Biography of James A. McCollum
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McCollum, James A., is a son of Peter and Abigail McCollum, who came through the dense wilderness from Schenectady county in 1819, moving in a lumber wagon and settling in what is now Newfane in 1820. Their worldly possessions at that time were a team, wagon, and a sharp axe to clear up the homestead where James A. now resides. They raised to maturity a family of four children: John, Abigail, Charles S. and James A. the latter the youngest and only surviving son. Peter McCollum died in 1862, and his widnw survived till 1872. They had seen the town grow from a wilderness to a high state of cultivation and civilization from the time when its post office was a knot hole in a sycamore tree a few rods south of the village of Newfane. The second frame school house in town was built on his farm, in a community of intelligent and enterprising people, enjoying the benefits of hard and well earned properties. It is worthy of record that he and his three sons represented at different times the town of Newfane in the Board of Supervisors, each for several terms a veritable family of supervisors - James A. serving for five years and chairman of the board for two years; also served as its clerk. At the present time he is vice-president of the Erie and Niagara Co. Farmers' Insurance Association, and for many years has been a director of the Niagara County Agricultural Society, and has always been a resident of the town, with the exception of a few years spent in teaching in Kentucky and Tennessee in his younger days. The whole McCollum family have been intimately connected with the progress and prosperity of the town of Newfane, and in all the relations of life-business, social and educational-have proved trustworthy. liberal and enterprising, commanding the respect and esteem of not only their immediate neighbors, but of the citizens of the whole county.

Landmarks of Niagara County, New York
Edited by William Pool
D. Mason & Company, Publishers, 1897

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