Biography of Frank H. Lattin
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Lattin, Frank H., is a grandson of William Lattin, who was born in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county, May 15, 1808, and died at Gaines, March 17, 1863. The father of our subject, Joseph Wood Lattin, was born in Dutchess county, April 15, 1833, and died in Gaines, December 11, 1870. He married Mary Haak, who was born in Spring, Crawford county, Pa., December 28, 1840, and their children were, Frank H., and Cary B. The latter was born in Gaines, November 29, 1864, and died in Gaines, July 8, 1891, being at the time of his death deputy State treasurer of the State of Washington. He was a graduate of Albion High School, class of '84, and of the Omaha Business College (1888), and taught school in the town of Gaines two years. Frank H. Lattin was born in Gaines, August 17, 1861, and graduated from the Albion High School, class of '82, after which he taught school in his native village. A few years previous he had beéome greatly interested in the study of natural history. This interest had increased to such an extent that he now determined to make it hs life work. Discovering that certain portions of Orleans county were rich in geological products, of the drift period especially, he spent every moment at his disposal in the search for specimens, and in reading up for scientific information. He made several valuable "finds" in the drift and also in the neighboring sandstone and limestone quarries, and soon began a correspondence with other collectors, effecting an exchange of his duplicates for other specimens from all over the world, until his collections became quite extensive in the various branches of natural science. At first he devoted himself especially to birds' eggs and in 1884 began the publication of a monthly magazine, called the "Oologist," which has now attained a circulation of nearly 3,000 copies monthly, and is the official organ of the Oologista in this county. Mr. Lattin has a handsome home in Gaines, which he says with pardonable pride, is probably the only one in the world secured with a single sale of bird's eggs. He has two large warehouses filled with his collections. He has placed a large collection of eggs in the Field Museum at Chicago, where, during the World's Fair, his collection in the Anthropological building occupied 2,000 square feet. After the close of the Fair, Mr. Lattin effected the purchase of the entire collection of shells, numbering 50,000 specimens of 10,000 species, formerly owned by the great collector, the late Colonel Jewett, of Santa Barbara, Cal. Mr. Lattin is a wholesale and retail dealer in specimens, instruments, supplies, publications for the naturalist, and curiosities generally. September 9, 1885, he married May E. Bullard, born in Gaines, August 9, 1866. Her grandfather was Brigadier Bullard, who settled in Gaines Basin in 1812.

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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