Although a young man Charles A. G. Scothon, county clerk of Oneida county, has gained a position of trust
and responsibility not often accorded to one of his years, and gives promise of a career of even larger scope as
opportunity presents. He is a native of Lee Center, Oneida county, and was born March 16, 1877, a son of Phineas
B. and Eliza M. (Markham) Scothon. The parents were both born in Lewis county, New York, and located at Lee Center,
where the father is engaged in the milling business. The grandfather, Phineas Scothon, was also a miller and was
an early settler of Lee Center. Herbert Markham, an uncle of our subject on the maternal side, was a valiant soldier
in behalf of the stars and stripes at the time of the Civil war and gave up his life for his country in the battle
of the Wilderness.
Charles A. G. Scothon, of this review, received his early education in the union schools of Lee Center, and, later
attended Fairfield Military Academy, graduating at the latter institution in 1896. Upon returning home he assisted
his father in the gristmill and feed store at Lee Center. From the age of twenty one he has been actively interested
in politics in the republican party and gained recognition as one of the successful workers in the county. He was
elected town clerk and served for three years, also filling the office of Supervisor of the town for two terms,
from 1904. In November, 1908, he was elected county clerk of Oneida county by a majority of more than forty three
hundred, and has held this position since January 1, 1909. By the faithful discharge of his duties his course has
met with the hearty approval of his constituents as well as that of all fair minded men of opposing political affiliation
in the county.
On the 23d of November, 1898, at Cherry Valley, New York, Mr. Scothon was united in marriage to Miss Linda Powell,
a daughter of Nelson Powell of Lee Center. Three children have been born of this union, Ernest Nelson, who was
born August 20, 1899, and whose death occurred in October, 1901; Earl Waters, born November 19, 1900; and Florence
Gertrude, born January 21, 1903.
Mr. Scothon and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lee Center and fraternally he is identified
with Baron Steuben Lodge, No. 264, A. F. & A. M.; Utica Lodge, No. 33, B. P. O. E.; Rome Council, of the Royal
Arcanum; and Lee Center Camp, No. 5758, M. W. A. He is also connected with the Republican Club, the Young Men's
Christian Association, and the Forest, Fish and Game Protective Association. Of a genial social disposition, he
has made many friends who are attracted by his characteristics of sincerity and kindliness. He is a man of unimpeachable
integrity and honor and thoroughly deserves the regard of his fellow citizens.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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