Biography of Holis Hovey Bailey
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Bailey, Hollis Hovey, Potsdam, was born in the town of Irasburg, Vt., January 14, 1843, a son of Levi Bailey, who was a native of Massachusetts, born in Newburyport in 1800, and immigrated with his parents to Vermont when only a lad. He died in Vermont, in 1845. The mother of our subject, Margaret Achsah Ainsworth, was also a native of Vermont, and they had four children, of which Hollis, is the second son. The early life of our subject was spent in his native State. He was educated in the common schools and at twenty two years of age took up bookkeeping, being employed in a lumber office two years. The spring of 1867 he went west for the Fairbanks Scale Co., traveling one year through Michigan and Indiana, and was nine years the bookkeeper in their branch office at St. Louis. in 1877 he came to this county, locating in the village of Norwood where he was in the employ of the Norwood Lumber Co., and at the assignment of the company in 1883, he was appointed manager by the receiver, and when the Norwood Manufacturing Co. took possession hr remained with them. February 17, 1890, he was appointed by President Harrison postmaster at Norwood, a position he still holds, Mr. Bailey served in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting August 6, 1802 in Company F, Eleventh Regiment Vermont Infantry, and served until the close of the war. His regiment was with the Army of the Potomac and was at the great battles of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. At the last named in June, 1864, Mr. Bailey was taken prisoner while with a detail of fifty men, forty eight of whom were taken prisoners and only seven lived to reach home. As one of this number Mr. Bailey served six months in Andersonville and other prisons, and on his return March 16, 1865, was made second lieutenant of his company. Mr. Bailey has been a member of the Masonic fraternity twenty seven years, and a member of the I, O. O. F., six years. He married in 1665, Julia K., daughter of John W. Mason of Irasburg, Vt., by whom he has had thirteen children, seven now living. He is also a member of Luther Priest Post, No. 167, G. A. R., past commander.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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