Biography of Joel Olmstead
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Olmstead, Joel (deceased), Potsdam, was born in LeRoy, Genesee county, October 19, 1826. the oldest of four sons of David Olmstead, who was a native of Vermont. The mother of our subject Huldah King, was also a native of Vermont. Joel was ten years of age when his parents moved into St. Lawrence county. They located on a farm in Potsdarn, where Joel was reared and educated, and after he was of age he conducted his father's farm. The old homestead is still held as the estate of Eli Olmstead, being now carried on by a son of the latter. In 1854 Joel bought a farm of ninety acres, which he worked until 1888, when on account of failing health he took up his residence in Potsdam Village. where he died February 10, 1891. His widow, Olive A., daughter of Harry Tanner of Hermon, and one daughter survive him. Mr. Olmstead was a very successful farmer, but never took any great interest in public affairs. His widow is a member of the Methodist church of Potsdam. The daughter, Rhoda C., married, February 8, 1888, Arthur E. Ames of Potsdam, and they have one child, Harry Olmstead Ames, born August 10, 1891.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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