Biography of C. A. Brewster
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Brewster, C. A. - Gilbert Brewster, his father, was born at Red Creek, N. Y. sixty six years ago, of old English ancestry, and came to Addison soon after attaining his majority. He was by trade a machinist and farmer, and married Martha, daughter of the late William Wombough, by whom he had four children, of whom Charles and Gilbert are the only survivors. She died in 1886. William Wombough occupied a central position in the early annals of Middletown, now Addison, having been not only one of the first corners here, but a man of wonderful energy and character, and at one time owned nearly 2000 acres of land in and about Addison. He built grist, carding and saw mills in the vicinity, and it is related that in order to equip his first mill with machinery, he made a trip to Philadelphia with a team, and he thought little of an overland trip to Syracuse for a load of salt. C. A. Brewster, a grandson of William Wombough, was educated in the common schools and Cornell University, after which he occupied a clerical position in the Baldwin Bank, until the formation of the firm of Brewster Brothers, dealers in hardware, etc. In 1890 the firm dissolved, and Mr. Brewster thence forward devoted his time and attention to his wholesale lumber business at Corning and Painted Post. He has served his town as village trustee, and in other positions, which he filled with great credit,

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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