Biography of Hiram Fargo
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Hiram, Fargo, was one of the early and substantial settlers of Barre. He was born in the town of Sherburne, Chenango county. N. Y. From there he moved to the town of Henrietta, where he married Electa, daughter of Joel Clark. In 1827 they came to Barre. Eleven children were born to them: Mary, who married James L. Culver; John A., now a resident of Spencerport, Monroe county; Olive. who died in 1850; Susan, who married Alfred Carpenter, and after his decease. F. A. Eaton; O. T., who died in Illinois; Imogene, who died in Minnesota; Laura, who married W. H. Puzey; Almon B., of Clarendon, a soldier in Company D, 151st Regiment; Amelia E., who married Charles H. Mattison; Jeremiah C., living in the State of Washington, who was in the 4th Heavy Artillery three years; and Antoinette, wife of F. Harvey, who died in Kansas. Charles H. Mattison, who during his life time was one of Barre's most worthy citizens and who was honored equally with any man the town has ever produced, was born March 27, 1837. Until he went into service he lived on a farm. September 9, 1861, Mr. Mattison enlisted in Company D, 151st Regiment, and was elected orderly; was later promoted sergeant, and still later second lieutenant, but did not accept a commission as such. He was subsequently examined before General Casey's board and commissioned lieutenant, 26th U. S. Colored Troops, and later promoted adjutant of the regiment. He acted as adjutant general under General Saxton and served until the latter part of 1865, making an enviable record as a soldier and officer. Returning home he purchased a wagon and blacksmith shop at Barre Center, which he managed three years and then bought the old Fargo farm. Here he lived until his death, March 23, 1883. He was a staunch Republican and a leader of his party in the county. He was first elected town clerk, then supei visor, and later was elected to the State Legislature, and in each capacity he proved himself a worthy public servant. On January 8, 1861, he married Amelia E. Fargo, and they have three children: Walter, a salesman; Gertrude M., wife of Earl N. Fuller; and Alva G., of Barre Center.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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