Bentley & Eaton. - This firm is composed of Ephraim J. Bentley and William M. Eaten. Mr. Bentley is a native
of Tioga county, Pa., and came to this county May 10, 1877. His early life had been spent as a clerk in a store
in his native place. He left his father's farm at the age of fifteen years and has been in the mercantile business
ever since. After coming to Ithaca he established a general store on Cayuga street below the present location,
and in 1889 he built a large frame block fifty feet square, three stories, using the ground floor for their extensive
business, one half the store being used for their retail business, and the other part for storage purposes. Mr.
Bentley was joined in partnership by Mr. Eaton in 1889, and the firm of Bentley & Eaton has ever since been
one of the most prosperous in the city. They carry a full line of dry goods, groceries and provisions, meats, oilcloths,
and also conduct a general headquarters for farmers, with large and commodious refrigerators for storing butter,
eggs, etc. Mr. Bentley has never taken any active interest in politics, but is a Republican. He is a member of
Ithaca Lodge I. O. O. F. In 1888 he married Anna Munroe, of Westchester county. William M. Eaton was born in the
town of Ithaca, January 23, 1862, a son of William Eaton, who was also a native of the county. William was educated
at Cornell University, class of '83, and acted as cleric in Mr. Bentley's store three years, also was for five
years a traveler for J. C. Stowell & Son. He is a member of Fidelity Lodge F. & A. M., also of the I. O.
O. F., and of the Encampment.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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