SAMUEL H. GARISS, ex president of the village of Port Jervis, was born in Sussex County, N. J., in 1849, and
died at his home, December 1o, 1903. At the age of nineteen he came to Tri States and entered the employ of W.
A. Drake as bookkeeper. During the twenty two years that he occupied this position he was able to conduct a livery
business in partnership with Hiram Marion, also operating a grist and saw mill in Flatbrookville. From 1884 to
1888 he was postmaster of Tri States. In 1890 Mr. Gariss came to Germantown and established a grocery store. In
1901 he retired from this business and it became the property of his son, Samuel Emmet Gariss and S. G. Blackman.
Politically Mr. Gariss was a staunch. Democrat ; he served as trustee of Port Jervis village and in 1903 was elected
village president and reelected in 1905. He was elected a member of the board of supervisors in 19o3 by a large
majority and would have assumed his duties January I, 1908. He was one of the elders of the Second Reformed Church
since its organization.
In 1838 Mr. Gariss married Charity Estelle Cole, and they were the parents of two children, Samuel Emmet and Olive
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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