Biography of Menzo L. Horton
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Horton, Menzo L., was born in Pulteney, December 16, 1873, son of Philetus O., who was born in Pulteney in 1852. Philetus O. was a son of Richard F., born in Pultney in October, 1825, son of William, who was born in Orange county, N. Y., in 1795, one of six sons and two daughters born to Thomas Horton, who was of English descent, a descendant of a Horton who settled on Long Island in the latter part of the sixteenth century. He came to Pulteney in the early days, settled in the forest, and cleared a 300 acre farm. William, great grandfather of Menzo L., devoted his life to farming in Pultney, and was school superintendent, assessor of the town, etc. His wife, Eliza, was a daughter of Joseph and Lydia Stewart, of Pulteney, and they reared six sons and two daughters. He died in 1888 and his wife died in 1878. Richard F., grandfather of Menzo L., has devoted his life to farming in Pulteney and from 1883 to 1887 ran a mail route from Hammondsport to Penn Yang. His wife was Philena Lincoln, of South Bristol, Ontario county, whom he married in 1849, and their children are Lucius, Philetus, and Ada. He has served as assessor, collector, and commissioner of highways. Philetus O. at the age of eighteen learned the painter's trade, which he has since followed. He has a pleasant home in Pulteney and conducts a five acre vineyard. He has served as collector for two terms and has been one of the Town Board since he was twenty one years of age. At the age of twenty he married Irene, daughter of James Brush, of Pulteney, and their children are Menzo L., Le Verne, Linn D., and Claire. Menzo L. was educated in Pulteney and at the age of seventeen began teaching school. The year 1892-93 he spent in teaching near Lincoln, Nebraska, and from 1883 to 1895 he taught at Catawba. Mr. Horton is a young man of enterprise and public spirit, with indications of a bright and successful future.

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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