Biography of Chester Van Ornum
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Van Ornum, Chester, Russell, was born in Russell, September 14, 1861. His father, Chester L., a son of Abram and grandson of Abram (a pioneer of the town of Russell), was a carpenter and joiner by trade and was born in the town of Edwards, January 2, 1827, coming to this town in 1849. where he settled at Elm Creek. He soon returned to Edwards and bought a saw mill and grist mill, which was later destroyed by fire, he sustaining a loss of about $5,000. He soon rebuilt the mill and continued the business about three years, then sold out and came to Russell, where he worked at his trade five years. He bought a farm on Elm Creek, hut in 1873 he removed to Silver Hill and took charge of the Palmer mill svhich he conducted the remainder of his life, February 11, 1849, he married Mary E. Nelson, daughter of Abel and Sophia Nelson, both of Herkimet county, and they had two Sons and two daughters: Ella V., born February 25, 1852, who married, first, Henry Rashton, and, second, Charles T. Freeman of Edwards; Nelson A., a farmer of this town, who married Mary Noble; Stella, wife of A. L. Freeman, a farmer of Edwards; and Chester, who worked for his father at farming and lumbering, and at the death of his father took charge of the mill, He manufactures lumber of all kinds, and also does custom work, having a planing mill in connection. November 24, 1886, he married Agnes, daughter of D. M. Noble, and they have one daughter, Vera, born September 22, 1887. In politics the family are Republicans. The father was a member of the Baptist church, and his widow, who now resides with our subject, is also a Baptist. The founders of this family in America were three brothers who came from Holland at an early day and settled in the Mohawk Valley.

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