Biography of Arthur B. Brooks
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Brooks, Arthur B., was born January 16, 1845, in Stratford. Conn. His father, Frederick, moved with his family to this country in the spring of 1853, having Purchased the hatting business of Isaac Tichenor, which business he carried on until his death in 1871. Arthur B. was educated in the old Ithaca Academy, and at the age of sixteen entered the employ of George Halsey, and then occupied the store in which Mr. Brooks is now located, remaining with him for six months, during which time heassisted in moving the stock to the store now occupied by White & Burdick, and then went with Schuyler & Curtiss for about four years. In 1867 he went in partnership with John and J. C. Gauntlett, under the firm name of Gauntlett & Brooks. Mr. John Gauutlett died in 1876, but the business was continued by the surviving partners until 1890, when J. C. Gauntlett retired from business, and since then it has been conducted by Mr. Brooks alone. In 1892 he moved from the old stand, which f or forty years had been occupied as a drug store, to his present location No. 30 East State street, where he first began as a clerk. His present store has been entirely refitted with new and modern fixtures. Mr. Brooks is putting up a number of preparations, which are meeting with a ready sale, and also carries a full line of druggists' supplies, toilet articles, cigars, etc. In 1870 he married Mary, the daughter of John Gauntlett, and they have two sons, Alfred C., a graduate of Cornell University, class. of '93, architecture, and John G., a graduate of the Ithaca High School, and is now studying pharmacy under his father.

From:
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


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