Biography of R. M. Wheeler
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Wheeler, R. M., was born in Cameron, February 2, 1848. His father, James B. Wheeler, who was a farmer and lumberman in Cameron for many years, was a na tive of this county, born in 1809. He was married to Melinda Willard, a native of Massachusetts, in 1833. They were the parents of ten children that reached adult age. Mrs. Wheeler died March 16, 1889, at seventy six years of age. Gratton H. Wheeler, the oldest son, was one of the prominent men of Cameron. Robert, who was the fifth son, was given a common school edtjcation. His father having owned both saw and grist mills, he was then engaged in farming and in the mills until eighteen years of age, when he learned the carriage maker's trade in Bath and followed it for ten years. He was then for eighteen months in a store at Cameron with his brother, J. D. Wheeler, who is in business there still. In 1886 he came to Hornellsville and took up building, working for a while at the trade, and a year later began taking contracts for the erection of buildings, and is now one of the leading contractors of the city. He was married December 25, 1877, to Louise Scarwell, daughter of Henry Scarwell of Bath, who was first sergeant in Battery E, of the 1st N. Y. Artillery, in the late war, after which he soon died from wounds received while in the service. They have one daughter, Nina L., a student of the Hornell Academy.

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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