Biography of James H. Cole
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Cole, James H., was born in the town of Dryden, November 7, 1835. His grandfather, James McKee, was among the first settlers in the town. His mother was born here October 14, 1804. Our subject was educated in the common schools and at the Homer Academy. After leaving school he retuned to his father's farm, the old homestead, which was known as the James McKee property and which he bought in 1862. At the age of twenty six he married Anna E. Updike, daughter of Jacob Updike of Ulysses, and they are the parents of four children, three daughters and one son. In 1865 he sold his farm and came tothe village of Dryden in 1866. In 1867 he bought the Thomas Lewis property and in 1870 built the Grove Hotel, which is the leading hotel in the town. In 1866 he bought the George Phillips property on Mill street, having forty one acres of land in the village corporate limits, where he is known as one of its leading and substantial citizens.

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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