daughter of Horace Wheeler of Fayetteville, and left two children.

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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