Biography of Myron H. Wait
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Wait, Myron H., Potsdam, was born in Potsdam, May 17, 1825. Allen Wait, father of our subject was a native of Vermont, born in Shoreham, March 11, 1780, and was one of the first settlers of the town of Potsdam, coming here in 1802, when the town was a wilderness. He took up 100 acres in the northwestern part, and his first residence was a log house, which was superseded in 1825 by a frame house. Allen Wait took little interest in public affairs, but devoted his whole time to his home interests. His wife was Abigail Bailey, also a native of Vermont, and they had ten children, only two of whom are living Allen Wait the second, a fanner of this town; and Myron H. Allen Wait, sr., is dead, and Mrs. Wait died in December, 1839. The whole life of our subject was spent in this town, living on the old homestead farm until he was fifteen, when the family moved to the western part of Potsdam. When he was twenty one he started out for himself, but returned after two years to spend four years with his father. In 1853 he moved to Hopkinton, where he bought a farm of sixty acres, and cultivated it three years, returning in 1856 to Potsdam, buying a farm of ninety six acres to which he added until he owned 176 acres. He left this in 1871 to settle on his present farm, a fine place of 107 acres and also an adjoining one of fifteen acres, The farm is devoted mainly to dairying, and Mr. Wait conducts a milk route in Potsdam, where he disposes of about 150 quarts per day. He also makes butter from the furnishing of thirty six cows Mr. Wait married in 1854, Eliza J., daughter of Benjamin Butler, a farmer of Potsdam, who was a native of Vermont, coming to this country when seven years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Wait had two children; Ida Elizabeth, wife of Ezra S. Smith of Des Moines, Ia.; and Emma Sophronia, now a teacher in the Normal School at Shippenburg, Pa.

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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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