ABRAM I. DECKER, son of David and Cordelia E. (Shultz) Decker, was born on September 21, 1850, at Summitville,
N. Y., and was educated at the Elmira public schools, East Genesee conference seminary and Genesee college of Lima,
N. Y. In 1855 his parents removed to Elmira, and his father built the Wellshurg, N. Y. tannery. (He died, in 1890).
In 1869 Abram went to Wellsburg, where he learned the tanners' trade, acquiring such skill as to become foreman
of the tannery, and held that position for seven years. He then, in 1879, bought the Decker tannery at Waverly,
which he still conducts. His mother, who died in 1872, was a sister of Jackson S. Shultz, a standard authority
on tanning, and an author who published a book on this industry. Mr. Deckçr joined the Methodist Episcopal
church in Elmira in 1863, and is now a valued member of the Waverly society. He has been superintendent of its
Sunday school for seventeen consecutive years, has been a delegate to the General Oonference of the church, and
once or twice an "alternate." He was elected a trustee of the Syracuse university in 1894 for a term
of six years, and is now serving his second term as trustee of Wyoming seminary at Kingston, Pa., to which office
he was first elected in 1883. He was the first clerk of Wellsburg village and its police justice. He was also captain
of a company of the New York State National Guards organized in Wellsburg, and was for three years captain of the
32d separate company of Wellsburg. Mr. Decker has served about two terms on the Waverly school board, was two years
(1887-1888) supervisor of the town of Barton, and was member of assembly from this county in 1889 and 1890. Politically
a republican, he takes an active part in politics. In 1871 he was married with Miss Sarah D. Orcutt, daughter of
John Orcutt. They have one child, David Orcutt Decker.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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