WARD DECKER, son of Anson and Pgoebe (Washburn) Decker, was born in Owego, August 11, 1865. He was educated
at the free academy, and was afterward in the book and stationery business about ten years. On April 16, 1895,
he patented an automatic telephone appliance and an automatic switchboard for the manufacture of which he erected
a substantial building in the eastern part. of the village. The business here is conducted by the Decker Hinckley
manufacturing company, of which Ward Decker is the active manager. Anson Decker was one of the old residents, and
a native of Owego, born in the east part of the town, and through the period of his business life was one of its
substantial and progressive citizens. On June 2, 1856, he married with Phoebe A. Washburn, by whom he had three
children, George and Ruella, both of whom died in. childhood, and Ward; of the Decker Hinckley manufacturing company.
Anson Decker was once deputy sheriff of Broome county and three times supervisor of the town of Owego. He died
in the village May 23, 1880.
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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