Biography of H. M. Compton
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Compton, H. M., Russell,, was born near Milford, Pike county, Pa., April 19, 1848, a son of Ricmond and Eleanor (Drake) Compton. Richmond was born at Fort Richmond, Staten Island, July 19, 1812, his wife being a native of Pike county, Pa., born March 6, 1815. Richmond was a lumberman, and the owner of large tracts of timbered land, which he manufactured in lumber. He had five sons and three daughters, the former all (except one who died in infancy) being soldiers in the late war, who served with distinction. Our subject enlisted also, when sixteen years old in the Eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry and was in Grant's campaign around Richmond, and was connected with the Armies of the James and Potomac, participating in the battle of Cold Harbor, Drury's Bluff and other hard fought encounters. He received his education in the common schools of Monroe county, Pa., and began work at lnmbering at the age of fifteen. At the age of nineteen he acted as director and manager of lumbering, serving in that capacity for several years. For over ten years he had charge of a wholesale lumber yard in Pennsylvania, and remained four years as manager of the A. Lewis Lumber Co. He then became one of the managers of the lumber works at Pittston, and in 1891 came to Clifton, N. Y., and took charge of the land and lumber interests of Clark & Thompson, of New York city. They furnish the Canton Lumber Co. 6,000,000 feet of spruce annually, also furnishing large quantities of pulp wood to the High Falls Pulp Co. In 1871 our subject married E. Grace, daughter of Nelson Underwood, and they have bad one son and two daughters, all now attending the Normal School at Potsdam: Iva, born October 6, 1872, A. Lewis, born August 5, 1875, and E. Jeannette, horn March 20, 1878, the youngest pupil admitted to the Normal School. Mr. Compton is a G. A. R. man, belonging to the Pittston Post. He is a Republican and he and family are members of the M. E. church.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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