Biography of Richmond J. Fairbanks
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Fairbanks, Richmond J., Russell, was born in Herman, October 25, 1858, a son of Reuben J. and Harriet (Eggleston) Fairbanks. Reuben was a son of Oshea and Mehetabel (Powers) Fairbanks. Oshea and wife came to Gonverneur about 1823. and a year later to Bermon, being pioneer settlers of that town, He went west about 1850, and little has been known of him since, Fie had five sons and three daughters, of whom Reuben J. was born February 7, 1828. He enlisted October 16, 1861, in Co. F, 60th N. Y. Volunteers, and served throughout the war, November 24, 1863, he was wounded at Lookout Mountain, Tenn. He participated in the battles of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, and was with Sherman in his famous march to the sea. Mr. Fairbanks and wife were married April 20, 1852, and had six sond and five daughters: Florence, Mandana, Samuel, Harriet, Cynthia, Rosina, Rodger E., Clark, Perry, Leroy D. and R. J., our subject. The later was educated in the school at Hermon, and at the age of seventeen began his business career as a teamster and farm hand. He afterwards attended school one year, and then worked a year each at teaming and in the cheese factory. At the age of twenty he bought out the Leathe's route front De Kalb to Fine, and had charge of this for eight years and four months. This proved a very successful undertaking for our subject, he buying during this time 370 acres of land, to which he has added about 250 acres, In 1889 he built a saw mill on his farm, and now manufactures lumber in all dimensions, both rough and finished, shingles and cheese boxes, sawing about 500,000 for market annually. He also has an interest in the Iron Clad Mills at De Kalb Junction. He has an interest in the Kelly Wagon Works also, and is president of the company. October 28, 1880, he married Sarah Cousins, born September 7, 1856, daughter of William and Janette (Cleland) Cousins, he a native of Ireland, born Februrary 10, 1819, and she of Scotland, born January 29, 1826. The former died in June, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks have had three sons: Milton J., born July 27, 1882; Howard C., born December 6,1885; and Richmond Worth, born June 1, 1887. In politics our subject is a Republican. He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, Court 1,241, Hermon Lodge.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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