Joseph M. Bonner. - As district superintendent of public schools in Oswego County, Joseph M. Bonner is prominent
in Pulaski, where he also holds the office of mayor. He was born at Orwell, Oswego County, April 7, 1877, the son
of Albert E. and Mary E. (Vary) Bonner.
Albert E. Bonner was born at Orwell in 1840 and died in 1903. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Orwell. Afters
attending Pulaski Academy, Mr. Bonner became interested in general farming and was thus engaged throughout his
life. He was a Republican and held membership in the Baptist Church. His brother, Allen Davenport Bonner, served
throughout the Civil War as a member of Company C, 110th N. Y. V. I., and was a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic. Mary E. (Vary) Bonner was born at West Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N. Y., in 1842, and died at Pulaski
in 1923. She was the daughter of Clark Vary, who served in the War of 1812. To Albert E. and Mary E. (Vary) Bonner
were born three sons: 1. Albert, deceased. 2. Joseph M., the subject of this sketch. 3. Rev. Harry Vary, lives
at McGraws, N. Y.
Joseph M. Bonner received his early education in the public schools of Orwell and in 1897 was graduated from Pulaski
Academy. He was graduated from Normal School at Potsdam and later studied at Albany State Normal College and Cornell
University. For two years before entering Potsdam Normal Mr. Bonner taught in the rural schools of Oswego County.
He subsequently served as principal of public schools at Richville, Rensselaer Falls, Heuvelton and Shortsville,
N. Y. Mr. Bonner came to Oswego County on Jan. 1, 1912, to assume his present duties. He is now serving his fifth
term, each of which contains five years. He is president of the Oswego Board of Vocational and Educational Extension.
In 1906 Mr. Bonner married Miss Grace Hart of Copenhagen, N. Y., the daughter of Daniel and Mary Hart, both deceased.
Mr. Bonner was elected mayor of Pulaski for a two year term in March, 1931. He has served as president of the Chamber
of Commerce and is a director, stockholder and secretary of the Charles Tollner's Sons Company, Inc. He belongs
to Pulaski Lodge, F. & A. M., of which he is past master and served as deputy grand master for the Oswego Masonic
Mr. Bonner is particularly interested in the progressive movement in government reform. He attended the 14th Annual
American Country Life Conference, which was held at Cornell University in 1931. It was held at Willard Straight
Conference Headquarters and Mr. Bonner's topic of discussion was "Rural Government."
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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