Biography of Thomas S. Culver
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Culver, Thomas S., was born in Ithaca, January 1. 1842, a son of Lewis H., who was a native of Ulysses, born August 9, 1808. At the age of twenty two the latter came to Ithaca and started a small restaurant where the store of John Northrup now stands. The business rapidly increased, and in 1833 he bought the property where the Bool Company is now located. In 1836 this store burned, and for two years he was located at the corner of Cayuga and State streets, during which time he erected the large brick structure where Bool's furniture establishment now is, and he started this store with a full line of generalmerchandise, having the largest business of the kind in the county. He was a prominent Democrat and held many of the town offices. His death occurred July 18, 1876. Of his nine children our subject was the second son. He was educated in the village schools and at the Ithaca Academy, and was in the Store with his father until 1869, when he Went to Chicago and remained five years. Returning in 1874 he became a member of the firm of L. H. Culver & Sons, and on the death of his father it became Culver & Co., dissolving fifteen months later. Mr. Culver then moved to Aurora street and bought the toy stock of E. I. Moore, turning the establishment into a grocery, which he conducted for three years, then built the store at the corner of Aurora and Marshall streets, which he sold in 1885. For three years he followed the cigar business. In 1888 he ran a grocery in the Coon block, then spent a year on Tioga street, and for two years did a road business. In 1891 he established a store on West State street, carrying now a complete line of groceries and provisions. He is a member of the I. O. R. M., of which he is treasurer. In 1863 he married Eliza Jones, of Ithaca who died in 1869, and in 1873 he married Fanny Pegan of Chicago. They have three daughters and one son.

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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