Biography of Fayette S. Curtis
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FAYETTE S. CURTIS, eldest child of Allen and Catherine Cook (Steele) Curtis, was born December 16, 1846. The Curtis and Steele families are of early New Englandstock, Henry Curtis, the emigrant and first American ancestor of this line, coming to America from Stratford-on-Avon in 1643. He located at Windsor, Conn.; was married in 1646, moved to Northampton, Mass., in 1653, where he died in 1661. Allen Curtis, born in July, 1812. was the youngest of twelve children of Samuel Curtis, who married Olive Fowler in 1789, and came to Tioga county in 1823 from Stockbridge, Mass. Allen was a merchant and farmer. He married his wife Catherine (born 1819) in 1842. Their children were Fayette S., George Henry and Kate Steele Curtis. George Kellogg Steele, born 1778, married Catherine Cook, born 1786, and Catherine Cook Steele (Mrs. Allen Curtis) was the fifth of their seven children. Fayette Curtis, educated at district and private schools and Owego Academy, in 1873 began business life as a rodman on the Albany & Susquehanna railroad. After eighteen months’ service as rodman and transit man, he attended a commercial college in New York for several months, and in 1865 entered the employ of the Southern Central railroad, then extending between Owego and Albany. In 1868 he was assistant engineer in making surveys for the town of Morrisania, now embraced in New York. A few months later he was an assistant engineer engaged in locating the Lake Ontario railroad between Oswego and Niagara. About 1870, he, in the same capacity, was making surveys for streets, etc., in what is now New York city. In 1871 he was assistant engineer of the New York & Harlem railroad, but was soon employed in the same capacity by the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. in locating a line from New Rochelle to New York. When this work was accomplished, he was again (in November, 1871) employed by the New York & Harlem railroad to make surveys and pians for eliminating its grade crossings through New York city, and on what was later called the “Fourth Avenue Improvement.” After the plans were made Mr. Curtis was engaged in the construction of this work, first as principal assistant engineer, and later as chief engineer, until its completion in 1876. From this time he was in the employ of the New York Central until 1882, when he received the responsible appointment of chief engineer of the New York, New Haven & Hartford railroad. This position he now holds. Mr. Curtis married in October, 1872, Miss Mary Justine Bishop. Children: Wallace Bishop, Mary Justine and George Henry.

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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