AARON PUTNAM STORES, who is mentioned among the old business men of the county seat, was born in Mansfield.
Conn., September 18, 1812, and was the son of Rev. Samuel Porter and Sally Putnam Storrs. Aaron came to Owego in
1827, in company with his uncle, Rev. Aaron Putnam. He attended school and prepared for college, but relinquished
his original intention and in 1835 opened a hardware and drug store in the village. The firm was Allen & Storrs,
and their place of business was on the corner where now stands the large store of A. P. Storrs & Co. The various
changes in partnership which took place during Mr. Storrs' long business career in Owego are told in the village
chapter and need not be repeated here, and it is suificient simply to say, as the older merchants of Owego have
many times said, that Aaron P. Storrs was looked upon as one of the most honorable, straightforward and capable
business men who ever engaged in mercantile trade in the county; that he was a man of sterling worth and integrity,
generous and public spirited, with an open hand and purse for every worthy cause. Mr. Storrs was in active business
to the time of his death, September 9, 1888. In politics he was a whig and abolitionist and later a firm republican.
Early in life he became a member of the Presbyterian church, and at the time of his death had been an elder for
thirty years. His wife, with whom he was married in 1842, was Francis Camp, sister to the late George Sidney Camp.
Their children were Ida F., John Gardner, who died in 1875; Aaron Putnam, a business man of Owego; Laura W., wife
of George I. Hansel.
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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