Biography of Ezra S. Buckbee
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





EZRA S. BUCKBEE was born in the town of Owego, about three miles north of the village, in the year 1827, but when an infant his parents removed to Albany county where his father soon afterward died. The widow then came to Geneva to live. At the age of sixteen Ezra was a clerk in the grocery store of Lucius Truman and William P. Stone, with whom he became partner in 1850, under the firm name of Truman, Stone & Co. Stephen S. and BenjaminL. Truman were also members of the firm. Five years later the business was changed to dry goods, the firm name being Stone & Co. The store was called "The Empire Store." After Mr. Stone's retirement in 1870 Mr. Buckbee formed a partnership with Asa N. Potter of Owego and Edwin Booth of Candor, the firm name then being Potter, Buckbee & Co. In March 1883, the firm of Buckbee, Peterson, Wood, Schoonmaker & Burgess was formed, Mr. Buckee being senior partner and active business man of the house. He was in business to the time of his death, August 10, 1883, and that event was regarded as a serious loss to Owego, for during the long period of his business life in the county Ezra S. Buckbee was looked upon as one of the staunch and straightforward men of the county, as well as one of Owego's most public spirited citizens; an upright christian man, upon whose career there was no stain. Several children of relatives (and of those who were not) found a pleasant home in Mr. Buckbee's house. Truly ie world was the better for his living.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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